Renaissance is One of Two Florida Courses to Make List, Only in SWF Florida
(Fort Myers, Fla — August 25, 2005) -The Club at Renaissance, home of an 18 hole championship golf course designed by Arthur Hills, one of golf’s legendary course architects, was recently named to Golfweek Magazine’s America’s Best New Courses list. Ranked number 34 out of the hundreds of new courses that opened across the nation in the last two years, Renaissance is one of two Florida courses and Southwest Florida’s only golf course to make the Top 40 list.
The ratings are derived directly from Golfweek’s annual list of America’s
Best Courses, published each year prior to the upcoming golf season. Golfweek releases a corp of 385 volunteer raters nationwide in search of America’s best courses armed with a comprehensive list of criteria. Over 1,800 courses are evaluated overall, and nominated courses must have a minimum of 10 votes to qualify for a ranking. In addition to statistical data, criteria include overall routing, natural setting and land plan, variety and memorability of the par 3s, the par 4s and par 5s, course condition, landscape, and Golfweek’s “walk in the park” test.
“We have received very positive feedback on the course from our residents and members,” said John Gnagey, principal, Worthington Communities. “Our development team worked closely with Arthur Hills to execute his creative design of the course and our superintendent and staff work diligently to keep it impeccably maintained along with our golf professionals and staff who offer the highest level of service. We are pleased with the way this course has matured since it opened nearly two years ago.”
Member Barry Fisher enjoys the course for reasons other than meticulous maintenance and service.
“It’s one of those courses where you can hit a variety of different shots because of all the elevated greens. I enjoy the risk reward over water and sand on par 5s, you have to do a lot of thinking yet you can get to the green on 2,” said Fisher, a member since 2003 who played the course 130 times last year, and 90 this year so far. “Because of the layout of the course, I can be out there all day and rarely see another group of golfers.”
Arthur Hills said that, as a firm, they don’t emphasize rankings.
“We’re more concerned with building the best possible golf course a particular piece of property will yield,” says Arthur Hills, founder and principal of Toledo, Ohio-based Arthur Hills/Steve Forrest & Associates. “However, we appreciate that our clients and the golfers who play our courses pay close attention to such matters. It’s gratifying to see that Golfweek raters see the quality in our work, and we agree that Renaissance came out beautifully. The par-5s are particularly strong, almost devilish in some ways, and the 18th – a par-4 to a Biarritz green – is one of the finest finishing holes we’ve yet created. We were presented with a dead flat site at Renaissance so the key was shaping the golf holes in a way that was both strategic and striking, in the traditional sense, while never being over the top. I think we succeeded on all counts.”
The Club at Renaissance features the golf course along with the Spa and Racquet Club which offers an array of spa services, a fitness center, swimming pool, and six lighted, red clay tennis courts, fine and casual dining, a golf pro shop, men’s and ladies’ lounges and fully appointed locker rooms.
A limited number of private club memberships are available to both residents and non-residents.
Centrally located in the Daniels Parkway corridor in Fort Myers, Renaissance is close to shopping, restaurants, arts and cultural centers, recreation, tropical beaches, sports and entertainment facilities.
Renaissance is located at 9341 Marketplace Road, near the intersection of Daniels Parkway and Interstate 75 in South Fort Myers. For more information about Renaissance, call (239) 225-1560 or visit http://www.discoverrenaissance.com/.
239-561-4666, ext. 212