Finally, Fort Myers Country Club golf course is having its first major re-sculpting after it was initially built in 1917. The Fort Myers Country Club will be undergoing a $5.5 million renovation to improve its looks and provide better services and amenities to its members and guests. The remodeling changes are scheduled to be completed in four months.
In the past years, Fort Myers Country Club golf course is being considered as the wettest golf course in the area. Drainage was a major problem in the past. Last year alone, after torrential rains, most part of the golf course was immersed in standing water. The club has to close for 22 days. However, another 25 days, burdened golfers to use cart paths. Another problem being caused by the standing water is the brown spots on the grass. The water and the searing heat are a lethal combination that causes brown spots. It can be quite unpleasant to look at. On part of the management, it was quite frustrating. Members would complain if the club is closed for too long and some would complain about the sodden grounds.
Currently, Wright Construction and Johnson Engineering are handling the construction project under architect Steve Smyers. The construction company has been reshaping the grounds around the course. There is an expected elevation from 3 to 6 feet in areas surrounding the golf course. Newer curves on the course will be added for aesthetic purposes. The seeding of the course needs to begin within the month since grass needs 60-70 days to properly grow.
The main objective is to provide good drainage since it is synonymous to growing good grass. The fairways and putting surfaces will be elevated. 121,000 yards of dirt are currently being used to make the changes. 96,000 yards of dirt actually came from the creation of man-made lakes.
The Fort Myers Country Club’s director of golf, Rich Lamb, is quite excited with expected changes. Golfers would definitely feel challenged while playing on this new golf course. It would definitely be a big change from their previous games in the Fort Myers Country Club golf course. The re-sculpting project is expected to be finished by early November. When the remodeling is finished, the Fort Myers Country Club golf course can be considered as the driest golf course in the area instead of being the wettest, as it is being dubbed in the past years.