Collier's Reserve Country Club
by Arthur Hills, Florida Golf Magazine Winter 2017©
Copyright 2017, All Rights Reserved
COLLIER COUNTY, NAPLES
Colliers Reserve Country Club
for Florida Golf Magazine by Golf Course Architect, Arthur Hills
Colliers Reserve Country
Architect: Arthur Hills - Year: 1993
Yards:6744 Rating:73.4 Slope:144
11711 Colliers Reserve Dr., Naples, FL
(239) 597-7200 colliersreserve.com
In early 1992, we were hired to design
a golf course nestled along the scenic Cocohatchee River. It
became Colliers Reserve Country Cluba private, gated
community in Naples, Florida.
Colliers Reserve was the worlds
first Audubon Signature Sanctuary with Audubon International.
Having maintained the high environmental standards over the years,
the Club celebrates 22 consecutive years of Audubon Certification
Before a line was drawn or a shovel turned,
we signed up with Audubon International and worked very closely
with them on this project. On every residential parcel, we preserved
a generous buffer of 30 to 40 feet of untouched natural vegetation
behind the houses and out to the golf course. We also planted
wetland plants around all the ponds and preserved upland scrub
oak growth throughout the property.
It was a good experience to work with Audubon
International at Collier's Reserve. Superior golf courses are
created by being more sensitive to the environment, and Collier's
Reserve is, indeed, superb!
I knew that Audubon International's objectives
were in line with oursto build a golf course with environmental
preservation at the forefront. Becoming an Audubon Signature
Sanctuary Course is a prestigious award of distinction. The Signature
level is the toughest to achieve.
Stringent requirements had to be adhered
to in order to receive Signature status. You might be surprised
at just how stringent. Audubon International dictated, for instance,
the way the maintenance building was constructed so that it was
energy efficient. They mandated how wastewater and used oil were
to be disposed.
Becoming environmentally friendly at that
level means a lot more than building birdhouses and letting the
grass grow. What we accomplished at Collier's Reserve set the
standard for maintenance facilities at most all of the top private
clubs in southwest Florida.
Signature Holes at Collier's
Reserve Country Club
Playing at 6744 yards from the back tees
with Paspalum tees, 419 Bermudagrass fairways and roughs, and
TifEagle greens, there are many holes that could be called signature
holes, but when asked, the members usually mention holes
#6, #12, #14 and #18.
The 462-yard, par four, 6th hole is rated
as the most difficult golf hole at Collier's Reserve Country
#6, 462 yards, par 4, #1 Handicap Hole
Hole #6 is a long par 4. The main feature on the hole is the
large lake that comes into play along the entire length of the
right side. The green is nestled tight to the water and has a
large bunker at its left front.
This brute is easily rated as the most
difficult hole at Collier's Reserve. However, the members go
one step further and call it the hardest hole in Collier
County! It's a fantastic golf hole and a genuine test of
Playing at around 400 yards for most members,
this par 4 has a forced carry over water to a wide fairway landing
area that is framed on the left by two fairway bunkers that can
ensnare those who are long, but wayward.
Following a good drive, most players are
still hitting at least a long iron or perhaps a wood along the
very tight fairway that eventually leads to the green. An accurate
second shot is required, as the water remains firmly in play
down the right, while a wall of oaks, pines and palmettos forms
the left boundary. Most golfers choose to bail out to the left
and then try to chip up and get their par. Any ball hit short
and to the right of the 6th green will likely kick into the water.
Players who steal a par here are very happy!
One of the most
beautiful golf holes in Florida, the 12th hole at Colliers
Reserve is most often compared to trying to land your golf ball
on a kitchen table. This challenging par three plays at 179 yards
from the back tees and 108 yards from the forward tees.
#12, 179-yard, Par 3
The 12th hole is another signature hole at Collier's Reserve.
One of the most beautiful golf holes in Florida, it is most often
compared to trying to land your golf ball on a kitchen table.
This challenging par three plays at 179
yards from the back tees and 108 yards from the forward tees,
with four more options between the two.
The highly-elevated green is sloped slightly
back to front with two deep bunkers on the right, one on the
left and another deceptively placed at the left front corner.
It can be challenging to hit the 12th green when it's windy,
so if you make three here, you're doing well.
The green on the 348-yard, par four, 14th hole at Collier's Reserve
Country Club is guarded on the left by water and a bulkhead.
#14, 348 yards, par 4
The 14th hole, a short par four, is a favorite because the placement
of the tee shot is so important. The hole plays to only 340 yards
from the back tees. The approach to the green will be much easier
if the tee shot is well-placed.
This is an interesting short hole. What
looks to be a fairly benign hole from the tee, actually requires
a forced carry over a lake on the second shot.
What I like the most about #14 is the risk-reward
factor. I've seen birdies here and I've seen double bogies here.
You must be precise with your second shot into the very narrow
and shallow green.
If the pin is tucked a little bit to the
left, you have to be pretty careful because of the water and
the bulkhead guarding the green. The 14th is a birdie hole that
can easily turn into a double-bogey hole.
18th Hole - Players who are fearful of the Cocohatchee River
down the right side may not like the left-side options presented
by this second landing area bunker on the scenic, but challenging
finishing hole at Colliers Reserve.
#18, 540 yards, par 5
From the clubhouse, the view of the Cocohatchee River, across
#18 green, is outstanding. From the tee, the player is aware
that the round hangs in the balance, at least until the green
is reached. The river hazard is just to the right of the fairway
and green for the last 75 yards. All the people watching from
the clubhouse add to the pressure!
This finishing hole is a serpentine, double-dogleg
par five, playing at 540 yards from the back tees. From the tips,
theres a 150-yard forced carry over palmettos to an ample
landing area that is framed by a fairway bunker on the left.
The landing area for the second shot is
just short of another fairway bunker on the left, leaving an
approach shot of approximately 100 yards into the green. The
left front of the elevated 18th green is guarded by a bunker.
The right side and back of the green bring the river into play,
so don't go long.
The hole features a two-tiered green, with
the back left as the high point and the front right as the low
Precise club selection is required on the
approach shot because, although the green is wide, it can actually
be quite shallow in depth, depending on the angle of attack.
Any shot over the green usually results in a double-bogey or
worse. This is a great finishing hole on which to end a beautiful
day at Collier's Reserve.
Often good players will shoot a score at
Colliers Reserve that is much higher than their handicap
because of the challenging aspects of the course and its many
environmental preservation features. However, if
players can hit it straight here, they can score well.
its Audubon Gold certification, nearly 450 species of flora and
fauna including this roseate spoonbill, gopher tortoises, bobcats,
eagles, and an occasional black bear have been spotted on the
property at Colliers Reserve Country Club.
By their very nature, golf courses offer
significant open spaces and opportunities to provide needed wildlife
habitat in increasingly urbanized communities across North America.
At the same time, golf courses are called upon to address environmental
concerns related to the potential and actual impacts of water
consumption and chemical use on local water sources, wildlife
species and native habitats.
Colliers Reserve treats the entire
ecosystem with respect. Nearly 450 species of animals, insects
and vegetation have been identified on the property, including
gopher tortoises, coyotes, cougars and eagles. Nature is preserved
in all her glory!
If you love golf, you will revel in the
natural setting, wetland views, freshwater lakes, surrounding
preserves and glimpses of Florida wildlife at Colliers
"Collier's Reserve is truly one of
the most extraordinary and beautiful natural settings that I
- Arthur Hills, 2016
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