Pelican’s Nest Golf Club Completes Multi-Million Dollar Renovation and Expansion of Clubhouse Amenities

Pelican’s Nest Golf Club at Pelican Landing announced that it has completed the final phase of its multi-million-dollar renovation and expansion project. The opening of these new clubhouse facilities comes as the private, member-only golf club marks its 35th season as one of the most recognized clubs in Southwest Florida.

a large green field in front of a house: Pelican's Nest Golf Club.

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Pelican’s Nest Golf Club.

The $9-million project, designed by the architectural firm of Humphrey Rosal Architects and built by D. Garrett Construction Inc., included the addition of several new member amenities as well as a complete refurbishment of certain existing facilities. Work began in the summer of 2019 and was recently completed, just in time for the 2020-21 season.

“While there have been several minor enhancements made over the years, this was the first significant renovation of our clubhouse since it opened 20 years ago,” said David Gillespie, General Manager of Pelican’s Nest Golf Club. “This extensive renovation project incorporated a number of features that have long been desired by our membership and will make our club more contemporary for current and prospective new members.”

Located inside the gates of Pelican Landing in Bonita Springs, Pelican’s Nest Golf Club features two Tom Fazio-designed, 18-hole golf courses, which were each reconstructed by golf course architect Jan Bel Jan in the last five years. The centerpiece of the club is the 50,000-square-foot clubhouse, offering formal and casual dining and social activities.

A highlight of the clubhouse renovation is the expanded and elevated outdoor dining area, giving members a covered and weather-protected veranda to enjoy al fresco dining with stunning views looking west toward the golf course, Spring Creek and Estero Bay. Several fans and heating elements also were added to enhance the dining experience.

“Our surveys showed that a large majority of our members wanted more casual outdoor dining options,” said Board President Dr. Ed Milliken. “This new amenity will enhance their member experience and enable them to stay on property to enjoy al fresco fine dining here rather than traveling to other popular dining areas in Naples or Fort Myers.”

The private meeting rooms, card rooms and kitchen also were improved and floor-to-ceiling pocket doors were installed in the dining room. Technology enhancements include Wi-Fi throughout the clubhouse building, additional large flat screen TVs in the Grill Room, USB capable plug-ins at the bar and enhanced sound-proofing in the dining room.

Pelican’s Nest was one of the first private golf clubs in Bonita Springs. The original 18 holes opened in 1985 to serve guests of the new Ritz-Carlton, Naples. A Golf Shop was the initial structure to be built and later it was surrounded by a practice putting green and a separate, small clubhouse, containing a meeting room, bar and dining room. A small restaurant “Redfish” also was opened adjacent to the 18th green overlooking the back bay.

The reputation of Pelican’s Nest for outstanding golf grew over the years and, in 1988, Fazio sculpted an additional nine holes. In late 1993, the final nine holes were added and were named Gator, Hurricane, Panther and Seminole. The nines could be operated in any combination. In 1995, 300 memberships were sold in one month raising the funds needed to purchase 27 holes from the original developer. The remaining nine holes were acquired in 1998. The members assumed control in 1999 and a new clubhouse opened in 2001.

Set amid a forest of live oaks and scrub pines and protected wetland marsh areas, Pelican’s Nest has been a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” by Audubon International since 2001. The club has earned accolades as one of the nation’s top courses from Golf Digest, Florida Golfer and Golf Course Architects Association. The New York Times has named it “as one of the top nine places to play in Florida, a west coast gem.”

For additional information on Pelican’s Nest Golf Club, contact A.J. Szymanski, Director of Sales/Marketing, at 239-992-7782 or visit the club online at

This article originally appeared on Naples Daily News: Pelican’s Nest Golf Club Completes Multi-Million Dollar Renovation and Expansion of Clubhouse Amenities

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