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Golf club completes $9 million renovation, expansion

Project marks 35th anniversary of Pelican’s Nest Golf Club at Pelican Landing.

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BONITA SPRINGS — Pelican’s Nest Golf Club at Pelican Landing recently completed a $9 million renovation and expansion project.

The opening of the new clubhouse facilities comes as the private, member-only golf club marks its 35th season, according to a statement. The project 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, the release states.

Courtesy. David Gillespie, Amy Quaremba and Ed Milliken with Pelican’s Nest Golf Club at Pelican Landing.
Courtesy. David Gillespie, Amy Quaremba and Ed Milliken with Pelican’s Nest Golf Club at Pelican Landing.

“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,” says David Gillespie, general manager of Pelican’s Nest Golf Club, in the release. “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 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 past five years. The centerpiece of the club is the 50,000-square-foot clubhouse, offering formal and casual dining and social activities, the release states.

A highlight of the clubhouse renovation, officials say, is the expanded and elevated outdoor dining area, giving members a covered and weather-protected veranda to enjoy al fresco dining. “Our surveys showed that a large majority of our members wanted more casual outdoor dining options,” board President Dr. Ed Milliken says in the statement. “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 soundproofing 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.



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