Sanibel Island’s Dunes Golf and Tennis Club

Wildlife and golf may seem to be unlikely partners, but a well-managed golf course can be the perfect custodian of Florida’s natural habitat. This is clearly illustrated by the Dunes Golf and Tennis Club, a championship golf course set within a stunning wildlife preserve on Sand Castle Road, Sanibel Island.

MustDo.com | The Dunes golf cours Sanibel Island, Florida

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Founded in 1973, the Dunes Golf and Tennis Club is considered one of the best golf courses in Lee County. The 18-hole par-70 championship course, designed by 10-times PGA Tour winner Mark McCumber, is 5,578 yards in length with a 129 slope and 68/8 rating. Overall, the course has a challenging layout with water obstacles and peninsulas on 17 of the 18 holes. Strategically placed bunkers, crosswinds, slopes and elevations add to the challenging play for all skill levels. The Bermuda grass fairways and Tifdwarf greens ensure that the course is open and playable all year round.

MustDo.com | The Dunes championship golf course Sanibel Island, Florida.

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Additional facilities for golfers include club rentals, a driving range, putting green and pro shop. Those wanting to further improve their game can have lessons with the resident PGA pro.

“Birdies” and “Eagles” at Dunes Golf and Tennis Club

It goes without saying that the Dunes Golf Course is set in a stunning natural landscape on what is considered one of America’s most beautiful islands. Much of Sanibel Island is a wildlife preserve for migrating birds and native Florida wildlife. Golfers can expect to see all types of interesting wildlife such as resident alligators sunning themselves on the banks of the lakes. Left alone, they present no danger but they are a protected species and should not be approached or fed. Golfers are asked to keep a respectful distance at all times.

MustDo.com | The Dunes championship golf course Sanibel, FL

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If you’re hoping for a “birdie” or an “eagle”, you may just strike lucky. The golf course has many established trees and lakes that attract wading birds, herons, egrets and rare species such as pink roseate spoonbills, night herons and limpkins. Overhead you may be fortunate enough to see ospreys or bald eagles circling and looking for a fishy meal.

Tennis at Dunes Golf Club on Sanibel

MustDo.com | The Dunes Golf & Tennis Club Sanibel Island, FL

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In addition to having a top golf course, Dunes also offers excellent tennis facilities. There are 13 Har-Tru tennis courts and a USTA professional offers first class instruction in the latest techniques. Golf and tennis couples have even been known to get married in the open-air pavilion at Dunes Golf and Tennis Club, and where better to host a wedding reception or event than at the award-winning restaurant!

MustDo.com | Restaurant in the club house at The Dunes Golf & Tennis Club Sanibel Island, Florida

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The newly remodeled Dunes Clubhouse has a friendly dining room and bar overlooking the 18th green. It’s the perfect place to enjoy sunset cocktails through the westerly facing windows. The chef-prepared lunch menu includes favorites such as nachos, coconut shrimp and chicken wings, hot dogs, soups, BLT, fish tacos, steak sandwiches and more along with daily specials. Drinks include a good selection of wine, beer, cocktails and sodas.

MustDo.com | Post round drink at Club House at The Dunes Golf & Tennis Club Sanibel, FL

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The bar is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dinner is served on event nights only, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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Nita Ettinger is the co-publisher for Siesta Publications and the Editor in Chief for Must Do Visitor Guides. Must Do Visitor Guides provides Southwest Florida visitor information through printed publications and the website MustDo.com. Must Do Visitor Guides are published bi-annually and are available at no cost in Sarasota, Lee, and Collier County chambers of commerce, visitor information centers, select Southwest Florida hotels, and wherever free publications are found.

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