Naples Florida, dubbed the “Golf Capital of the World,” has long been the lap of luxury when it comes to private golf. There is a fistful of invitation only, six-figure initiation fee clubs that ooze exclusivity and fly quietly below the radar. Then there are the high-profile clubs that have hosted professional golf tournaments and are home to several celebrities.
The Club at Olde Cypress, unassumingly located midway between Naples’ sugar sand beaches and I-75, is neither. As members like to say, “Olde Cypress” is where the quiet money goes to play golf, work out, socialize, and truth be told, “play hard” from time-to-time. It’s a vibrant and welcoming enclave surrounded by a masterfully designed private community from STOCK Development, which also owns the club.
In November, Olde Cypress reopened its remastered P.B. Dye-designed golf course and 34,000-square-foot updated clubhouse following a multi-million-dollar investment by STOCK. Being privately owned, versus member owned, the club is able to undertake capital improvements without tapping its members for “assessments” on top of their monthly or annual dues.
The Club at Olde Cypress: The Golf Course
The expansive project started with the end in mind – Olde Cypress’ putting surfaces. All 18 greens, the practice green and chipping area were resurfaced with TifEagle. This strand of bermudagrass is considered the gold standard for golf course greens as it offers improved speed, consistency, and overall playability. Capping it off, greens were outfitted with a new subsurface drainage system for rapid expulsion of excess water, a common occurrence during Southwest Florida’s summer thundershowers.
Tee boxes were enlarged, leveled, and re-grassed with Bimini Bermuda, a beautiful new strand featuring a dark green hue. And golfers who’ve experienced a Dye-designed golf course know bunkers are part of the Dye DNA. Olde Cypress sports just short of 100 bunkers scattered throughout the layout, and they’ve been refreshed with new edging, contouring and sand for an impressive visual impact.
“Golf’s popularity has soared over the past 18 months and now our course is fully-updated and ready to accommodate our golf members, who are among the most avid players in the Naples market,” says Olde Cypress Director of Golf Joe Conforti. “Director of Golf Course Maintenance Brad Haynes and his team have been instrumental in restoring our outstanding P.B. Dye design to its original grandeur.”
The Club at Olde Cypress: The Clubhouse
Inside Olde Cypress’ clubhouse, Soco Interiors has transformed the golf shop, welcome area, and offices with a contemporary palette of crisp whites, sophisticated grays and layered neutrals with accents of deep blue. The woodwork is painted a cool gray and blends perfectly with new silver and wood-accented pendant lighting and a modern sphere-shaped chandelier. Countertops are adorned with sleek Calacatta stone tops, and display areas for clothing and shoes create a neutral backdrop for displaying latest fashion trends.
“Our staff and vendor-partners have been amazing throughout this transformative project, and we believe the members and prospective members are really going to love it,” says Olde Cypress General Manager Ken Lanigan. “We’re excited to unveil the changes this fall and feel like we’re well-positioned for future growth and prosperity.”
In addition to the golf shop, the clubhouse upstairs interiors have also been enhanced and refined. New artwork and accessories throughout mix colorful, contemporary pieces with unique textural elements. The dining and ballroom spaces have been modernized with new lighting and flooring. The library has a lighter look with painted wood architectural details that contrast vividly with the fresh white walls.
“The golf course remastering and clubhouse updates honor Olde Cypress’ legacy, while elevating the experience for members of this exclusive club,” says Brian Stock, CEO of STOCK Development. “The multimillion-dollar investment represents the club’s continued commitment to unparalleled service and member experiences.”
Other amenities at Olde Cypress include tennis and pickleball courts, fitness center and pool and a 34,000-square-foot clubhouse featuring both casual and fine dining. The club and surrounding 540-acre gated community are located just minutes from the Naples’ famous beaches, world-class shopping on 5th Avenue, and the Southwest Florida International Airport.
For more information about memberships at The Club at Olde Cypress visit www.oldecypress.com