Fiddlesticks Country Club

FORT MYERS, Fla. – I have two recurring golf dreams, one within reach, and one being the impossible dream.

My favorite involves turning 50; playing golf on the Champions Tour, while depositing huge paychecks with lots of zeros. If dreams come true, this ranks No. 1 from fantasyland!

The more realistic dream involves Fiddlesticks Country Club, a private, gated 36-hole country club situated in Fort Myers, Florida, conveniently located minutes from the airport, hospitals, shopping, Gulf beaches, boating, fishing, dog track, Interstate 75, Jet Blue Park, home of Red Sox spring training. With each passing year, particularly harsh New England winters, this scenario involves purchasing a condo at Fiddlesticks for about $100,000. A golf buddy bluntly says, “Do it now, before you’re old and gray, and running out of shopping days!”

In southwest Florida, from Naples to Port Charlotte, there are 100 choices of gated, golf communities that snowbirds flock to to enjoy 300-plus days of sunshine, 80-degree average temperatures, and, most important, a daily tee time available, if that’s the choice of recreation for the day. With 5,000 baby boomers retiring daily, Fort Myers consistently ranks among the top destinations in the world to retire for golfers, and boaters.

What’s special about Fiddlesticks? Over the past seven years, let’s share some extensive research about gated, golf communities in southwest Florida after interviews/conversations with hundreds of home owners, golf pros, real estate brokers, international visitors, investors, renters, sellers and buyers.

“Since its inception in 1982 Fiddlesticks Country Club has maintained the reputation as the premiere gated, golf community in southwest Florida,” said Michael Parent, CEO of Fitcorp Boston, and frequent-flyer to his two bedrooms, two baths, 1,165 sq. ft. condo bought in April 2007 for $159,900. “There are great opportunities at Fiddlesticks to make lifetime friendships both on and off the course.  Prospective owners should tour the new state-of-the-art 7,000 sq. ft. Fitness and Tennis Center and buy now before prices rise again.”

According to Jim Kurtzeborn, Director of Golf for 13-years, there are 575 homeowners and about 450 golfers, and booking a tee time is easy on either of the two championship Ron Garl-designed courses. Garl is an award-winning, golf designer savant notching 250 courses worldwide, in 10 countries and 23 states.

“It is nearly impossible to visit Fiddlesticks and not fall in love with it,” states Kurtzeborn, who handles 45,000 rounds annually, and hosted the 49th USGA Senior Women’s Amateur Championship in 2010. “The course is special because Ron Garl has created each hole on the Long Mean with impressive, memorable characteristics. Bunkering, water holes and green size make it challenging. The scenic 9th and 18th   island greens, which front the clubhouse, appeal to every player’s passion to play well and play it again and again.”

Beyond the attended 24/7 gatehouse and golf, Fiddlesticks is comprised of a wide range of custom estates and single family homes ranging in price from $350,000 to $1.4 million. Entry level pricing for 60 condos start at $75,000 with fifty-percent snowbird members and fifty-percent year-round.  The majority of owners hail from New England, New York and Ohio. A hefty equity payment is required upfront (80% refundable) and dues of $1,000 monthly include two golf courses called Long Mean and Wee Friendly, clubhouse, casual and formal dining rooms, pro shop, cart barn, fitness center, eight Har Tru tennis, Olympic pool, spa, driving range, chipping area, two putting greens, men’s and women’s tournament schedules and more. For information: www.fiddlestickscc.com.

I beg to be called a snowbird and for this dream to come true soon, well before my shopping days run out, and where excellence in golf and country club living finds a home. Toss in my personalized golf cart, emblazoned with Fiddlesticks logo of two Scottish bagpipers and the best that private country club living has to offer. To golf or not to golf what a silly question.

 

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