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The Wilderness Country Club is pleased to announce that residents of the private country club community have voted overwhelmingly in favor of replacing the 47-year-old clubhouse building.
Plans call for a $ 13.6 million clubhouse to be built on the site of the current facility, including indoor and covered alfresco dining as well as private meeting rooms and a new professional boutique. The two-story building will feature Old Florida architectural style with panoramic views of the championship golf course.
“Our current lodge, originally built in 1974, has served us very well, but it is nearing the end of its use and requires significant updates,” said Alan Raulerson, General Manager / COO of the Wilderness Country Club. “It is expected that the demolition of the buildings will begin in early 2022 with the opening of the brand new clubhouse to our members in the spring of 2023.”
Set on 200 wooded acres, the Wilderness Country Club is an established community with an 18 hole Arthur Hills golf course and incredible tropical surroundings. Other club facilities include tennis, casual bocce, croquet, and a private park with a full program of seasonal activities.
The golf program includes in-season clinics and private lessons taught by a professional master from the Professional Golfers Association of America. Golfers of all skill levels are welcome to compete on the world class golf course. Golfers also have access to a practice area where they can work on their game with a driving range, short play area and putting green, as well as a full service golf shop run by Chief Golf Professional Sara. Dickson. Each club member has their own golf cart with no trail charges.
The POP tennis and tennis program at the Wilderness Country Club is also quite vibrant, with lessons and matches hosted at the four Har-Tru tennis courts by an elite professional certified by the US Professional Tennis Association. The tennis program is overseen by Tennis Director Gregory “Spike” Gonzales, who provides instruction to adults and children in a way that makes learning and playing fun and fulfilling.
Five saltwater and heated swimming pools are conveniently distributed throughout the community, which promotes social interactions for all residents of the club as they are not separated by neighborhood.
Residents also enjoy Frank Park, a private five-acre site dedicated to the pioneer Frank family. The park includes many specimens of trees and shrubs from all over the world. Many trees are now labeled so that visitors can learn their common and Latin names as well as their place of origin.
Other features of Frank Park include four Har-Tru bocce courts and a regulation-sized croquet court where members can enjoy lively competition. In addition, within the property is a dedicated Dog Park area where members and their four-legged friends can participate in daily “Yappy Hour” social gatherings.
Near the park, a group of members managed to create an orchid garden by installing the flowering plants along the Tall Pines Nature Trail. Orchids are native to Southwest Florida, and a master gardener provides the group with tips on how to care for them and maintain the beautiful surroundings.
Photographers and walkers also appreciate the abundance of native wildlife at the Wilderness Country Club. Over 80 species of birds have been documented at the site, including bald eagles, ospreys, white ibises, anhinga, great blue herons, red-shouldered hawks, striped owls and tailed kites swallow. In fact, the Club has been an Audubon cooperative sanctuary for over 20 years.
The lush surroundings of the Wilderness Country Club are the perfect place for the Conservancy of Southwest Florida to use it as a safe place to bring rehabilitated animals, such as turtles, hawks and owls, back to their original surroundings. . Since 2014, the Wilderness Country Club has also collaborated with the Conservancy on the nonprofit organization’s Upper Gordon River Wildlife Corridor project.
The Wilderness County Club is located on the east side of Goodlette-Frank Road just north of Golden Gate Parkway and holds the distinction of being the very first community of private and gated golf courses with a compulsory subscription built in Naples. It is conveniently located just minutes from the restaurants, shopping, arts and entertainment of South Fifth Avenue and the white sands of the Gulf of Mexico.
Wilderness Country Club is one of the lower density communities in Southwest Florida, with just 300 condominium residences ranging from approximately 1,700 to 3,000 square feet of living space.
Many of the two and three bedroom residences have been completely remodeled for resale, while others are a blank canvas for buyers to use their imaginations and create a home that meets their unique needs. Each condominium has an abundance of glass that helps bring natural beauty inside.
For more information or to view the properties available for sale within this community of private, gated golf courses, call Wilderness Country Club at 239-261-6060 or visit www.wildernesscc.com.