Raptor Bay Golf Club
Bonita Springs/Estero, Florida

One of Ray Floyd’s Best In Southwest Florida…waste bunkers and lots of water!


Story & Photos by: Ed Stone

Raptor Bay Golf Club in Bonita Springs, Florida, was designed by 1976 Masters Champion, Raymond Floyd.  The course opened to the public in 2001 and is owned and operated by Lennar, one of Southwest Florida’s leading home builders. Raptor Bay Golf Club was the first resort course in the world to receive Audubon International's gold signature sanctuary certification.  Working closely with Audubon International, Raptor Bay has made a commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainable practices, creating a model for future golf course development.  The course is adjacent to the 458-room Coconut Point Hyatt Regency, along with spacious Hyatt Vacation Club timeshare.

Floyd created a scenic and challenging layout appealing to players of all skill levels.


The two 9-hole layouts are named Hawk and Osprey.  These 18 holes provide a choice of seven tees with yardages of 4,564 from the forwards to 6,478 using the tips. Of special note, Floyd uses masses of waste bunkers/areas and no sand traps.  Yes, there are no sand traps or bunkers on this stunning golf course.  However, you will encounter lots of water and forced carries.  Floyd created a scenic and challenging layout appealing to players of all skill levels. Landing areas are fairly precise and greens provide undulations requiring the golfer to have all parts of the game finely honed to enjoy a competitive score.

Raptor Bay Golf Club was the first resort course in the world to receive Audubon International's gold signature sanctuary certification.

Holes of note are the four toughest: numbers 7 & 9 on the Hawk and 5 & 9 on the Osprey. Floyd allows the first six holes to prepare you for the number one handicap hole on the course. Number 7 is a par-5, 550 yards from the back tees. You’ll need at least a 180-plus drive to carry your tee shot over palmettos, tall grasses and water.  About 185 from the green, water is found on the left side of fairway and green. So, keep you ball right of fairway center. The 9th hole is a par-4, 416 yarder and is the number 3 handicap hole on the course (#5 for forward tees). Tee shot requires at least 150 yards to cross water and weeds. There is water from tee to past the green on the left side, so keep your ball right of center in the fairway.

Your back nine or the Osprey Course has two very challenging holes that deserve attention as already stated, numbers 5 & 9.  The par-4, 407 yard number 5 demands a hard-hit 190 yard tee ball across water, tall grass and palmettos. The remaining 200-plus yards will require one of your best shots across a small lake in front of the green…good luck!  The finishing hole on this course is a beauty. It’s a par-5, 599 yards of straight-a-way fairway.  Your tee shot must be 215-plus and keep it right of fairway’s center. Being the longest hole on the course and with water on the left from tee to green, you should be pleased with a par on this hole and ready for a cool beverage at Braxton’s as your reward.

In addition to enjoying the layout of raptor bay, you should pay close attention to the birds and wildlife of your surroundings. The abundance of water attracts alligators, water fowl, eagles and ospreys.

Raptor Bay Golf Club was the first resort course in the world to receive Audubon International's gold signature sanctuary certification.

Be sure to save some time for checking out the golf pro shop for the latest golfing attire and supplies. Braxton’s is the perfect place for enjoying a beverage or meal before or after a round of golf at Raptor Bay Golf Club.

For both the local residents and the seasonal visitor, the Eagle's Club allows golfers an opportunity to enjoy the amenities at Raptor Bay for a fraction of the everyday rate.  Designed for the true golfer, The Eagle's Club at Raptor Bay provides access to a spectacular golf course at a cart-fee-only rate.

When traveling to the Southwest portion of Florida and staying in the Naples/Ft. Myers area, Raptor Bay is one of those golf courses you’ll want to play.


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RAPTOR BAY GOLF CLUB
Raptor Bay Golf Club
23001 Coconut Point Resort Drive
Bonita Springs, FL 34134
Website: www.raptorbaygolfclub.com
Phone: 239-390-4600


Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa
5001 Coconut Road,
Bonita Springs, Florida, USA 34134
Website: http://coconutpoint.hyatt.com
Phone: 239-444-1234