Golf Tips: Where to Find the Best Gear for Your Game

With all of its natural beauty, Southwest Florida has some of the country’s most beautiful golf courses. If you love to golf then you know how important it is to have the gear that you need when you’re ready to hit the course. If you’re looking for golf equipment in Bonita Springs, check out the retailers below to find all the gear that you need for your game.

The Golf Guys

3440 Renaissance Blvd, Unit 8, Bonita Springs

(239) 948-9840

The Golf Guys provide the best golfing equipment and apparel for golfers of all levels. The PGA professionals in the shop can help you find just the equipment to meet your unique needs. At The Golf Guys, you can get custom clubs and club repairs, as well as choose from a large selection of quality golf apparel and shoes. The Golf Guys is the perfect one stop shop, carrying all of your favorite brands in store, such as Adidas, Zero Restriction, Nike, Bridgestone, and New Balance.

Edwin Watts Golf

8350 Hospital Dr. Ste 114, Bonita Springs

(239) 485-0409

Edwin Watts Golf is a Worldwide Golf Shops Company offering a very wide selection of golf clubs, apparel, shoes, accessories, balls, bags, and training equipment. With brands like Puma, Titleist, Under Armor, Nike Golf, Club Glove, and Oakley, you are sure to find just what you are looking for. If you cannot find what you are looking for in the store, Edwin Watts Golf has an extensive shop online where you can find even more gear for your game.

The Colony Golf & Bay Club’s Golf Shop

For residents of The Colony, it’s easy to get the golf gear you need because The Colony Golf and Bay Club has a golf shop on site. The PGA certified staff can help you improve your game by providing expert tips and techniques, as well as information on course conditions. Whether you are looking for a new driver to help your golf game or you just want to update your golfing wardrobe, The Colony’s Golf Shop has everything you need. In addition to upscale golfing attire, the shop also carries the latest in innovative club technology.

Find Your Next Home at The Colony

Love to golf? Living at The Colony is all about experiencing the lifestyle you want with plenty of opportunities to stay active. With a stunning 18-hole championship golf course designed by Jerry Pate,

The Colony truly is a golfer’s paradise. If you are interested in seeing all that The Colony has to offer, contact Jill Kushner to schedule a tour. Jill has been helping new residents find the home of their dreams in The Colony since 2003 and will be happy to help you on your journey to find the perfect Colony home!

Do you have a retailer where you can find the latest and greatest golf gear in Bonita Springs? Leave your answer in the comments!

Who is Jerry Pate?

Southwest Florida is a golfer’s paradise. But if you’re an avid golfer then you know that not all golf courses are created equal. The very best courses pay attention to the subtleties of the game, while also incorporating the natural beauty of the landscape. If you have ever had the pleasure of playing on a golf course designed by Jerry Pate, then you know that these courses do just that.

Golf Legacy

Since the age of six, Jerry Pate has loved the game of golf. He turned pro in 1975 after winning the U.S. Amateur Championship and playing on the U.S. Walker Cup Team. During his rookie season, he took the PGA Tour by storm, winning the U.S. Open title with a legendary shot – 190-yard five-iron over water to within two feet of the hole. Pate won eight times on the PGA Tour from 1976 to 1982, bringing a color and humor to the game that many fans grew to love.

Though shoulder injuries cut Pate’s PGA Tour career short, he is still very active in the game, continuing to compete on the Champions tour and doing wonderful work as a designer and developer. Pate uses his skill and passion to help others discover a love for the game by designing breathtaking Championship golf courses.

Golf Courses Designed by Jerry Pate

Jerry Pate uses his eye for design and his love and experience with the game to create truly spectacular golf courses. On his website, Pate discusses the things he holds most important when designing courses:

What does it take to be a great golf course designer? Start with a responsibility to the environment, working to embrace its natural beauty. Then, follow with the strategic knowledge of the game to provide golfers of any skill level an enjoyable experience. Finally, possess the experience to properly construct the course, allowing for the highest quality agronomic playing conditions with responsibility to the owners.

Beyond the breathtaking natural views, Pate’s courses are creative, providing every golfer with the opportunity to enjoy the game.

Ready to Hit the Fairway in Bonita Springs?

If the idea of having regular access to a Championship golf course designed by Jerry Pate sounds like a dream, it doesn’t have to. By finding your new or next home at The Colony Golf & Bay Club, you can have this and much more! The Colony also offers other luxury amenities, such as six Har-Tru tennis courts, 34 acres of private beach park, and a well-equipped spa and fitness center, all in a fabulous location – Bonita Springs, FL.

If you are interested in taking a tour of the community and seeing things for yourself, contact Jill Kushner to see what living at The Colony is all about!

Golfing at The Colony Golf & Country Club in Bonita Springs, FL

Play More Golf in the New Year at The Colony Golf Club

It’s 2015; the New Year is when we start to see more people hit the gym, eat healthier, play more golf or whatever resolution you’ll commit to this year. Many players have one particular golf course that they’ve made it a goal to play this year – or perhaps a list of golf courses they’d like to play. Don’t sit around and wait for Southwest Florida’s rainy season – get out today and play a round of golf!

Southwest Florida Golf Courses are exceptionally busy this time of year, especially during the winter months. Southwest Florida is a golfer’s paradise where players come for a fun test of golf, to shake off their rust, and perfect their game.

Plan a buddy’s foursome golf day and/or trip for nonstop laughs and a challenge of scorecards. With the beautiful year-round golf weather, Southwest Florida is by far the ultimate state to golf with friends and family. Just imagine the perfect golf day: play a round of 18 holes, have lunch, and enjoy the beautiful views to see in Bonita Springs.

Golf tip of the day: “Be fully committed on every shot” – Golf Digest

Plan a Golf Outing at The Colony Golf Club in Bonita Springs

If you’re looking for an exclusive Bonita Springs Golf Club, that adds a challenging and fun test of golf, The Colony Golf Club in Bonita Springs, FL is where you should be scheduling your next golf tee times. Former US Open Champion Jerry Pate designed The Colony Golf Club; its sweeping fairways and challenging layout distinguish this 18-hole golf course.

Mark your calendar today for a fun foursome at The Colony Golf Club in Bonita Springs, Florida. If you’d like to learn more about becoming a resident at The Colony in Bonita Springs, FL, contact expert Colony realtor, Jill Kushner today.




Upcoming Golf Events in The Colony Golf & Country Club

Golf is a big part of luxury living in Southwest Florida. People flock to our region in order to play on some of the country’s best golf courses and take in the fantastic weather that we enjoy year round.

This spring is no exception. Life at The Colony at Pelican Landing, one of the area’s premier destinations for luxury living, includes lots of golf. The Colony has its own championship-quality golf course, and members can enjoy the privileged lifestyle at The Colony Golf & Country Club.

Since it’s March and spring is underway, the Club is hosting a wide variety of events for members in the upcoming months.

Events currently scheduled for members in the month of April include:

  • Colony Ryder Cup
  • Men’s Individual Match Play
  • Paspalum Cup
  • Men’s Bring-A-Friend Day
  • Ladies’ Bring-A-Friend-Day
  • Men’s Closing Day
  • Ladies’ Closing Day
  • 9-Hole Couples’ Closing Day
  • Couples’ Closing Day

Two of The Colony’s premier events are slated for April: the Colony Ryder Cup and the Paspalum Cup. But don’t forget about the Bring-A-Friend Days, either; those always promise to be a load of fun and a chance to share the magnificent golf course with others.

If you’re a member, be sure to hit the links in April and enjoy the championship 18-hole, par 72 course that is the pride and joy of The Colony. If you’re not a member, consider joining to take advantage of the always-exciting slate of events and activities at The Colony Golf & Country Club.

7 Reasons You Should Be In Southwest Florida

Here’s an interesting statistic I just found. There are 78 million baby boomers  in the U.S., and professionals predict that one-sixth of them will spend part of their lives in the state of Florida. That’s almost 13 million new residents of Florida between now and 2023.” It’s no surprise to anyone who lives here! Here are just 7 reasons why Southwest Florida, especially Bonita Springs, is among the top choices.

7. Boating, Fishing & Golf– Our area has some of the best waterfront in the world. Fishing and golf are not hobbies here, they are ways of life.

6. Pristine – The word “pristine” comes up often when explaining our area to an outsider. It best describes the litter-less streets, low crime, clean beaches, expertly shaped landscaping and conscious efforts of residents to keep it that way.

5. Sunsets – Sunsets in Southwest Florida are very special to say the least, and for lovers, nowhere will you find more romantic sunsets than on Florida’s West Coast. Around the time of the setting sun, if you are anywhere near the Gulf, you are bound to be shoulder to shoulder with several others looking West. When the sun hits the horizon put your cocktail down and join the clapping, for you have just witnessed one of the most sacred moments on the Gulf: Sunset.

4. Weather –Bonita Springs’ weather has average air temperatures of 77 degrees Fahrenheit. The hottest summer months are July, August and September. The best weather months are November through May where there is little rain and less humidity. Gulf water temperatures range from the 60′s in the winter to the mid 80′s from spring through fall.

3. Beaches – Bonita Springs has some of the most beautiful beaches in all of Florida and it’s no wonder, since the word “bonita” in Spanish translates to mean just that, “beautiful”. The beaches that line the coastline attract people in from all over the world for the sun and the miles of soft, white sand.

2. The People – This one is easily #1. People who live herecome from all around the world – mid-westerners, New Yorkers, Canadians, Europeans and everyone in-between. SouthwestFlorida is a global melting pot with one common denominator:everyone is extremely happy to live here! This attitude shows on the suntanned faces of most everyone you’ll meet.

1. The Colony Golf & Bay Club– Amidst scenic nature preserves and overlooking the glorious waters of Estero Bay and the Gulf of Mexico in Bonita Springs, The Colony Golf & Bay Club offers spectacular high-rise and mid-rise towers, custom single-family homes, villas and classic coach homes. Each distinctive residence within The Colony’s 809 exclusive acres is a modern-day renaissance representing the ultimate union of art and function. While this private, gated community defines grandeur and elegance, I realize that what usually inspires people is the lifestyle offered, including social opportunities, activities, sports and recreation, as well as security. The Colony has a unique array of amenities, and I want to make sure you’re able to experience it for yourself. I am passionate about The Colony, and once you see our little piece of paradise, I know you will be too.

Uncovering your Dream Home in Bonita Springs, Florida

Searching for a new or second home is easier once you understand what’s most important to you. I always tell clients who are considering moving to The Colony Golf & Bay Club that it’s best to organize your thoughts by writing down what you absolutely need in a new or second home, and what you don’t. After all, buying a home whether it be here at The Colony in Florida or elsewhere, is a huge decision. Here’s a good list to help you narrow down your decisions:

Look at the Community

  • Variety of architectural styles (vs. cookie cutter homes)
  • Natural lush landscaping
  • Walking and biking trails
  • Amenities like golf, tennis, and swimming
  • Activities and social events
  • Sense of community
  • People my age

Look at the Location

  • Beach access
  • Quick drive to shopping and dining
  • Access to theater, museums, and nightlife
  • Proximity to airports and public transportation
  • Quality school system (for families)

Determine the type of Home Structure

  • Single family or high-rise home
  • One- or two-car garage
  • Home office
  • Guest bedroom/bath
  • Formal living room
  • Eat-in kitchen
  • Patio or lanai
  • Bonus room

Think about Your Living Style

  • Low maintenance (high-rise homes)
  • Private land for tending a garden, making home improvements (single-family homes)
  • Gourmet appliances
  • Outdoor living area
  • View (Gulf of Mexico, natural preserve or Golf Course)
  • Light and bright
  • Lots of shade
  • Onsite amenities without leaving your home

I’d love to take you on a tour of The Colony, so feel free to contact me today. Happy Dream Home Hunting!

At Your Service: Concierge Service at The Colony Golf & Bay Club.

Located in Bonita Springs, Florida, the Colony Golf & Bay Club is a private, gated luxury community. One of the many reasons I enjoy listing exclusively for this community is due to the vast array of amenities The Colony offers its single-family, mid-rise and high-rise residents.

In addition to the 18-hole championship golf course and Country Club, residents here can enjoy tennis, private dining at The Bay Club, as well as a fitness center to help members remain active. There is also a spa available to community members and their guests where they can be pampered, as well as a canoe park and private water taxi to The Colony’s beach park.

However, one of the great perks and an amenity I feel surpasses all other communities in Bonita Springs, Florida, is the concierge service.

The concierge can help with a slew of daily tasks such as housecleaning, home repairs, indoor plant care, pool maintenance, landscaping and pest control.

For those who live here seasonally (aka ‘snowbirds’), the concierge can help organize an absentee home watch, key holding and seasonal arrival and departure preparations. Residents traveling can ask the concierge for assistance with both local and international travel, as well as to help set up an airport shuttle. If you desire, the concierge will also find a personal trainer or in-home masseuse.

Residents at The Colony Golf & Bay Club enjoy the hassle-free lifestyle that enables them to spend their days enjoying the many other activities available in Bonita Springs, Naples and surrounding areas. And yes, the concierge can help organize all those other activities as well!

Contact me today for your tour of The Colony.

From Yoga Classes to Private Wine Lockers: The Amenities of Master-Planned Communities.

ed-wine-glass-and-bottleFlorida’s master-planned community scene is definitely competitive. There are an abundance of single-family homes, high-rise condominiums and villa homes targeting the first, second and even third home buyer. This means that developers must offer luxurious community and high-rise building amenities in order to separate themselves from the pack.

Most communities have fitness centers, but some of new communities or high-rise condominium towers now offer trendier fitness options like yoga and Pilates classes, or even indoor resistance pools for aquatic workouts.

Theater rooms are another trend in more urban cities, yet have been popular here in Southwest Florida for years now. All of the high-rise towers at The Colony Golf & Bay Club offer this type of entertainment in addition to having a bar, catering kitchen and even a billiards area.

One of the newest trends in community amenities, which is gaining popularity, are private climate-controlled wine lockers for residents. For instance, The Colony Golf & Bay Club’s private dining facility, The Bay Club, offers residents the opportunity to store up to 18 bottles of their favorite wine at a lesser price than what a restaurant would offer – if they even offered it. This makes going out to dinner at the Club even more affordable for Colony residents, plus they can enjoy a bottle of wine from their own private collection. Now that’s a great perk!

What amenities do you look for when purchasing a home?

Five Great Reasons To Buy a High-Rise Condominium

I only list property at The Colony Golf & Bay Club. Why? I love the community, as well as the residents I’ve come to know over the years. While the amenities are to die for here, one of the unique aspects are the high-rise towers that adorn the skyline. High-rise living is certainly not for everyone, but the high-rise towers at The Colony may help change the mind of the most scrutinizing homebuyer out there.

Here are a few of the advantages of high-rise living at The Colony:

Lower Maintenance. Living in a high-rise offers freedom from many tasks and routine maintenance chores. No more spending a Saturday afternoon taking care of your lawn or pool. High-rise condominiums at The Colony have exterior maintenance and lush, well-designed landscaping that is maintained by the building. This means high-rise buyers are able to find other ways to spend their newly found leisure time!

Access to amazing amenities. Colony’s high-rise buildings have their own state-of-the-art fitness centers, business centers, secure parking, swimming pools, theater rooms, private elevators and guest suites. Plus residents also have access to the community’s amenities that include a Golf Club, private dining facility, tennis courts, and 18-hole golf course. You never have to leave the community!

Social events and a sense of community. Colony high-rise residents love being social. Not only does the community itself have a plethora of social events, but so do each tower. From happy hours and movie night, to holiday gatherings and seasonal events, residents enjoy the sense of community offered with this lifestyle. It provides a great way to get to know your neighbors in a relaxed setting.

Location, Location, Location. With all of the choices in dining, entertainment and shopping just an elevator ride and a short drive away, the Colony places you in the center of where you want to be.

Picturesque Setting. The Colony’s high-rise towers provide breathtaking views of The Gulf of Mexico, Estero Bay or natural preserves, not something you get when you purchase a single-family residence. Watch sunset from the seclusion of your own balcony.

Are you ready to buy a high-rise home? Contact me today for a tour of The Colony Golf & Bay Club.

Second Home Buyers & Retirees: Why buying a home in a community with Amenities is important.

Naples and Bonita Springs, Florida are rich with gated communities. A well-planned community offers a variety of housing choices, and of course, amenities.

But how do you decide which community is right for you? I always tell clients I work with that price, floor plan and location are important, but so are the community’s amenities.

To help you through the process, here are some of the main benefits you should look for when looking for a second home or seasonal retirement home within a gated community:

Architectural integrity – A planned community incorporates master architectural guidelines for the homes, which ensures that neighborhoods have a unified theme with enough variations to complement one another. In other words, it’s not cookie cutter. The Colony’s high-rise towers, mid-rises and custom single-family homes were built with the highest standards of design aesthetic and quality.

Amenities to enhance quality of life – Master-planned communities offer homes or high-rise condo’s that don’t require much maintenance coupled with amenities that make it easy to enjoy free time with friends and neighbors. Amenities will vary by community and may include golf, tennis, a Country Club, dining, social events, and canoe park just to name a few.

Sense of community – Many master-planned communities have these on-site amenities to make life’s daily activities easy and convenient. These amenities help to foster a strong sense of community, since fellow residents get to know one another through neighborhood activities and events.

The residents of the Colony Golf & Bay Club have a host of amazing amenities at their fingertips. Best part is, they don’t have to sacrifice space by settling on a smaller floor plan. The high-rises and single-family homes at The Colony offer spacious, open floor plans perfect for guests or entertaining, plus high ceilings, state-of-the-art appliances and custom cabinetry to reflect their individual personality.

Are you looking for a second home or seasonal home? Contact me today!