Naples, Fla. – Tiburón Golf Club at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples’ Black Course closed on April 17th for a golf course “remastering” project. The project is being led by the Greg Norman Golf Course Design team and Tiburón Golf Club’s Director of Agronomy Jeff Cathey. The Black Course is expected to reopen for member, guest and daily-fee play this November.
During the six-month project, Tiburón’s Black Course will undergo extensive greens, turf, irrigation and bunker renovations. Green surrounds and approaches will be reconfigured to create more strategic shot options for players and will be re-grassed with Celebration Bermuda grass. Greens will feature Tiff Eagle Bermuda. Family tees will also be added, giving members and guests with children another option to play the course at approximately 4,000 yards. The Greg Norman-designed Black Course originally opened in 2001.
“Our Black Course at Tiburón is a favorite of members and guests,” said Kevin DeDonato, PGA, general manager, Tiburón Golf Club at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples. “This remastering project will allow us to offer consistent and spectacular playing conditions throughout the year, while also improving an already incredible layout.”
Tiburón Golf Club’s Gold Course underwent a similar remastering project in 2016 that was also led by the Greg Norman Golf Course Design team. During the Gold Course remastering, crews reconstructed many of the original stacked sod wall bunkers with a striking new synthetic sod wall bunker system by Durabunker. Tiburón is the first LPGA and PGA TOUR venue to use the new Durabunker product. Durabunkers will not be used on the new Black Course; instead bunker faces will be lowered with a more gradual pitch, creating a distinct look between the two courses.
Tiburón, which is Spanish for shark, is home to the LPGA Tour’s CME Group Tour Championship and the PGA TOUR’s QBE Shootout. The CME Group Tour Championship has been hosted at Tiburón since 2013 and the Shootout has been played at Tiburón since 2001.
About Tiburón Golf Club
Tiburón Golf Club features two, Greg Norman-designed 18-hole golf courses – the Gold and the Black. The 295-room Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples sits adjacent to the two award-winning courses, while the 450-room Ritz-Carlton Beach Resort is just a few miles away. Both luxury properties are owned by Host Hotels & Resorts and guests at these properties enjoy preferred access to Tiburón Golf Club. The semi-private club has 260 golf members and is home to the Impact Zone Golf Academy which features private lessons, multi-day golf schools and junior camps. In addition, Tiburón’s 27,000-square foot Mediterranean-style clubhouse features three dining rooms, private member locker rooms and lounge areas, as well as an award-winning golf shop.
Tiburón is consistently rated among the top 20 golf facilities in Florida by Golf Digest and GOLF Magazine. The property has been designated as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary by Audubon International and strives to protect and enhance its natural surroundings. For more information on Tiburón Golf Club, visit www.tiburongcnaples.com or call (239) 593-2200.
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