Our golf course is one of the area’s oldest and most historic private golf courses. Founded in 1959, and boasting three Golf Hall-of-Famers as Founding Members, the opportunity to play the course of masters awaits.
The course has six sets of tees, and can be played from under 5,000 yards to just over 7,000 yards. Its water, sand and trees combine to provide challenge as well as subtle beauty. Still true to Dick Wilson's original design, it boasts water on all but two holes. Balls cuddle into the best and hardiest of today's new hybrids. The Bermuda grass fairways reward excellent shot placement and fast, undulating, Tiff Eagle greens challenge even the best short games. Casual golfers can enjoy its pleasures, while low-handicappers shake their heads and promise themselves "Next time...."
The Cypress Lake golf course is unusual among area golf courses in that it is set on a rectangular piece of land with no residential areas except on its external boundaries. While most members use carts, the layout makes it ideal for the golfer who enjoys walking. Wildlife find it an agreeable home site, and golfers share the course with great blue herons, egrets, ibis, an occasional alligator, several varieties of large turtles, our resident ospreys, and many other creatures that seem to understand that passing humans are no threat to them.
The course was designed in 1959-1960 by Dick Wilson (1904-1965), a contemporary and respected rival of Robert Trent Jones, Sr. Many of Wilson's major renovations and original designs are well-known today: New York's Shinnecock Hills, Florida's Seminole, Bay Hill in Orlando, the Blue Monster at Doral, La Costa (California), Cog Hill # 3 - Dubsdread in Chicago, Laurel Valley in Ligonier, Pennsylvania, and the Lakeside Course (now The Meadows) at The Greenbrier.
In 2001, the golf course was completely renovated under the direction of golf course architect Ron Garl, who restored many of Dick Wilson's original design elements, as well as adding unique 'signature' features of his own. The irrigation system was replaced and extended; 7,000 truckloads of fill were brought in to raise and recontour the fairways in order to improve the drainage. The driving range was substantially lengthened and widened; Tiff Eagle greens were grown in. The $2.7 million project converted an excellent golf course into an outstanding experience.
The club's practice facilities are extensive. A large putting green prepares the golfer for the challenges of the course: it hasn't a flat spot on it. The elevated pitching green can be attacked from both sides, or from the large adjoining sand trap. The range features small greens close in for short iron practice as well as the usual distant flags to measure prowess with the woods.
With six set of tees, you can choose the right tee for you! From the beginner to the PGA Tour pros associated with the club, anyone can tee it up at Cypress Lake Country Club.
Event & Programs
Club events and programs enable new members to become acquainted and involved as quickly as they choose. Men can sign up for the daily “Gangsome” and be assured of a weekly game. Ladies have their own “Gangsome” on Saturdays and compete in 9-hole and 18-hole leagues.
Regular couples events, among them the Witches and Warlocks Mixer in October, the Guys and Dolls, the Valentine Mixer and the Divorce Open, provide opportunities for couples to meet and mingle over golf and dinner on Sundays. Stag Days for the men, and Doe Days for women, are opportunities to entertain guests with a friendly round of golf, dinner and drinks at reduced cost. A number of charitable pro-ams are held each year, and a full schedule of tournaments round out the calendar.
Our experienced Pro Shop staff manages the daily tee sheet masterfully to assure every member access to the golf course or you can go online to the "Back-Nine" to make your own tee times seven days in advance.
Summer brings with it a strong junior golf program at Cypress Lake, a centerpiece of which is the Nolan Henke/Patty Berg Junior Masters golf tournament, which draws participants from every corner of Florida and many other states as well.
The club takes pride in its participation in reciprocal programs that permit members to play other area clubs at greatly reduced cost from May through October.
Cypress Lake is the perfect golf course for junior golf play. The Dick Wilson design allows an easy walk of the self contained course. Our young players choose the appropriate set of tees and away they go - a perfect challenge no matter their age or skill level. Reasonable lesson rates and several group opportunities to learn and improve their game make Cypress a great choice for families to share the game of a lifetime.
We at Cypress Lake Country Club are proud of our contributions to junior golf in our area, supporting several junior and senior high school golf teams. We also host a 54-hole junior golf event to show case junior golf talents and show off our golf course that is so conducive to the walking player.
“On Course Players”and “Rookies Players” Programs
“On Course Players” is for juniors who are ready to take their game to the links. This program is open to those junior members and their invited friends who have proven their ability to walk, count and play nine holes in a desirable amount of time.
For new players and those not quite ready for the “On Course Players, ”our “Rookies Players” program includes swing instruction, activities covering golf history, rules, etiquette and play of the game. It will be an opportunity for juniors ages 6 to 16 to learn and ask questions. This program is open to all members and their invited friends.
Nolan Henke/Patty Berg Junior Masters Pro Am
This fundraiser tournament supports the scholarship fund for the Southwest Florida Junior Golf Association which provides monies to graduating seniors and upper classman throughout their four years of college. Past tournament winners include LPGA and PGA tour players. The continued success of this event makes it a popular stop for top juniors and future tour stars.