Old Collier Golf Club
This parcel of land was owned by the Collier family for nearly a century. As the last remaining “in-town” large tract of land, the family wanted to develop something special. Thus, the Old Collier Golf Course. Upon completion, the project was the first local course awarded the Audubon Gold Sanctuary designation.
The development of this project had many challenges such as offsite drainage issues, OFW receiving waters, mangroves, gopher tortoise and other listed species issues. One factor that proved to be the largest solution was obtaining irrigation water. Due to its proximity to saline water, coupled with Collier County’s lack of a reclaimed water source, the best option was to use salt tolerant turf. This project was the first to use this turf irrigated with brackish lower Hawthorn water as well as water drawn directly from the Cocohatchee River.