With a rich history now dating back a full century, the Fort Myers Country Club continues to reflect upon both its past history and its future within the city. Officially opened up in December of 1917, The Fort just celebrated its 100th birthday.
While that’s quite a feat for any course, The Fort is hardly ordinary. Found right along popular McGregor Boulevard, the club was designed by Donald Ross, and remains one of the oldest golf facilities in the region. The walkable course was originally named the Fort Myers Golf and Yacht Club, later changed over to the Fort Myers Country Club.
It’s truly the history of the club that helps make it so well known. Shortly after opening, the club held a competition among some of its wealthiest members, refereed by none other that renowned inventor and local, Thomas Edison. The club also held another unlikely distinction during its reign. Unlike many other courses of the same time period, women were allowed to play at The Fort.
Flash forward to just a few years ago, a multi-million dollar renovation brought change of a different sort. Crews added in some curves to the course, while at the same time ensured that some of the site’s original features be maintained. Closed for about six months, the project elevated the greens and bunkers, plus modernized drainage, the pro shops and the course’s operational efficiency.
Crews also added in about a half-dozen water hazards and made it more accessible to all players. Remarkably, the renovation marked only the second major undertaking at revamping the course since it first opened decades ago.
Now, officially 100 years later, The Fort continues to attract the attention of locals and visitors. The classic golf course has recently attracted attention too, recognized as a featured Historic Golf Trail Course. The distinction is presented to around 50 public and historic golf courses around the state, such as The Fort, still in operation today in Old Fort Myers .