Golf carts in Port Charlotte certainly have their work cut out for them. This sunny, South Florida city is located on the Gulf Coast of Florida approximately midway between the cities of Fort Myers and Sarasota. Port Charlotte and the surrounding area is now home to no less than seven different golf courses including (1) Maple Leaf Golf and Country Club, (2) Port Charlotte Golf Club, (3) Riverwood Golf Club, (4) The Cove of Rotonda Golf Center, (5) Heron Creek Golf and Country Club, (6) Charlotte Harbor National Golf Club formerly known as Bobcat Trail Golf Club and (7) Longwood Golf Center. These golf courses are designed to accommodate all skill levels from the beginner to the experienced pro.
The following is a brief description of each of these world class and picturesque golf courses. Please note that any language in quotation marks was taken from the particular golf course’s website which is linked to in the title of the golf course.
2100 KINGS HIGHWAY
PORT CHARLOTTE, FLORIDA 33980
The Maple Leaf Golf and Country Club boasts a “par 62 golf course, five cushion-surface tennis courts, excellent bocce courts, top quality lawn bowling green, sixteen shuffleboard courts and four heated swimming pools. How about a well equipped fitness facility, a nine hole mini-putt course, three community centers, full arts and crafts facilities with an awesome pottery studio equipped with 3 kilns, horseshoe pits, a restaurant and bar with water side dining and full entertainment facilities, a snack bar, pro shop, spas and saunas, billiard room, a fully equipped woodworking facility, a computer and learning center with 17 computers, a large library and twelve well stocked lakes.” As this description implies, Maple Leaf Golf and Country Club provides more than just golf as far as entertainment is concerned. Golf carts in Port Charlotte should consider themselves lucky to drive down their well manicured fairways.
22400 GLENEAGLE TERRACE,
PORT CHARLOTTE, FL 33952
According to the Port Charlotte Golf Club website, this course has been voted the best in Charlotte County by the readers of the Charlotte Sun-Herald Newspapers for seven years in a row. The golf club has an eighteen hole, par 72 golf course that is described as both “user friendly” and “challenging at the same time.” As such, golfers of all skill levels will feel right at home on the fairways of the Port Charlotte Golf Club.
4100 RIVERWOOD DRIVE
PORT CHARLOTTE, FL 33953
According to the Riverwood Golf Club website the course was voted the best golf course in Florida for Customer Reviews April 2015. The golf course was designed by the Gene Bates golf course design group. People who know golf understand that a golf course designed by the Gene Bates golf course design group is nothing to scoff at. The front nine is a par 72 Championship course. On this course golf carts in Port Charlotte will coast through beautiful terrain situated in heavily wooded terrain of natural pine trees. By contrast, on the back nine golf carts will coast through interesting landscape including salt marsh and wetlands.
12455 SOUTH ACCESS ROAD
PORT CHARLOTTE, FL 33981
Situated on the Cape Haze Peninsula in Southwest Florida, the Cove of Rotonda Golf Center is located in close proximity to beaches on the Gulf of Mexico. The golf course has 18 holes of “[w]ell bunkered, elevated greens, continuous mounding and multiple tees” for golfers of all skill levels. One unique aspect of the golf course are its stadium lights which allow for night time play. Golf carts in Port Charlotte cannot coast down a fairway at night on any other golf course than the Cove of Rotonda. Playing golf at night is certainly a different experience than golfing during the day. For one thing, the temperature is cooler but also the night provides a degree of excitement that is missing in most situations during the day.
5301 HERON CREEK BOULEVARD
NORTH PORT, FLORIDA 34287
According to the Heron Creek website, the course was designed by Aurthur Hills a nationally known architect of more than 130 golf courses. Heron Creek is a 27-hole championship golf course. The golf course includes many unique elements including several elevation changes and various, beautiful water features. Heron Creek also has a state-of-the-art facility designed to educate golfers of all skill levels. In addition, Heron Creek boasts six practice areas and five practice greens along with a variety of instructional programs available from a team of qualified P. G. A. professionals. Accordingly, Heron Creek is a great course for golfers of all skill levels to develop their craft.
1350 BOBCAT TRAIL
NORTH PORT, FL 34288
Located in North Port, Florida the Charlotte Harbor National Golf Club (formerly known as Bobcat Trail Golf Club) is considered to be one of southwest Florida’s best public courses. Charlotte Harbor has 6,748 yards of fairways and greens playing at par 71. Golf Digest Magazine has rated this golf course with 4.5 out of 5 possible stars. The golf course was designed by Canadian Open Champion and former P. G. A. Champion, Bob Tway along with golf course architect Lee Singletary. This golf course is colloquially refereed to as “The Cat” and can be played by golfers of all skill levels.
23411 HARBORVIEW ROAD
PORT CHARLOTTE, FL 33980
Located on Harborview Road, the Longwood Golf Center boasts all the regular amenities any golfer would expect from a golf course including 18 holes, a chipping green, a practice bunker and pro shop. You might want to re-watch the classic movie “Caddy Shack” before visiting the Longwood Golf Center for reasons that will become obvious after spending the afternoon on the golf course. If you are looking to hit a few balls you could certainly do worse than the Longwood Golf Center.
The state of Florida is certainly a mecca for golf courses. In many ways Port Charlotte is a representative city for Florida as is demonstrated by the many golf courses located in and around the municipal limits. As such it should come as no surprise that golf carts in Port Charlotte are a very common sight indeed.