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A Look Back at 2021


2021 offered our Members abundant social opportunities and competitive events in a safe environment after a slowdown the past few years. There were numerous opportunities for everyone to come together and enjoy the many benefits of being a Member at Shadow Wood!

Here's a look back at a few of the highlights from 2021 at Shadow Wood.

New Members
Shadow Wood welcomed exactly 100 new Members to the Club in 2021! In addition, a waiting list was established for Golf Membership as we reached capacity for the first time in our club’s history.




Members Helping Members
During the initial wave of vaccine rollouts at the beginning of 2021, many Florida residents struggled with the registration system and appointments were filling up within minutes. It was a stressful time for most everyone who was hoping to receive one of the few vaccines allotted to our area. Without the help of some of our incredible Members, this already stressful situation could have been even worse.
When we heard through the grapevine that Members were reaching out to help each other secure appointments, we asked to hear your stories. Our inboxes were flooded with Members filled with gratitude sharing the names and stories of fellow Members who woke up early to selflessly help each other!



Tee Markers
Over the past few years, each of the three Shadow Wood golf courses have undergone extensive renovations. Since the reopening of The Preserve Course in October 2020, the SWCC Golf Committee had been planning a special final touch to celebrate the completion of all three courses and provide one additional new feature for all Members’ enjoyment.
 In early March 2021, the Teeing Grounds Markers transitioned from the traditional “color markers” to “roman numeral markers.”
It is truly a fantastic time to enjoy golf at Shadow Wood Country Club! The variety of the three golf courses, enhancements from the renovations, and camaraderie amongst our diverse golfing membership all add to the positive golfing experience.




Tee It Up For The Community
Shadow Wood Members have done so much to give back to the local community. The Coronavirus pandemic created many challenges for underprivileged families, families who are out of work, and a host of other families struggling to put food on the table. Local food banks have been hit hard over the past year and were unable to keep up with the demand to feed so many needy families.
With the move to the new roman numeral tee marker system across all three golf courses, the Golf Committee teamed up with the Shadow Wood Charitable Foundation to present an exciting charitable opportunity for the Members to purchase a logo tee marker to support local food banks. 50% of the donations were split between the Harry Chapin Food Bank & St. Matthews House, the other 50% supported the Shadow Wood Charitable Foundation selected food banks. Thanks to the generosity of Shadow Wood members, over $35,000 was raised as a result of the Tee it up for Community program!




Golf Academy
With the pandemic forcing more people outside over the past year, the game of golf saw a steep increase in people playing across the country over the previous year. 3 million American’s played golf on a course for the first time ever. All of this activity of golf resulted in a very busy season at the Shadow Wood Golf Academy!
Over the last season, the professional golf staff offered 67 clinics, 25 instructional programs, 20 demo days, and too many individual lessons to count!
Personal club fittings in the Academy more than doubled from previous years. 274 individual clubs were fit as well as 40 full sets of irons. This year for the first time, Members were able to use the TaylorMade Fit Cart and demos. They also offered a comprehensive ball fitting experience with Titleist.




Hole-In-One
All those Golf Academy clinics, programs, and lessons must’ve paid off as there were over 36 Holes-in-One between the 3 Shadow Wood courses! Which is exactly double 2020 when we had 18 Holes-In-One. Congratulations to these Members who accomplished one of the most exciting achievements in golf!




Renovations
Shadow Wood Country Club has been evolving through a three-phase transformation process over the years to completely renovate the club facilities. From style to functionality, no stone was left unturned! Recognized by both the Collier Building Industry Association (CBIA) and Golf Inc. Magazine as Best Renovated Clubhouse in 2020, Shadow Wood has set the standard for club renovations locally and nationally.
The final phase of the clubhouse transformation began in Summer 2021. The project included the construction of a brand new 3,500 sq ft golf shop, a redesigned bag drop and arrival area, refurbishments to the ladies locker room, men’s grill expansion, and transformation of the existing golf shop space into a second card and game room.




2021 definitely threw us some curveballs. Yet at every step of the way, the Members’ spirits shown through in the brightest ways. The unwavering support of the Club and leadership from the Members allowed the team to continue providing services that made being a Member here even more valuable. We cannot wait to see what 2022 has in store for Shadow Wood Country Club.

Holiday Festivities at Shadow Wood

This time of the year brings the most important things in life into focus: family, friends, and the joys of the season.

At Shadow Wood Country Club, the holidays are always such a special time when we transform the Club into a Winter Wonderland and host our annual Holiday Parties! Simply click on the video below to watch a video capturing our spectacular holiday decorations, our Preserve Holiday Dinner, and our Holiday Celebration.


Eric Ruha Featured in the Florida Green Magazine

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Our Club has achieved so many exciting milestones in the last few years, most notably the successful renovations of all three Shadow Wood golf courses. This accomplishment has been recognized and featured by several industry publications including Club + Resort Business, Golf Course Architecture Magazine, and more.

Most recently however, the industry is taking notice of not only the project itself, but also our talented Director of Agronomy, Eric Ruha, who oversaw the completion of all three course renovations.

In the Fall 2021 issue of Florida Green Magazine, the official publication of the Florida Golf Course Superintendents Association, Eric Ruha was featured on the cover and in a 6-page spread, celebrating his accomplishment of overseeing the triple renovation.

Eric has been a member of the Shadow Wood team for 19 years, beginning as the Superintendent of the Preserve Course since its grow-in phase, and later being promoted to Director of Agronomy with responsibility over all three courses. Eric is a Past President of the Florida Golf Course Superintendents Association representing 1,700 members, and a long-time member of the national GSCAA representing 20,000 members around the world.

Please enjoy reading the article in the Florida Green Magazine here.

We are so fortunate to have Eric's expertise and dedication to provide our Member's with three outstanding golf courses here at Shadow Wood. We look forward to the continued success and spectacular playing conditions of the three signature courses at Shadow Wood Country Club!

Halfway There!

Shadow Wood Members voted to build a brand new Golf Shop which will feature over 3,000 square feet of retail space plus a converted Member arrival area including covered bag drop and covered walkways. The new structure will showcase spectacular views of the Golf Practice Facility. The new Golf Shop location will be adjacent to the Men's & Ladies Locker Rooms which are also receiving complete renovations this summer. The project commenced Spring 2021 with a projected completion date of December 2021. This will be done with no additional assessments to the Members and no interruption of services.


Things are moving quickly and it’s hard to believe that we are already at the halfway point of the Golf Shop renovation project!
Here is a quick overview of the accomplishments from the first half:





Looking ahead, DeAngelis Diamond, the general contractor for the project, has put together the following
milestone schedule for the project taking us through the projected completion date of December 15:




Here's a peek provided by the Naples, FL based Architect and Design Firm, AM Design Group, at what's to come! 




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Shadow Wood Members Tee It Up For The Community


 

For many years, Shadow Wood Members have done so much to give back to the local community. The Coronavirus pandemic created many challenges for underprivileged families, families who are out of work, and a host of other families struggling to put food on the table. Local food banks have been hit hard over the past year and were unable to keep up with the demand to feed so many needy families.

With the move to the new roman numeral tee marker system across all three golf courses, the Golf Committee teamed up with the Shadow Wood Charitable Foundation to present an exciting charitable opportunity for the members to purchase a logo tee marker to support local food banks.

50% of the donations were split between the Harry Chapin Food Bank & St. Matthews House, the other 50% supported the Shadow Wood Charitable Foundation selected food banks.

Thanks to the generosity of Shadow Wood members, over $30,000 was raised as a result of the Tee it up for Community program!

According to the local food banks just $250 can feed 7 families of 4 people for one week. With the donations received through this initiative, Shadow Wood Members were able to feed 840 families of four for one week. What an incredible impact on our community!

Want to Learn More?

Click Here to Visit the St. Matthew's House Website
Click Here to Visit the Harry Chapin Food Bank Website
Click Here to Visit the Shadow Wood Charitable Foundation Website

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Cooking Class with Chef Rich ~ Ep. 5: Easter Special


Since we cannot gather in-person for cooking classes, our Executive Chef, Richard Crisanti, has created a way for you to watch, learn, and hopefully use some of my recipes and cooking tips in your own home. 

With Easter right around the corner, we thought now would be the perfect time to share some of Chef's holiday recipes with you. In this fifth video of the series, you will learn how to make a Classic Potato Gratin, Roasted Cauliflower, and Hot Cross Buns.

Simply click on the video below to enjoy a short video presentation for tips and tricks. Then click here for a printable PDF version of all the recipes, including an extra recipe for Deviled Eggs with Maple Bourbon Candied Bacon!

Happy Easter!

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Cooking Class with Chef Rich ~ Ep. 4: St. Patrick’s Day Special

Since we cannot gather in-person for cooking classes, our Executive Chef, Richard Crisanti, has created a way for you to watch, learn, and hopefully use some of his recipes and cooking tips in your own home!

With St. Patrick’s Day coming up, we thought now would be the perfect time to share some of Chef's favorite Irish recipes with you. In this fourth video of the series, you will learn how to make delicious Guinness Lamb Shanks, Colcannon, and Irish Soda Bread. 

Simply click on the video below to enjoy a short video presentation for tips and tricks. Then click here for a printable PDF version of all the recipes.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Cooking Class with Chef Rich ~ Ep. 3: Valentine's Special

Since we cannot gather in-person for cooking classes, our Executive Chef Rich Crisanti has created a way for you to watch, learn, and hopefully use some of his recipes and cooking tips in your own home!

With Valentine's Day coming up, we thought now would be the perfect time to share some of Chef's favorite 'special occasion' recipes with you. In this third video of the series, you will learn how to make delicious Individual Beef Wellingtons as well as an Herb Encrusted Rack of Lamb.

Simply click on the video below to enjoy a short video presentation for tips and tricks. Then click here for a printable PDF version of all the recipes.

Happy Valentine's Day! 

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Cooking Class with Chef Rich ~ Ep. 2: Healthier Choices

Since we cannot gather in-person for cooking classes, our Executive Chef Rich Crisanti has created a way for you to watch, learn, and hopefully use some of his recipes and cooking tips in your own home!

In the second video of the series, you will learn how to make Chef’s famous Mahogany Salmon as well as Soy-Glazed Edamame and Sole En Papillote.

Simply click on the video below to enjoy a short video presentation for tips and tricks. Then click here for a printable PDF version of all the recipes. 

Happy Cooking!

Shadow Wood App Experience

Our team is always looking to find new ways to make the Shadow Wood membership experience more enjoyable and user friendly. With technology always improving all around us, we are able to provide our Members numerous ways to access information and utilize the various online resources for the Club. On that note, we are excited to share the release of our new and improved Shadow Wood mobile app! In just the one day it has been live, we have received enormous amounts of positive feedback from our Members & they are thrilled to be able to access everything from their phones!


Here’s a look at some of our new features:
  • View & edit member profile
  • View account charges, statements, & make payments
  • View dining bill & pay at the table from your phone
  • View & register for upcoming dining and social events
  • View & search the member directory
  • Access Chelsea for golf, tennis, & bocce reservations
  • Access our "Ask the Club" page to ask our team questions
  • View our COVID-19 Update Center
 

If you are a Shadow Wood Country Club Member, don’t miss out! Download the app today to enhance your Club experience.

Cooking Class with Chef Rich ~ Ep. 1: Holiday Favorites

One of Executive Chef Richard Crisanti's favorite events at Shadow Wood is joining so many of you at the Club for his Cooking Classes. He loves sharing his passion with all of you! Since we cannot gather in-person for cooking classes, has created a way for you to watch, learn, and hopefully use some of his recipes and cooking tips in your own home.

We are thrilled to share with you the first of many instructional cooking videos! In this first video of the series, you will learn how to make our famous Shadow Wood Turkey as well as a Holiday Prime Rib Roast.

Simply click on the video below to enjoy a short video presentation for tips and tricks. Then click here for a printable PDF version of all the recipes.

What to expect this season at Shadow Wood

As we eagerly look ahead to another season beginning here at Shadow Wood, we wanted to let you know what you could expect if you visit the Club this year.

Whether you are a current member, future member, or a visiting guest, its important to know what the Shadow Wood team has put in place to best protect the health of everyone at the Club!

Instead of a very long, detailed list, our team thought it would be more fun to show you what the club is offering, what precautions we have put into place, and how we are providing the safest conditions at the Club!

Please take a few minutes to watch and enjoy this video featuring some of the friendly faces from the Club:

Our team is here and ready to serve you this season. Our number one priority is your health and safety. We can't wait to see you at the Club!

Golf Pro's Favorite Holes

Shadow Wood Golf Pro's Favorite Holes!

With 54 holes of golf, Shadow Wood Country Club is truly a golfer's paradise! But having 54 holes presents one challenge... how do we pick a favorite?

I am often asked which is the "best" course, or what is our signature hole? Well, to be honest, it’s just too hard to choose! Each of the three Shadow Wood courses have different features and challenges which makes them each unique.

So, I decided to take the question to the pros! What surprised me the most after asking 7 of our golf professionals is that I heard 7 different answers! This is truly a testament that the game of golf is unique for all those who play it.

  • Brian Bartolec, PGA, General Manager/COO, South Course, Hole # 18, Par 5
  • Andy Scrivner, PGA, Director of Golf, North Course, Hole # 12, Par 5
  • Bryan McComb, PGA, Head Golf Professional, North Course, Hole #2, Par 4
  • Phil Pellerito, PGA, PGA Professional, South Course, Hole #1, Par 5
  • Nick Prunty, PGA, First Assistant Golf Professional, North Course, Hole #7, Par 4
  • Luke Sutton, PGAAssistant Golf Professional, South Course, Hole #8, Par 4
  • Chris Singiser, PGA, Assistant Gof Professional, North Course, Hole #5, Par 4
  • Mark Moffatt, PGA, Director of Golf Instruction, South Course, Hole #14, Par 4
  • Eric Ruha, Director of Agronomy, Preserve Course, Hole #10, Par 4

If you want to know why our team of PGA professionals love these holes and learn some of their best pro tips for each, then read on below!

“My favorite hole is #18 South. This is a great finishing hole. There is a real risk reward factor to going for the green in two. It is always nice to have a gallery watching from the Sunset Terrace as you finish your round.”
 
“Hole # 12 on the North Course is a par-five and plays 603 yards from the Black Teeing Grounds. This is a terrific par-five in that each shot requires careful thought and offers some risk-reward consideration. With the natural preserve area fronting the entire left side of the hole and backdrop behind the green, this hole nicely marries SW Florida nature with the golfing experience. For the longer hitting players, starting your tee shot over the lake and towards the left half of the fairway provides the best opportunity to play aggressive into the green. After finding the left half of the fairway, focus your alignment on the front-right greenside bunker, and be aggressive with your swing to promote right-to-left spin on the shot. Successfully pulling off this second shot may result in your ball reaching the green and utilizing the contours to get close! If your second shot finishes safely in the fairway short of the green, remain focused on your next shot, as the slopes around this green make it uniquely difficult to recover from a wayward approach!”
“Standing on the tee on the North Course Hole #2 is nature at its best in Southwest Florida. The dogleg to the right shape of the hole, bordered by the full trees on the left, a lake on the right, with a nature preserve area behind the green, makes this one of the most visual appealing holes on the course. Once the beauty sets in, do not let the short Par 4 deceive you. For being a short Par 4, this hole has some teeth and can be very difficult if not played according to the design of the hole. To play this hole the best, it is recommended to play out to the left of the bunker and lake, trying to position your ball on the left side of the fairway, if possible. From the left side of the fairway you will have the best approach angle into the green. With bunkers guarding the front right and left side of the green, and a preserve area over the green, it is best to try to play to the middle of the green, regardless of the pin placement. If you were fortunate to hit a couple of well struck shots, this hole can setup a great birdie opportunity. However, the unfortunate missed shots can make this short hole very difficult. Between the beautiful aesthetics and fairness of the hole, this is one of the best holes on the North Course.”
"Hole #1 on the South Course is a great starting Par 5 that allows you to set the tone for your round. An open tee shot lets you be aggressive from the start providing you the opportunity for a risk-reward scenario. For the longer hitters, getting a kickoff the downslope of the fairway gives you a great opportunity to reach the green in two. If a layup is needed, be sure to play to the left side of the fairway as this provides the best angle to the pin regardless of the position. Keep your aggressive mindset with your approach and play just left of the pin as this will give you an uphill putt and a great chance for a solid opening score. One thing to remember is to not go over the green unless you want to test your short game early with a difficult chip or pitch."
"My favorite hole is North #7. This beautiful dog leg left favors a slight draw and offers a good risk-reward strategy from the tee. Given the right conditions, players can cut the corner and carry over the water for a shorter approach in. The safest play from the tee is to hit a fairway wood or hybrid and aim straight down the middle at the fairway bunker. The more dangerous option is to play a slight draw and aim at the small bunker on the left side of the fairway, which will give you a much shorter approach in. Once safely on the fairway, players still have a tough approach shot ahead of them. The miss on the approach shot is short and right, as anything long of this green makes for a difficult up and down. Any shot safely to the middle of this green is a good approach and a good chance at birdie!"
"Hole #8 on the South Course is a fun yet deceptively challenging golf hole. From the back tee the hole only plays 338 yards to the center of the green, don't be fooled by the yardage on this hole. One of my favorite features on this golf hole is the Shadow Wood Tree "Shady Lady" positioned back left of the green. Trouble looms left and right of this hole and water short left of the green you must hit two well placed golf shots to score well. The risk reward feature of the hole is to hit a strong drive just to the left of the cart path and let the natural contours of the hole to feed the ball close to the green. Players must be weary of the water on the left side of the fairway starting around 200 yards out and continuing onto the green. Course knowledge does come in handy on this hole to prevent a well struck golf shot finding the water. The ideal play on this golf hole would be to position your drive in the fairway around 200 to 230 yards this will leave you with a comfortable full wedge to attack the flagstick, make sure you have the correct number and commit to the golf shot to carry the water and leave a nice look at birdie!"
“Hole #5 on the North Course is a long par-four playing 451 yards and is always into the wind. Consisting of a very daunting Tee Sheet over water to an elevated fairway that works towards the water. Standing on the Black Teeing Grounds provides one of the most scenic views when it comes to Southwest Florida Golf. For the long hitters it provides a risk and reward tee-shot with the bunker left and water right through the coquina. A miss left results in a very difficult blind shot from 180+ yards away with water right of the green. A solid swing to the bunker left is the ideal target to have the best opportunity on your approach shot into the green. After finding the left half of the fairway just short of the bunker your line will be at the left side of the green to allow the contour to move the ball towards the pin. If you are feeling aggressive and want to take the pin on, the tree short right and the water right comes into play and requires the perfect shot. Making par on this hole is crucial to gain some advantage on the rest of the field.”
“We have many great golf holes throughout our 54 holes at Shadow Wood Country Club, but one of my favorites is No. 14 South. This is a wonderful risk reward hole that is challenging yet fair to all levels of golfers. From the teeing ground water guards the landing area along the right side of the fairway. There is plenty of room left if you choose not to take on the water. The green has a false front with a collection area to the right and a bunker left. The green looks smaller than it is from the fairway due to the green contours that create an illusion to the golfer. One of my favorite features of the hole is the preserve left of the landing area off the tee which is dominated by willow and other native trees and natural wildlife. It gives the player the feel of playing out in nature. If the player is bold enough the preferred play off the tee is down the right side of the fairway because it gives the player, the best angle and view of the green on their approach. From this angle the player has the additional option of landing the ball short and possibly running it up the false front. If the player chooses to fly the ball onto the green be sure to play to the middle of the green, because a ball not hit solid will roll back off the false front making for a challenging chip or putt up a steep incline.”
 
“This hole speaks the name Preserve in every aspect. From the early construction phase of having to re-locate gopher tortoises into the natural area to the right, to the wood line running completely around the perimeter, #10 is one of only a few holes that has no homes along the border. And for my golf game, that is safer for everyone. The original oaks that flank the landing area may not look that big from the tee, but when you challenge them if “threading the needle” you need to be very accurate as they soon tower over you. Setting up before the oaks is safe and will have you 160/140 into the green, but the more you gamble, the shorter wedges come into play. As you look upon the green complex, the backdrop is a very picturesque natural area that frames the area perfectly. As the sun sets in the West, the shadows cast along this fairway are spectacular.”
 


Which of Shadow Wood’s Courses and hole is your favorite?
Leave us a comment below and let us know!
 

Coronavirus Action Plan

At Shadow Wood Country Club, the health and safety of our membership is a top priority. We are working hard to attempt to limit our Club members and staff’s exposure to the virus, while continuing to provide members access to Club amenities.

Our new restaurant, the Golfside Grill, is offering prepared meals for curbside pick-up, Executive Chef Richard Crisanti and his team have put together a menu of delicious meals to include both family style and individual sizes. This curbside service is in place for pick up of your prepared meals for you to enjoy in the comfort and safety of your own home! To view the to-go menu, click hereIn addition to providing prepared meals, we are proud to offer our members a selection of items to purchase if there are necessities that we can assist them with to fill their pantry or fridge. To view the list of groceries available for member purchase, click here.

Two of our three courses, the North and South Golf Courses will remain open with regular tee times available. Golf Cars are available for single riders only and are being wiped with disinfectant in advance of play, and additional measures have been taken to further limit common-area “touching” during the game such as removing bunker rakes and modifying the Flagsticks/Cups to allow the ball to fall slightly below the surface of the turf, while also allowing Members to safely retrieve their ball without touching the Flagstick or the Cup.

Our third course, the Preserve Course, has began its renovations under the direction of Rees Jones. We look forward to unveiling a newly renovated Preserve Course for our golfers in the Fall!

Our Club has increased normal cleaning procedures to include extra sanitization in all areas. We have increased access to hand sanitizing pumps and have had them installed at various areas around the Club, along with disinfectant wipes. In addition, our culinary team is certified as ServSafe Food Handlers. Our entire team always follows proper hand washing rules and are expected to wash accordingly every hour, as well as always wearing plastic gloves while on duty.

Our Club staff and Board of Directors have taken these steps to help protect everyone’s health and well-being. We hope these measures will be temporary and we look forward to welcoming members and their guests back at the Club with full services when this situation has been resolved.

Ladies Legacy Golf Invitational 2020 at Shadow Wood

We are excited to share our video from the 2020 Ladies Legacy Golf Invitational "The Evolution of Flight" which features some fun highlights from the 2 day premier Ladies’ Member-Guest tournament. Thank you to all 101 teams who joined us, including guests from all over the state and the nation. Sit back, relax, and enjoy a short flight aboard Shadow Wood Air!

Shadow Wood Country Club Brand Film

This season we partnered with our industry's premier video production company, Private Club Films to create a unique brand film to showcase our Club to those who haven't shared the Shadow Wood experience yet. They say that if a picture is worth a thousand words, then video is worth a million! With so many exciting things to highlight at Shadow Wood, from amenities, to activities, to the people, and the location, we decided to take that quote to heart. Please enjoy the Shadow Wood Brand Video!

Winter White Out Celebration 2020

We are excited to release the video from the 2020 Season Celebration White Out Party! It was a truly fantastic and memorable evening with over 650 members joining us to celebrate, complete with musicians, dancers, fireworks, and more! It’s always a fun time at Shadow Wood Country Club. Check out the video below!

Golf Season Kickoff 2019

This week, we kicked off our 2019-2020 Golf season with Ladies Opening Day on Tuesday and Men’s Opening Day on Thursday. 101 ladies and 135 men partook in the festivities. Please enjoy this 2 minute video featuring some highlights of the events. We look forward to another amazing season here at Shadow Wood Country Club!

Shadow Wood "Tips from the Pros": Golf Tip with Mark Moffatt


Our Shadow Wood video series “Tips from the Pros” feature Shadow Wood professionals sharing with you the knowledge of their expertise. This video features Mark Moffatt, Director of Instruction, sharing his golf tip on how to hit straighter shots by using the lower body in the down swing.

Spain Member Golf Trip

Over the past 5 years, Shadow Wood has organized and operated 6 member golf trips to some of the most prestigious golf
destinations in the world. These trips are very well received among members and attendance and interest continues to grow each year. This September, 86 Shadow Wood members along with our Director of Instruction, Mark Moffatt and his wife Tracy,
experienced the trip of a lifetime in one of the most beautiful countries in Europe: Spain! The group was divided into 2 trips, with 40 on the first trip and 46 on the second. The 12-day trip itinerary was extremely well organized and chalk full of extravagant golf
excursions, sightseeing tours, dining, and more. The itinerary catered to the needs of both the golfers and non-golfers attending the trip.

Landing in Malaga, Spain, the members traveled to their first accommodation, Hotel Almenara in Sotogrande, an elegant,
Mediterranean-inspired 4-star golf resort, where they were greeted with a Welcome Reception Dinner. The reception, held on the terrace, had gorgeous views of mountains and the Mediterranean Sea. The group was served a delectable assortment of traditional Spanish tapas and refreshing cocktails, while they mingled with their fellow travelers. Some of the members traveling together did not know each other prior to this trip and grew very close throughout the journey. Traveling with people and experiencing new things together truly creates a uniquely special bond.  

Golfing excursions were at the best of the best in the Southern Spain region, including Finca Cortesin Golf Club, Valderrama, LaReserva at Sotogrande, Real Sotogrande Golf Club and San Rouge Golf Club. The golfing in Spain was very unique compared to what our members are used to in Southwest Florida. The regions were very mountainous, with a lot of elevation changes on the courses. Mark noted that it was challenging, but very rewarding. He said the members embraced the challenge and truly had an
exceptional time playing these world class courses.



Their sightseeing tours took them all around Southern Spain, across the Strait of Gibraltar, and even to Tangiers, Morocco at the Northwestern tip of Africa for an exotic day trip. When in Tangiers, their local guides toured the members around the city, teaching them hands-on about Moroccan history while experiencing the rush of being in such a lively, exciting destination. They haggled their way through markets and bazaars for handcrafted Moroccan goods (rugs, leather, and pottery, oh my!), encountered snake charmers on the streets, rode camels through a park and on the beach, and enjoyed a traditional Moroccan lunch accompanied by live music and belly dancers.



As all good things must come to an end, this extraordinary journey ended with a Farewell Dinner back in Malaga consisting of an elaborate five course meal, and traditional flamenco dance performance. At the dinner, the members received a handmade gift- a gorgeous terracea box with the Shadow Wood logo and “Spain Trip 2019” engraved on the top. Everyone had a wonderful time,
reminiscing on all the once-in-a-lifetime memories they were able to share together and bring back to Shadow Wood.



Mark has received truly wonderful feedback from those who experienced this trip. “Wow! What an adventure.” said Mary Kunza, Shadow Wood Member. “It was far beyond our expectations not only with the golf and grand excursions but also the unbelievable
organization in its entirety. My mere words cannot explain this experience. Priceless.” Shadow Wood Member Tod Wilcock added, “What a great trip! From the golf, to the Barbary monkeys in Gibraltar, to the markets in Tangiers, it was all insightful and incredible.”

If you’re interested in experiencing one of these fabulous trips for yourself, the Shadow Wood Golf Travel Committee has an amazing trip planned for Summer 2020 to Whistling Straits and The American Club in Kohler, Wisconsin. This trip offers the unique
opportunity to play up to four of Kohler’s well revered and nationally ranked courses. The highlight will be the Whistling Straits Course, which one month later will host Steve Stricker’s American team taking on Padraig Harrington’s European squad in the 2020 Ryder Cup. Team USA and Team Europe will be walking in SWCC Members' footsteps! To join fellow members and one of our Pros for what will prove to be a memorable trip, please email our Director of Golf, Andy Scrivner at [email protected].

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