Sanibel Island
Courses:The Dunes

When it comes to championship golf in a pristine coastal setting, The Dunes Golf & Tennis Club delivers an incomparable experience. Any time of year, enthusiasts can enjoy 18 challenging holes of golf, seven Har-Tru tennis courts, a heated swimming pool and an award-winning restaurant with a lively lounge. Masterfully designed by 10-time PGA tour winner Mark McCumber, The Dunes Golf & Tennis Club is nestled upon a stunning wildlife preserve on the fabled island of Sanibel, Florida. 

As the crown jewel in the Inns of Sanibel Golf & Beach Resorts collection, The Dunes offers a complimentary social and sports membership to all guests of the boutique inns during their stay which includes Sanibel Inn, Seaside Inn, The Song of the Sea and Sunset Beach Resort.

While the course consists of approximately 5800 yards of manicured greens, it plays much longer thanks to cool island breezes. Golf-aficionados who play the links at The Dunes can expect to encounter water on every hole with players frequently hitting to a well protected green for an added degree of difficulty. Consistent with an island experience, The Dunes aquatic driving range is open seven days a week, and offers approximately 275 yards of long hitting into a pond. Players can perfect their short game on the perfectly manicured practice green which is situated near the clubhouse overlooking several serene lakes. 

Lovers of wildlife will especially enjoy the back nine, where tarpon can be seen rolling in the lakes as alligators sun themselves on the banks. A pair of eagles affectionately known as “Zach and MaryLou” call The Dunes home, along with exotic species of migratory birds.

The course is especially proud of its recent accolade by The Florida Department of Environmental Protection, who awarded The Dunes Golf & Tennis Club the highest grade on the island for their commitment to preserving the environment by reducing fertilizer use, growing higher grasses to filter water and adding diffusers to increase oxygen in the lakes. 

The Dunes was also voted “Best Golf Course in Lee County” by readers of Gulfshore Life Magazine, a distinct honor considering the staggering number of courses in the immediate area. The club, which underwent a thorough renovation in 2016, also completed a swimming pool restoration project in 2019.

“We are Sanibel Island’s premier golf destination, known for stunning fairways, playability and abundant wildlife,” said Brian Kautz General Manager of The Dunes Golf and Tennis Club. “On any given day you’ll see the bald eagles, osprey, blue herons, cranes and alligators that reside on our picturesque grounds.” 

Two PGA golf professionals are available daily to provide tailored golf instruction for all levels of play, and group golf clinics are offered for juniors, beginners, full swing and short game. The Dunes Golf Pro Shop has a variety of mens’ and ladies’ Callaway rental clubs, as well as unique accessories and quality apparel by top designers including Donald Ross, Adidas, Footjoy, Vineyard Vines, Tail Golf, JoFit and Daily Sports. 

Seven newly resurfaced Har-Tru tennis courts provide an exceptional playing experience for tennis buffs at The Dunes. Two certified tennis professionals offer daily clinics, and private lessons are available to players of all ages and skill levels. The Tennis Pro Shop features the finest in clothing – including a full line of Sofibella activewear for women, as well as footwear, racquets, racquet stringing and accessories. 

For those seeking a casually-elegant dining experience, The Dunes Restaurant serves an array of appetizers, crisp salads with house-made dressing, soups, sandwiches, burgers and savory entrees featuring fresh, local ingredients. Dine among striking artwork highlighting native Florida wildlife in a  relaxed clubhouse atmosphere, or al-fresco on the patio overlooking swaying palms and tranquil lakes. Guests are invited to pre-order to-go sandwiches to enjoy while playing the back nine. For cocktails and lively conversation, The Dunes is open daily for happy hour from 3pm – 6pm. 

The club’s on-site certified wedding planner provides a wealth of knowledge and the experience necessary to ensure a flawless wedding. The Dunes’ team of event specialists create memorable settings, craft innovative menus and book inspiring entertainment for an affair to remember.

For out-of-town guests seeking to enjoy daily golf and beachfront accommodations, the Stay & Play special along with seasonal packages are available at The Inns of Sanibel. The Inns of Sanibel Beach & Golf Resorts consists of The Sanibel Inn – the perfect family escape; The Song of The Sea – an enchanting, couples’ retreat; The Seaside Inn – nostalgic, old Florida-style cottages and suites; and The Sunset Beach Resort – a 4-acre island resort. The Inns of Sanibel and The Dunes Golf & Tennis Club are owned and operated by Dahlmann Properties.