Sanibel Island Golf Club offering island employee program for first time
An island golf course has launched a new program for employees on Sanibel and Captiva.
Earlier in May, the Sanibel Island Golf Club began offering discounted memberships for people who work on the islands for the first time ever. Golf professional Gene Taylor explained that club is aiming to provide golf opportunities in the off-season and spread the word about improvements to the course.
“It’s the first year that we’ve done it,” he said.
Taylor noted that not everyone can afford an annual membership.
“It’s a slower time on the island,” he said, adding that employees may have more time off the work clock. “We’re hoping they can take advantage of our slow season and take advantage of our facilities.”
In addition, it gives non-members a chance to see the changes that have been taking place.
According to Taylor, the course has not had the best reputation. But new ownership took over in 2012 and began making improvements, and a new superintendent has been in place for about 18 months.
“Our course’s condition has improved dramatically,” he said.
“Specifically, the greens are much better,” Taylor added.
The Sanibel River runs through the course, so the club has been working with the city and Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation to make environmentally-conscious changes to prevent runoff from fertilizer. Native vegetation has been planted, along with bee hives and acres of native wildflowers.
“It works more into the natural setting on the island,” he said.
Taylor pointed out that the changes are a work in progress.
“Because it’s dealing with the grass and environment, it takes time,” he said.
The Island Employee Summer Membership program is open to anyone who works on Sanibel and Captiva. Valid through September, the cost is $50 and the person only pays a cart fee when they play.
Taylor noted that the cart fee is $16 for nine holes and $24 for 18 holes.
“We do give them a discounted guest fee,” he said.
The fee for a guest to play is $35.
The benefits nearly equal a gold membership, which costs $3,300 and includes a pro shop discount.
“They pay the same fees as a gold member,” Taylor said of the employee program.
As of May 25, about 15 people had signed up.
He noted that it is one the reasons why the club is trying to get the word out.
“If they’re working on the islands, they’re driving by us every day,” Taylor said, encouraging island employees to check it out. “It gives them an opportunity to play out on the island and it gives them an opportunity to play a course they don’t have access to in-season.”
For more about the program or to sign up, contact Gene Taylor or Drew Donnelly at 239-472-2626. They can also be reached at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Sanibel Island Golf Club is open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information on the course, visit www.sanibelislandgc.com.
The Sanibel Island Golf Club is at 1100 Par View Drive.