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West Bay Club Partners with Florida Gulf Coast University Men’s Golf Program

November 20, 2020

Estero, Florida– West Bay Club is proud to announce a new partnership with the Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) men’s golf program. As part of the partnership, the West Bay Club will be the FGCU men’s golf team’s home course, team members will have access to West Bay Club’s practice facility and golf course to advance player development and help attract future recruits.

“We are excited to help FGCU build a perennial national contender right here in Southwest Florida,” said Danny Butts, head golf professional, West Bay Club. “Our West Bay vision of striving for excellence aligns with FGCU’s strong golf program.  We believe that both of our brands will be strengthened by this relationship.”

Located in Fort Myers, just 8.2 miles from West Bay, Florida Gulf Coast University teams have combined to win 82 conference regular season and tournament titles in just 13 seasons at the Division I level. In addition, in just nine seasons of D-I postseason eligibility, the Eagles have had a combined 38 teams or individuals compete in NCAA championships, including three men’s golfers. FGCU Men’s golf coach Andrew Dana has assembled a talented squad of golfers with hopes of winning the A-Sun Conference and advancing to Nationals.

Earlier this year, West Bay Club was named a “Distinguished Club” by BoardRoom magazine, the official publication of the Association of Private Club Directors. Each year BoardRoom magazine recognizes a select number of “Distinguished Clubs” based on criteria and evaluation process that distills and measures a club’s Member Experience. The prestigious private club designation comes as West Bay Club and community are in the midst of phase one of a $12 million amenity improvement and renovation project focused on updating and transforming the community’s Bay House activity center, poolside fitness building, dining options and Beach Club ocean-side amenity, as well as West Bay Club’s Golf House and pub.  U.S. News & World Report has once again chosen Lee County, where West Bay Clubs and Estero is located, as the Best Place to Retire in 2020.

The member-owned private golf club and community is located on 868 acres adjacent to Estero Bay and bordering 500 acres of nature preserve and wetlands. Troon Privé, the private club operations division of Troon, manages the award-winning club and community association.

For more information on West Bay Club, visit For complete coverage of the FGCU men’s golf team, follow the Eagles on Twitter and Instagram at @FGCU_MGOLF and online at  

About West Bay Club

West Bay Club is a member-owned community with golf, tennis and a private beach club in Estero Bay located between Southwest Florida International Airport and Naples, with Captiva and Sanibel Islands nearby. West Bay Club offers a variety of exceptional neighborhoods and residential styles. Homes range from large single-family residences to high-rise living and everything in between. West Bay Club residents enjoy access to a host of exceptional amenities, including: a private Beach Club on the Gulf of Mexico with an old Key West-style Beach House restaurant; the Bay House, an activity center with casual dining; resort-style swimming pool; a fitness center; Sports Park, featuring pickleball and a dog park; and the River Park with boat launch and storage, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, an open-event field, children’s play area, basketball courts and picnic pavilions. Golf Club members enjoy access to the golf course; Golf House, a beautiful fine-dining restaurant located in the clubhouse; and Niblick, a casual bar featuring a variety of local brews.