South Seas, a luxury resort on Captiva Island, Florida, has announced a new 12-hole short course called The Clutch. The course was designed by Beau Welling and is slated to open later this year.
Welling designed the course to appeal to both novice and seasoned players. The name, which refers to a turtle’s nest, is an homage to the wildlife found on the island and reflects the commitment of upholding environmental sustainability.
“We are extremely proud of the course that we have created at South Seas and look forward to unveiling The Clutch,” said Beau Welling, President and Founder of Beau Welling Design. “The site is spectacular, and we were able to create a strategic and challenging, yet playable golf course that complements the beautiful surroundings with unobstructed water views on every hole. Working with South Seas, we were also able to create a unique and relaxed golf experience that promotes friends and families coming together through the game of golf to enjoy the stunning setting.”
The course includes a 12-hole walkable design (with carts available for accessibility requirements) that offers multiple routes of play, such as two unique choices on the ninth hole between a 76-yard hole or a 54-yard hole, as well as views of the surrounding landscape and ocean, such as Pine Island Sound, Red Fish Pass, North Captiva and the Gulf of Mexico. The course is constructed around three ponds that also serve as a water drainage system.
Much of the course’s design can be seen as a response to Hurricane Ian, which devastated the island. South Seas chose to use native plants for the golf course, including palm trees that were rescued from the hurricane and nurtured at a tree nursery before being replanted. The course can also withstand up to 20 inches of rain in a compressed time, which greatly helps with storm water management.
The course also features a new clubhouse that has both outdoor seating as well as a large putting course. The idea was to give golfers a place to relax either before or after the round of play.