A $4 million renovation that began in 2014 has paid big dividends for The Rookery at Marco in southwest Florida in the eyes of course reviewers for Golf Advisor.
The course -- an amenity of the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa -- finishes the Golf Advisor Power rankings for the week of July 6 atop the overall category and second in course conditions.
The six-month renovation saw the installation of Platinum Paspalum turf, and design changes to numerous bunker complexes.
ChampionsGate Country Club near Orlando finished seventh in course conditions for the week of June 1 but first this time around.
kyburnses played ChampionsGate C.C. on July 7. "The course conditions were impeccable. Tees, fairways and greens were all top notch. Greens rolled true and fast for Florida in the dead of summer," he wrote. "Overall, the best value I have seen in the Orlando area thus far!"
Top 10 overall golf courses of the week
1. The Rookery at Marco, Naples, Fla.
2. Badlands Golf Club, Las Vegas
3. The Golf Club at Dove Mountain, Marana, Ariz.
4. Noble Hawk Golf Links, Kendallville, Ind.
5. Waldorf Astoria Golf Club, Orlando, Fla.
6. Royal St. Cloud Golf Links, St. Cloud, Fla.
7. Salinas Fairways Golf Course, Salinas, Calif.
8. Sandpiper Bay Golf & Country Club, Sunset Beach, N.C.
9. Hollydot Golf Course, Colorado City, Colo.
10. Salish Cliffs Golf Club, Shelton, Wash.
Top 10 course conditions of the week
1. ChampionsGate Country Club, ChampionsGate, Fla.
2. The Rookery at Marco, Naples, Fla.
3. Hilton Head National Golf Club, Bluffton, S.C.
4. Ravines Golf Club, Saugatuck, Mich.
5. Salish Cliffs Golf Club, Shelton, Wash.
6. The Resort at the Mountain, Welches, Ore.
7. Bear's Best Atlanta, Suwanee, Ga.
8. Celebration Golf Club, Celebration, Fla.
9. Waldorf Astoria Golf Club, Orlando, Fla.
10. The Golf Club at Dove Mountain, Marana, Ariz.