Here’s how to take a romantic golf getaway to Naples, Fla., for under $2,500

September 6, 2019
Naples, Fla.

Florida is one of the country’s ultimate golf destinations, with numerous areas boasting top-tier golf, but I’ve always had a special spot in my heart for Naples, on the sunny southwest Gulf Coast. My husband worked at a golf club there for two winter seasons early in our relationship, and I used to relish the opportunity to escape the cold New York winter for a few days to visit him in paradise-like temperatures.

Fall is also a great time to visit the area, as it receives very little rain, and October and November temperatures average in the low- to mid-80s. With a charming downtown, great restaurants and an abundance of beachfront resorts, it’s also the perfect place for a romantic golf getaway. Here’s how you can take your trip for less than $2,500.

AIRFARE: ~$500

From East Coast airports like JFK and BOS, you can fly direct to the Fort Myers airport, RSW (which is about a half-hour drive to Naples), for as low as $213. From a West Coast destination like LAX, you’re looking at about $300 per person — plus a layover. From Chicago, Spirit Airlines will get you there for an incredible $158 (price via Kayak).

So let’s say you can expect to spend around $250 per person, for a total of $500 in airfare.


Since the RSW airport is still a bit of a drive from Naples proper, renting a car is a good idea. A midsize SUV from Budget will only set you back $133 (price via Kayak) for a long weekend — a pretty smokin’ deal if you ask me!

Total spend: $500 + $133 = $633

The Naples Grande Beach Resort in Naples, Fla.
The Naples Grande Beach Resort in Naples, Fla.

HOTEL: $892

There are so many beautiful places to stay in Naples, but I’m partial to the Naples Grande Beach Resort. Formerly operated by Waldorf Astoria, the resort has a complimentary shuttle to a beautiful white-sand beach, a nice pool area, and is perfectly situated about six miles north of Naples’ ultra-fun 5th Avenue shopping and restaurant district.

At $260/night (via Expedia) plus a $37 daily resort fee, a three-night stay will cost you $892. You can definitely save a few hundred dollars by staying elsewhere, but the Naples Grande sets a very romantic tone.

Total spend: $633 + $892 = $1,525

The CME Group LPGA Tour Championship has been held at Tiburon since 2013.
The CME Group LPGA Tour Championship has been held at Tiburon since 2013.


You can’t visit Naples without teeing it up at the home of the LPGA Tour’s CME Group Tour Championship and the PGA Tour’s QBE Shootout: Tiburon. Two Greg Norman-designed courses await you there, and green fees are a pretty reasonable $149/person.

A great Day 2 option is Lely Resort Golf and Country Club, where the Flamingo Island course features a showstopper par 4 that is completely surrounded by water. The best part? Green fees start at $59.

Total green fee spend: $416

Total spend: $1,525 + $416 = $1,941

DINING: $550

The 5th Avenue dining scene is a must when in Naples, and it’s hard to go wrong. I also love Riverwalk in Tin City, which inexplicably has just three stars on Yelp, but I recall it as having the best fried calamari and pesto aioli dipping sauce I’ve ever tasted. It’s also near Shane’s Cabana Bar (visible in this story’s lead photo) — a great place for a pre- or post-meal beverage.

You have plenty of room left in your budget for some splurgy dinners, so give this breakdown a try:

Day 1 arrival dinner: $80

Day 2 golf course lunch: $50

Day 2 splurgy dinner: $150

Day 3 golf course lunch: $50

Day 3 splurgy dinner: $150

Miscellaneous breakfasts and snacks: $70

Total dining spend: $550

Total spend: $1,941 + $550 = $2,491

And there you have it! A fab, three-night, two day golf trip for two in Naples, Fla. for under $2,500! Ready to book? Happy travels!

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