the forest country club

The Forest Country Club

South Fort Myers, Florida Golf Community


Welcome to The Forest Country Club

The Forest Country Club, first recognized in Southwest Florida as a “true golf club”, is an idyllic setting.  Every effort has been made to retain the natural beauty of wooded areas and sparkling lakes found on the property where birds and wildlife abound.  This largely unspoiled terrain serves as a backdrop for The Bear and The Bobcat, two 18-hole championship golf courses, designed to challenge golfers at all handicap levels.

Your opportunity to become a part of something special.

  • Less than 500 memberships on Two courses
  • Walking permitted
  • More than 35 golf groups to play in
  • Outstanding Social events
  • Convenient location on US 41 between Estero and Fort Myers
  • Golf memberships include Family, Individual, Executive (under 54) and Sports (limited)
  • One year Preview Membership available in all golf categories

Where else in Southwest Florida will you find tree-lined fairways, expansive greens and miles of lakes and streams that come together to make The Forest?


Membership Types at The Forest Country Club


Our Preview Golf Programs let new Members enjoy our Club’s amenities with a 12 month commitment by paying only dues and fees.  Please email Shannon Mattes, Membership and Marketing Director at or call at  (239) 482-1310 for additional information.

Family Golf

Provides full access to all of the Club’s facilities and amenities to include golf, tennis, fitness, bocce, dining and all social & lifestyle events. Preview The Forest Program available.

Individual Golf

Provides access to tennis, fitness, bocce, dining and all social & lifestyle events. Also provides golf privileges to one golfer per membership. Preview The Forest Program available.

Executive Golf

Provides full access to all of the Club’s facilities and amenities to include golf, tennis, fitness, bocce, dining and all social & lifestyle events. Must be under age 55 to qualify for this membership. Preview The Forest Program available.

Family Sports

Provides access to golf practice areas, tennis, fitness, bocce, dining and all social & lifestyle events. Limited golf available from November through April and unlimited golf from May through October.

Annual Tennis

Provides access to tennis, bocce, dining and all social & lifestyle events. Fitness privileges may be purchased as an add-on.

Annual Dining

Provides access to bocce, dining and all social & lifestyle events. Fitness privileges may be purchased as an add-on.

Director of Membership & Marketing

shannon mattes the forest country clubShannon Mattes joined The Forest Country Club in October of 2016 as Director of Membership & Marketing. She recently located to the Fort Myers area from Chicago, IL where she led a marketing consulting team for a Private Equity firm in Downtown Chicago, specializing in digital marketing and e-commerce. Prior to moving to the Midwest, Shannon held management positions at Orchid Island Golf and Beach Club in Vero Beach, Florida and Prouts Neck Country Club in Scarborough, Maine. She received a degree in Political Science from Florida State University. Shannon is a huge Chicago Cubs fan and loves to travel, which stems from her childhood as an army-brat.


Real Estate Communities at Collier’s Reserve

Homes between $110,000 and $720,000

Imagine stepping out your door and onto the first tee of one of Southwest Florida’s finest courses. Or heading over to the tennis center for a morning match with friends. Or stopping by the Clubhouse for an array of social events. Whatever your pleasure, living at The Forest Country Club is sure to please.

Established in 1979, The Forest is a Member-owned club that features two meticulously maintained, 18-hole championship golf courses nestled amid centuries-old oak, cypress, and stately palms. In fact, nature created The Forest. We are preserving it.

Featuring beautiful single-family homes, unique condominiums and distinctive villas, The Forest is a thriving community of year-round and winter residents who share a sense of family and community. Nestled on 650 acres bordering a nature preserve, The Forest has a commitment to maintaining the lush natural beauty that makes living here truly paradise. We are proud to say that nature created The Forest, and we are preserving it.

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Golf Courses at The Forest Country Club

Established in 1979, The Forest is best recognized for its traditions. This member-owned and operated club has distinguished itself from its neighboring clubs for maintaining an exceptionally active and friendly membership. The Club is one of only a handful of Private Country Clubs in Southwest Florida that has non-resident Memberships. Members live on Sanibel, Captiva, Bonita Springs and all around the Fort Myers area as well as in The Forest.

The Bear

The Forest Country Club offers twice the golfing pleasure. The famed Bear Course exceeds the expectations of all who experience it. The Bear has been the host to over 5 United States Golf Association events including U.S. Open Qualifier.  It has also hosted over 16 Florida State Golf Association events including the Florida Match Play Championship. Ranked by GOLFWEEK Magazine as one of Florida’s Top 25 Most Distinctive Courses, The Bear provides the ultimate golfing challenge. However, with five sets of tees, even junior players enjoy braving The Bear.

  • Northern Course feel
  • Long & Challenging, 6940 years
  • Host to USGA and PGA statewide championships, celebrity and charitable golf events
  • Abundance of centuries-old oaks, cypress and palmetto
  • Tifway 419 Bermuda grass fairways
  • TifEagle Greens

The Bobcat

The Bobcat, is uniquely different but just as challenging as the Bear.  A slightly short, park style golf course that is filled with beautiful oaks and cypress tress as well as big, beautiful greens and lush fairways. Time after time, the design, beauty and immaculate condition of this course presents a new challenge. The Bobcat and The Bear both feature brand new ultra-dwarf greens.

  • Traditional Florida course
  • Wider fairways make this a more forgiving course, yet challenging due to many lakes and preservation areas
  • Several holes played through the preserve
  • Abundance of wildlife
  • Celebration Bermudagrass fairways
  • Ultra-dwarf Greens

Golf Events

Golfing events at The Forest Country Club are many and varied.  The most prestigious events, the Couples, Men’s and Ladies Invitational highlight each season.  Great other member events that include the Fall Classic, Member-Member Championships and Club Championship keep the membership enjoying friendly and competitive playing opportunities on a constant basis.


Tennis at The Forest Country Club

The Forest Tennis center offers everything you need for your tennis game. Six expertly maintained HarTru clay courts make home in our peaceful Forest setting. Three of the six courts are lighted for your night tennis convenience. We provide a variety of activities and programs that are tailored for every player. Some of these programs include weekly clinics and doubles play, private and group lessons, league play, junior programs, round robins, tournaments and special events. Tennis players come from all over the area due to the leadership of the Tennis Director Fred Kangwa. Kangwa, a former member of the Davis Cup Team for Zambia, Africa, has been the Head Tennis Professional at The Forest for over 15 years. His extra-friendly demeanor makes the most experienced and the beginner player feel most welcome at the tennis facility.

The Forest League Teams

The Forest Country Club has an active Women’s and Men’s Tennis Program, including Leagues and Clinics for all skill levels including 3.0, 3.5-, 3.5, 4.0-, 4.0, 4.5 and 5.0. For the 2016-2017 league season, we will have 9 different teams coming from The Forest. We are actively involved in the Lee County Women’s and Men’s leagues, Bonita Ladies League, and USTA team leagues. Each of our teams cater to different levels and ages of play so that everyone has an opportunity to play competitively.


Amenities at The Forest Country Club


The Forest Country Club has two newly constructed Bocce courts and over 300 active Bocce players. With the Bocce courts conveniently located next to the Clubhouse, it is a perfect surroundings for a player looking to socialize, have fun and play competitively.

We offer several opportunities for our members to play bocce throughout the entire year. Bocce season is from January – March in which our courts are full Tuesday through Saturday with laughter and fun bocce play. During the Summer months, we hold our bocce night every Friday night at 5:00pm. Whether your wanting to learn the sport or have played before, we have a group for you.

Fitness Programs


Groove with Nichole Monday mornings at 8am for this total body workout using popular dance tunes. Easy to follow Cardio routines are interspersed with toning, strength, and core work. All fitness levels are welcome. Bring a mat, towel and water. $7 per class Location: Dining Room


This co-ed hybrid class combines yoga and pilates movements to gently strengthen, tone and stretch your muscles. Tubing and foam rollers may also be used to compliment the movements.
Classes are held Thursdays at 9:30am. Bring a yoga mat, towel, and water bottle. Cost $7 per class Location: Fitness Garden


Join us on Wednesdays at 8am for small group interval workout focuses on interval training to burn body fat. An upper body, lower body and core exercise is performed for either a 30, 45, or 60 second intervals, interspersed with cardio blasts to get your heart pumping. Everyone works at their own pace and chooses their own weights.
Class is held on Wednesdays at 8am in the fitness center and limited to four persons to provide individual attention. Personal training at a fraction of the price. RSVP to Cost $25/person per class. Contact our fitness professional Rita Pociask at or (239) 848-0888 for more information on any of the group fitness events or personal fitness program.


Aqua Zumba is a low impact/high energy workout that utilizes Latin and international music for dance integrated with a water based workout that is easier on the joints and utilizes the natural water resistance. It is designed for everyone who can follow instruction and likes being in the water. Instructor, Maria Grace Elston, leads a devoted group of ladies every Monday and Friday morning at 9:30 a.m. The class rotates monthly among the condo associations’ pools. The Latin music is fun and an enthusiastic Maria Grace keeps us in an upbeat mood while we “shake it up” in the water. You do not have to know how to swim, as we stay in the shallow end! The cost of the class is $5.00 per session and no special equipment is needed. Residents of the community are welcome.


Member Dining at The Forest Country Club

The Forest Country Club provides a friendly and inviting atmosphere for members and their guests.

Members can often been seen enjoying their favorite cocktail, or some of the culinary creations of Chef Jeremy Playford, CEC and his talented team.

Our Gumbo Limbo Lounge overlooking the starting hole on the Bear Course is a great place to cool down after your round with your favorite beverage and enjoy a casual buffet lunch.

The Cypress Grill Room offers a sit down relaxed atmosphere with various styles of cuisine and theme nights for both lunch and dinner. Members can be seen participating in Trivia Night, a Prime Rib Buffet, or watching their favorite sporting team in the attached bar.

Our Formal Dining Rooms host extravagant member functions for up to 300 to keep members and their guests dancing the night away. A variety of social events and member tournaments are a great place to witness the camaraderie that has given The Forest its warm and welcoming reputation.

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