Wilderness Country Club, located just 10 minutes from downtown Naples, Florida, is one of Golf Life Navigators’ Showcase Clubs. Wilderness is designated as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, with native vegetation and abundant wildlife. Wilderness is in harmony with nature, on its 18-hole golf course and throughout this stunning property.
Driving through the gates of Wilderness you quickly realize you are in old Florida. The maturity of the landscape is both breathtaking and natural. Wilderness is committed to the natural vegetation and continues this tradition throughout time.
Among the thousands of Golf Life Navigators’ ProGuide3 questionnaires that have been completed by potential new club members, the importance of beautiful landscaping is among the top reasons they’ve identified in looking for new club in the Sun Belt. So we asked Scott Bertrand, the COO at Wilderness Country Club, to explain how Wilderness goes about ensuring that their landscaping is something that sets Wilderness apart.
Q. Scott, is there a commitment from Wilderness to continually enhancing the magnificent landscaping at your club?
A. I can assure you that our Senior Leadership Team, Board of Directors and Committees are all 100% committed to the Audubon Certified Sanctuary lifestyle that we not only enjoy but are also committed to maintaining its natural and native plantings, trees and flowers.
Q. Are there particular areas at the club that you highlight, in terms of maximizing the beauty of nature to your members and guests?
A. We are particular about our native preserve areas as well as the entry road. We allocate numerous resources keeping these areas pristine and of course natural and native. Another area of particular planting is our fence line along Goodlette Frank Road (outside the entrance) where we planted “Flaming Vine.” This beautiful vine flowers in the dry season of winter with brilliant orange flowers that resemble a flame.
Q. How often does Wilderness change the look of its landscaping in those areas, and throughout other areas of the club?
A. We are continually updating our landscape but not with the new modern look and feel that you see in other communities. When we plant we plant more of the traditional tall pines, cypress trees, banyan trees, gumbo limbo and live oaks.
Q. What questions should prospective members ask a Membership Director about the club’s commitment to landscaping?
A. A prospective member should ask the Membership Director if the community has a master plan for landscaping as well as who is the landscape architect and what is their philosophy on trees, plantings and maintenance of said trees and plantings.