The Club at Gateway Gets New Owner, New Name, Over $5,000,000 in Improvements and No Member Assessments!

Fort Myers, FL (February 7, 2019) – Gateway Golf & Country Club gets a new owner, a new name and over $5,000,000 in improvements!

The Equity Members of Gateway Golf & Country Club in Fort Myers, Florida sold the Club to a local businessman Don Garrett. Don was presented with the idea and opportunity by his Operating Partner, Jimmy Lynn, who has been in the private Club business for many years. “The more I looked at the business model, the more I liked it because it compliments my current D. Garrett Construction Company where I specialize in all aspects of building and facilities improvements in the private club sector,” stated Don Garrett. Lynn and Garrett formed a company, Lifestyle Management Group of Florida to manage and own future golf and country clubs. There were many parties interested in purchasing the Club, including Club Corp and Concert Golf, but the Members decided to sell it to Garrett and Lynn. Members voted for the sale to Garrett and Lynn with a 98.6% vote to seal the deal.

The Club has been rebranded and is now named The Club at Gateway. This summer, a world class bocce complex and pickleball courts were built. Over 200 people are in the bocce leagues and pickleball has become very popular. Several complimentary pickleball clinics were offered to Members with an overwhelming attendance and excitement for the game. The membership has grown with the addition of 70 new Members in various categories. Membership offerings have been completely restructured to align with current trends and market demand. The Membership Director has been very successful in showcasing the club’s Membership Offerings and future plans under new ownership which meet the needs of individuals and families of all ages. “Our membership is very excited about the infusion of over $5 million into the Club with NO future assessments. We are seeing a spike of Jr. Executives (under 36) members and other categories with the restructure of the offerings,” states MJ Chappy, Director of Membership & Marketing.

Construction will begin after Easter 2019 on a new 300 seat banquet facility that will have the ability to be split in three different areas to accommodate large or small events. A new second level fitness center will be built, complete with separate spin and aerobics rooms, as well as, new cardio, weight and TRX training. The new resort style pool will feature a zero entry area, water features, lap lanes and a 20 seat outdoor bar. The new display exhibition kitchen equipped with wood burning pizza ovens and grills will be the star of the food and beverage operation. Another first class feature will be a 1,500 bottle glass wine cellar in the lobby area and a private wine room for dining and entertaining! A playground has also been added to the plans for children to enjoy.

Garrett and Lynn presented the overall plan to the membership at a recent Town Hall meeting and the Members could not be more excited. “We believe that The Club at Gateway, which is situated in a booming area, with new housing and corporations growing daily, younger families and new Members will continue to join for the new lifestyle offerings,” says Jimmy.

“The Club at Gateway will always be our flagship Club and we look forward to growing the business in Southwest Florida where we can be very hands on and provide a very personalized service to the Clubs we own or manage,” added Don.

About The Club at Gateway:

Conveniently located near the airport, shopping, beaches and entertainment, The Club at Gateway is a private, yet casual country club, known as having the friendliest Members. The Tom Fazio Signature course features six sets of tees, playing over 7,000 yards with a par of 72. Meticulously maintained and included in Golf Digest’s list of “Top 100 Private Courses,” Tom Fazio rates the 10th hole as one of the top four greatest golf holes he has ever designed. With a 20-acre trend-setting “Golf Improvement Center,” it’s also the home of the Golf Channel Academy. Created by course architect Ron Garl, this first-class facility features a double-sided range, four short-game areas, fantastic putting green, and two practice holes, a par 3 and par 4. Club amenities include The Griffin Grille & Pub offering panoramic views of the course is just steps from the tee box. The tennis center, bocce complex and pickleball courts all offer comprehensive programs for players of all ages and abilities. Members can also participate in array of clubs, classes, games and social events. Under new ownership, with the Club $5 million renovation project and additional amenities, Members will not be required to pay any future assessments. Gateway residency is not required.

For Information on Membership Opportunities and a Tour, please contact MJ Chappy at (239) 561-1012 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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  • The Club at Gateway Renovation Approached Completion!

    The excitement continues as all eyes are on The Club at Gateway renovation project. The new resort style pool is progressing nicely, all the equipment has been installed and they are putting the finishing touches on the detail items, including the tile, colored bubblers, fountains, coping and the pebbletech finish coat. The area is being graded and will begin installing some of the landscaping, irrigation, lighting and sound components and then the pavers. What a great addition to the Club… beach entry, water features, dedicated lap lanes, 16-seat outdoor bar with TV’s offering specialty beverages and poolside entertainment for Club Members.

    The fitness center drywall has been completed, the flooring is scheduled to be installed and all the new aerobics and weight and TRX strength training equipment delivered the end of March. A large array of fitness and water aerobics classes will also be provided for Members as part of the Club’s new fitness program. The Fitness Center will be built complete with separate spinning and aerobics room.

    The drywall in the main dining room, outdoor dining and outdoor bar areas have been completed. All bar and service equipment are being installed along with all the lighting and audio visual components. The outdoor bar will be tiled and will get a beautiful bar top.

    The new exhibition kitchen with the pizza oven is just about completed with the flooring and the viewing bar elements being finished up. Chef Dan and his team have perfected many new recipes including the best pizza around with the freshest ingredients from Italy and toppings for every palette.

    Another first class feature will be a 1,600 bottle glass wine cellar in the lobby area and a private wine room for dining and entertaining. Club amenities, tennis, pickleball, bocce, fitness center and pool including dining in the Grille Room remained open for Member enjoyment during the renovations.

    New fresh paint and roof tile stain on all the buildings has been completed giving the Club a more contemporary look.

    The Club at Gateway, known as “the friendliest Club in the area” is the recipient of the Best of Fort Myers Gold Award for “Best Private Golf Course & Country Club.” This distinguished award recognizes businesses with excellence in product, performance or services.

    “What a great time to join the Club, new amenities, no assessments and a special opportunity to join the Club and for a limited time, receive up to 6 MONTHS of FREE DUES,” states MJ Chappy, Membership Director.

    About The Club at Gateway:


    Conveniently located near the airport, shopping, beaches and entertainment, The Club at Gateway is a private, yet casual country club, known as having the friendliest Members. The Tom Fazio Signature course features 6 sets of tees, playing over 7,000 yards with a par of 72. Meticulously maintained and included in Golf Digest’s list of “Top 100 Private Courses,” Tom Fazio rates the 10th hole as one of the top four greatest golf holes he has ever designed. With a 20-acre trend-setting “Golf Improvement Center,” it’s also the home of the Golf Channel Academy. Created by course architect Ron Garl, this first-class facility features a double-sided range, 4 short-game areas, fantastic putting green, and 2 practice holes, a par 3 and par 4. Club amenities include The Griffin Grille offering panoramic views of the course is just steps from the tee box. The tennis center with 6 lit har-tru courts, bocce complex and pickleball courts all offer comprehensive programs for players of all ages and abilities. Members can also participate in array of clubs, classes, games and social events. Summer Camp and Jr. Golf Camps are available for Members and non-members of the Club. Under new ownership, over $5 million will be spent on the clubhouse renovations project and Members will not be required to pay any future assessments. For Information on Membership Opportunities and a Tour, please contact MJ Chappy at (239) 561-1012 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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  • The Club at Gateway Hosts the Minnesota Twins Celebrity Golf Classic to Benefit Cancer Patients

    Minnesota Twins players, coaches and alumni joined baseball fans and business sponsors at the 22nd Annual Minnesota Twins Celebrity Golf Classic at The Club at Gateway, which raised more than $76,000 in support of the Integrative Medicine Program at the Lee Health Regional Cancer Center, Southwest Florida’s premier cancer care center that treats all aspects of patient care under one roof. The Center has received accreditation with commendation from the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer.


    This annual event included golf with a Minnesota Twins player or personnel, lunch before the 1p.m. shotgun start, on-course refreshments and hole-in-one prizes. A dinner following the tournament was open to players and non-players and included cocktails, a tremendous dinner by Chef Dan and the opportunity to bid on exclusive silent auction items. Numerous Members at The Club at Gateway also volunteered to help throughout the tournament.


    “We are inspired by the continued support of the Minnesota Twins, the Club at Gateway, and all of the volunteers who made this tournament possible,” commented Chris Simoneau, Chief Foundation and Development Officer, Lee Health. “Funds raised through the event will benefit our most challenged neighbors and friends, those that need our support as they battle cancer and receive treatment at the Regional Cancer Center of Lee Health. We are eternally grateful that the Twins continue this great partnership.”


    About The Club at Gateway:


    Conveniently located near the airport, shopping, beaches and entertainment, The Club at Gateway is a private, yet casual country club, known as having the friendliest Members. The Tom Fazio Signature course features 6 sets of tees, playing over 7,000 yards with a par of 72. Meticulously maintained and included in Golf Digest’s list of “Top 100 Private Courses,” Tom Fazio rates the 10th hole as one of the top four greatest golf holes he has ever designed. With a 20-acre trend-setting “Golf Improvement Center,” it’s also the home of the Golf Channel Academy. Created by course architect Ron Garl, this first-class facility features a double-sided range, 4 short-game areas, fantastic putting green, and 2 practice holes, a par 3 and par 4. Club amenities include The Griffin Grille offering panoramic views of the course is just steps from the tee box. The tennis center with 6 lit har-tru courts, bocce complex and pickleball courts all offer comprehensive programs for players of all ages and abilities. Members can also participate in array of clubs, classes, games and social events. Under new ownership, over $5 million will be spent on the clubhouse renovations project and Members will not be required to pay any future assessments. For Information on Membership Opportunities and a Tour, please contact MJ Chappy at (239) 561-1012 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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  • The Club at Gateway Renovation Update!

    Season is here, Members are back and the excitement continues as all eyes are on the Club renovation project. The new resort style pool is progressing nicely and now you can really see how enormous it will be and imagine yourself having a tropical drink at the pool bar with friends! What a great addition to the Club… beach entry, water features, dedicated lap lanes, 16-seat outdoor bar with TV’s offering specialty beverages and poolside entertainment for Club Members.

    A variety of water aerobics classes will also be provided for Members as part of the Club’s new fitness program. All categories of memberships (except Tennis Only) can participate in the water aerobics and fitness classes. Once the Fitness Center is completed, a large array of fitness classes will be offered in addition to the current fitness classes. The Fitness Center will be built complete with separate spinning and aerobics rooms, as well as, new cardio, weight and TRX training equipment.

    After all that exercise, it will be time to enjoy one of Chef Dan’s specialty pizzas made in his new wood burning oven. Chef Dan has perfected his dough recipe and combined it with the freshest ingredients from Italy and toppings for every palette. Everyone is looking forward to eating the best pizza around!

    Moving upwards, windows have been installed, drywall is up and members are anxious to see the dining room completed so they can start enjoying all that it has to offer.

    Another first class feature will be a 1,600 bottle glass wine cellar in the lobby area and a private wine room for dining and entertaining. Club amenities, tennis, pickleball, bocce, fitness center and pool including dining in the Grille Room remain open for Member enjoyment during the renovations.

    The Club at Gateway, known as “the friendliest Club in the area” is the recipient of the Best of Fort Myers Gold Award for “Best Private Golf Course & Country Club.” This distinguished award recognizes businesses with excellence in product, performance or services.

    “What a great time to join the Club, new amenities, no assessments and a special opportunity to join the Club and receive up to 6 MONTHS of FREE DUES,” states MJ Chappy, Membership Director.

    About The Club at Gateway:

    Conveniently located near the airport, shopping, beaches and entertainment, The Club at Gateway is a private, yet casual country club, known as having the friendliest Members. The Tom Fazio Signature course features 6 sets of tees, playing over 7,000 yards with a par of 72. Meticulously maintained and included in Golf Digest’s list of “Top 100 Private Courses,” Tom Fazio rates the 10th hole as one of the top four greatest golf holes he has ever designed. With a 20-acre trend-setting “Golf Improvement Center,” it’s also the home of the Golf Channel Academy. Created by course architect Ron Garl, this first-class facility features a double-sided range, 4 short-game areas, fantastic putting green, and 2 practice holes, a par 3 and par 4. Club amenities include The Griffin Grille offering panoramic views of the course is just steps from the tee box. The tennis center, bocce complex and pickleball courts all offer comprehensive programs for players of all ages and abilities. Members can also participate in array of clubs, classes, games and social events. Under new ownership, over $5 million will be spent on the clubhouse renovations project and Members will not be required to pay any future assessments.

    For Information on Membership Opportunities and a Tour, please contact MJ Chappy at (239) 561-1012 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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  • The Club at Gateway Hires Chris Shultis, Director of Golf!

    The Club at Gateway has hired a new Director of Golf, Christopher Shultis. A native New Yorker, Chris attended the State University of New York - Delhi, where his true golfing career began. Chris replaces John Lane who has been promoted to GM at Quail Village, which is also managed by Florida Lifestyle Management Group.

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  • The Club at Gateway Receives the Gold Award for “Best Private Golf Course & Country Club” in Fort Myers!

    Fort Myers, FL (July 25, 2019) –  The Club at Gateway in Fort Myers, FL received the Best of Fort Myers Gold Award for “Best Private Golf Course & Country Club.” 

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