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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.” 

The Awards Ceremony was held on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at The Broadway Palm Dinner Theater in Fort Myers. The News-Press presented the awards to the recipients. This distinguished award recognizes businesses with excellence in product, performance or services.

Several individuals from the Club at Gateway attended the event in hopes of possibly winning, including Don Garrett, Club Owner and his wife Jamie, Jimmy Lynn, Operating Partner and his wife Jeannine, Matt Malloy, General Manager and his wife Kristy and MJ Chappy, Membership & Marketing Director. “We are so honored to have won this award. Our Club is a very special place because of our Members and all our dedicated employees,” stated Don.

So much has changed at The Club at Gateway. Less than two years ago, the Club became privately owned, but remained a private club. Under new ownership, Florida Lifestyle Management Group, owned by Don Garrett has committed close to $6 million to renovate the Club with no assessments to Members.

The Club was rebranded shortly after the sale with their new name and logo. Pickleball and bocce courts were quickly built for members to enjoy.

In July, construction begun on the new 300 seat dining facility. The 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 16 seat outdoor bar. The new display exhibition kitchen will be equipped with wood burning pizza ovens and grills. 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. A playground has also been added to the plans for children to enjoy. Renovations are expected to be completed in February of 2020. Club amenities, tennis, pickleball, bocce, fitness center and pool including dining in the Grille Room remain open for Member enjoyment during the renovations.

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..