‘Shadow Wood shuffle’

Every month I write articles for the publications Community Lifestyles – Bonita Springs, South County and Cape Coral. Here  is the December article for the Bonita Springs issue featuring Shadow Wood Country Club.

Shadow Wood: Your luxurious home away from home

Published in Community Lifestyles Bonita Springs December 2013 issue

Shadow Wood Country Club, a gorgeous Bonita Springs community, offers an assortment of amenities for its residents, ranging from golf to access to a private beach club.

Shadow Wood Country Club Director of Membership Danita Osborn said the community, which began in 1998, is one of four communities in The Brooks. It was originally developed by the Bonita Bay Group and is now owned by the residents.

There are a combination of coach homes, custom estate single family homes, traditional single family homes and condos, comprised of 1,481 homes in the spacious and elegant Shadow Wood community.

Bob Nemec, a resident and realtor, said he is working with some of his clients who are on their fifth home in Shadow Wood.

“It’s really a testimony to the community because everything we have to offer,” he said. “It evolved into a very special place.”

Bob’s wife, Nancy, said the “Shadow Wood shuffle” happens often as residents move into a condo and then upgrade to a larger home.

The Nemec’s moved into Shadow Wood in 1999. The couple traveled to Florida from Illinois in search of property. After several trips, they fell in love with what Shadow Wood had to offer, as well as the close proximity to Naples and Fort Myers, and dining and shopping.

BonitaOsborn said Shadow Wood has two 18-hole golf courses, as well as another offsite golf course for its members. The North and South courses are designed by Bob Cupp, and Arthur Hills designed the Preserve Course just five miles down the road. All three courses have been designated as Audubon International Cooperative Sanctuaries since 2006.

“We belong to Shadow Wood Country Club, we enjoy the club; we both love golf and it’s a big part of our life,” Nancy said. “It’s a really comfortable place to be. The people are wonderful and warm and happy to be together.”

She went on to say that they really enjoy everything they do socially at the club.

“It’s a great place to gather,” Nancy said. “We enjoy a lot of good times at the club.”

A 30,000 square foot clubhouse was recently renovated in 2012, voted as the best renovated clubhouse of the year by Golf, Inc. Magazine. The vast and stately clubhouse includes two outdoor dining areas, four dining rooms, a men’s and women’s locker room, card rooms and a golf pro shop.

Nancy said the usage of the club by members has risen by 40 percent since the renovation was completed in November 2012.

“Our membership has grown considerably this year – and that is a testament to everything we have in Shadow Wood,” she said.

The club also boasts nine lighted Har-Tru tennis courts in their tennis complex, which includes a tennis shop and snack bar.

“We have an incredible tennis program, it’s very popular with members,” Nancy said.

Osborn said Shadow Wood also has several miles of walking and jogging trails that wind throughout the community and into the preserves.

Residents can also become members of the Commons Club, located right outside of the gates of Shadow Wood.

Commons Club Membership Director Daniela Jacob said they have a private beach club, state of the art fitness and spa facility, and a Rosy Spoonbill restaurant, as well as a variety of social programs.

Jacob explained that there are three different membership levels, gold, silver and bronze, that are available to every community homeowner. The memberships include nonrefundable equity contributions and annual dues.

The private beach club is located off of Bonita Beach Road and Hickory Boulevard, Jacob mentioned. Chairs and umbrellas are provided to the members, as well as fresh warm sandwich options at the beach club.

Nancy said they enjoy having access to the beach club.

“We love to go to the beach and watch the sunsets,” she smiled.

The fitness and spa facility has certified personal trainers and group fitness classes, which includes aqua classes. Jacob said they just partnered with the Bonita Health Care Center to provide physical therapy on a self pay basis. The spa includes an esthetician and many other beautifying and relaxing services.

There are also many social programs for the members of the Commons Club. Jacob said they offer such activities as lectures and classes, day and overnight bus trips, as well as concerts.

The restaurant Rosy Spoonbill overlooks a natural preserve and waterway. Jacob said although the menu focuses on seafood, they offer some homestyle meals as well. The restaurant is open Tuesday through Saturday for dinner. Lunch service will be added beginning mid-January Tuesday through Friday. Jacob said reservations are recommended.

“Shadow Wood is a great place and we hope lots of people will check us out,” Nancy said.

For further information on Shadow Wood Country Club, amenities, golf and tennis programs and more, visit ShadowWoodCC.com or call 239-992-6000.

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