The Country Club of Naples was one of the first golf courses in Naples. In 1962 Harold "Ben" Ruhl started the club and his plan is to develop a golf course on the outskirts of Naples and sell lots around the course for homes. The development is named the "Big Cypress Golf & Country Club."

This club became the first private, full-service country club in Naples and the fourth golf course. The Beach Club, Hole-in-the-Wall, and Palm River were already active golf courses at this time. In 1966 the members bought the club from the developer and re-named it "Country Club of Naples". By 1968 this was the social center of Naples, Florida.

The homes built here were primarily mid-century ranches - some have fun roof lines and breeze blocks - and while some homes have been torn down here, it seems like there are a large population of owners that appreciate their mid-century treasures and have lovingly maintained them.

While many homes here are on the golf course - the development is not associated with the club in any way and membership is not mandatory. There is an HOA here but the fees are very low at $50 a year.

Because this neighborhood is centrally located to midtown, a bike ride away from Clam Pass Beach, and in excellent schools, homes here have retained their value and owners are seeing values increase very quickly - homes do not sit on the market here long when priced correctly.

Be sure to check out our "Guide to Good Eats" for restaurant recommendations in Midtown.

Children living in Big Cypress are zoned for Seagate Elementary School, Pine Ridge Middle School and Barron Collier High School.


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