Shadow Wood Country Club Major Renovation Project Employs Hundreds Locally

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. – Hundreds of workers have contributed to the $4.8 million renovation project nearing completion at Shadow Wood Country Club in Bonita Springs. The project – scheduled to be unveiled at a Nov. 7 ribbon-cutting ceremony – expands interior and al fresco dining areas and gathering spaces and includes a complete remodeling of the 30,000-square-foot clubhouse’s popular Grill Room.       

The clubhouse renovation coincides with an expansion of Shadow Wood’s golf practice facilities and driving range.

Bill Wagner, general manager of the member-owned Shadow Wood Country Club, said on any given day since the project began in May, about 30 workers are onsite for the renovation project, representing more than 30 vendors and suppliers.

“When you think of the scope of this type of complete renovation, with nearly $5 million invested, the numbers escalate quickly,” Wagner said. “We have tradesmen such as electricians, plumbers, drywall specialists, fabricators, and flooring installers, as well as experts in air conditioning, cabinets, carpentry, pavers and lighting. It’s the full gamut since we’re dealing with all-new architecture and design.”

After completion, the club will add an additional 100 new jobs, bringing in employees from the local community to deliver services to the members in the expanded facilities. Total staff for season will be more than 300.

David English, the club’s first president and a current board member, said the nearly completed improvements will enhance services and amenities for current members and make the club more inviting to prospective members.

Shadow Wood, located within The Brooks master-planned community, offers memberships to residents in Shadow Wood and Shadow Wood Preserve, as well as nonresident membership options. Members have access to two Bob Cupp championship courses, a nine-court tennis complex, and a third golf course designed by Arthur Hills that is accompanied by a second full-service clubhouse at Shadow Wood Preserve.

The renovation, headed by Image Design of Atlanta and Fort Myers-based BSSW Architects, extends interior dining spaces into existing roofed terraces and enhances openness between the three main dining areas to accommodate larger functions. The dining rooms also are being refurnished, refinished and repainted. Wood flooring in the center space will provide the socially oriented members a larger dance floor, according to Bob Francisco, senior designer at Image Design.

Improvements to the club’s golf practice facilities, designed by Cupp, were completed in mid-October. The project enlarged the existing short-game practice and warm-up areas, added practice fairway and waste bunkers, increased tee areas and incorporated new target greens with bunkers. An official teeing-off ceremony at the driving range with Cupp and club members will immediately precede the clubhouse ribbon-cutting on Wednesday, Nov. 7.

Shadow Wood, which completed its third season as a member-owned club, is financially sound with a stable membership base and three consecutive profitable years, according to Danita Osborn, director of membership.

A limited number of non-refundable equity Golf, Executive, Sports, and Clubhouse Memberships are available for both residents and nonresidents. Executive Memberships are reserved for members under age 56 and offer unrestricted play on the three courses, summertime reciprocals at area clubs, full use of Shadow Wood’s golf facilities, including practice areas and the Shadow Wood Golf Academy, and social and dining privileges at both clubhouses.

Shadow Wood is a gated community located in The Brooks at the intersection of U.S. 41 and Coconut Road. More than half of the 2,532-acre community is open space, with 416 acres of undeveloped forest and freshwater wetlands and 878 acres set aside for recreation, open areas, buffers and lakes.

For additional information about membership opportunities, contact Shadow Wood Country Club at 239-992-6000 or visit


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