Saltleaf Golf Preserve

by | Dec 19, 2023 | Where to Play

London Bay Debuts Saltleaf Golf Preserve

London Bay Development Group, one of Southwest Florida’s more prominent developers, has unveiled the first phase of Saltleaf Golf Preserve with the opening of its public, 18-hole championship course designed by four-time major champion and World Golf Hall of Famer Raymond Floyd. This also includes the debut of a 40,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art driving-range facility and a newly reimagined 12,500-square-foot clubhouse complete with an upscale restaurant, bar, and pro shop.

To maintain the highest standards, Saltleaf Golf Preserve is operated by Troon, a worldwide leader in golf and club management. Tee times are now available for booking on

Located beside Florida’s oldest aquatic preserve, within the 500-acre coastal village of Saltleaf on Estero Bay, the daily fee course showcases the expertise and strategic design for which Floyd is known. In keeping with his design philosophy of remaining true to the native topography of the land, it embraces the natural Florida habitat, seamlessly fusing the scenic environment with an esteemed layout.

At 7,075 yards with a slope rating of 126 and a course rating of 72.8, Saltleaf Golf Preserve stretches 150 acres. Fresh design elements include naturally exposed sandy areas with no formal bunkers, water-smart, high-performance grasses like Tif-Eagle and Bimini Bermuda, abundant lakes, rolling terrain, and profound quiet amidst a nature preserve. Avid golfers can look forward to the course’s signature second hole, with a drivable par 4 and an experience that will test every club in their bag.

“We are extremely proud to finally present our brand new 18-hole championship golf course to the Southwest Florida community, signifying that Saltleaf on Estero Bay has officially come to life,” said Mark Wilson, CEO of London Bay Development Group. “This inaugural phase of Saltleaf Golf Preserve marks a significant stride towards realizing our vision for the entire Saltleaf community— to curate a living experience with all that one might desire, offering little reason to leave, and a life in harmony with nature.”

Saltleaf Golf Preserve will soon deliver the first nine-hole par 3 short-course in Southwest Florida, The Leaf, combining fun playability and challenge for all ages and levels. Slated to open in December, the short course will be the perfect introduction to golf-curious players or those looking for a more relaxed pace, with regular programming of pop-up bars, music, and games.

Immersed in nature without any homes in sight, Saltleaf Golf Preserve will coexist with 144 acres of Florida uplands preserve, surrounded by native flora and a range of ecosystems, including a variety of species from tropical, salt-resistant plants to living local wildlife.

Its location within the master-planned community of Saltleaf on Estero Bay will also be home to The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Estero Bay, offering a one-of-a-kind ownership opportunity for buyers seeking luxury living. Upon completion, additional destination amenities will include a new 72-slip Saltleaf Marina, a five-star waterfront restaurant, chef-driven dining locales, new future residential offerings, nature, biking trails, and more.

Saltleaf is situated just north of Naples and only 20 minutes from Southwest Florida International Airport. Its priceless location near the friendly town of Bonita Springs also provides easy access to the area’s sugar-white sand beaches, boutiques, galleries, and restaurants.

Photo Courtesy of Saltleaf Golf Preserve


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Steve “Spike” Pike is a lifelong journalist whose career covers Major League Baseball, the NFL, and college basketball. For the past 26 years, Spike has been one of the more respected voices in the golf and travel industries, working for such publications as Golfweek, Golf World, and Golf Digest for The New York Times Magazine Group. In 1998, Spike helped launch the website for the PGA of America. As a freelance travel and golf writer, Spike’s travels have taken him around the world. He has played golf from Pebble Beach to St. Andrews, walked the Great Wall of China, climbed an active volcano in the Canary Islands, been on safari in South Africa, and dived with sharks off Guadalupe, Baja California.