May 7, 2017

The West Bay Club in Estero, Florida recently announced that its members approved a $4 million renovation of the Pete Dye designed championship golf course, with completion expected by November 2018.  Fry/Straka Global Golf Course Design was commissioned by The Club to spearhead the project.

During the authorization process, the master plan received a nearly 90% approval rating from the members.   Architects Dana Fry and Jason Straka credited the high approval to the exceptional job of the entire team in communicating with and leading the membership through the process.  Straka stated, “The membership’s trust and support has been greatly appreciated, and we look forward to bringing the project to fruition.”  With the permitting phase estimated to take place this summer, construction is slated to begin April of 2018.

 The primary focus of the design will be to enhance the greens and rebuild the bunkering. Drainage improvements will also be made to support improved conditioning and playability. During the renovation, the bulk of the course will be re-grassed with environmentally friendly, state-of-the-art turfgrass. The renovation will add modern design elements and deliver exceptional playing conditions for the membership. –  Jeff Raimer, Director of Golf.

This renovation will help ensure that our course is competitive in the local marketplace and will increase the desirability of our Golf Club and entire community for years to come. The investment will also translate into enhanced property values for each home owner. – Brian Schultz, West Bay Club General Manager

Located west of U.S. 41 in Estero, Florida, West Bay Club is a gated luxury golf community with more than 500 acres of nature preserves and wetlands. For more information, visit

About Fry/Straka Global Golf Course Design

Fry/Straka Global Golf Course Design is a partnership with worldwide reach in award-winning golf-course design. Golf course architects Dana Fry and Jason Straka, having worked together for over 20 years, continue to bring their collective design experience, talent, and renowned client dedication to their venture.

Although the pair collaborates on all projects, it is not uncommon for the partners to be traveling on opposite sides of the world so they can serve their global clients with ease, efficiency and the utmost in professional dedication. In addition, the company has a diversified staff of associates – speaking a combined six languages – based in Lisbon, Portugal; Milan, Italy; Beijing, China; Porto Alegre, Brazil; and dispersed around the U.S. Thus Fry/Straka Global Golf Course Design can service any job, anywhere in the world, with the highest of standards and a consummate commitment to excellence.

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