Gerald (Gerry) Livingston had a dream.
He wanted to develop a first-class golf community, but the big question was where. Livingston considered South Florida as well as the Caribbean for the development. During a 1979 serendipitous airplane ride over the cypress hammocks along Golden Gate Boulevard, Gerry realized the perfect location. The club would be called Wyndemere after Livingston’s beloved Wyndemere Farms in his native Canada.
Livingston wanted Wyndemere to be different. He pledged to build the clubhouse first, then develop the golf course. Thousands of cubic feet of dirt were hauled in to elevate the clubhouse, which provided golf vistas and a tranquil setting. The clubhouse opened on January 1, 1981 with golf available. The first golfers did not have 18 contiguous holes to play, but 18 completed holes were available. The challenge was to find them.
History was in the making. In 1981 Wyndemere's first general manager was hired. With many contacts in the sports and entertainment world, the new general manager put Wyndemere on the map by bringing golf members and celebrities together at Wyndemere. The first members were Neapolitans who wanted a first class golf course with an exclusive country club venue. Wyndemere was the perfect match.
Chi-Chi Rodriquez soon bought a home in Wyndemere and agreed to represent the club. He brought much publicity and national recognition to Wyndemere by bringing in such notables as Fuzzy Zoeller, Gary Player, Lee Trevino, John Cook, Sam Snead, Doug Sanders, Ken Venturi, and Doug Ford.
Wyndemere also offered an outstanding tennis program. The Wyndemere Challenge brought East Coast tennis professionals over for a tennis weekend. The guests were treated to southern hospitality complete with southern belles serving mint juleps on the terrace.
Wyndemere has a distinguished history which supports its prominent position proudly held in the Naples community. And Wyndemere members continue to invest in their community, making it one of the best in all of Southwest Florida.