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Amenities abound at Del Tura Golf & Country Club

January 2, 2015
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Del Tura Golf & Country Club, a gated community in North Fort Myers, prides itself on its 550 beautifully landscaped acres that offers an abundance of amenities.

"Even though the community's now over 30 years old, when you drive in, you truly feel like you are in a resort and it is esthetically very pleasing to the eyes," Del Tura Manager Fred Taylor said of the 55 and older community. "The grounds are well maintained. Everyone takes pride in the way the community looks."

The community has been a part of North Fort Myers since 1982 when it first broke ground. Del Tura has 1,279 occupied manufactured homes, or a little more than 2,000 residents. Sixty percent of the residents live in Del Tura year round.

One of its main attractions is the 40,000-square-foot clubhouse, which includes numerous rooms, a hair salon that also offers manicures and pedicures, a Pub and restaurant.

"The clubhouse is pretty impressive," Jack Hay, a salesperson at Del Tura, said of the two-story building with an elevator.

He said movies are shown in the clubhouse, as well as movies out on the golf course twice a year.

"They drive their golf carts to a drive in movie," Hay said of the residents. "That's a lot of fun."

He said the Pub has happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. with $1 beers, which goes well with its bar menu. The restaurant, he said, has Taste of Italy every Wednesday evening.

"If you don't want to cook, you can eat from 11 to 8 every day," Hay said. "You can pamper yourself and not get the kitchen hot this time of the year. There is no need to ever leave the property."

Taylor said the clubhouse has a fitness room that was recently expanded, billiards room, craft room, card room and a stage with sound and lighting equipment for entertainment.

In addition to the clubhouse, the community also has a 27-hole golf course with a driving range, numerous tennis courts, shuffle board courts and bocce ball courts.

Hay said the three, nine-hole golf courses provide an opportunity for golfers to start at the same time. There is also a nice pro shop, he said, on the grounds, with two golf pros that offer lessons and advice.

Five community pools, one of which includes a kiddy pool for the youngsters, and spas also grace the grounds of the North Fort Myers community. Hay said the pools are heated and have restrooms, showers, phones and barbecue areas. The kiddy pool, he said, is about 20 feet in diameter and probably a foot and a half deep, providing the kids an opportunity to splash around.

"The size of the clubhouse and the abundance of amenities separate us from a lot of the communities," Taylor said.

The homeowners association prints "The Tower," Del Tura's magazine, which highlights the many activities the community offers throughout the month. The activities include exercise classes like Tai Chi, Jane Fonda aerobics, yoga and water aerobics. Sports include men's and women's billiards, bocce, bowling, golf, shuffleboard, softball and tennis, and games include canasta, dominoes, euchre, mahjong, bridge and pinochle. There are also wood carving classes, blood pressure readings, coffee and social hour and oil painting.

Hay said there are more than 60 activities offered every month.

"If you want to be busy, you can be," he said.

The residents of Del Tura are also very involved in their community.

"Throughout my travels, Del Tura is no different from the other communities that I have been associated with," Taylor said. "Residents care and are very involved with the local community."

A group of residents volunteer their time with the Fish Society, a group of individuals who meet and do different types of events, as well as offer assistance to those who cannot do a task on their own.

Hay said the society delivers hot meals, as well as take individuals to get their flu shots and provide wheelchairs, walkers and canes for those in need.

"They collectively work together to help people out in those situations," Taylor said.

He said in August, Del Tura's golf course was one of 120 host courses nationwide for a Wounded Warrior Project fundraising event.

"That's one recent example of how our residents are involved in charities and events that benefit the greater local community," Taylor said.

 
 

 

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