What golfer doesn’t dream of someday living on a golf course? Imagine climbing out of bed, grabbing your bag and arriving in a matter of minutes at the tee box on the first hole. The only consideration? It has to be the right house, and it has to be on the right course. That’s why Golf magazine and Talis Park have teamed up to create the Golf Dream House. It’s the ultimate abode for any duffer.
Golf courses are interactive parks, complete with flora, fauna and dwellings scattered around the sand traps and water hazards. The sport invites golfers to move onto the course and live their lives around the sport. And there is no better course for someone who lives and breathes golf than Talis Park.
A dream course like Talis deserves the perfect golf home, and the Golf Dream House fits the bill. The 10,000-square-foot estate will sit on the 14th hole of Talis Park, which will allow for unparalleled vistas of the magnificent course. The Dream House is a collaboration among Design West, BCBE Construction, Sunwest Homes and Weber Design Group, and it will be finished in time for the 2015 Lucas Cup charity golf pro-am, hosted by former PGA Tour pro Mark Lye next March.
That tournament will take place on a truly spectacular course, one created by renowned course designer Pete Dye and legendary golfer Greg Norman. Talis Park is one of just two collaborations between the two men, and the course benefits from their decades of links knowledge and experience.
Both Norman and Dye are World Golf Hall of Famers — Norman for his conquests on the course and Dye for his accomplishments in course design. Dye has designed dozens of courses over more than 50 years, while Greg Norman Golf Course Design has built 78 courses on five continents, with more under construction.
With such a special design team behind Talis Park, it’s no wonder that the course is already considered one of the premier golf destinations in the United States. The par-72 track is renowned for its impeccably maintained SeaDwarf® Seashore Paspalum fairways and greens, and it is dotted with imported Italian olive and cypress trees. Completed in 2004, the private course transports players to an idyllic farm in Tuscany, with its rolling hills, high-backed bunkers and sprawling lakes. Golfers may just forget that they’re in Naples, Fla., and not Naples, Italy.
The Golf Dream House helps further that fantastic ethos. “The home is very conducive to entertaining, with all the spaces working and flowing together,” says Design West CEO Glenn Midnet. “From the outdoor living to the upstairs game room that opens up to a sundeck that overlooks the pool, it’s a home that is very open. A lot of golfers like that. If they’re playing a round with friends, they want to come home and have a beer by the cabana bar and relax.”
The transitional coastal home is bright and airy, with an open floor plan and as much emphasis on outdoor space as indoor space to take advantage of the gorgeous year-round weather in South Florida.
The outdoor living area features a large swimming pool, Jacuzzi, cabana bar, and fire pit. The lanai patio is perfect for al fresco dining, so that golfers and their guests can soak in the natural splendor of Talis Park. Inside the home, golfers can stock the wine cellar and cigar humidor, unwind in the game room with billiards and poker, or have a cocktail by the indoor bar. The massive master bedroom features an outdoor shower and opens onto an outdoor sundeck that overlooks the course.
There’s one important question for any golfer coming to Talis Park: How does the course play? “This course, you can dial in the difficulty you want with the five different tee boxes. It’s challenging in parts and forgiving in others,” Midnet says.
“Some courses you play and you wish you’d never even taken up golf,” he adds with a laugh. “After a day on this course, you’ll really enjoy the game of golf.”