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Tiburon GC expands family appeal

Naples, Fla. (January 25, 2018) – Tiburón Golf Club at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples recently unveiled new offerings to encourage families and juniors to play together and more often at the award-winning club. From new Family Tees and Family Golf Carts to junior apparel and golf clubs, Tiburón has made the game more junior and family-friendly. 

As part of the recent remastering of Tiburón’s Black Course, Family Tees were added giving members and guests with children another option to play the course at approximately 4,000 yards. With the addition of the Family Tees, golfers now have six tee options to choose from when playing the Black Course – from 4,000 yards from the Family Tees to 6,949 yards from the Championship Tees.

In addition to Family Tees, Tiburón also recently debuted two new Family Golf Carts that seat up to four players, hold four sets of golf clubs, have multiple USB ports to charge electronic devices and are equipped with GPS units.

Tiburón is managed by Troon and participates in the management company’s industry-leading Troon Family Golf program. Through Troon Family Golf, juniors (age 15 years and younger) can play for free after 3 pm with a paying adult, receive complimentary Callaway Golf rental clubs (available in two sizes at Tiburón) and receive complimentary golf instruction when taking a lesson with a paying adult. 

A wide range of junior apparel and accessories, including junior-sized golf gloves, are also available through The Golf Shop at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples. 

“It’s important that we introduce this great game of golf to new players, while making it more fun for existing players,” said Kevin DeDonato, PGA, general manager, Tiburón Golf Club at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples. “We hope our new family-centric offerings encourage families to play together and more often. Some of the best moments in life can be shared on the golf course.”  

Tiburón, which is Spanish for shark, is home to the LPGA Tour’s CME Group Tour Championship and the PGA TOUR's QBE Shootout. The CME Group Tour Championship has been hosted at Tiburón since 2013 and the QBE Shootout has been played at Tiburón since 2001. 

About Tiburón Golf Club

Tiburón Golf Club features two, Greg Norman-designed 18-hole golf courses – the Gold and the Black. The 295-room Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples sits adjacent to the two award-winning courses, while the 450-room Ritz-Carlton, Naples is just a few miles away. Both luxury properties are owned by Host Hotels & Resorts and guests at these properties enjoy preferred access to Tiburón Golf Club. The semi-private club has 260 golf members and is home to the Impact Zone Golf Academy which features private lessons, multi-day golf schools and junior camps. In addition, Tiburón’s 27,000-square foot Mediterranean-style clubhouse features three dining rooms, private member locker rooms and lounge areas, as well as an award-winning golf shop.

Tiburón is consistently rated among the top 20 golf facilities in Florida by Golf Digest and GOLF Magazine. The property has been designated as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary by Audubon International and strives to protect and enhance its natural surroundings. For more information on Tiburón Golf Club, visit or call 239-593-2200.

About Troon 

Tiburón Golf Club is professionally managed by Troon. Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon is the world’s largest golf management company, with more than 270 golf courses in its portfolio. Troon also specializes in homeowner association management, private residence clubs, estate management and associated hospitality venues. Troon’s award-winning food and beverage division operates and manages more than 150 restaurants located at golf resorts, private clubs, daily fee golf courses and recreational facilities around the world. The company oversees operations at Troon Golf, Honours Golf, Troon Privé (the private club operating division of Troon) and Troon International with properties located in 35 states and 33 countries. Additionally, there are 57 Troon affiliated properties featuring 79 courses that have been recipients of a “Top 100” ranking by national and international publications. Troon properties include Lake of Isles Golf Club in North Stonington, Connecticut; Kapalua on Maui, Hawaii; The Centurion Club in London, England; Tiburón Golf Club at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples in Florida; Els Club Desaru Coast in Malaysia; and Palmilla Golf Club in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico. For additional news and information, visit

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