The Sanctuary Golf Course was designed by the nationally acclaimed golf course architect Arthur Hills, who describes the course as "my island masterpiece" and the property as "elegant, exquisite, and rare."

Bordering the world-renowned J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, the course weaves and winds  for 6,657 yards around nature preserves and lakes, providing panoramic views of the Pine Island Sound and mangrove forests. Golfers often encounter the wide variety of birds and wildlife that call The Sanctuary home.


22Explore the Arthur Hills designed Course...

Get an aerial view of the holes and learn more about the Course with our online course tour. 



22Arthur Hills was an American golf course designer, ASGCA, Founder and Principal - Over the past four decades, Arthur has presided over design efforts from the firm's Toledo, Ohio, headquarters. He was a past president of the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA). Hills & Forrest is among the game's elite practitioners of golf course architecture. More than 200 of the firm's original designs are in play across the United States, Europe and Asia. They include a diverse collection of golf communities, private clubs, resorts, and daily-fee developments. The firm's reputation, built by 46 years of award-winning designs, rests on its ability to design distinctive golf courses that are both playable and challenging; dramatic and innovative, yet traditional; and constructed to the highest standards of environmental sensitivity. The firm strongly believes in working as a team to create unique, lasting and award-winning golf courses for its clients. 

Arthur Hills summed it up best when he said, "We try to build a course that is natural, that relates to the land and doesn't require a tremendous amount of earth moving - always keeping in mind the strategy of the game and the elements that provide beauty in a golf course." Hills designed The Sanctuary and completed construction in 1992, calling The Sanctuary his “island masterpiece” and “elegant, exquisite, and rare.”

Through the years following, Hills would visit and work with The Sanctuary team to update the course. On his last visit to The Sanctuary, he commented, “The Sanctuary Golf Club has for years been a special course. Its Sanibel location, has from its beginning, created a very private aura. I admire how the Club has continued to take good care of the course and from time to time has, working with us, made refinements. The result is that the course is today at its best! It is a beautiful place to live and to play golf.”


Golf is a priority at The Sanctuary and the Golf Staff takes pride in offering unmatched service, impeccably facilitated tournaments, and a state-of-the-art instruction program.   



Weekly Men’s and Women’s 18-Hole Events

Weekly Women’s 9-Hole Events

Weekly Couples’ Events

In-depth Instructional Clinics

Multi-Day Golf Schools

Kid’s Sports Camps

9-Hole Nine & Dines – one of our most “social” and popular events

A variety of other tournaments, both competitive and fun, such as our Club Championships and our Husband and Wife Championships

A Women’s, Mixed, and Men’s Member-Guest, as well as Men’s and Women’s One-Day Guest Days.



Golf World announced The Sanctuary’s beautiful Golf Shop “Top 25” for Residential Communities.

Visit The Sanctuary Golf Shop for all your golf and gift shopping needs. Each item in the shop is specially curated to bring you the best products. Our knowledgeable golf shop staff can help personalize your shopping experience to find just what you need. Featuring the latest fashions in golf and lifestyle apparel, shoes, and accessories from premium brands such as Peter Millar, Ralph Lauren, Puma, Adidas, FootJoy, Fairway & Greene, and Tzu Tzu with new collections arriving seasonally. Browse our golf accessories and golf balls from the industry’s most recognized manufacturers. The shop also features a selection of logoed items from drinkware, accessories, t-shirts, youth and infant accessories that make a great gift or souvenir for visiting friends and family. Need a new set of clubs? Our professional staff will work with you one on one to ensure a perfect fit.


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