In 1989, Chris Haney and Scott Abbott, creators of the game Trivial Pursuit, gambled on our then relatively obscure firm by offering us our first break into the stratum of big budget, blank slate private clubs. The immediate result was the eminent sibling designs of the Devil's Pulpit and the Devil's Paintbrush, who are now part of a large family.
Calusa Pines rests on the same featureless swampland endemic to all courses in central Florida save for one major difference... the "big fill" concept. Instead of employing a design motif involving a pandemic of feeble mounds, we instead sculpted a single mammoth one, 42 feet high, so high in fact it remains the highest point in Collier County. That big fill concept was ours, but the height (and volume) of that mound belongs solely to our visionary client Gary Chensoff, who ensured the tentacles of that landform influenced as many golf holes as practical (8) and was strategically landscaped to appear natural to even the most scrutinizing of golfer. As a result, Calusa Pines has attracted an elite national membership and became an instant icon in an otherwise saturated Florida golf market.