Naples, FL (March 16, 2016) - Members of The Club & Spa at Fiddler’s Creek in Naples already know they enjoy one of the best club experiences anywhere. And residents now have even more reason to love the club: It was recently named a Distinguished Emerald Club, a prestigious honor reserved for only the top 5 percent of private clubs in the world. The club earned the elite status following an on-site visit evaluating the member experience in 10 categories, including golf, dining, fitness and clubhouse.

“Being named a Distinguished Emerald Club is an incredible honor,” said Aubrey Ferrao, president and CEO of Fiddler’s Creek. “We are dedicated to providing an unrivaled golf and club experience at Fiddler’s Creek, and this award recognizes our commitment.” Aubrey Ferrao continued, “our members will be proud to belong to one of the top clubs in the world.”

The Distinguished Club of the World program is presented by BoardRoom magazine to laud private clubs that excel at serving their members. Clubs scoring nine or above on a 10-point system are awarded Distinguished Emerald Club status. Aubrey Ferrao of Fiddler’s Creek is honored by the distinction.

“We’d like to congratulate Fiddler’s Creek for earning Distinguished Emerald Club status and inclusion in an elite list of the world’s best club experiences,” said John Fornaro, the publisher of BoardRoom, one of the most respected trade publications serving private clubs. “Special recognition also goes to the management team, as well as the club’s board of directors, department heads and the entire staff for their efforts in providing an excellent member experience.”

Fiddler’s Creek in Naples was considered for inclusion after receiving peer recommendations by the program’s nominating committee, comprised of private club general managers and industry experts. BoardRoom executives then visit nominated clubs, scoring them on a proprietary system focusing on food and beverage service, golf operations and courses, tennis, aquatics, spa and club facilities.

They also consider intangible qualities such as reputation, traditions, history, community, lore and the hard-to-describe experiences – those intangible qualities – that make a great club. Also important are a sense of pride shared by members, staff, and president Aubrey Ferrao; an atmosphere of family and friendship; and the physical environment.

“Our residents have always been proud to belong to The Club & Spa at Fiddler’s Creek,” said Ron Albeit, general manager and one of nine employees to receive Distinguished Achievement in Leadership awards. “This recognition is one of the top honors a private club can receive. It really gives our members bragging rights.” The Fiddler’s Creek community is honored.
Residents of the real estate community in Naples enjoy the resort-inspired amenities of the 54,000-square-foot Club & Spa at Fiddler’s Creek, including a fitness center, tropical lagoon-style swimming complex, tennis courts, and casual and elegant dining at Caxambas and the Gator Grille.  In addition to the amenities, Fiddler’s Creek offers an extensive social calendar including themed parities, happy hours, clubs and classes, childrens’ activites and more.

For those Fiddler’s Creek residents seeking a beach and boating lifestyle, they have the opportunity to join The Tarpon Club. The Tarpon Club features a full-service marina, beach pavilion access at the award-winning Marco Beach Ocean Resort, luxurious resort and spa privileges and a host of spectacular social events both on and off the water.

Additionally, real estate community residents have the opportunity to enjoy championship golf by joining The Golf Club at Fiddler’s Creek.  Designed by celebrated course architect Arthur Hills, the signature 18-hole Creek Course has been named among Golfweek

Magazine’s Top 100 Best Residential Golf Courses in the country for 11 consecutive years. Hills created this special experience in harmony with nature, mindful of existing marshlands, nature preserves, creeks and waterways.

The Golf Club at Fiddler’s Creek also offers a full-service practice facility with a driving range and short-game area with bunkers, advance tee times and an off-season reciprocal program. Tournaments, invitationals, club championships, golf instruction and social events are among the special activities that fill members’ calendars.

The Creek Course and Fiddler’s Creek in Naples also have received recognition in Links magazine as one of America’s 100 Premier Properties, Travel + Leisure Golf magazine’s America’s Top 100 Golf Communities, and’s Top 10 Best Residential Courses in the Sunshine State.

Since opening in February 2002, traditions and legends have been born on the course: Memorable games, club championships, and stories recounted so many times they’ve become part of the fabric of the club, and the community.

Fiddler’s Creek is set amidst 4,000 acres of natural beauty located on Collier Boulevard on the way to Marco Island and has been selected by the readers of the Naples Daily News and Bonita Daily News as “Best Community” in the Southwest Florida Readers’ Choice Awards. It is a beautiful real estate community in Naples for those interested in home buying.

Nearly two-thirds of the Fiddler’s Creek community is dedicated to nature preserves, parks, golf courses, recreational areas and water, including restored historic and natural water flow ways and the namesake Fiddler’s Creek.

Homes in the Fiddler’s Creek community are located within picturesque residential villages and include coach, villa, single family and custom estate homes.

Pre-construction homes and move-in-ready homes are priced from the $400,000s to over $2 million and are offered by four of the area’s most respected homebuilders – Ashton Woods Homes, Taylor Morrison, Lennar Homes and D.R. Horton.

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