Edward H. Frank purchases 420 acres of land where he and is wife Katie raise a family of four and build a gentleman's ranch where roughly 50 head of cattle graze along-side horses, pigs, goats, alligators, pheasants, swans and other animals.
When renowned golf course designer Arthur Hills first toured the property, he called it "a rare, tropical enclave; really a paradise." Over the years, Wilderness Country Club has maintained that distinction through a commitment to the long-term protection of endangered species and the local environment.
Situated on 200 forested acres on the east side of Goodlette-Frank Road, just north of Golden Gate Parkway, Wilderness was developed with the natural environment in mind. Each low-profile condominium building was carefully sited to offer long sweeping views of the golf course fairways, trees, sparkling lakes and other native plants. More than 80 species of birds and other wildlife have been documented within the community, which has been certified since 1999 as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.
Wilderness Country Club, a groundbreaking residential development that holds the honor as the first private, gated golf course community with a mandatory membership built in Naples, celebrates 45 years this year.