Portfolio Naples October 2017 - Page 43

referred to by locals as the Gulfport Open, Sam Snead defeated Byron Nelson on the nineteenth hole of a sudden death playoff Shell Landing on hole No. 1. e prize was war bonds. at was part of a three-win streak for Snead just prior to Nelson going on an eleven-in-a-row set of victories for a record that still stands. rough the 40’s and 50’s, golfing greats Patty Berg, Babe Zaharias, Betty Hicks, Cary Middlecoff, Buck White, Hugh “Jugs” McFadden, Johnny Revolta, Henry Cotton, and Glenna Collett Vare played the course. e Golf Coast’s dozen casinos serve as a one-stop shop for rest, relaxation and rollicking. ese resorts offer up- scale hotels and shopping, 24-hour gaming, nonstop headliner entertainment, places to wine and dine, luxu- rious spas, brag-worthy boutiques and dazzling pools, PORTFOLIO MAGAZINE 41