For Immediate Release
Thursday, December 3, 2015
Contact: Meredith Beatrice
Key West Golf Club Featured as Florida Historic Golf Trail Course of the Month
Secretary of State Ken Detzner announced today that the Key West Golf Club has been chosen as the featured course on the Florida Historic Golf Trail for the month of December. The Key West Golf Club is located in the City of Key West in Monroe County.
“We are pleased to feature the historic Key West Golf Club as a partner on the Florida Historic Golf Trail,” said Secretary Detzner. “This golf course is an integral part of this city’s scenic beauty and historical landmarks.”
In the early 1920s, the City of Key West approved bonds for the construction of a municipal golf course. In 1923, the city purchased land on Stock Island and hired the golf course architectural firm of Langford and Moreau to design an 18-hole golf course. During the same year, construction began on the island’s coral rock foundation. Dynamite was used to blast away coral for the fairways. Nine holes were officially opened in 1924 but Langford & Moreau’s 18-hole plan was never completed. During the 1960’s, nine holes were added and in 1983, golf course architect Rees Jones and co-designer Keith Evans redesigned the entire golf course property.
The Key West Golf Club is an 18-hole, par-70 golf course, featuring four sets of tees playing from 5,000 to 6,500 yards, and will challenge players of all abilities.
“We are very excited to be part of the Florida Historic Golf Trail and to be selected the course of the month for December,” said Eric Favier, Head Professional at Key West Golf Club. “As the Southernmost course in Florida and the continental United States we hope that everyone will come down to paradise and enjoy this historic course.”
Image Courtesy of Key West Golf Club
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About The Florida Historic Golf Trail
Florida's golf history, recognized as one of the oldest in the nation, dates back to the 1890s when a number of early courses were created along with the development of railroads and hotels in the state. The Florida Historic Golf Trail is a collection of more than 50 historic, publicly accessible golf courses throughout the state that can still be played on today.Through the Florida Historic Golf Trail, golfers can play on courses designed by world-class architects and played by famous golfers such as Bobby Jones, Walter Hagen, Gene Sarazen, Babe Zaharias, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. Information about the history and current day contact information for each partner course can be found at FloridaHistoricGolfTrail.com. Find the historic course near you and Come Play on History!
About The Division of Historical Resources
The Florida Department of State’s Division of Historical Resources (DHR) is responsible for preserving and promoting Florida’s historical, archaeological, and folk culture resources. DHR directs historic preservation efforts throughout the state in cooperation with state and federal agencies, local governments, private organizations, and individuals. The director of DHR serves as the State Historic Preservation Officer, acting as the liaison with the national historic preservation program conducted by the National Park Service. The Division is comprised of two Bureaus or major program areas: archaeological research and historic preservation. For more information, visit flheritage.com.