For Immediate Release
Friday, September 23, 2016
Contact: Meredith Beatrice,
Florida Department of State Adds New Golf Course to the Florida Historic Golf Trail
Secretary of State Ken Detzner announced today that the Clewiston Golf Course has joined the Florida Historic Golf Trail. The Clewiston Golf Course is located in the City of Clewiston in Hendry County.
“We are pleased to announce the addition of the Clewiston Golf Course as a partner course on the Florida Historic Golf Trail,” said Secretary of State Detzner. “Located in America’s Sweetest Town, the Clewiston Golf Course showcases Florida’s rich golfing tradition. Every course along the Trail offers today’s golfer the opportunity to ‘Come Play on History!’”
The Clewiston Golf Course is located in the City of Clewiston in Hendry County. In 1928, the City of Clewiston commissioned the golf course architectural firm of Stiles and van Kleek to design an 18-hole golf course. Construction of the first nine holes began in 1929 and formally opened in February of 1930. The location of the second nine holes was still being used as the City’s aviation field at the time. The golf course remained a 9-hole course until the 1960s when the City decided to add an additional 9-holes. Today, the 18-hole, par 72 Clewiston Golf Course features three sets of tees playing from 4,900 to 6,400 yards.
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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. The Division Director’s office oversees a grants-in-aid program to help preserve and maintain Florida’s historic buildings and archaeological sites; coordinates outreach programs such as the State Historic Markers program and the Florida Folklife program which identifies and promotes the state's traditional culture. DHR directs historic preservation efforts throughout the state in cooperation with state and federal agencies, local governments, private organizations, and individuals. The Division director 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, archaeological research and historic preservation. For more information visit flheritage.com.