For Immediate Release
Thursday, March 3, 2016
Contact: Meredith Beatrice,
Normandy Shores Golf Club Featured as Florida Historic Golf Trail Course of the Month
Secretary of State Ken Detzner announced today that Normandy Shores Golf Club has been chosen as the featured course on the Florida Historic Golf Trail for the month of March. The Normandy Shores Golf Club is located in the City of Miami Beach in Miami-Dade County.
“We are pleased to feature the historic Normandy Shores Golf Club as a partner on the Florida Historic Golf Trail,” said Secretary Detzner. “Normandy Shores, situated on a small man-made island in Biscayne Bay, has one of the most unique settings of any golf course on the trail.”
In 1923, two mangrove-covered islands in Biscayne Bay were developed by Henri Levy and his associates. In honor of Levy's French heritage, one island, Normandy Isle, featured streets named after French towns and provinces. The other, Normandy Shores, was partially developed until the late 1930s, when the City of Miami Beach purchased the northern portion to create a golf course.
William S. Flynn of the golf course architectural firm of Howard Toomey and William S. Flynn, met with Miami Beach officials in 1938 to plan the development of the municipal course being built on North Normandy Isle. The golf course officially opened in 1941.
In 2008, the City of Miami Beach hired golf course architect Arthur Hills to redesign the aging course and bring the course back to its current state of glory. Today the Normandy Shores Golf Club includes an 18-hole, par-71 golf course featuring three sets of tees playing from 5,900 yards to 6,800 yards. The course is strategically bunkered, and water hazards come into play on 12 out of the 18 holes. Fast undulating greens offer a formidable challenge, making Normandy Shores a test of every golfers’ skills.
“Normandy Shores Golf Club, designed by legendary architects Howard Toomey and William S. Flynn, has been at the center of Miami Beach golf history since its inception in 1941 and is a proud partner of the Florida Historic Golf Trail,” said Alberto Pozzi, General Manager. Pozzi adds, “The great past is bolstered by a multi-million dollar Arthur Hills re-design in 2008, and its exciting future includes co-hosting the South Beach International Amateur, one of the world’s top 15 amateur events.”
Image Courtesy of Normandy Shores Golf Club
For more information about the Normandy Shores Golf Club or the Florida Historic Golf Trail program visit Normandy Shores Golf Club, Florida Historic Golf Trail or Facebook.com/FloridaHistoricGolfTrail.
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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.