For Immediate Release
Monday, July 10, 2017
Contact: Sarah Revell
Miami Springs Golf and Country Club Featured as Florida Historic Golf Trail Course of the Month
TALLAHASSEE, Fla –
Secretary of State Ken Detzner announced today that Miami Springs Golf and Country Club, located in the city of Miami Springs in Miami-Dade County, has been chosen as the featured course on the Florida Historic Golf Trail for the month of July.
“We are pleased to feature Miami Springs Golf and Country Club as a partner on the Florida Historic Golf Trail,” said Secretary Detzner. “The city of Miami Springs was built around this golf course 94 years ago, and to this day, the city maintains this course as a tribute to its past.”
Image Courtesy of Miami Springs Golf and Country Club
Developers Glenn Curtiss and James Bright partnered with a local group of Miami golfers known as the “Miami Coconuts” to incorporate a golf course into the new city of Miami Springs in 1921. The firm of William Langford and Theodore Moreau of Chicago was chosen to design an 18-hole layout. Known as the Miami-Hialeah Golf Course, it officially opened in 1923.
Since its beginning, the course had a connection with the local Seminole Indians. The grass on all the bunkers and banks along the canals was planted by hand by Seminole Indian women, and when it opened, Seminole Indian men in native dress served as caddies. From 1925 to 1955, the golf course was the site of the Miami Open, nationally recognized as the official kick off tournament of the winter golf season. Past winners include golf legends like Gene Sarazen, Tommy Armour, Sam Snead and Byron Nelson.
The Miami Springs Golf and Country Club includes an 18-hole, par-71 golf course that features four sets of tees playing from 5,300 to 6,700 yards. It is an enjoyable yet challenging course for all skill levels.
“The Miami Springs Golf and Country Club is honored to be selected as the Florida Historic Golf Trail’s featured course for July 2017,” said Paul O’Dell, Director of Golf at Miami Springs. “Come and see for yourself why Miami Springs Golf and Country Club’s charm and tradition make it the locals’ favorite. With 18 holes that prove challenging and rewarding for all levels of skill, this golf course is a must play.”
For more information about the Miami Springs Golf and Country Club, click here. To learn more about the Florida Historic Golf Trail, visit floridahistoricgolftrail.com or find us on Facebook at 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 late 1800s 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.