For Immediate Release
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Contact: Sarah Revell
Miami Shores Country Club Featured as Florida Historic Golf Trail Course of the Month
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Secretary of State Ken Detzner announced today that the Miami Shores Country Club in Miami-Dade County has been chosen as the featured course on the Florida Historic Golf Trail for the month of October.
“We are pleased to feature the Miami Shores Country Club as a partner on the Florida Historic Golf Trail,” said Secretary Detzner. “The Miami Shores Country Club was constructed during the Great Depression and nearly 80 years later, the course continues to challenge players today.”
Image Courtesy of Miami Shores Country Club
Early in 1939, work crews began clearing 130 acres of woodland for the new Miami Shores Village Golf and Country Club. The course was funded in part by the Works Progress Administration (WPA), which constructed public projects such as roads, bridges, parks and schools around the nation. Golf course architects Robert F. “Red” Lawrence and Louis Wilson planned the course and directed its construction. The golf course opened in the fall of 1939. Two major hazards bisect the golf course, the Biscayne Canal Number C-8 and the Florida East Coast railroad, the latter of which is now deemed out of bounds.
In 2011, the golf course underwent a major renovation which included the installation of MiniVerde Bermuda on the greens, tee and fairway renovations, restoration of bunkers, re-shaping of greens and general upgrades to playability and conditioning. The course has been host to a number of prestigious events including the Florida State Open. Celebrity players Bob Hope, Joe DiMaggio, Arnold Palmer, Sam Snead and Lee Trevino have graced the lush fairways.
The Miami Shores Country Club includes an 18-hole, par-71 golf course featuring four sets of tees ranging from 5,000 to 6,700 yards. Located less than 15 minutes from downtown Miami, Miami Beach and the Miami International Airport, Miami Shores Country Club is a must play course for anyone who enjoys the game of golf at an affordable price.
“Miami Shores Country Club is honored and proud to be selected as the October 2018 featured course for the Florida Historic Golf Trail,” said Chris Baetzel, Director of Golf at Miami Shores Country Club. “Miami Shores Country Club’s friendly staff provide a wonderful golf experience for golfers of all ages. The classic layout with its small elevated well-guarded greens, coupled with excellent conditions, provide a great test of skills for golfers of all handicaps.”
For more information about the Miami Shores Country Club, visit miamishoresgolf.com. 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 a 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.