For Immediate Release
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Contact: Meredith Beatrice, 850.245.6522
Delray Beach Golf Club Featured as Florida Historic Golf Trail Course of the Month
Secretary of State Ken Detzner announced today that the Delray Beach Golf Club, located in the City of Delray Beach in Palm Beach County, has been chosen as the featured course on the Florida Historic Golf Trail for the month of January.
“We are pleased to feature the Delray Beach Golf Club as a partner on the Florida Historic Golf Trail,” said Secretary Detzner. “For over 90 years, this course has been providing a challenging round of golf for both professional and amateur golfers.”
In 1923, the City purchased land for a municipal golf course and two years later, legendary golf course architect Donald Ross designed an 18-hole golf course for the property. In 1926, the golf course officially opened but only nine holes were built. The 9-hole course continued in operation until it was closed during World War II. After reopening in 1945, city leaders voted to add a second nine holes that opened in 1950. Red Lawrence and Robert Bruce Harris made course additions and redesigns during the 1960s.
Today, the 18-hole, par-72 golf course at the Delray Beach Golf Club features four sets of tees playing from 5,100 to 6,800 yards. The course is open and well-bunkered with elevated greens. Water comes into play on seven holes.
"Delray Beach Golf Club is thrilled to be chosen as January's featured course for the Florida Historic Golf Trail,” said Director of Golf Tommi Ylijoki. “Since our founding in 1923 by Donald Ross, we have proudly provided fun and affordable golf, and an experience that will last a lifetime. We look forward to continuing our rich tradition and serving the south Florida community in the years to come."
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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.