For Immediate Release
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Contact: Meredith Beatrice, 850.245.6522
Dubsdread Golf Course Featured as Florida Historic Golf Trail Course of the Month
Secretary of State Ken Detzner announced today that the Dubsdread Golf Course has been chosen as the featured course on the Florida Historic Golf Trail for the month of August. The Dubsdread Golf Course is located in the city of Orlando in Orange County.
“We are pleased to feature the historic Dubsdread Golf Course as a partner on the Florida Historic Golf Trail,” said Secretary Detzner. “For over 90 years, this course has been a fixture for golfers and visitors to Orlando and Central Florida.”
In 1923, Central Florida developer Carl Dann Sr. had a disagreement with the Orlando Country Club. He began recruiting members to form a club on his own, and within a day, had lined up at least 100 founding members for his new golf club. Construction began in that same year and Dann is believed to have been the designer. Legend has it that Dann and a couple of members helped lay out the course by hitting shots through the woods. Everywhere a ball fell, a sand trap was placed.
Opening in 1924, Dubsdread derives its name from the intent of instilling dread in “dubs,” or novice golfers. Many prominent golfers played Dubsdread in the 1940s and '50s, and the course hosted the Orlando Open from 1945 to 1947. The city of Orlando purchased the golf course in the late 1970s. In 2008, the course underwent an extensive renovation during which all 18 holes were updated and a section of the public street that had previously crossed the 17th and 18th fairways was closed.
The 18-hole par-70 Dubsdread Golf Course features four sets of tees playing from 4,100 to 6,100 yards. Golfers are treated to the same beautiful scenery and challenges of the original course, including narrow fairways and heavily bunkered, "postage stamp" style greens.
Image Courtesy of Billy Casper Golf
“We are thrilled to be this month’s featured course on the Florida Historic Golf Trail,” says Rodney Reifsnider, General Manager of Dubsdread Golf Course. “We are one of Central Florida’s oldest public courses, welcoming generations of golfers who want to make their own lasting memories on the same fairways as Ben Hogan, Sam Snead and Babe Zaharias, while enjoying some of the finest conditions in the greater Orlando area.”
For more information about the Dubsdread Golf Course or the Florida Historic Golf Trail program visit Dubsdread Golf Course, 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.