For Immediate Release
Monday, November 5, 2018
Contact: Sarah Revell
Boca Raton Resort & Club’s Resort Course Featured as Florida Historic Golf Trail Course of the Month
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Secretary of State Ken Detzner announced today that the Boca Raton Resort & Club’s Resort Course in Palm Beach County has been chosen as the featured course on the Florida Historic Golf Trail for the month of November.
“We are pleased to feature the Boca Raton Resort & Club’s Resort Course as a partner on the Florida Historic Golf Trail,” said Secretary Detzner. “The hotel and golf course have been a historic fixture in Boca Raton for more than 90 years.”
Image Courtesy of Boca Raton Resort & Club
In 1925 the city of Boca Raton commissioned noted society architect Addison Mizner to plan a world-class resort community. Mizner’s company, the Mizner Development Corporation, hired acclaimed golf course architect Donald Ross to lay out an 18-hole golf course in association with the Cloister Inn. Completed and opened in 1926, the course layout stretched across El Camino Real road. In 1927 the Mizner Development Corporation went bankrupt. Clarence Geist bought the defunct corporation’s holdings which included the Cloister Inn and Golf Course. When Geist took over the property he immediately began work on reconstructing the course. He commissioned the golf course architectural firm of Howard Toomey & William Flynn to design a new 18-hole course. The architects designed the North Course, as it was then called, in such a way to fit all eighteen holes north of El Camino Real.
Today, the 18-hole, par-71 Resort Course at the Boca Raton Resort & Club features five sets of tees playing from 4,500 to 6,200 yards. With 12 acres of lakes, water comes into play throughout most of the course.
“The Boca Raton Resort & Club’s Resort Course is honored to be selected as the Florida Historic Golf Trail’s featured course for November 2018,” said Jimmy Gascoigne, Director of Golf at Boca Raton Resort & Club. “Our Resort Course is rich in history, accommodates players of all skills levels and is golf at its best.”
For more information about the Boca Raton Resort & Club’s Resort Course, visit bocaresort.com/play. 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.