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Golf in Florida

1956 photo of people playing golf at the Capital City Club course in Tallahassee, Florida

The game of golf has a long and storied history in the Sunshine State. 

Golf was first introduced in the late 1800s during the state’s early tourism boom, and Florida is now a global mecca for the sport. This guide explores golf in Florida, then and now. 

Materials are generally available through interlibrary loan from the circulating collection of the State Library. 

Links within the bibliographies take you to information in our State Library catalog or to more information on external sites.

Florida golf in history

Cover photo of Florida's Miracle Strip by Tim Hollis

Florida golf today 

Cover photo of Florida's Fairways by Alan K. Moore

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