The Florida Department of State and Secretary of State Ken Detzner announced the launch of the Florida Historic Golf Trail program in September 2014. A commercial featuring golf legend Arnold Palmer, produced in collaboration with VISIT FLORIDA and the Florida D.O.S., will air on NBC Sports and the Golf Channel over the coming months.
The Florida Historic Golf Trail (FHGT) celebrates Florida’s early golf heritage from the 1890’s through World War II, by featuring publicly accessible golf courses that can still be played today. Developed by the Division of Historical Resources, the FHGT highlights the history of partner courses located throughout the state and is designed to enhance public awareness of Florida’s historic golf locations, increase an appreciation for historic preservation and encourage tourism in the Sunshine State. The Trail’s website provides information about the history and current day contact information for each partner course. A scorecard for the program is available online and at each partner location for players to track their progress across Florida’s historic fairways.
Secretary of State Ken Detzner, State Historic Preservation Officer Robert F. Bendus, Winter Park Mayor Kenneth Bradley, and LPGA golfer Michelle McGann were among those who addressed the media in September as part of the Winter Park Country Club’s Centennial Celebration.
“We are proud to showcase Florida’s rich golfing traditions with the Florida Historic Golf Trail,” said Secretary of State Ken Detzner. “With the help of our partnering courses. we look forward to encouraging visitors and residents alike to come play on history.”
“I am proud to be a part of he launch of Florida Historic Golf Trail at the beautiful setting of the historic Winter Park Country Club, ” said Mayor Bradley. “This launch coincides with the city’s celebration of the Country Club’s Centennial Anniversary and makes our 100th year even more meaningful. By becoming a partner with Department of State through this new program and adding this historical designation, even more golfers and visitors will come to Winter Park.”
Golf legend Arnold Palmer said, “My passion for golf and history led me to introduce the Florida Historic Golf Trail with the commercial that will soon air on the Golf Channel. Florida is one of the most beautiful places to play golf, and I am proud to call it my home.”
“With nearly 1,300 golf facilities in Florida, employing more than 167,000 people and generating $13.8 billion in economic impact, the business of golf is a huge component of Florida’s overall tourism industry,” said Will Seccombe. President & CEO of VISIT FLORIDA. “Our partnership with the Department of State, NBC Sports, The Golf Channel and Arnold Palmer provides a tremendous platform to showcase the state’s rich golfing tradition to a national audience.”
“As a professional golfer I am thrilled to be part of the launch of the Florida Historic Golf Trail,” said LPGA golfer and Florida resident Michelle McGann. “I enjoy any opportunity to share my love for the game, and through this new program even more golfers will learn about the history behind the courses they play.”
Golf legend Jack Nicklaus says “One of the aspects of the game of golf is its rich traditions. As a proud Floridian for close to 50 years, I know the State of Florida has its own storied history in our game–one that should be honored, valued, and most important, shared with current and future generations. The Florida Historic Golf Trail includes important chapters to our story, and I hope residents and visitors to our state will take the opportunity to experience some of this history.”
“By collaborating with the Department of State’s Florida Historic Golf Trail program, we are establishing a partnership that will enrich the experience for our players and guests,” said Donna Line, Owner of the historic Mission Inn Resort and Club in Howey in the Hills. We are looking forward to the exciting things to come, and be a part of the launch.”
eFloridaGOLF.com will be previewing a course in the Historic Golf Trail monthly with its history, features and information to make readers and visitors familiar with the location and access. For more information on the Trail, please visit www.FloridaHistoricGolfTrail.com. Come Play on History!