Delray Beach Golf Club Is Now Part Of The Florida Historic Golf Trail, Where You Can ‘Come Play On History’
The long history behind Delray Beach Golf Club is not par for the course.
That's why the public golf course, which opened in 1926, has been added to the Florida Historic Golf Trail. The Florida Department of State made the announcement at the end of August.
The historic golf trail is a collection of 53 historic public golf courses across Florida that can still be played on to date. The program aims to boost appreciation for Florida history and enhance awareness of these golf courses, the oldest of which dates back to the 1890s.
Lake Wales Country Club in Polk County and Capital City Country Club in Tallahassee were also added to the Florida Historic Golf Trail last month.
"Each of these golf courses were developed early in the 20th century and showcase Florida's rich golfing tradition," Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner said in a press release. "Every course along the trail offers today's golfer the opportunity to 'come play on history.'"
The 18-hole, par-72 golf course in Delray Beach features four sets of tees playing from 5,100 to 6,800 yards—but it wasn't always that way.
The Delray Beach Golf Club's 18-hole course was designed by the late legendary golf course architect Donald Ross after the city purchased land for a municipal golf course in 1923.
Once it opened in 1926, however, the golf course only had nine holes built, and it continued operating that way until it closed temporarily during World War II.
Delray Beach Golf Club reopened in 1945, and the other nine holes were in place five years later.
Other Palm Beach County golf courses on the trail are Boca Raton Resort & Club's resort course, the Lake Worth Golf Club, the West Palm Beach Golf Course and North Palm Beach Country Club.
Delray Beach Golf Club; 2200 Highland Ave., Delray Beach