The Country Club of Florida’s rich history of golf begins in 1956.
Built on 160 acres of the old Hunt Dairy Farm, the original golf course was designed by noted Chicago architect Robert Bruce Harris and a year and a half later, in April 1958, the Western Golf Association held its 56th Western Amateur Championship on the brand new course. The rolling terrain, unusual for South Florida, crosses through a prominent sand ridge that was a dune line on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean millions of years ago.
Fast forward to 1987 when Arthur Hills was awarded the contract for remodeling the golf course. The 18-holes would maintain its creative and unique routing with both nines identical in their order of par fours, fives and threes. Almost 20 years later, in 2006, Lester George from Richmond, Virginia directed the second renovation of the golf course. Ponds and lakes were deepened and enlarged, sand traps were brought up to a total of eighty-three, and the same routing sequence remained.
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The Country Club of Florida is a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. To reach certification, course personnel demonstrate that they are maintaining a high degree of environmental quality in: Environmental Planning, Wildlife & Habitat Management, Outreach and Education, Chemical Use Reduction and Safety, Water Conservation, and Water Quality Management. The Country Club of Florida is one of 822 courses in the world to receive the honor, not only because of the environmental achievements of this course, but because of the model that it now represents to its surrounding community. Golf Superintendent Jeff Klontz conducts site visits to assist other golf clubs in achieving certification.
Flora & Fauna
Visitors to The Country Club of Florida (CCF) often remark on our uniquely peaceful ambience. From its founding in the 1950s, the grounds have been, by design, a refuge from the everyday life. As the native plantings and natural wildlife habitats mature, the property grows more beautiful by the year.
The Country Club of Florida’s property has over 10 acres dedicated to two wildlife corridors. The wetland area consists of aquatic plants and fish that attract wading birds. The native area includes plants and vegetation that attract butterflies. These peaceful areas enhance the beauty of our course and support our wildlife population of more than 100 species of birds and over 30 types of animals, amphibians and reptiles.
CCF also manages 32 “condominiums” that host Purple Martins (Progne Subis - members of the Swallow family). These small birds arrive January – February each year, an average of 100+ fledglings are born each year April – May, and they head south to Brazil sometime in August. Purple Martins aren’t really “purple”, but are blue-black, looking black from a distance. Their diet of insects, many of which they catch in mid-air, includes wasps, dragonflies, butterflies, moths, horseflies and occasionally, mosquitoes. A pair usually lay 4-5 eggs, which take 15-16 days to incubate; the young are flying 26-31 days after hatching.
Our commitment and interest in birds began with our founder, and member of the National Audubon Society Carleton Blunt. Our clubhouse is decorated with Audubon prints and holes were designated with bird names from the very beginning. Tee markers later followed that tradition.