Crystal River's Plantation Golf Course Looks Back on 50 Year History

Plantation Golf Resort & SpaNew Putt and Pamper Package a Steal at $90 Per Person

CRYSTAL RIVER - Southern hospitality and a love of the game brought many well known golfers to Florida's Nature Coast 50 years ago. Five decades later, things haven't changed.

In 1955, construction began on a new golf course in Crystal River. Originally designed by course architect Mark Mahannah, it opened two years later under the name Paradise Country Club, and today operates under the name "The Championship Course" at the Plantation Golf Resort & Spa.

Years ago, the course hosted professional golfers Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer, Tony Lema and Lee Trevino and a number of touring pros including Tommy Bolt, Frank Stranahan, Ken Venturi and Al Balding lived near the golf course during the winter months.

"When our Central Florida golf resort first opened in the 60's, the great Tommy Bolt was a frequent player and guest, starting a trend that would make the Plantation Golf Resort & Spa a venerable and well-respected golf resort for years to come," said Jimmie Brothers, Director of Golf at Plantation.

Players hoping to fine tune their game will find the Championship Course an ideal setting for such a pursuit. The 18-hole course is an "equal opportunity layout" where pars, birdies and bogies await golfers of every skill level.

"The course has certainly aged well, with an assortment of challenging fairways lined by mature emerald pine and oak trees native to the region," said Brothers. "And in true Florida style, there are a variety of water hazards on the course."

Championship Course at PlantationPlantation Golf Resort & Spa added a second course, the Lagoons Course, that focused on wedge play and putting in 1982. It was designed to offer golfers the opportunity to play a "quick nine" and sharpen their skills.

Currently, Plantation Golf Resort & Spa is offering a new "Putt & Pamper Package" which includes one night accommodations, breakfast, a round of golf, one hour of private golf lessons and a $50 service credit at The Spa at Plantation. The package is priced at $90 per person (based on double occupancy) and is valid from June 1 - November 30, 2008. Reservations can be made by calling 1-800-632-6262.

For more information, please visit or call 352-795-4211.

The resort is located just an hour and a half from both Tampa and Orlando and is an hour and fifteen minutes from Gainesville.

The Golf Course will be closed on the following dates for scheduled maintenance:


Aug. 25 - 30, 2008
May 11 - 15, 2009
June 22 - 26, 2009
Aug. 24 - 28, 2009

Over Seeding:

Oct. 23 - 27, 2008
Oct. 26 - 30, 2009




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