Fabled Fort Lauderdale Country Club in Fine Form

Fort Lauderdale Country ClubBy South Florida standards descriptions of the weather that day ranged from bitter to balmy, after all it was December 1. As the first golfers to play then public Fort Lauderdale Country Club trotted toward the No. 1 tee box on that morning in 1926 toting their best persimmon woods, clad in old-fashioned caps, with socks tucked into their trousers and perhaps sporting formal jackets (a tradition that was phased out in the second quarter of the 20th century), they were met by marshals manning a tent where green fees were collected and golf supplies sold.

With the facility’s Spanish missionstyle clubhouse still under construction as the original 18-hole North Course opened, this pedestrian set-up was required to check golfers in and usher them on their way. The enthusiasm and excitement of that historic day is still present at Fort Lauderdale Country Club, but the golf course grounds and surrounding amenities have undergone a extensive amount of beautification and enhancement.

As one of South Florida’s oldest private clubs, Fort Lauderdale Country Club recently began a new chapter in its long history when in 2006 its two 18-hole championship courses were re-introduced after extensive renovations that have solidified Fort Lauderdale Country Club’s position as one of Florida’s finest golf facilities. Members and guests of the fabled club report that it’s never been in better shape.

The South Course, which opened in 1926, underwent a major renovation in 2005. TifEalge was used to resurface every green on the South Course, including the new 40,000-square-foot practice green, and a relatively new breed of grass, Seashore Paspalum was used to reestablish the square tee boxes. Overall the new grasses have improved the consistency, speed and playability of the South Course.

Fort Lauderdale Country Club

Originally opened in 1951 to meet the increasing demand of a swelling city population, the club’s North Course has blossomed into a championship-caliber layout capable of examining the abilities of the most accomplished players. During the North Course’s renovation, TifEagle was introduced to the greens, waste bunkerswere removed form the course and additional yardage was found to stretch the course to 7,000 yards.

Additionally, the clubhouse, already among the nicest in South Florida, received a $4.8 million renovation of its own. Among the significant upgrades, the outdoor dining area was expanded and enhancements were made to the general dining room. With its sweeping views of the beautiful courses and magnificently landscaped grounds, the updated clubhouse also provides members with a congenial, intimate atmosphere and many of the comforts of a home away from home. Obviously it’s quite an improvement from the tent resembling a modern-day lemonade stand that was situated adjacent to the first tee box back in 1926.

A THRIVING MEMBERSHIP

Prior to its privatization in the late 1950s, Fort Lauderdale Country Club had endured a long string of setbacks, but always emerged on the other side stronger and more admired. The club survived multiple hurricanes, the Stock Market Crash of 1929 and the resulting depression as well as many other challenges.

Members at Fort Lauderdale CC have always persevered in the face of adversity, so it should come as no surprise that while other private clubs
are closing their doors or downsizing as a result of the ongoing economic slump we’re mired in, the membership at 415 Country Club Circle is thriving.

Fort Lauderdale Country Club

First and foremost, the luxury of having not one but two top-level 18-hole championship golf courses set upon 300 gorgeous acres in a park-like setting allows members more freedom when making tee times and taking to the course. A less congested layout is always a good thing and makes for a happy golf membership.

On top of that, Fort Lauderdale Country Club’s membership isn’t exactly a bunch of no talent duffers. The membership boasts about 125 single-digit handicappers. The club is also proud of its Women’s Golf Association, one of the most active in the county.

While the club is located in the heart of Broward County just four miles west of downtown Fort Lauderdale, the golf courses, which are full of trees, elaborate bunkers and rolling hills, are more in line with the atmosphere and architectural style you’d expect to find in the Northeast.

The two golf courses, superior drainage systems in an area that is no stranger to torrential rainfall, course variety, recently completed renovations and a friendly and well-versed membership make Fort Lauderdale Country Club stand out amongst the competition.

Now is as good a time as any to join this privileged membership, and there are a variety of ways to do so. The club offers a range of memberships including Full Equity, Executive, which is a program designed for adults 45 years of age and younger, Seasonal, Corporate and Social.

Fort Lauderdale Country Club

To learn more about Fort Lauderdale Country Club, its golf courses, membership options and the application process, please contact Membership Director Caroline Frank at 954-318-0157 or email at carolinef@fortlauderdalecc.com. You can also visit Fort Lauderdale CC online at www.fortlauderdalecc.com.

ABOUT FORT LAUDERDALE COUNTRY CLUB

Established in 1926, Fort Lauderdale Country Club is proud to be the oldest private country club in South Florida. The Club’s mission is to “provide members and their guests with the highest quality lifestyle through the traditions of golf.”

Come experience “the highest quality lifestyle” that is Fort Lauderdale Country Club.

 

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