By Richard Moorhead and Nick Wynne
As a special offer through the Classics of Golf, both the “Golf In Florida (1886-1950)” book and set of 15 postcards are being offered for only $25.00.
In 1930, Florida had over 230 golf courses. 72 of these “Golden Age” courses remain today — 37 are private and 35 are resort/public courses. Since 1940, another 1,200 courses have followed suit as a result of these early trailblazers.
Richard Moorhead and Nick Wynne's book “Golf In Florida (1886-1950)” is about the men who pioneered golf course design in Florida, such as Col. John Hamilton Gillespie, the Scottish immigrant who designed the first golf courses in Sarasota, Belleair, Tampa, Kissimmee, Winter Haven, and even Havana, Cuba.
Using more than 2,000 historical photographs and entertaining stories, “Golf In Florida” also tells the story about how personalities, such as Britain's Harry Vardon along with Americans like Walter Hagen, Bobby Jones, Johnny Farrell, Ky Laffoon, Patty Berg and others, popularized golf in Florida by playing the courses, promoting real estate deals and bringing droves of people to the Sunshine State to enjoy the game.
The soft-bound book, published by Arcadia Publishing in 2008, has 127 pages and measures 6.5″ x 9.5″.
The postcards come in a separate custom package perfect for a gift to your best Florida golfing buddy or can be used as fun correspondence.