In this section learn more about the history of the course and its hometown, see a selection of historic and current images of the course, learn about what the course is like today, and discover nearby historic sites.
The A.C. Read Golf Club complex is located within the gates of the Naval Air Station Pensacola in Escambia County. Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola is known as the "Cradle of Naval Aviation" and occupies over 5,000 acres in Northwest Florida. In 1942, NAS Pensacola constructed an 18-hole golf course to provide recreational activity for the soldiers stationed there.
The golf course is named in honor of Albert Cushing Read an avid golfer, and graduate of the first aviator class at Naval Air Station Pensacola in 1915. Over the years, the golf course has been expanded and renovated by golf course architects William W. Amick and Jerry Pate. The original 18-hole golf course has been incorporated into portions of the entire golf complex.
The A.C. Read Golf Club is a 27-hole golf complex consisting of three 9-hole courses that are played in 18-hole combinations (Bayou, Lakeview, and Bayview). Each 9-hole course features three sets of tees playing from 2,600 to 3,200 yards and the 18-hole combinations play from 5,400 to 6,600 yards. The Bayou course is routed among two salt water bayous and is the most scenic of the three nines. The Bayview course offers views of Bayou Grande and Pensacola Bay and is the newest of the 27 championship holes. The Lakeview course is characterized by the Live Oak lined fairways and includes seven of the original 18-holes.
The A.C. Read Golf Club also includes an 18-hole, par-60 executive golf course featuring three sets of tees playing from 4,000 to 4,300 yards. The executive course was built on top of a portion of the original holes and incorporates several of the original fairways.
In 1946, Admiral Chester Nimitz, Chief of Naval Operations, created a flight exhibition team in order to raise the public’s interest in naval aviation and boost Navy morale. The new U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Team completed its first performance, at Craig Field in Jacksonville, Florida on June 15, 1946, flying three Gruman F6F Hellcat Fighter planes. Later that year, as the team was planning a show in New York, they chose the name Blue Angels after seeing Manhattan’s famous Blue Angel nightclub in the New Yorker magazine.
The Blue Angels have flown six different aircraft over the years. Today, they fly their distinctive blue and gold McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornets. The world-famous Blue Angels are based at NAS Pensacola, and can be seen practicing over the city and beach on most Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from March to November.
For more information about the Blue Angels, go to http://www.blueangels.navy.mil
National Naval Aviation Museum – Located within the Naval Air Station Pensacola, the National Naval Aviation Museum is the world’s largest naval aviation museum and one of the most-visited museums in the state of Florida. Visitors can see more than 150 beautifully restored aircraft representing Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Aviation. These historic and one-of-a-kind aircraft are displayed both inside the Museum’s nearly 350,000 square feet of exhibit space and outside on its 37-acre grounds. Visit National Naval Aviation Museum for more details.
1212 Duncan Road
Pensacola, Florida 32508
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