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 Dubsdread Golf Course is located in the City of Orlando in Orange County. In 1923, when Carl Dann Sr., a major Central Florida developer, had a disagreement with the Orlando Country Club, he began recruiting members to form a club on his own. Within a day, he had lined up at least 100 founding members for his new club. Construction began in that same year and Dann is believed to have been the designer. One story has it that Dann and a couple of members helped lay out the course by hitting shots through the woods. Everywhere a ball fell, a sand trap was placed.
Opening in 1924, Dubsdread derives its name from the intent of instilling dread in “dubs,” or novice golfers. Along with many other well known golfers, Patty Berg, Ben Hogan, Sam Snead and Babe Zaharias played Dubsdread in the '40s and '50s, and the course hosted the Orlando Open from 1945-47. The City of Orlando purchased the golf course in the late 1970s. In 2008, the course underwent an extensive renovation, during which all 18 holes were updated and a section of the public street that had previously crossed the 17th and 18th fairways was closed.
The 18-hole, par-70 Dubsdread Golf Course features four sets of tees playing from 4,100 to 6,100 yards. Golfers are treated to the same beautiful scenery and challenges of the original course, including narrow fairways and heavily bunkered, "postage stamp" style greens.
Legend has it that Ky Laffoon, a veteran tour pro, had such a bad temper that after a particularly costly three-putt on the 18th hole, Laffoon ran to his car, pulled a gun out of the trunk, and shot the offending putter three times. Laffoon was reported to have shouted, ''That's the last time you'll three-putt on me!'' He then gathered up the pieces of the club and buried them in a sand trap by the 18th green.
Lake Eola Park – In 1899, Lake Eola Park, located in the heart of Downtown Orlando, was the site of the city’s first golf course. The six holes crisscrossed over ditches, roads and even over each other. Today, the sidewalk that circles the lake is .9 miles in length, making it easy for visitors to keep track of their walking or running distances. Other activities available to park visitors include renting the iconic swan-shaped paddle boats, feeding the live swans and other birds inhabiting the park, seeing a concert or a play in the Walt Disney Amphitheater, grabbing a bite to eat or relaxing amid beautiful flower beds and a spectacular view of the Orlando skyline. Visit Lake Eola Park for more details
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