Partner Golf Course
In this section learn more about the history of the course and its city, view historic images, find out what the course is like today, discover nearby historic sites and more.
The Lake Wales Country Club is located in the City of Lake Wales in Polk County. In 1924, the City of Lake Wales approved a special $190,000 bond which included $55,000 for the construction of a municipal golf course.
The city acquired the services of one of America’s most renowned golf course architects, Seth Raynor, who had designed the nearby Mountain Lake golf course. Construction began in 1924 and later that year Mr. and Mrs. H.P. Mills of Mountain Lake presented the city of Lake Wales with a complete set of pin flags for the entire 18 holes.
On January 27, 1925, Lake Wales Mayor L.H. Kramer declared a holiday for the formal opening of the golf course. Over 1,000 people watched a match between golf professionals Alick Girard of Mountain Lake and Jimmy Maiden of Sebring, who played against Dave Towns, the newly hired Lake Wales golf professional originally from St. Andrews, Scotland, and his brother Allan Towns of the North Park Country Club in Long Island. Only nine holes were opened for play that year. The other nine holes, which had been laid out by Raynor, were constructed and completed a year later.
The Lake Wales Country Club includes an 18-hole, par-71/72 golf course featuring seven sets of tees playing from 4,200 to 7,000 yards. Lake Wales Country Club offers classic golf and outstanding conditioning that present a challenge to players of all levels.
This course may be the only municipal golf course Seth Raynor ever designed. The course still follows most of the historic routing by Raynor.
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Bok Tower Gardens – Bok Tower Gardens encompasses over 130 acres in central Florida, three miles north of Lake Wales. It has welcomed more than 23 million visitors since it opened in 1929. With historic landscape gardens, a unique Singing Tower carillon, and a magnificent 1930s Mediterranean-style mansion, the Gardens offer unparalleled opportunities for artistic, cultural, personal and spiritual enrichment. Bok Tower Gardens was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1972 and became a National Historic Landmark in 1993. Visit Bok Tower Gardens for more details.
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2925 Highway 60 East
Lake Wales, Florida 33898
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