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 Mayfair Country Club is located in the City of Sanford in Orange County. The golf course sits on land that was part of a 20,000 acre tract purchased in 1870 by Henry Sanford and sold in 1878 to Charles Amory. Amory, a retired sea captain cleared much of the land and planted citrus trees and the double row of oak trees that still line the main entrance of the golf course. He built the ship-shaped house, which remains a part of today’s Mayfair clubhouse. Early in 1922, a 50-man crew began to build a golf course. That same year, with nine holes completed, the Sanford Country Club golf course officially opened for play.
The Mayfair Country Clubincludes an 18-hole, par-70 golf course featuring four sets of tees ranging from 5,000 to 6,400 yards, perfect for novice players and experts alike. The course is guaranteed to challenge all players with the strategic layout and the clever positioning of hazards and trees. The fairways tend to be wider (as is typical of classic course designs), however, the approaches are forgiving enough to ensure that all players will feel competitive as they navigate these grounds. Water comes into play on more than half of the 18 holes.
In 1927, the Sanford Golf Course was host to a match between golfing legends Walter Hagn and Gene Sarazen. However, it was not to be Sarazen’s day. On the sixth hole, a member of the gallery stepped on Sarazen’s ball to bury it in the ground and he was forced to take a five. On the thirteenth hole, Sarazens tee shot struck a spectator on the head and the ball bounced 30 yards into a trap. Hagen beat Sarazen five and four.
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All American Soap Box Derby - The city of Sanford is home to the Central Florida Soap Box Derby which holds monthly races at Derby Park. The Soap Box Derby grew out of a photographic assignment of Dayton, Ohio, newsman Myron Scott, who came across a group of boys racing their homemade cars in the summer of 1933. Scott was so impressed with the event that he acquired a copyright and went in search of a corporate sponsor to establish a national program. Chevrolet liked Scott's proposal and agreed to sponsor the first official All-American Soap Box Derby in Dayton in 1934. The following year, the race moved to Akron because of its central location and hilly terrain. The Soap Box Derby ran continuously from its inception until the onset of World War II. After a four-year hiatus, the All-American Soap Box Derby resumed in Akron in 1946, and has been held at Derby Downs every year since. Visit Central Florida Soap Box Derbyfor more details.
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3536 Country Club Road
Sanford, Florida 32771
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