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 Rocky Point Golf Course is located in the City of Tampa in Hillsborough County. In 1910, The Tampa Automobile Club made arrangements to build a club house and spacious golf links at Rocky Point. The Club hired Atlanta golf expert F.G. Byrd to lay out an 18-hole golf course. The plans prepared by Byrd included surrounding the course with ditches in order to drain water. Byrd also recommended planting a palmetto tree at each tee. Construction soon followed and Golf Professional C.J. Smith was in charge of laying out the course. Nine holes were opened for play in 1912, and the 18-hole layout was completed in 1913. The Tampa Automobile and Golf Club changed its name to the Rocky Point Golf Club in 1917.
In 1931, former Rocky Point caddy and head professional, Ed Dudley won the Western Open Championship beating Walter Hagen by four strokes.In 1941, the federal government took over the golf course and closed it for use as part of Drew Army Airfield. Two years later the course was reopened to officers and enlisted men of Drew Field, and to personnel of the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps.
In 1953, the Government turned the property over to the City of Tampa for $1. The city then leased it to J.S. Curly Hurtman for 25 years who with his wife, Merle, reopened the course in 1954. Merle took over operations when Curly passed away in 1957. Once the Hurtman’s lease expired in 1978, the city turned course operations over to the Tampa Sports Authority. Today, the Tampa Sports Authority manages Rocky Point, the Babe Zaharias Golf Course, Rogers Park Golf Course and Raymond James Stadium.
The18-hole, par-71 Rocky Point Golf Course features four sets of tees playing from 4,900 to 6,300 yards, offering challenges for all skill levels. Golfers can experience a pleasurable but adventurous round of golf, with many areas reserved for wildlife habitat and bird sanctuaries. Rocky Point Golf Course provides Tampa Bay area golfers a beautiful yet challenging course, full driving range, pro shop and full service restaurant.
In the early part of the 1900s, the Tampa cigar industry was inundated by frequent strikes and brief walkouts by its workers. This trouble in the cigar industry affected the development at Rocky Point and temporarily delayed the construction of both the clubhouse and golf links.
Ybor City Museum State Park - Don Vicente Martinez Ybor came to an area of pine scrub and swamp to build what became the “Cigar Capital of the World." From the opening of the first cigar factory in 1886 until the 1930s, Ybor City flourished. This urban park is dedicated to the preservation of Ybor City's unique cultural heritage. The museum, housed in the historic Ferlita Bakery, traces the rich cultural history of Ybor City and the cigar making industry. The museum has self-guided exhibits, with written and audio information, and a video presentation. La Casita, a restored cigar worker's house, is open for visitors, and guided tours are available. Visit Ybor City Museum State Park for more details.
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