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 Suwannee Country Club is located in the City of Live Oak in Suwannee County. In 1924, the Live Oak Golf and Country Club was organized for the purpose of acquiring a site and building a golf course. A site was chosen several miles east of town and a 9-hole golf course was open for play in 1926 with sand greens. Former Florida Governor Cary Hardee (1921-1925), was the club’s first president.
The Suwannee Country Club includes a 9-hole, par-36 golf course featuring four sets of tees playing from 4,800 to 6,100 yards. The Club is semi-private, but open to the public with weekday and weekend rates. Amenities include a driving range, banquet hall with full kitchen, and access to White Lake.
Former Florida Governor Cary A. Hardee, who served as the club’s first president made a hole-in-one on the 5th hole, while playing with a party of friends in 1928. Governor Hardee was Florida’s twenty-third governor and served from January 4, 1921 to January 6, 1925.
Cary Hardee was born in Taylor County on November 13, 1876. Educated in Florida's public schools, he was a teacher until 1900, when he was admitted to the bar and began to practice law in Live Oak. Before becoming governor in 1921, Hardee served as State's Attorney, a member of the Florida House of Representatives, and speaker of the House. Although a lawyer, Hardee was better known in later years as a banker in Live Oak. He was defeated in 1932 for the Democratic nomination for governor and died in Live Oak on November 21, 1957.
Today, the short but difficult par-3, plays to a yardage of 134 yards. A mid-to-short iron for most, the difficulty lies in the small undulating green, and the oak tree just left of the green. To make birdie, an accurate iron shot and a great putt is required.
Since the Former Governor’s ace, there have been many more hole-in-ones at the 5th hole and in 2011, the 5th green was the setting of a marriage proposal!
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park - Situated on the banks of the legendary Suwannee River, this center honors the memory of American composer Stephen Foster, who wrote "Old Folks at Home," the song that made the river famous. The museum features exhibits about Foster's most famous songs and his music can be heard emanating from the park's 97-bell carillon throughout the day. In Craft Square, visitors can watch demonstrations of quilting, blacksmithing, stained glass making, and other crafts, or visit the gift shop. Hiking, bicycling, canoeing, and wildlife viewing are popular activities. Miles of trails wind through some of the most scenic areas of North Florida. For overnight stays, visitors can camp in the full-facility campground or stay in a cabin. Every Memorial Day weekend (the last weekend in May), the park hosts the Florida Folk Festival, one of the oldest State folk festivals in the nation. Other special events include concerts, weekend retreats, a monthly coffeehouse, a regional quilt show, and an antique tractor show. The park is located in White Springs off U.S. 41 North. Visit Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park for more details.
7932 US 90
Live Oak, Florida 32064
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