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 Tarpon Springs Golf Course is located in the City of Tarpon Springs in Pinellas County. In 1912, a golf club was organized, and golf links were soon under construction. The City hired W.D. Leith, originally from Edinbourgh, Scotland, to supervise the work of putting the finishing touches on the golf course. Leith was the golf professional at the Northland Country Club in Duluth, Minnesota and a number of Duluth residents owned property in Tarpon Springs.
In 1926, the golf course architectural firm of Wayne Stiles & John R. Van Kleek completely rebuilt the existing 9-hole course and added nine more holes. At a cost of $17,600. the new 18-hole municipal golf course featured large greens, several ponds and a number of dog-leg holes. The course was redesigned in 1957 by golf course architect Mark Mahannah.
The 18-hole, par-72 Tarpon Springs Golf Course features four sets of tees playing from 5,100 to 6,200 yards. As with many of the courses designed at that time, Tarpon Springs features many holes that make it play longer than the actual length, and small elevated greens. The course is owned and operated by the City of Tarpon Springs for the golfing enjoyment of the public.
Historic Sponge Docks - The Gulf waters north of Tampa Bay comprise one of the few areas of the world where the species of natural sponges suitable for commercial use are found. Sponge beds were discovered off the mouth of the Anclote River by turtle fishermen from Key West in the late 1800s. Spongers came to the area to work the beds, and some relocated to Tarpon Springs. The natural sponge industry in Tarpon Springs dates from about 1890 when John K. Cheyney launched his first sponge-fishing boat. By 1900 the city was considered the largest sponge port in the United States. Sponges were retrieved by hooking until the technique of diving for sponges was introduced in 1905 by John Cocoris, a recent immigrant from Greece, where the practice of sponge diving was common. Within a few years, many Greeks had arrived in the area to work in the sponging industry.
In the summer of 2014, the Tarpon Springs Greektown Historic District was listed as a Traditional Cultural Property in the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places. The Tarpon Springs designation is Florida’s first recognized Traditional Cultural Property, and the first of its kind as a listed ethnic-based community in the United States.
Tourism has replaced sponging as Tarpon Springs’ major economic activity. Thousands of visitors each year come to the City to enjoy the outdoors, visit the Sponge Docks, see professional divers in action and experience the Greek culture that still permeates the City. Visitors come to walk Dodecanese Boulevard and visit its unique Greek shops, buy sponges and feast at restaurants serving traditional Greek fare and delectable pastries. Visit Sponge Docks for more details.
1310 South Pinellas Avenue
Tarpon Springs, Florida 34688
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