Partner Golf Course
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The Vinoy Golf Club is located in the City of St. Petersburg Pinellas County. In 1920, St. Petersburg developer, C. Perry Snell officially opened a 9-hole golf course called the “Coffee Pot Golf Club.” C.D. Remington was the golf professional and caddies were available for 60 cents per nine holes or $1.00 for 18. A year later Snell had added another nine holes along with a “Driving Fairway” for practice and a “Driving Net “practice area. Over the years, Snell added two other nine hole additions and at one point there were two 18-hole golf courses.
The Vinoy Hotel began with a party, a bet, and a game of golf in 1923. At the St. Petersburg Beach Drive home of Aymer Vinoy Laughner, a wealthy Pennsylvania businessman, and famed golfer Walter Hagen made a wager. Hagen drove several golf balls off the face of his host’s prized pocket watch. The wager: whether the watch’s crystal would survive Hagen’s powerful drive. It did, and the golf balls landed across Beach Drive on a residential waterfront property. Laughner’s party guests suggested he purchase the property and build a grand resort – one that would carry his name. Laughner purchased the land for $170,000. Led by architect Henry L. Taylor and contractor George A. Miller, construction for the Vinoy Park Hotel began on February 5, 1925. The contractor set a construction record, completing the 375-room hotel in just under 10 months, in time for a grand opening on New Year's Eve 1925.
In 1932, D.L. Clark, of candy bar fame, purchased the Coffee Pot Golf Course on Snell Island for $156,000 and renamed it Clarks’ Sunset Golf and Country Club. In 1948, the Sunset Golf Course was purchased by the Alsonnetn Corporation, which owned the Vinoy, Soreno and Tides Hotels. Florida-based golf course architect Ron Garl redesigned the course in 1992.
The Vinoy Golf Club includes an 18-hole, par-71 golf course featuring six sets of tees ranging from 4,800 to 6,500 yards making it very playable for all golf skill levels.
The golf course is a certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. Each hole is surrounded by diverse vegetation including over a dozen varieties of palm – over 900 in all - from around the world. Amidst the palms, the pines and the live oaks, players may find themselves lost in the jungle, or beached on one of the 63 bunkers strategically placed along the way. Located 1.7 miles from the Vinoy Hotel, a complimentary shuttle service to and from the Club is provided by the resort for its guests. A 1927 Mediterranean-inspired clubhouse overlooking the golf course houses a restaurant, bar and fully stocked pro shop.
The Hotel is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and has been named one of the “500 Greatest Hotels and Resorts in the World” by Travel & Leisure magazine. Readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine have ranked The Vinoy as one of the “Best Places to Stay in the Whole Wide World.”
* Please note: To enjoy play at the Vinoy Golf Club, you must be a member or a registered guest at the Vinoy Hotel.
The Vinoy offers players an alternative to walking the course, or riding in a golf cart, with the Golf Bike. Produced by the Higher Ground Bicycle Co. in Tallahassee, Florida, the Golf Bike was presented in the Inventor’s Spotlight at the 2013 PGA show in Orlando. In March of 2014, the first Golf Bikes were delivered to The Vinoy Renaissance Golf Resort. Riding a bicycle on a golf course is not a modern idea. As early as 1920, one of the world’s richest men, John D. Rockefeller, would ride a bike while playing golf. Rockefeller, who wintered in Ormond Beach, on Florida’s Atlantic Coast, had a passion for golf and believed that the game was good for his health.
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St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club –Senior citizens, 21st century youth, and all ages in between gather at the St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club for the entertainment and camaraderie that is part and parcel of a game woven into the historical fabric of St. Petersburg. Games ranging from friendly to tournament level take place at the city’s historical landmark. Every Friday from 7 to 11 p.m., weather permitting, those looking to brush up on their shuffleboard skills or try the game for the first time can join in the fun. This free outdoor diversion includes use of equipment, access to volunteers who can guide newcomers on the basics, and the entertainment provided by members who create play lists on their iPods.
The game of shuffleboard, originally known as "shovel board," can trace its origins from the fourteenth or fifteenth centuries. The modern day game of shuffleboard became popular as a diversion and deck game onboard cruise ships. The first modern shuffleboard courts constructed on land were built in Daytona, Florida in 1913. The St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club is significant for its association with the development of the tourist and leisure industries in St. Petersburg during the 1920s. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club is a contributing property to the Downtown St. Petersburg Historic District. Visit St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club for more details.
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