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 Wedgewood Golf Club is located in the City of Lakeland in Polk County. The Club is located on the former site of the National Home of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America. The main building, which is still on site, was a retirement home for members of the Brotherhood. Built between 1926 and 1929 at a cost of $1 million, the facility was home to 400 retired carpenters. Construction of the golf course began in 1929. The golf course officially opened on January 1, 1931 with Charles W. Howe as the professional in charge.
In 1958, a newspaper article reported that the Detroit Tigers baseball team would be training in Lakeland that spring and over 50 of them were golfers! Over the years, the golf course known today as the Wedgewood Golf Club, had several names including; the Carpenter’s Home Golf Course, the William L. Hutcheson Golf Course and the Lake Gibson Golf & Country Estates. In 1983, the course reopened after a year’s worth of redesign by Lakeland golf course architect Ron Garl. The renovation project included building five new holes and revamping 13 of the existing holes.
The Wedgewood Golf Club includes an 18-hole, par-70 golf course featuring three sets of tees playing from 4,800 to 6,400 yards. The layout has plenty of sand, water and trees and creates a terrific challenge for golfers of all ages and skill levels. Surrounding the course are views of Lake Gibson and the Carpenters Home Church. Water features, rolling fairways, huge undulating Bermuda greens and strategically placed bunkers round out Wedgewood's unique design features.
Navigating around the fairway bunkers on the 403 yard, par-4 fifth hole is the number one priority on this number one handicap hole. The undulated green is protected by a water hazard that swallows thousands of balls a year. Make par and go to the next hole.
Tiger Town – The Detroit Tigers of Major League Baseball began coming to Lakeland for Spring Training in 1934 and have been coming back every year since. Tiger Town, a one-time WWII pilot training base which is owned and operated by the City of Lakeland, has been the home of the Detroit Tigers since 1953 and is also the regular season home of the Lakeland Flying Tigers, the Class A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers.
The Flying Tiger’s name and colors pay homage to the Lakeland School of Aeronautics, later the Lodwick School of Aeronautics, which trained over 8,000 pilots between 1940 and 1945. The school was actually located at the current site of Joker Marchant Stadium. Games have been played at Joker Marchant Stadium since 1966.
Today, Tiger Town is a complete training complex that includes the ballpark, other training fields, dorms, training facilities and team clubhouses. Visit Detroit Tigers Lakeland for more details.
401 Carpenters Way
Lakeland, Florida 33809
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