Secretary of State Cord Byrd announced that Rockledge Country Club has become the newest partner course on the Florida Historic Golf Trail.
“We are pleased to have Rockledge Country Club as a partner on the Florida Historic Golf Trail,” Byrd said. “Located on Florida’s Space Coast, this golf course has been a fixture for golfers and visitors to this area for nearly 100 years.”
“Located on Florida's Space Coast, this golf course has been a fixture for golfers and visitors to this area for nearly 100 years.”
— Cord Byrd
In 1924, the Poinsett Golf and Country Club was organized and was officially chartered a few months later. The club hired George Wilson to be its golf professional, who is credited for laying out and building the new golf course. By December of that year, the nine-hole golf course was unofficially opened for play, and the official opening took place in early 1925.
In 1934, the city received 12,000 man-hours from the Federal Emergency Relief Administration (FERA) to build nine additional holes to the golf course. A year later, an additional 3,600 hours of labor from FERA was received to complete the golf course expansion. The new 18- hole golf course opened for play in January 1936.
Today, the 18-hole, par-71 golf course features five sets of tees playing from 4,300 to 6,400 yards. The club's traditional feel, scenic views and routing make for an enjoyable walking course.
“Rockledge Country Club is honored and proud to have been selected for the Florida Historic Golf Trail,” General Manager Andrea Beyel said. “We are excited to be part of this recognition. We look forward to sharing our rich tradition of what golf is and has been in the Space Coast area of Rockledge, Florida since our founding in the early 1900s.”
For more information on Rockledge County Club, go to its website.
To learn more about the Florida Historic Golf Trail, visit FloridaHistoricGolfTrail. com or find it on Facebook at @ FloridaHistoricGolfTrail.