The Clewiston News

Clewiston on Florida Historic Golf Trail

The Clewiston Golf Course has recently been selected to join a number of prestigious golf courses selected by the Florida Historic Golf Trail company, indeed an immense honor to partake in a program founded by the Florida Department of State, Division of Historical Resources in which only specific courses are chosen.

From Pensacola to Key West, the Florida Historic Golf Trail includes public, semi-private, military and resort golf courses.

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The Clewiston Course was first designed by the eminent golf course architects of the day, Wayne Stiles and John Van Kleek; designing an 18-hole course in the year 1928. The construction of the course then proceeded the following year of 1929 for the first 9-holes, which at the time was used for Clewiston’s aviation field. It wasn’t until about thirty years later that the city decided to add an additional 9-holes to the newly-constructed course by Captain F. Deane Duff.

Clewiston Golf Course PGA Professional Robbie Rush stated, “The Florida Historic Golf Trail is such an honor that people will now understand that there is something special about The Clewiston Golf Course that must be very attractive. Golfers like to play golf courses that have been recognized in the country.” Mr. Rush has been with the Clewiston Golf Course for several years, overseeing all activities of the course.

Most courses selected with the Florida Historic Golf Trail have been used for over a century, qualifying them to be chosen. Some of the courses on the Florida Historic Golf Trail have retained much of their historic character, while others have been modified through the years.

Mr. Rush also added, “Local golfers and the community will have more of an appreciation to know that not only are we famous in Clewiston for Lake Okeechobee and bass fishing, but we have a golf course that is special and unique.”

He strongly encourages residents of the Glades area to visit the golf course to experience why it was chosen to be apart of the Florida Historic Trail.