In between rides on glass-bottom boats and trips to alligator farms and sandy beaches, many Florida tourists have teed off on Florida's numerous golf courses. Florida's sunny climate and flat terrain made for a perfect terrain for eager golfers. Below are just a few images of golfing in Florida over the years.
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Dr. Ronalds developed Live Oak as Leon County's first hunting plantation and built a golf course. He kept a flock of sheep to keep the greens and fairways trim.
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An early promoter of golf, Gillespie built one of the first golf courses in Florida. In May 1886, he cleared a woods on Main Street and laid out a long fairway. By 1905 there was a complete 9 hole course, plus a clubhouse, on a 110 acre tract.
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Developer and entrepreneur Carl Graham Fisher used the elephant Rosie to promote Miami Beach during the Florida land boom of the 1920s.
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Maureen Orcutt was one of the nation's outstanding golfers for almost fifty years and one of the first women sportswriters in the US. Orcutt was 99 when she died in January of 2007.
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In 1987, Nancy Lopez was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame (located in St. Augustine, Florida).
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Bill Glasson, from Fresno, California, acknowledges applause from the crowd on the 18th green Sunday after sinking a birdie putt and taking the $90,000 winner's share of the $500,000 Centel Classic golf tournament.
Glasson finished with a 16-under-par, 272 total for the four rounds, two strokes ahead of his next challenger.