Sanford Country Club and Golf Course Collection

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#9 Looking Towards Tee
Construction of the golf course at the Sanford Country Club and Golf Course in Sanford, Florida sometime between 1919 and 1924. The land was originally purchased as a portion of a 20,000-acre tract by General Joseph Finegan for $40. In 1870, Henry…

Flagpole and Green at Sanford Country Club
Flagpole and green at the Sanford Country Club and Golf Course during construction in 1922. The land for the club and course was originally purchased as a portion of a 20,000-acre tract by General Joseph Finegan for $40. In 1870, Henry Sanford…

Workmen Clear Hole #4 Green
Workmen clearing Hole #4 green at the Sanford Country Club using teams of horses and shovels. Sanford Country Club and Golf Course was originally purchased as a portion of a 20,000-acre tract by General Joseph Finegan for $40. In 1870, Henry Sanford…

The Hole #5 Fairway at the Sanford Country Club
Construction of Hole #5 at the Sanford Country Club and Golf Course sometime during 1922 and 1924. The land for the course was originally purchased as a portion of a 20,000-acre tract by General Joseph Finegan for $40. In 1870, Henry Sanford…

Hole 7 at Bend Looking Towards Tee
The bend facing the direction of the tee at the Sanford Country Club and Golf Course in 1922. The land for the club and course was originally purchased as a portion of a 20,000-acre tract by General Joseph Finegan for $40. In 1870, Henry Sanford…

Hole 9 Looking Towards Green From Center of Fairway
Center of the fairway facing the direction of the green at the Sanford Country Club and Golf Course in 1922. The land for the club and course was originally purchased as a portion of a 20,000-acre tract by General Joseph Finegan for $40. In 1870,…

Men Clearing Land at Hole 3 Fairway
Workers are seen clearing land from the position of the tee at the Sanford Country Club and Golf Course in 1922. The land for the club and course was originally purchased as a portion of a 20,000-acre tract by General Joseph Finegan for $40. In 1870,…

Letter from Joshua  Coffin Chase to A. M. Taylor (April 1, 1922)
An original letter of correspondence between Joshua Coffin Chase and A. M. Taylor. Topics discussed in the letter include Chase's gratitude for his visit with Mr. Wilson to the St. Augustine Country Club and Chase's brother, Sydney Octavius Chase's…

Letter from Joshua Coffin Chase to Sydney Octavius Chase (March 15, 1922)
An original letter of correspondence between brothers and business partners Joshua Coffin Chase and Sydney Octavius Chase. Topics discussed in the letter include the expected arrival of a golf expert to lay out the course of the new country club.The…

Letter from Joshua Coffin Chase to Sydney Octavius Chase (March 27, 1922)
An original letter of correspondence between brothers and business partners Joshua Coffin Chase and Sydney Octavius Chase. Topics discussed in the letter include golf course engineer and landscaper William Langford, the development of the course at…

Letter from Joshua Coffin Chase to Sydney Octavius Chase (March 30, 1922)
An original letter of correspondence between brothers and business partners Joshua Coffin Chase and Sydney Octavius Chase. Topics discussed in the letter include the status of the Ingrahams and the St. Augustine Country Club.Chase & Company was…

Letter from Joshua Coffin Chase to Sydney Octavius Chase (March 30, 1922)
An original letter of correspondence between brothers and business partners Joshua Coffin Chase and Sydney Octavius Chase. Topics discussed in the letter include the formation of the Sanford Country Club and Golf Course and the type of grass used at…

Letter from Joshua Coffin Chase to Sydney Octavius Chase (May 11, 1922)
An original letter of correspondence between brothers and business partners Joshua Coffin Chase and Sydney Octavius Chase. Topics discussed in the letter include the completion of the contract with Cameron Trent to develop the Sanford Country Club…

Letter from Joshua Coffin Chase to Sydney Octavius Chase (October 25, 1923)
An original letter of correspondence between brothers and business partners Joshua Coffin Chase and Sydney Octavius Chase. Topics discussed in the letter include information that Lee Guest would send to Sydney in regards to the Municipal Golf course…

Letter from Joshua Coffin Coffin Chase to William Langford (March 27, 1922)
An original letter of correspondence between Joshua Coffin Chase and golf course engineer and landscaper William Langford. Topics discussed in the letter include Langford mapping a golf course for the Sanford Country Club and Golf Course.The Sanford…

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Title

Sanford Country Club and Golf Course Collection

Alternative Title

Sanford Country Club Collection

Subject

Sanford (Fla.)
Golf--Florida
Country clubs--Florida

Description

The Sanford Country Club and Golf Course was originally purchased as a portion of a 20,000-acre tract by General Joseph Finegan for $40. In 1870, Henry Shelton Sanford (1823-1891) purchased the tract and sold some of it in 1878 to Charles Amory. In 1922, the City of Sanford bought 152-acres to design and construct a municipal 18-hole golf course. The course opened in October of 1922 with only four holes available for playing. The remainder of the golf course was opened in September of 1924. From 1927 to 1939, the golf course and country club experienced once of its most successful periods, with visits from some of golf's greatest athletes, such as Gene Sarazen and Walter Hagen.

The club, for a time, saw a state of disrepair and depression. For a short time, the club became the Seminole County Club after renovation in 1945. Then, in the late 1940s, the New York Giants acquired the Mayfair Inn property for Spring Training, which allowed them to take control of the golf course. This led to the most prosperous period of the golf course and country club becoming a part of the PGA tour between 1955 to 1957, seeing players like Arnold Palmer tee-off on the course. Now called the Mayfair Country Club, the club and golf course is located at 3536 Country Club Road in Sanford, Florida.

Contributor

Is Part Of

Sanford Collection, Chase Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.

Language

eng

Type

Collection

Coverage

Sanford Country Club and Golf Course, Sanford, Florida

Provenance

Entire Chase Collection is comprised of four separate accessions from various donors, including Cecilia Johnson, the granddaughter of Joshua Coffin Chase and the children of Randall Chase.

Rights Holder

The displayed collection is housed at Special and Area Studies Collections at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. Rights to this item belong to the said institution, and therefore inquiries about the item should be directed there. RICHES of Central Florida has obtained permission from Special and Area Studies Collections at the University of Florida to display this item for educational purposes only.

Contributing Project

Digital Collections (UFDC), University of Florida

Curator

Cepero, Laura
Marra, Katherine

Digital Collection

Source Repository

University of Florida, Special and Area Studies Collections

External Reference

"The Mayfair Country Club." The Mayfair Country Club. http://www.mayfairlinks.com/history/.
Fisher, Hugh and Serena. "Historical Markers Located in Seminole County Florida." Sanford Historical Society, Inc. http://sanfordhistory.tripod.com/id22.html.
Sanford Historical Society, Inc. Sanford. Charleston, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing, 2003.
"Sydney Chase Sr. (1860-1941)." Florida Citrus Hall of Fame. Copyright 2012. http://floridacitrushalloffame.com/index.php/inductees/inductee-name/?ref_cID=89&bID=0&dd_asId=600.

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