Letter from Joshua Coffin Coffin Chase to William Langford (March 27, 1922)

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Title

Letter from Joshua Coffin Coffin Chase to William Langford (March 27, 1922)

Alternative Title

Chase Correspondence (March 27, 1922)

Subject

Chase, Joshua Coffin, 1858-1948
Country clubs--Florida
Golf courses--Florida--Orlando Region
Golf--Florida
Sanford (Fla.)
Chase and Company (Sanford, Fla.)

Description

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 Country Club and Golf Course, which is now named the Mayfair Country Club, was originally purchased as a portion of a 20,000-acre tract by General Joseph Finegan for $40. In 1870, Henry Shelton Sanford 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 the year 1927-1939, the golf course and country club experienced once of its most successful periods as it saw some of golfs greatest athletes, such as Gene Sarazen and Walter Hagen.

However, 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 received the Mayfair Inn 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. In 2007, Maece Taylor, Inc. signed a 20-year lease with the City of Sanford for the golf course. In 2011, Maece Taylor filed a lawsuit against Sanford, claiming that the lease is invalid due to a clause in the contract that states that Donald Ross, a critically-acclaimed designer in the 1920s and 1930s, designed the golf course. The Chase papers contain letters that suggest that Cameron Trent designed the golf course, not Ross.

Creator

Chase, Joshua Coffin

Source

Original letter from Joshua Coffin Chase to William Langford, March 27, 1922: Chase Collection (MS 14), box 50, folder 20.111, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Date Created

1922-05-27

Is Format Of

Digital reproduction of original letter from Joshua Coffin Chase to William Langford, March 27, 1922.

Is Part Of

Chase Collection (MS 14), box 50, folder 20.111, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.
Sanford Country Club and Golf Course Collection, Sanford Collection, Chase Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.

Is Referenced By

Folder referenced in Chase Collection finding guide, http://web.uflib.ufl.edu/spec/pkyonge/chase.htm.

Format

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Extent

195 KB

Medium

1-page typewritten letter

Language

eng

Type

Text

Coverage

West Palm Beach Golf Course, West Palm Beach, Florida
Sanford Country Club and Golf Course, Sanford, Florida

Accrual Method

Donation

Mediator

History Teacher

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 item 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

Digital Collection

Source Repository

External Reference

"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.
Moorhead, Richard, and Nick Wynne. Golf in Florida: 1886-1950. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Pub, 2008.
Sanford Historical Society (Fla.). Sanford. Charleston, SC: Arcadia, 2003.

External Reference Title

Transcript

March 27th 1922

Mr. William Langford,
West Palm Beach Golf Course,
West Palm Beach, Florida.

Dear Sir:

Your name was given to me by our mutual friend, Mr. Walter Fairbanks, who thought possibly you might be interested in mapping out a golf course at Sanford, Florida. A number of the leading people at this place have recently purchased a tract of land which is to be developed into a Country Club and Golf Course. They wish to begin construction in the near future of a nine-hole course and will want someone to lay this off, having in mind nine additional holes at some time in the near future.

In the event you would be interested in taking this matter up, will you kindly write upon receipt of this letter to Mr. S.O. Chase, Sanford, Florida, stating terms, etc. for a visit to the place, a survey, with a map showing the greens the hazards and full instructions to be followed in getting the course into shape in event you were not in position to give it your entire supervision until completed. The ground is rolling and there are some natural hazards that could be worked up in making it a very attractive course.

The writer is taking the liberty of writing this directly to you and asking you to get in touch with Mr. S.O. Chase so that no time will be lost.

Yours very truly,

JCC/s

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