Discover the history and charm of Tallahassee’s original golf club.
Tallahassee, Florida has a rich tradition of golf. Among the many clubs and courses that are part of the golfing culture in Tallahassee, Capital City Country Club is the city’s oldest and most historic. Capital City Country Club was founded in 1908 and has served the golfing population of Tallahassee for well over a century. Capital City is known for its rolling topography, majestic and towering trees, and a layout that is filled with interesting architectural elements from the classical school of golf design. The club has memberships available and also allows access to the golfing public seven days a week.
Tallahassee is not the Florida golf town that your friends retired too. The area feels much more like “Georgia on my mind” than it does a Jimmy Buffet song. North Florida has rolling red clay hills and a mix of tall pines and live oak trees. Its Spanish moss and moving landscapes are an incredible setting for golf. The Nature Conservancy once declared the area “one of America’s last great places”; a far cry from much of the overdeveloped areas of South Florida. It’s that setting that makes the golfing magic of Capital City Country Club possible.
Capital City sits on a beautiful piece of property in the middle of the Myers Park Historic District. The course is surrounded by many of the most charming and beautiful homes in Tallahassee’s only protected historic area. Myers Park is comprised of stately homes, numerous public parks, and scenic views of Downtown Tallahassee. The Downtown skyline, manor homes, and even the state capitol are often visible from the hilltops that are a prominent part of a round of golf at Capital City.
The golf course at Capital City is a rare treat for Floridians. The course’s hill covered terrain and Hall of Fame design lineage are a combination that is far from common in the sunshine state. Capital City’s golf course was originally a 9-hole course, but in 1936 the course was expanded to 18 holes using Works Progress Administration funding. During the expansion, legendary golf architect A.W. Tillinghast was brought to Tallahassee to help design the expanded course. Tillinghast is one of only a handful of golf architects who have been admitted to the World Golf Hall of Fame and his work at Capital City has been admired for many generations of Tallahassee golfers and visitors to the city.
Capital City has long been one of the top social and sporting scenes in Tallahassee. Members have included famed politicians, former PGA Tour winners, and many of the best amateur golfers in Florida. Edward the Duke of Windsor was even a frequent visitor to the course when staying at nearby Horseshoe Plantation.
Capital City continues to be a popular destination for golfers and gatherings as demographics and tastes of the local population have shifted back towards Downtown in recent years. New developments in nearby areas such as Cascades Park, Gaines Street, and Midtown have continued to make Capital City Country Club an even more attractive offering in Tallahassee. There has never been a better time to discover the charms and treasures of Capital City Country Club. Spending a day at Tallahassee’s most historic golf club makes for an experience you won’t soon forget.
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