Cleveland Heights Golf Course Featured as Florida Historic Golf Trail Course of the Month
TALLAHASSEE– Secretary of State Ken Detzner announced today that the Cleveland Heights Golf Course has been chosen as the featured course on the Florida Historic Golf Trail for the month of July. The Cleveland Heights Golf Course is located in the city of Lakeland in Polk County.
“We are pleased to feature the historic Cleveland HeightsGolf Courseas a partner on the Florida Historic Golf Trail,” said Secretary Detzner. “The City of Lakeland recognizes the value of this golf course to the community and the state, and has done a wonderful job renovating this historic resource.”
Cleveland Heights was the focal point of an exclusive golf course community built by developer H.A. Stahl, who named the project after his hometown. The golf course was designed by the golf course architectural firm of Howard Toomey & William Flynn. Under the personal supervision of William Flynn, the course was described to be as long and difficult as most of the northern links and opened in 1925. The City of Lakeland took over the golf course by the end of the 1930s and maintains the course today. In the early 1980s, general manager, Reuben Gibson supervised the addition of the third nine holes, which expanded the course to the 27 holes in play today.
The Cleveland Heights Golf Course is a 27-hole golf complex consisting of three 9-hole courses that are played in 18-hole combinations (A/B, A/C, or B/C). Each 9-hole course features three sets of tees playing from 2,600 to 3,200 yards and the 18-hole combinations play from 5,300 to 6,400 yards. The “A” Course has the most open fairways, the ”B” Course is more challenging than the other two, and the “C” Course has the most length. Known locally as the “Heights,” the facility is run by the Parks and Recreation Department for the City of Lakeland, and offers golfers of all abilities the opportunity to enjoy the sport.
“Cleveland Heights and the City of Lakeland are very appreciative for being the featured golf course for the month of July,” said Golf Course Manager Brock Witmyer. “Upon finishing the C Course this summer, we will have renovated the tees and greens on all three of our 9 hole courses over the past three years. Come out and visit our friendly staff - we are a public facility with a country club feel.”