200 Inverness Ave.
Temple Terrace, FL 33617
Neighborhood: North Tampa
Description Temple Terrace Golf & Country Club - Recreation
Designed and built in 1921, by renowned golf architect Tom Bendelow, Temple Terrace Golf and Country Club opened in 1922. During the early part of the 1900s Mr. Bendelow built over four hundred courses including Palma Ceia C.C. in Tampa and Medinah C.C. in Chicago.
The original clubhouse building behind number eighteen green now belongs to Florida College and is used as a dormitory. During the roaring twenties, the club and a casino (located at the bend of the right of number nine) were the center of most social activities in this part of the country. Al Jolson and many other famous entertainers of the day preformed there. The main portion of the present clubhouse was completed in 1998, and the second phase of the clubhouse, the outdoor grill and pool opened in February of 2001.
The first head golf professional was “Long” Jim Barnes, winner of the first two PGA championships in the early teens, numerous national amateur titles in the U.S. and Great Britain and the British Open.
In the tradition of Scottish Golf, each hole was given a name appropriate to a landmark and some simply picturesque. 1) Tower (there was a distinctive water tower to the right of the first hole.); 2) Road; 3) Live Oak; 4) Out Look; 5) Elbow; 6) Riverview; 7) Swing’ N Hope; 8) Pond; 9) Perfection; 10) Hollow; 11) Hill Top; 12) Grove View; 13) Twin Pines; 14) Pine View; 15) Terrace; 16) Devil’s Delight; 17) Happy Hollow; 18) Hillside.
The course was also the site of another notable historic event when Evangelist Billy Graham, who was attending what was then known as Florida Bible Institute (now Florida College), decided upon his career while meditating on the eighteenth green one night in 1939.
The course played to 6,538 yards then. Number one was a par five with the tee located where the pool is currently located and number seven was a par four. The course record is 60, held by Daniel Debra. The clubs distinguished honorary members are Gary Koch, Eddie Pearce, Roberta Albers-Speer and Jim Dent.
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