Rocky Point Golf Course Featured as Florida Historic Golf Trail Course of the Month
Secretary of State Ken Detzner announced Wednesday (1/6/16) that Rocky Point Golf Course has been chosen as the featured course on the Florida Historic Golf Trail for the month of January. Thanks to this honor, more of us can learn about the history of Rocky Point, as summarized below. You may also access the featured article and press release.
In 1910, The Tampa Automobile Club made arrangements to build a clubhouse and spacious golf links at Rocky Point. The Club hired Atlanta golf expert F.G. Byrd to lay out an 18-hole golf course. Nine holes were opened for play in 1912, while the full 18-hole layout was completed one year later. In 1917, the Tampa Automobile and Golf Club changed its name to the Rocky Point Golf Club.
In 1941, the federal government took over the golf course and closed it for use as part of Drew Army Airfield. Two years later the course reopened to officers and enlisted men of Drew Field, and to personnel of the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps. In 1953, the federal government sold the property for $1 to the City of Tampa, which reopened the course one year later. In 1978, course operations were given to the Tampa Sports Authority.
The 18-hole, par-71 Rocky Point Golf Course features four sets of tees playing from 4,900 to 6,300 yards, offering challenges for all skill levels.
“It is truly an honor to have Rocky Point Golf Course selected as the Florida Historic Golf Trail’s featured course for January 2016,” said Kennie Sims, Vice President of Golf Operations. “We are extremely proud of the recently completed renovations of Rocky Point and the difference it will make for every golfer’s experience. This complete makeover combined with our driving range and clubhouse facilities makes Rocky Point a desirable destination for golfers of all levels.”