Cleveland Heights Golf Course
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Enjoy a fun day of golf, food, and drinks at Cleveland Heights Golf Course. Open to the public, the golf course is a 27 hole municipal facility. A full-service Pro Shop, golf instruction, practice areas and restaurant makes “The Heights” the only place you need for golf or to enjoy some good food and drinks with family and friends. Annual memberships are available. Green fees vary according to the season. For pricing info and tee times, contact the Pro Shop (863) 834-2377. We also have a full driving range with small, medium or large buckets available for purchase.
While Lakeland, Florida is well known as the spring training home of the Detroit Tigers and the headquarters of grocery store chain Publix, it’s also the home of one of Florida’s oldest golf courses – the Cleveland Heights Golf Club (2900 Buckingham Avenue, Lakeland, Florida; 863-834-2377). While it’s now a 27-hole destination, Cleveland Heights GC was originally an 18-hole golf course, which opened in 1925.
The Cleveland Heights GC — clevelandheightsgolfclub.com — is one of the 53 golf courses on the Florida Historic Golf Trail. According to the Florida Historic Golf Trail website, when Cleveland Heights GC opened, it was a great place to hang out as it had “a swank $1 million clubhouse” and “all the flair of an elite country club during the Roaring ‘20s.” Why the name Cleveland Heights? It was named after the hometown of the course’s original developer (H. A. Stahl) – Cleveland, Ohio.
In those early years, anybody wishing to play golf met at the clubhouse on Lake Hollingsworth and they were transported to the Locker House on Buckingham Avenue to meet with local caddies. Nowadays, caddies have been replaced with EZGO golf carts and golfers park their vehicles on the premises of the two-story Spanish-Mediterranean clubhouse complex that houses the pro shop, the cart shed, and Bosko’s Clubhouse Grill.
Nowadays, when you play Cleveland Heights, it’s a cocoon-like experience. You get a warm and fuzzy feeling at Cleveland Heights as you are surrounded by acres of well-maintained and manicured tees, greens, bunkers, rough, fairways, and shady trees. That is why Cleveland Heights is such a great place to hang out.
In the early 1980s, an additional nine holes were built, giving the course its current 27-hole configuration: A (Azalea) Course, B (Bougainvillea) Course, and C (Camelia) Course. Generally speaking, the A Course has the most wide open fairways, the B Course is the most demanding of the three courses, and the C Course is the longest of the three layouts. One trait that all three courses share is a number of views of Lake John. It’s worth noting that all three courses have been through renovations in recent years and are ready for play — today. Since 2013, the greens and tees of all three courses have been renovated by world renowned golf course architect Ron Garl. In 2013, the driving range and practice putting green were also renovated, while the chipping green had a major makeover in 2015.