Palatka Golf Club was originally designed by Donald Ross in 1925. Beginning in 2010, Bobby Weed Golf Design oversaw a successful seven-year management agreement that restored Palatka’s financial stability, conditioning, playability and historic Ross presentation.
Since 1958, Palatka has hosted the Florida Azalea Amateur Championship. While Palatka tips out at less than 6,000 yards, the event continuously attracts high caliber amateur talent. Many players from the Azalea have gone onto greatness at the professional level.
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Best Municipal Courses in America, No. 29
1958-Present: Host Venue
Florida Azalea Amateur Championship
2010-Present: Host Venue
Florida Azalea Senior Amateur Championship
Palatka Golf Club was founded during the “Golden Age of Golf Architecture.” Donald Ross’ par-70 design elegantly wove through Ravine Gardens State Park. The golf course prospered for decades with small greens, confounding contours, wide fairways and strategic angles.
However, the 2010 subprime mortgage crisis put Palatka on an existential spiral. The club was nearing closure. Rounds and conditions were poor and continuing to degrade.
Weed and his team approached the City of Palatka with a proposal to take over management and maintenance of the municipal golf course, nurse it back to health, then step aside.
An agreement was reached and the project was tackled with two main objectives. First, to revive the classic Ross features. Second, to restore greater fiscal responsibility.
At Palatka’s lowest point, rounds had dwindled to just 12,000 a year. After seven years with Bobby Weed Golf Design at the helm, that figure had surged upwards of 30,000. The club is now positioned for future success.
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