Florida county finalizes purchase of country club

A private country club in the Florida panhandle is about to become a publicly owned track after the financially troubled club was purchased by the county government.

The March 12 vote by the Walton County Board of County Commissioners approved the purchase of the 192-acre DeFuniak Springs Country Club for a price of $48,000, according to The DeFuniak Herald newspaper. The agreed upon price is the amount of outstanding debt still carried by the current country club, which approached the county earlier this year in an effort to maintain use of the historic course. (The course is already available for public play.)

The course is part of the state of Florida’s Historic Golf Trail, the website of which indicates the course was originally built as a 9-hold course in 1924. Additional land was cleared in the late 1960s, and the current 18-hole course was opened in the 1970s.

The county hopes to assume operations of the course as soon as April 1, converting the name to the Walton County Golf Course and Sports Park. Plans include offering additional recreational opportunities, including basketball and swimming.

The grounds include the golf course, four spring-fed lakes, a half-acre swimming pool, the clubhouse, and other smaller buildings, according to the newspaper.


Let me congratulate the Walton County Board of County Commissioners for their acquisition of DeFuniak Springs Country Club. At a time when cities and counties all around the USA are giving up on their community-owned golf courses, you've shown the fortitude to go the other way. The golf world needs to be watching you. Mike Kahn, President, Golfmak, Inc. In golf for over 60-years.

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