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The Story of Cypress Lake Country Club

When the Founder Members hired Louis Sibbett "Dick" Wilson (1904-1965) to design Cypress Lake's golf course in 1959, Wilson was at the height of his career....

  • 1959 - Design Begins
    Dick Wilson Hired
    Three landowners donated 164 acres for use as a golf club.
    • When the Founder Members hired Louis Sibbett "Dick" Wilson (1904-1965) to design Cypress Lake's golf course in 1959, Wilson was at the height of his career. Dick Wilson made his reputation in an age of golf course architecture where by aerial approaches dominated the design process.
      Much of the land was covered with trees. It was a promising setting for a championship golf course. At the time, Fort Myers, Florida, was known as the state's "gladiolus" capital for its fields of brilliant flowers and had a population of 14,000 people.
  • 1961 - Front 9 Opens
    203 Founders Rejoice
    Cypress Lake was, and remains, typical of Wilson's work: simple, graceful, and more challenging than it looks.
    • Wilson had developed a style that was very effective for Florida. Utilizing elevated, cannily bunkered greens; broad fairways; and lakes that provided visual interest, challenge and fill for the greens and other newly created hills, his courses were designed to complement and challenge the aerial game played by the modern golfer.
  • 1962 - Full 18 Open
    Title, Company
    Local farmers were generous in providing their tractors to mow the fairways.
    • Initially the club accepted some daily fee-paying patrons, and it was not unusual to spot a five-some on the course. Greens fees were a dollar for nine holes and $2 for eighteen. Members paid an annual fee of $75, with an extra $75 for golfing privileges. For his efforts, Wilson was paid $12,500.
  • 1966-Top 200 Award
    Golf Digest Award
    Cypress Lake ranked among the 200 toughest courses in the United States by Golf Digest.
    • In 1966, the year that the Cypress Lake course was finally declared fully playable, it was ranked among the 200 toughest courses in the United States by Golf Digest. Dues in that year were $300. The club was able to buy its first tractor.
  • 1978 - New Golf Pro
    Ron Leatherwood, Golf Pro
    Ron Leatherwood becomes the new Golf Professional.
    • Ron is an anomaly among golf pros. "I would say that the head golf professional, probably throughout the country, has probably the same span as a running back in the NFL," Ron retired from CLCC in 2014. Ron was named Southwest Florida Golf Professional of the Year by his peers in the Southwest Florida PGA in April 2005.
  • 2001 - 1st Renovation
    Ron Garl, Designer
    Ron Garl, the creative and prolific course architect, supervised the renovation of the course.
    • Ron's mission is to design and build memorable courses that challenge players to excel. His goal as a golf course designer is to plan golf courses that artfully employ the unique characteristics of the natural terrain, while adhering to sensitive land management where both the environment and man can not only coexist ~ but also thrive. Ron's work truly embodies the spirit of Cypress Lake County Club, while staying true to Dick Wilson's original design.
  • 2003 - 2005
    Clubhouse Remodel
    The interior of the clubhouse was remodeled, new roof completed.
    • During the summer of 2003, the interior of the clubhouse was remodeled. The summer 2004 brought two projects: a new clubhouse roof and construction of a new golf course maintenance building. The roof was completed less than a week before Hurricane Charley blew through and it survived nicely. Progress on the maintenance building slowed, and it was completed in early 2005.

 

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