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Lake Jovita Club

 
 
Lake Jovita Club Marker-Side 1 image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, May 25, 2013
1. Lake Jovita Club Marker-Side 1
Inscription. (side 1)
Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club incorporates the site of W.E. Currie's Lake Jovita Club of the 1920s and 30s. Gene Sarazen, a leading professional golfer of that era, considered the course-designed by Stiles & VanKleete-one of the best in Florida.

The land had been a part of the Disston purchase of 1881 when a $1 million purchase of 4 million acres saved Florida from bankruptcy. Ex-judge Edmund Dunne, an attorney for Hamilton Disston, obtained development rights on 50,000 acres as part of his fee. Dunne's Catholic Colony Land Company sold the property in the 1880s to Dr. Joseph Corrigan, brother of the Archbishop of New York, who set out extensive orange groves and built a three-story mansion, with private chapel, overlooking Lake Jovita.
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Dr. Corrigan's mansion burned in 1913 and, in 1925, his heirs sold the property to Currie, who developed the golf course, complete with fences and cattle-gaps to keep free range cows and hogs off the fairways and greens. A temporary clubhouse provided dining facilities, showers and a "lying room" or lounge.

Collapse of the Florida Land Boom and resulting bank failures in 1926 prevented completion of the country club. The 18-hole gold course continued
Lake Jovita Club Marker-Side 2 image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, May 25, 2013
2. Lake Jovita Club Marker-Side 2
to be popular until the early 1930s when the Great Depression made golfing a luxury beyond the means of most middle class Americans.

The property was purchased by Wm. E. Lee who later sold to John S. Burks. In 1997 Burks' heirs sold to the developers of Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club which opened to play on October 19, 1999.
 
Erected 2002 by The Pasco Board of County Commissioners, The Pasco County Historical Preservation Committee and Lake Jovita Joint Venture.
 
Location. 28° 20.462′ N, 82° 15.281′ W. Marker is in San Antonio, Florida, in Pasco County. Marker can be reached from Tradition Road 0.4 miles west of Lake Jovita Boulevard, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is located in Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club, a gated community. The marker borders St. Leo University and is on the golf course near the water tower. Marker is in this post office area: Dade City FL 33525, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lake Jovita (approx. 0.6 miles away); St. Anthony School (approx. 1.1 miles away); St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church (approx. 1.1 miles away); City of San Antonio, Florida
Old water pump over well at marker. Water tower in background. image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, May 25, 2013
3. Old water pump over well at marker. Water tower in background.
(approx. 1.2 miles away); Prospect Community (approx. 2.2 miles away); Pasadena Church (approx. 2.4 miles away); St. Joseph Community (approx. 3 miles away); Site of Old Fort Dade (approx. 3.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in San Antonio.
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 293 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.   3. submitted on , by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
 
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