San Antonio in Pasco County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Lake Jovita Club
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.
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
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.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Fraternal or Sororal Organizations • Industry & Commerce • Sports. A significant historical month for this entry is October 1872.
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. 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. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dade City FL 33525, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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 ChurchCity of San Antonio, Florida (approx. 1.2 miles away); Joseph J. "Joe" Herrmann 1912-2002/Edward J. "Eddie" Herrmann 1936-2017 (approx. 1.2 miles away); Pasadena Church (approx. 2.4 miles away); St. Joseph Community (approx. 3 miles away); Christmas Day, 1835 (approx. 3.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Antonio.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 19, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 13, 2013, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 438 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 13, 2013, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. 3. submitted on August 14, 2013, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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