FLORIDA HISTORIC GOLF TRAIL:
IT’S WHERE APPETITES ARE SATISFIED

Story by: Mike May

The Riviera Club sandwich and the sirloin cheeseburger with a bowl of Italian beef and rice soup are popular choices.

If you are looking for a memorable dining experience to complement a memorable round of golf at one of the 53 golf courses along the Florida Historic Golf Trail, try one of the many grills and restaurants which are located on the premises of many of those golf courses.  They are as good, if not better than, as advertised.

When you visit the Riviera Country Club (386-677-2464) in Ormond Beach, it’s a one-stop golf and dining experience.  Arrive early for breakfast and order the Hole-In-One.  After warming up on the driving range and playing 18 holes, stay for lunch.  The Riviera Club sandwich and the sirloin cheeseburger with a bowl of Italian beef and rice soup are popular choices.

Cap off your experience by sampling the fare at the Worm Burners Bar & Grill.

After playing the South Course at the Daytona Beach Golf Course, cap off your experience by sampling the fare at the Worm Burners Bar & Grill (386-872-4713), which is located on the premises of the club.  Breakfast is served as early as 7:30 am and the grill closes for the day at 3:00 pm.  The Worm Burner’s Bar & Grill is a fitting way to begin or conclude a day of golf at this Donald Ross design.

Fort Myers Country Club, favorite items are Southern Smothered Chicken, The Bright Idea Burger, and the Hole 19: B.L.T. 

If your travels bring you to southwest Florida for a round of golf at the Fort Myers Country Club, stop for a bite to eat at The Edison Restaurant & Bar (239-936-9348) where three of the favorite menu items are the Southern Smothered Chicken, The Bright Idea Burger, and the Hole 19: B.L.T.  There are weekday daily specials such as Mystery Monday, Taco Tuesday, All You Can Eat Fish Fry on Wednesday, 1/2 Price Cheese Pizza on Thursday, and Prime Rib! Friday.  The Edison affiliation is a reference to the late, great Thomas Edison who was a member of the club back in the 1920s.  Edison played a role in hiring Donald Ross to design this golf course.

Popular items are the signature grilled avocado, chicken wings, club sandwiches, cobb salads, fish tacos, and of course, its colossal cheeseburgers.

When you walk off the 18th green at the Lake Worth Beach Golf Club in Palm Beach County, visit The Beach Club On the Waterfront (561-585-8976), which overlooks the Intracoastal Waterway.  In addition to enjoying the spectacular views, sample what’s on the menu, especially the Nachos Beach Club and the Beach Club Catch.  If you want to watch a game on television, there are 15 HD televisions inside to suit your viewing pleasure.  Other popular items are the signature grilled avocado, chicken wings, club sandwiches, cobb salads, fish tacos, and, of course, its colossal cheeseburgers, which many guests say that is the best burger they have ever eaten.  Here, breakfast, lunch and dinner are served seven days a week.

Cleveland Heights Golf Club in Lakeland would be incomplete without a pre or post-round visit to the 1916 Irish Pub for the Reuben.

Any trip to the Cleveland Heights Golf Club in Lakeland would be incomplete with a pre or post-round visit to the 1916 Irish Pub (863-834-2377).  Here, the Reuben, shepherd’s pie, chicken wings, and Kobe beef burgers are popular choices.  For sports fans, every single wall in this restaurant has a large, flat screen TV.  When you walk into this restaurant, you’ll get exposed to Irish history as there’s a mural on one of the walls which depicts the 1916 Irish Revolution, also known as the Easter Rebellion, which was launched to end British rule in Ireland and establish an independent Irish Republic while the United Kingdom was fighting in World War 1.

“We have good golf, good food, and good drinks,” says Brock Witmyer, general manager, Cleveland Heights Golf Club.

And, a lesson in Irish history, too!

For more information about all aspects of the Florida Historic Golf Trail, especially its many delicious and delectable dining destinations, check out its website:  www.floridahistoricgolftrail.com.

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