The Miami Springs Golf and Country Club is the oldest municipal course in South Florida. Wedged into a triangle of land just north of Miami International Airport, it dates back to the 1920s and once hosted legendary golf pros such as Sam Snead and Gene Sarazen for the Miami Open.
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But in the 15 years since the City of Miami sold the course to Miami Springs, disastrous management has led the town into a financial hole. In the past decade, the course has operated at a loss of $8 million. And even as the club lost hundreds of thousands per year, records show, the city kept a director with multiple DUIs and drug busts.
The course was conceived by Tub Palmer, a member of the Miami Coconuts golf club, in the mid-'20s, according to the club's official history. Palmer and his friends were without a place to play their favorite sport because the Miami Country Club was private. In 1922, the Coconuts partnered with Miami Springs founder Glenn Curtiss, who provided a good chunk of land.More »