In the fall of 1896, a group of men determined to promote the interests of the game of golf met at Auburndale’s Woodland Park Hotel. By the turn of the century, Woodland Golf Club of Auburndale was a nine-hole golf course measuring 2619 yards. By 1907, the course was expanded to 18 holes. The architect of record for Woodland’s golf course was Wayne Stiles.
In 1910, future United States Open Champion Francis Ouimet was a young high school golfer determined to play in the U.S. Amateur. In Francis’ own words, "To compete in the national amateur championship I had to belong to a recognized golf club…I put in an application for junior membership in the Woodland Golf Club… I was elected to membership in Woodland, paid my dues, then got busy to find myself a job."
In the 1920’s, additional land was purchased and famed golf course architect Donald Ross was commissioned to redesign the existing layout. In the early 1960’s, Woodland retained noted golf course architect Geoffrey Cornish for the great redesign of the golf course.
In recent years, there have been major renovations of both the clubhouse and golf course. We continue to honor and build on our Club’s 120-year history. Today, Woodland Golf Club is a modern, member-owned, private club with a diverse membership, including local and seasonal residents, many of whose families have belonged for generations.
Woodland exists to create and maintain the long tradition of a competitive, high quality, respectful golf-based social experience. We strive to support an elegant and relaxed environment for members, their families and guests, encouraging long term membership in a comfortable and safe environment.