The Country Club of Winter Haven – a Billy Casper Signature-managed golf club in Winter Haven, Fla. – will host the Symetra Tour, Road to the LPGA season opener, the Florida’s Natural Charity Classic, on March 10 – 12, 2017.
The beautifully designed, 7,021 yard course was recently renovated by Bill Bergin and Rees Jones and will provide a stern test for the Symetra Tour players. Located in central Florida, the course’s stately oak and pine trees and subtle elevation changes are reminiscent of South Carolina layouts.
A central Florida tradition, the LPGA and the Florida’s Natural Growers Foundation have partnered to host the Florida’s Natural Charity Classic in Polk County since 2009. This year’s event is poised to make history as the first-ever Facebook Live broadcast of a women’s professional golf tournament round will take place during the season-opening tournament’s final round. The broadcast will feature golf's first all-female announcing team.
“We are proud to host this year’s Florida’s Natural Charity Classic,” said Josh Anderson, Country Club of Winter Haven General Manager. “This event has become a central Florida staple and we’re thrilled to have a chance to host future LPGA greats.”
The 54-hole competition offers a purse of $125,000 with a winner’s payout of $18,750. Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Florida Natural Growers Foundation, which donated more than $272,000 to Central Florida charities last year. Since 2009, the Foundation has given grants totaling over $1.3 million to the Central Florida area.
About The Country Club of Winter Haven
Founded in 1923, the Country Club of Winter Haven has grown into one of Central Florida’s most prestigious and historic private country clubs. The Club is centered around the 18-hole golf course, recently renovated by Rees Jones and Bill Bergin. The undulating Champion greens are fast and true, and are an excellent test for all levels of play. Nestled along Lake Hamilton, the course offers beautiful vistas and a smorgasbord of wildlife.
In addition to first-class golf, the Country Club of Winter Haven also offers eight lighted tennis courts, a fitness facility featuring Nautilus equipment and a delightful restaurant.
About Billy Casper
A boutique division of Billy Casper Golf, Billy Casper Signature provides first-class services tailored to the unique golf, sport, leisure and hospitality requirements of private clubs and their members. Its custom, winning strategies enhance the private club experience and create healthy returns for high-end member-equity, residential-inclusive, resort and other types of clubs.
With a laser focus on increasing member programming and amenity usage, Billy Casper Signature endeavors to create a vibrant sense of community and belonging by enhancing social interactions between members. With a powerful and proactive lifestyle-based platform, Billy Casper Signature directs aggressive marketing and sales of memberships; grounds and building maintenance; clubhouse and restaurant operations; sports, fitness and spa activities; merchandising; special events; concierge services; staffing and "ACE the Member Experience" training; and financial management. Headquartered in Reston, VA, Billy Casper Signature has regional offices across America.