|Date(s):||February 26, 1900|
|Course:||“Rise And Fall of the Slave South,” University of Virginia|
Florida was booming at the turn of the century. In 1907 the Florida governor pointed out the population increased 16.4 percent from 1900 to 1905. Even more impressive, property value increased 45.5 percent in this same period. The economy was thriving and Florida used the surplus to fund new legislation that involved creating an arsenal of state troops, restricting child labor, building good railroads, and proposing to remove all current black residents inhabiting the United States and forcibly removing them to a new colony in Africa. Subsequently, Florida's bustling economy led not to a new African-American colony but instead to an increase in leisurely activities for whites such as golf.
Florida has certainly not been a stranger to golf and continues to hosts thousands of resorts and courses. In 1900, the state claimed at least 10 competitive courses in Palm County, Florida. The courses even published handicaps and resulted from recent rounds to boast the difficulty and spirit of competition amongst the courses. The wealthy residents of Florida who were trying to do more that just scrape by enjoyed the leisure game of golf and brushed off the lingering affects of the Civil War. Golf was more than just a leisurely activity 1900. The time consuming game is another example of class distinction in which wealthy residents and vacationers were able to enjoy life and not simple live hand-to-mouth.