Established in 1923, Timuquana Country Club has earned distinction as one of Florida’s premier private country clubs. The Club is a rolling panorama from the iconic 18-hole Donald Ross golf course to the beautiful Clubhouse nestled on the western bank of St. Johns River. With a fitness center & spa, tennis & pickleball facilities, swimming pool and multiple dining venues, Timuquana offers something for everyone.
On May 25, 1921, a group of 50 prominent Jacksonville men met downtown at the Seminole Club to consider the organization of a new country club in Jacksonville, which would be primarily concerned with maintaining outstanding golfing facilities for its members. The charter members accepted the suggestion of Lorenzo A. Wilson to adopt the name “Timuquana,” a variation of the name of the Native American Timucuan tribe, which formerly made its home on the banks of the St. Johns River near the site selected for the new club. The formal organization was completed, under the guidance of William H. Rogers, when the charter was approved on February 12, 1923. By May of that year, there were 185 charter members and John L. Roe was elected the First President of Timuquana Country Club.
In addition to developing its golf course, the Club soon grew into a center of many other social and sporting activities. The Clubhouse has been the scene of many happy and distinguished social events. In 1933, two clay tennis courts made a brief appearance on the lower riverfront terrace, but were shortly abandoned. Although a swimming pool had been proposed from the earliest days of the Club, it was not until after World War II that one was built for and enjoyment of the members and their families.
By the 1950s, it became apparent that the Club had outgrown the original Clubhouse and that a major project had to be undertaken to provide adequate facilities for the membership. After several years of careful study by many boards and committees, a Permanent Improvement Committee presented a comprehensive plan for rebuilding and remodeling the old building, in addition to making substantial additions. The project was approved at a special meeting of the Founder members in the winter of 1957 and work commenced the following June. Throughout the remainder of the year, the membership patiently endured many inconveniences while construction deprived them of the use of a Clubhouse. Upon completion, the new traditionally Southern-style Clubhouse was opened with a festive two-day event.
In the 1970s, a young pro named Bobby Duval came to Timuquana. Among his best pupils was son David, who grew up playing golf at the Club. By the early 1980s, David had become a top youth golfer nationally. He was the U.S. Junior Amateur Champion in 1989 and led Episcopal High School of Jacksonville to a state championship. He then went on to become a four-time All-American at Georgia Tech and was the NCAA National Player of the Year in 1993. David spent two years on the Nike Tour and earned his PGA Tour card in 1995. Throughout the late 1990s, he saw great success on the PGA Tour and rose to become the number one ranked professional player in the world by 1999. David won the British Open Championship in 2001 and to-date has 13 victories on the Tour. All Timuquanans remember with pride the March weekend in 1999 when David won at THE PLAYERS Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, the very same day father Bobby won his first Champions Tours event.
Today, Timuquana is the perfect place to hold your golf tournament or just enjoy a round with your fellow members. The Club’s classic Donald Ross course boasts 18 holes of tree-lined fairways, tight rolling approaches and immaculate greens. The routing provides a variety of holes to challenge golfers of all levels. Complimented by the natural scrub and topography, the course is a testament to the heritage and tradition of Timuquana golf.
Courtesy of Timuquana Country Club