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Course History

A little course history you may not know.

Southern Dunes began as a stroke of bad luck in 1989, when a beautiful 350 acre citrus grove was lost to a killer freeze. In fact, our original name was “Lost Grove”. Brothers Terry and Roger Donley owned the property with three quite unlikely and intriguing partners of Las Vegas fame – Dewey Tomko, Doyle Brunson, and Jack Binion.

orange tree frost

When the group decided not to replant the grove, they applied their considerable knowledge and success to guide them into a new venture – the golf course/community industry. Over the years, as Southern Dunes gained national attention for its award winning track, the “Vegas Connection” added scores of celebrities, sports figures, and colorful characters to our guest list, while providing many a tall tale about the partners themselves! Although the three no longer share an interest in the course, Southern Dunes and the Donley family recognize and truly appreciate their role in our course history.

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2888 Southern Dunes Blvd, Haines City, FL 33844