Capital City County Club was established as Tallahassee Country Club in 1908, when a small, elementary course with sand greens was brought into play. By the end of the 1920s, a 9-hole layout was in use and the club appeared to be thriving but, in August of 1935, ownership of the course passed to the City of Tallahassee, allowing it to become a municipal facility. A. W. Tillinghast was then called in to expand the layout to a regulation 18-hole course.
All went well for the next twenty years, until the City felt unable to provide much needed funding for clubhouse improvements and so the property was leased back to Tallahassee Country Club in February 1956, with the club in turn assigning its lease to a newly formed Capital City Country Club. Additional land was acquired to build a new clubhouse and swimming pool soon after the new club took control, with tennis courts following in the early 1970s.
The course is set out in rolling terrain through stands of pine and oak trees with elevation changes not commonly found in the Sunshine state. Golfers have a relatively difficult start to the round, as three of the first four holes are demanding par fours, rated 1,3 and 5 on the stroke index. There’s a little respite to be found on the remainder of the front nine, before the outward half ends with an uphill par five at the 9th hole.
The signature hole arrives at the 386-yard 17th,
where the doglegged fairway falls down to a pond-protected putting surface.
Newly planted pine trees at the kink in the fairway and a rather narrow green
combine to make this one of the toughest par fours on the card. The round then
concludes with a long par five which favours approach shots from the left of
the fairway as a massive oak tree guards the right side of the home green.
When i got to the first i was excited about playing a Tillinghast course. The first is not welcoming, a dogleg right downhill off the tee and then an elevated green. The 2nd isn't much easier. Be wary of the hidden fairway bunker on the left of the fairway off the tee. The 5th is a downhill dogleg right. Aim over the oak tree right of the fairway and don't forget to thank me later. The short uphill par 3 6th requires an extra club. The par 5 7th is not reachable. Thus, favor the left side off the tee and select your preferred web distance.. The par 4 8th has a sneaky little creek bisecting the hole about 110 yards out, driver may not be prudent. The par 5 9th is reachable. To do so you must be left off the tee or face tree challenges.
The par 4 10th is a dogleg left, but not as sever as it looks. Aim middle of the fairway and have a short iron to the green. The 11th is another uphill par 3. Take at least one extra club. This is a two tiered green, pay attention to the pin location. The par 12th is a long par 4. I was surprised it was the number 2 handicap hole until I double bogeyed. Favor the right side off the tee to avoid the slope rolling left that leaves you with tree challenges. The 13th is a short par 4 that is reachable. This was the original 9th hole that ended at the clubhouse. The clubhouse burned down many years ago. The 14th is another good birdie oppty. Off the tee favor the right side as the slope will push everything left. The par 5 15th is reachable, unless you block your tee shot right. The 16th is a gut check long par 3. If you miss it or do not hit enough club, you may face an 80 yard pitch. The 17th is another tough hole. Dogleg left with an approach over a water hazard. Left is best off the tee. The 18th is another reachable par 5. I missed this one too $&^&*^$##&%$^&
A piece of history that has fallen on bad times. At least a third of the fairways were essentially hardpan.