(PHILADELPHIA, Pa.) – The private country clubs of America provide the rock-solid foundation for the development of golf, as well as giving us much of the game’s history. These two components are among the most important ingredients for the growth of the game.
Nowhere is this more evident than at Ft. Lauderdale Country Club, the private club that was founded in 1924 and has served as a cornerstone of golf in Southeast Florida.
With 36 holes of championship golf, an enormous clubhouse that caters to every need of its extremely active and engaged membership, and a tradition of involvement with the surrounding community, Ft. Lauderdale CC stands as model for the American private country club.
For all of those reasons, Ft. Lauderdale CC is the subject of the November episode of the award-winning Traveling Golfer television show.
“We are very fortunate to be in the midst of an amazing upswing,” says Michael Cofer, Ft. Lauderdale Country Club’s general manager. “It seems like everyone is trying to move to South Florida and Ft. Lauderdale is no exception. With two equally great courses, we can accommodate a lot of members and their guests. The best part is that the membership never stops trying to improve and refine our golf product.”
The North Course, the newer of the two layouts at Ft. Lauderdale CC, was totally renovated in 2020. The result is a modern layout that plays firm and fast, as well as providing a sustainable maintenance situation for the course superintendent. The historic South Course has undergone some tweaking over the years but is scheduled for a full renovation in the near future. However, former club president and longtime member Tommy Williams vows, “We would like to re-do the South Course but without changing the layout or its historic style.”
To say that the two courses – built on the same piece of property – present totally different challenges is an understatement.
“I have been fortunate to play Ft. Lauderdale Country Club a number of times over the years,” says Traveling Golfer Host Tony Leodora. “Both courses are so entertaining. The one thing they have in common is that both are always in incredible condition. This is definitely a private club where, when visiting, you put on your finest golf outfit, polish your clubs and try to put your best foot forward.”
In addition, Ft. Lauderdale CC places its visitors, its snowbird members and its full-timers in the middle of all of the local action. The beaches, outstanding restaurants and shops of Ft. Lauderdale are only minutes away, as well as the Hard Rock Casino.
The November episode of the Traveling Golfer airs as a scheduled weekly feature show on NBC Sports and NBC Sports + throughout three markets in the Mid-Atlantic regions. NBC Sports airings are 10:30 a.m. on Sundays, 10 p.m. on Tuesdays and 11 a.m. on Thursdays. NBC Sports + airs the show at 8 p.m. Mondays and Fridays. In addition, the show airs nationally, two times every day, on the Fun Roads Network (funroads.tv/schedule) – in the San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Wichita, Detroit, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, Washington State, North Dakota, Raleigh, Orlando, San Jose, Albany and Boise markets.
Additionally, national and international expansion has taken place via the new wingding™ Network, which reaches more than 275 million households. It is available on Roku (50 Million), Amazon Fire TV (55 Million), Apple TV (40 million), Chromecast (56 million) and iTunes (28 million).
The Traveling Golfer also airs a number of times throughout the month on “Rivertalk” on HTC-4 in Myrtle Beach.
The show also airs on the Traveling Golfer network of websites, including The Golf Director Network and The Myrtle Beach Golf Channel (see full list of sites on travelinggolfervideo.com).
As part of every Traveling Golfer show there is the feature, "Tech Talk", hosted by Tour Edge Golf experts, such as President Dave Glod. With years of experience as a club maker, Glod presents an inside look at the research and development of high-quality golf equipment.
Responding to golfers' never-ending demands to learn more about interesting golf courses and golf resorts across the country and around the world, well-traveled host Tony Leodora created the Traveling Golfer so he could take viewers on video trips to some of the most exciting golf locations. In each of the last eight years, the show has been honored by the International Network of Golf with one of its prestigious awards. In four of those years the Traveling Golfer was named the No. 1 Golf Television Show in America.
The Traveling Golfer is a series of monthly shows hosted by Leodora and his partner, Jeff Gilder. Both have many years of experience in televised golf. The featured destination stays on the website for one month, before being replaced by a new show. Alternate shows also air in a two-month rotation. All old shows are archived for continued viewing on the YouTube Network and on the home website, www.travelinggolfer.tv.