The property in Lake Wales, Fla., which is listed on the National Historic Register, has prepared “Mountain Lake: The Formative History and Enduring Nature of the Colony” as part of its centennial celebration. Individuals involved with the property’s development who are featured in the book include famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. and publishing magnate Edward W. Bok.
In association with the centennial of Mountain Lake in Lake Wales, Fla., a commemorative book, “Mountain Lake: The Formative History and Enduring Nature of the Colony,” has been completed by Andrew C. Mutch, PhD, President/CEO of Golf Curator, Inc. in Owings Mills, Md., a firm that specializes in assisting clubs with historical and archival preservation efforts (http://clubandresortbusiness.com/2017/01/living-history/)
The Mountain Lake book provides an in-depth look at the key individuals and events involved with the property’s development, according to Mutch, “from the purchase of the land in rural Polk County, Florida in 1883 and extending through the war years, when the footing of the Colony became stable.”
Highlighted individuals in the book, Mutch adds, include famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr., golf course architect Seth Raynor, publishing magnate Edward W. Bok, who founded Bok Tower and Gardens, and a multitude of early industrialist families who made Mountain Lake their second home.
“In many ways,” Mutch says, “the success of the Colony mirrored the development of early American industry.”
Mountain Lake was founded in 1915 and includes a Raynor-designed golf course and 1,400 acres of park-like property planned by Olmsted. The property is listed on the National Historic Register and its Colony House clubhouse features 36 guest rooms and is the focal point of the Park, which features 130 homes.
Eric Dietz, CCM, CCE, PGA, was recently named Mountain Lake’s new General Manager/Chief Operating Officer, moving from Interlachen Country Club in Edina, Minn., to succeed John Delcamp, who is retiring after serving in that capacity for over 17 years.
The Mountain Lake book can be purchased by contacting Bob Martin, Treasurer of the Historic Colony House Foundation, at firstname.lastname@example.org. The book is being sold as part of a charitable endeavor, and all purchases are tax-deductible.