The DeFuniak Springs Country Club gets a new name

A VIEW OF the historic golf course at the country club in DeFuniak Springs. (Photo courtesy of Florida Department of State, Division of Historical Resources, flheritage.com)

By DOTTY NIST

The former DeFuniak Springs Country Club and Golf Course now has a new name by recent action of the Walton County Board of County Commissioners (BCC).

In existence since the 1920s, the country club and golf course have been under county ownership since April 2019. The renaming of the facility was on the agenda for the July 9 BCC meeting at the South Walton Annex.

BCC Chairman Tony Anderson brought up the renaming of the country club and golf course at the meeting. He suggested a name different from the previous DeFuniak Springs Country Club because, he explained, “the public thought it was private,” which had not been the case.

The golf course is open to the public either on a green fee or a frequent user card basis with monthly payments, and use of the pool costs $5 for non-card holders.

District 1 Commissioner Bill Chapman suggested the name “Eagle Springs,” because, he explained, of the five spring-fed lakes on the property and the fact that eagles have been known to nest there.

After some discussion, the commissioners voted unanimously to rename the facility, “Eagle Springs Golf and Recreation Park.”