Rio Pinar Country Club

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Rio Pinar Country Club
Club information
Rio Pinar Country Club is located in the United States
Rio Pinar Country Club
Location in the United States
Rio Pinar Country Club is located in Florida
Rio Pinar Country Club
Location in Florida
Coordinates28°31′30″N 81°15′54″W / 28.525°N 81.265°W / 28.525; -81.265Coordinates: 28°31′30″N 81°15′54″W / 28.525°N 81.265°W / 28.525; -81.265
LocationRio Pinar, Florida, U.S.
Established1957, 62 years ago
TypeSemi/private
Total holes18
Tournaments hostedFlorida Citrus Open
Lady Citrus Open
Designed byMark Mahannah (1957)
Lloyd Clifton (1995)
Par72
Length7,001 yards (6,402 m)
Course rating73.9
Slope rating130 [1]

The Rio Pinar Country Club is a public Golf club located in Rio Pinar, Florida, a suburb east of Orlando.

Established 62 years ago in 1957, the golf course was the original site of the Florida Citrus Open (now Arnold Palmer Invitational) on the PGA Tour from 1966 through 1978,[2][3] Some of golf's greatest players like Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino, and Julius Boros won at Rio.

When the tournament relocated to Bay Hill in 1979, Rio Pinar was the site of the LPGA Tour's Lady Citrus Open for four years (19791982).

Tour winners[edit]

PGA Tour[edit]

Year Player Country Score To par Winner's
share ($)
Purse ($)
Florida Citrus Open
1978 Mac McLendon  United States 271 −17 40,000 200,000
1977 Gary Koch  United States 274 −14 40,000 200,000
1976 Hale Irwin  United States 270 −18 40,000 200,000
1975 Lee Trevino  United States 276 −12 40,000 200,000
1974 Jerry Heard (2)  United States 273 −15 30,000 150,000
1973 Buddy Allin  United States 265 −23 30,000 150,000
1972 Jerry Heard  United States 276 −12 30,000 150,000
Florida Citrus Invitational
1971 Arnold Palmer  United States 270 −18 30,000 150,000
1970 Bob Lunn  United States 271 −17 30,000 150,000
Florida Citrus Open Invitational
1969 Ken Still  United States 278 −10 23,000 115,000
1968 Dan Sikes  United States 274 −14 23,000 115,000
1967 Julius Boros  United States 274 −10 23,000 115,000
1966 Lionel Hebert  United States 279 −5 21,000 110,000

Note: Green highlight indicates scoring records.
Sources:[4][5]

LPGA Tour[edit]

Year Player Country Score To par Winner's
share ($)
Purse ($)
Orlando Lady Classic
1982 Patty Sheehan  United States 209 −7 22,500 150,000
Florida Lady Citrus
1981 Beth Daniel  United States 281 −7 15,000 100,000
1980 Donna White  United States 283 −9 15,000 100,000
1979 Jane Blalock  United States 286 −6 15,000 100,000

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Course Rating and Slope Database™: Rio Pinar CC". USGA. Retrieved February 26, 2017.
  2. ^ "Dickinson takes lead in golf". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. March 19, 1966. p. 12.
  3. ^ Lenoir, Bob (March 6, 1978). "McLendon dream pays off - $40,000". St. Petersburg Times. p. 1C.
  4. ^ Arnold Palmer Invitational - Winners - at www.pgatour.com
  5. ^ Arnold Palmer Invitational - Winners Archived 2011-07-16 at the Wayback Machine - at www.golfobserver.com

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