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History

Early Richmond entrepreneur Lewis Ginter is really the “founding father” of LPC. In the early 1890s, Ginter developed Lakeside Park which included a man-made lake, hiking and biking trails as well as a zoo. After Ginter built the Jefferson Hotel in 1895, he also added a nine-hole golf course to the park, originally known as “Jefferson Golf Links” or the “Jefferson Golf Course.” 

In 1915, a group of Jewish golfers and businessmen, members of the Jefferson Club (a literary and social circle), purchased the property and established the Lakeside Country Club. World renowned golf course designer Donald Ross was hired in 1921 to create our beautiful 18-hole course. 

The two clubs, Lakeside Country Club and the Jefferson Club, legally merged in 1934 to form Lakeside Park Club. Join us and become part of our rich heritage.

For a more in-depth history, click to view the article “Lakeside Country Club… and the Birth of Golf in Richmond” from the Virginia Golfer magazine. 

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