Club History

1957 – DeSoto Lakes Golf Club and Lodge / Champions Course
Palm Aire Country Club was founded and opened as DeSoto Lakes Golf Club.  The Champions Course, which is the original golf course was designed by renowned golf course architect, Dick Wilson.
 
1960 – PGA Tour comes to DeSoto Lakes
Desoto Lakes hosted several major events in the 1960’s; the “Desoto Open” a PGA Tour event which was won by PGA legend Sam Snead.  “All Star Golf” which was narrated by Jimmy Demaret, and in later years became known as the Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf.  DeSoto Lakes also hosted the National Association of Left-handed Golfers in 1965.   
 
1961 – LPGA Tour comes to DeSoto Lakes
DeSoto Lakes hosted an LPGA event which was won by LPGA Hall of Famer Louise Suggs
 
1981 – Palm Aire Country Club is born
Desoto Lakes Golf Club and Lodge becomes Palm Aire Country Club
 
1982 – The “Lakes” opens for play
It was designed by Joe Lee, who coincidentally played the golf course opening day and made his first hole-in-one on the 17th hole.
 
2011 – Gus Andreone Practice and Teaching Facility
It is in honor of the oldest PGA professional in the United States who also is a Palm Aire member.
 
2015 – LPGA Legends / ISPS Handa Cup Classic and National Association of Left-handed Golfers
Hall of Famers such as; Nancy Lopez, Sally Little, Pat Bradley, Jan Stephenson, Julie Inster, Beth Daniel, Rosie Jones, Meg Mallon and a supporting cast of others competed in the Ryder Cup type tournament format.  National Association of Left-handed Golfers returned and won by Palm Aire member Jim Pfrongner.
 
Current –
Palm Aire is a private country club that includes 2 eighteen-hole championship golf courses, 8 har-tru tennis courts, 1 asphalt tennis court, 4 pickle-ball courts, a fitness center, junior size Olympic pool and a 30,000 square foot clubhouse.