The clubhouse adjacent to the historic Temple Terrace Golf Course has not always been a showplace.
The original Temple Terrace Country Club was a grand hall built about 1922 in the Spanish Mission architectural style. The two-story building now known as Sutter Hall serves as student housing on the nearby Florida College campus.
The current clubhouse, with its brick façade, is a popular gathering place for Temple Terrace civic and social events and hungry diners. The complex also is recognized as the home of the state’s only 18-hole golf course to earn a spot on the National Register of Historic Places.
However, a generation of Temple Terrace residents, including City Councilwoman Alison Fernandez, remembers a time when the country club clubhouse was a simple, concrete block building.
Growing up in Temple Terrace in the 1970s, Fernandez recalled hanging out with family at the small clubhouse. It housed a pro shop and a snack bar, which was a popular spot for Fernandez and her friends, she said.