In 1927, the Branigar brothers, from Chicago, IL, developed Gulf Hills. This was to be a resort like no other in its era. This was accomplished with an absolutely beautiful golf course, clubhouse, and 13 upscale homes.
The original 13 homes were built with no kitchens and no laundry facilities. Residents of this exclusive community took all meals at the clubhouse, and even their laundry was picked up and returned clean and folded by clubhouse employees.
Legend has it that the resort was developed especially for the seclusion and entertainment of Chicago crime figure, Al Capone. In fact, remnants of a “Speak Easy” and Gambling Casino still remain.
In the clubhouse was a fabulous lounge called “The Pink Pony”. Photos show many movie stars, gangsters, and members of the “upper crust” enjoying drinks, dancing, and entertainment. Elvis Presley frequented The Pink Pony and loved to play the piano and just relax in this comfortable and secure atmosphere.
During this time, the course was so popular that tee times were actually auctioned off to the highest bidder the night before.
In the ’50s and ’60s, Gulf Hills was not only a first-rate golf course but a Dude Ranch as well. It became very popular for horseback riding, hayrides, square dancing, and swimming.
The owners of Gulf Hills Golf Club extend a personal invitation to you to visit and see just how enchanting Gulf Hills Golf Club can be!