Welcome to Mountain Lake
Mountain Lake is one of Florida’s best kept secrets, especially for the avid golfer.
A private community founded in 1915, Mountain Lake includes over 125 homes, a recently restored and top-ranked Seth Raynor golf course and the centrally situated and historic Colony House. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Colony House was built shortly after the founding of Mountain Lake in 1915, and serves as Clubhouse and Inn.
Originally, all of Mountain Lake was planned by Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. whose father designed New York’s Central Park, and who himself was a world renowned landscape architect. In 1916, Seth Raynor designed and built the golf course - one of the oldest private golf courses in Florida. In the mid-1920’s, Edward W. Bok, the publisher of the Saturday Evening Post and The Ladies’ Home Journal, was so impressed with Mountain Lake that he not only built his home here, but also created the Bok Tower Gardens in appreciation to America for the opportunities that it had afforded him. Bok Tower sits on one of the highest elevations of peninsular Florida and is famous for its extensive gardens and world renowned carillon. The tower music can be heard softly all over the park.
Since the early days, Mountain Lake has kept its original character as a place of great natural beauty with a style of living that is outdoor-oriented and unpretentious. Mountain Lake has a low density of homes, so the gently rolling land is open and privacy is maintained. Everyone is conscious of the value of these open spaces because the bird watching, animal sightings, and preservation of endangered plants add another dimension to this wonderful park.
Mountain Lake was ranked top 10 Best Residential Golf Courses and Top 100 Classic Golf Courses in 2016 by Golfweek, Top 10 Best Seth Raynor Courses & Best of Golf: Classic Courses by Links Magazine and Top 100 Courses in the US by Golf Magazine.
“Back in 1917 at Mountain Lake in Lake Wales, Fla., Seth Raynor arrayed a residential golf course community on an old citrus field that encircled a lake. In the process he utilized a generous land plan by Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. (son of the pioneer landscape architect) that today, draped with live oaks, makes you feel as if you were time-tunneled back to an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel.” Golfweek