Wellington, Florida was once the "wild west" of South Florida. It was home to the world's largest strawberry patch on land called the Flying Cow Ranch.
The Sunshine State, specifically Wellington, was covered with produce farms and swampland. In the 1950s, Mr. C. Oliver Wellington bought 18,000 acres of central Palm Beach County and called it the "Flying COW Ranch." It opened as the world's largest strawberry patch and this parcel would eventually become the Village of Wellington; his ranch was the original site where Wycliffe Golf & Country Club sits today.
Entrepreneur, Harvey Geller was the visionary for Wycliffe Golf & Country Club. Geller settled on the remote, agricultural location of Lake Worth Road and the intersection of State Road 7 (Route 441). He envisioned building an upscale country club in the rapidly-growing locale between Boca Raton and Palm Beach Gardens. This area bordered suburban Lake Worth and the Village of Wellington. He understood the growing demand for an upscale country club community with undulating golf courses, tennis complex and a full-service clubhouse and was determined to create a thriving lifestyle destination.
His vision turned into a reality, and the Wycliffe grand opening in 1989 exceeded all expectations. The first homes were in the Andover, Barclay and Cambridge neighborhoods and building continued until the club reached 1,045 residences in 14 neighborhoods! By the end of 1994, the clubhouse was expanded to include a new Cabana Club, Tennis Pro Shop, a second golf course, Dining Room and the Fitness Center.
The club has remained successful because each generation of members has picked up the mantle and helped develop significant changes making Wycliffe the remarkable country club it is today. The Club continues to make the community stronger, more desirable and yet even more vibrant in the years to come.
From a place of humble beginnings and strawberry dreams, this little town grew into a sprawling community that is creating new visions for everyone. Wellington has thrived beyond its roots as swampy backwater. Compared to its glamorous neighbor Palm Beach, the Wellington of today quietly draws a wealthy cross-section of international society, celebrity, and business personalities who consider it an important destination for their equestrian interests. It is home to the Winter Equestrian Festival and International Polo Club—both hosting more than four months of equestrian competitions, athleticism and artistry per year.