Just over a century ago, sunshine and acres of citrus groves lured some of the titans of industry, including Baltimore businessman Frederick S. Ruth and Edward W. Bok, publisher of The Saturday Evening Post and The Ladies Home Journal, to one of Florida’s highest elevations.

Mountain Lake Bok Tower
Mountain Lake members have private gate access to Bok Tower Gardens, home to one of the largest carillons in the world.

The brainchild of Ruth, Mountain Lake was established in 1916 as a secluded, luxurious hideaway and the trio of Ruth, Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr., and Seth Raynor later went on to develop the exclusive Fishers Island on Long Island and Yeamans Hall in Charleston, SC. Bok was an early resident, who, along with Frederick Law Olmstead, Jr., played an integral role in creating a timeless destination that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. When the Orange Blossom Express added a stop at the community in 1919 Mountain Lake’s glory days blossomed along with the hundreds of acres of citrus groves that buffer the Park from the outside world.

Mountain Lake Drone photo
The Colony House is the social and recreational hub of the community. The second and third levels provide 34 hotel rooms for members and their invited guests.

Over a hundred years later, despite the growth in Florida’s I-4 corridor, passing through Mountain Lake’s gates into the 1,100-acre enclave of hills, lakes, and groves still feels like time slows down. The artfully designed grounds, historic Colony House, and iconic Seth Raynor golf course remain true to the community’s original vision. With easy access to multiple FBOs within 30 miles, escaping the outside world is just a quick trip away.

Mountain Lakes Holes 8 and 9
The golf course features signature template holes including Redan, Biarritz, Road, and Punchbowl, among others.

Raynor’s magnificent course, set on some of Florida’s rare rolling terrain, has more than stood the test of time. Included on Golfweek’s Top 100 Classic Courses, it is the highest-rated Florida course in the Top 200 Residential Golf Courses in the U.S. and continues to thrill generations of members.

Mountain Lake Island Tee JP
The membership summers with some of the best clubs in the country, returning to Mountain Lake for an ideal winter of sporting and socializing.

Buoyed by its rich history, this tight-knit community is vibrant and active, its members eager to return each season. From championship croquet and tennis to trap and skeet, from spa and fitness to swimming and kayaking, Mountain Lake has it all for all who are game. Members also appreciate the security and privacy afforded in a community with 24/7 armed security patrol and a fully secured perimeter. Two-plus-acre homesites ensure the privacy members desire.

Mountain Lake May 2023 (121)The understated elegance of Mountain Lake’s homes, from the eccentric charm of a historic home to the innovations of modern new construction, continues to draw new members. And with plans to add limited new homesites in the near future, there is a unique opportunity to build your legacy in this historic community.

For more information:
Mountain Lake
2300 N. Scenic Highway
Lake Wales FL 33898
Jeremy Brown, Director of Membership & Marketing