It started as a locker room conversation about who might win a tournament if they played each other.
Isleworth and Lake Nona, two master planned golf communities, both opened their doors in 1986. They enjoyed early success and their credible reputation was earned largely on the strength of their respective golf courses. For various reasons, both Isleworth and Lake Nona sought new ownership less than ten years into their existence. Fortunately, Tavistock Group saw the enormous potential of the properties and acquired both of them between 1993 and 1996. Tavistock's goal for Isleworth and Lake Nona was a simple one, but one that would require tremendous effort, to make these communities two of the finest in the world.
Tavistock‘s commitment to their goal was soon realized as high profile athletes, celebrities and CEO's began taking up residence. Naturally, the largest group of professional athletes that began to call Isleworth and Lake Nona home were the touring golf professionals. As the roster of touring golf professionals deepened at both clubs so did the locker room conversation about who might win a tournament if they played one another. Tavistock decided to explore this idea with a couple of key players, Mark O‘Meara from Isleworth and Ernie Els from Lake Nona. Mark and Ernie both embraced the concept, provided some insightful suggestions and then agreed to be captains for their respective teams.
Fast forward to today, and the Tavistock Cup has transformed into the ultimate World Golf and Country Club Championship.
2011 marked a new era for the Tavistock Cup when it introduced two new international golf clubs, Albany and Queenwood. The two-team tournament expanded into a four-way competition for the first time in the tournament's history.
Albany and Queenwood Golf Club return to take on Isleworth and Lake Nona in 2012 Tavistock Cup matches. The four clubs enjoy an unrivaled depth of talent representing the highest concentration of top-ranked golfers who collectively have won more than 860 worldwide victories, including 62 major championships.
An officially sanctioned PGA TOUR event, the Tavistock Cup receives 10 hours of live coverages on the Golf Channel available in the United States, Canada, China and Japan. Through international affiliates, the Tavistock Cup is broadcast to households in the United Kingdom, Australia, Latin America and South Africa.