In the heart of “Sunshine State” you will find Sebring, Florida’s best kept secret for golf vacations and home to “The Citrus Golf Trail”. Sebring is best known for its world class, Sebring International Raceway, America’s premier endurance sports car racing facility. Nestled among the orange groves and cattle ranches of Central Florida, it is the oldest permanent road racing track in North America and home to the annual Twelve Hours of Sebring endurance race, part of the prestigious American Le Mans Series since 1951. Sebring is also home to nearly 100 crystal clear lakes for fishing, boating, skiing and sailing, and more than a dozen quality golf courses offering exceptional value.
There is much history besides racing in Sebring dating back to the mid 1920’s when Donald Ross build the Pinecrest Golf Club along 3 lakes in Avon Park. It became an instant hit with many of the top players and celebrities and hosted the first nationally televised PGA Tour event in the country. The course hosted a list of the best in the game, as well as Presidents, royalty and the Hollywood elite crowd as well. The Donald Ross-designed Pinecrest Golf Club is under new ownership and has seen quite a few changes recently. Most notably is the remodeled Sandhill Grill, a popular local eatery and sports bar. They are also building 22 golf villas located directly on hole 17 that are scheduled to open in 2020, called the Villas on 17.
Sebring’s Citrus Golf Trail is the Golf Value Destination of America. With courses that build on the natural beauty of authentic Florida moss-covered oaks and preserves that provide a great backdrop for course designs. The courses include Sun-n- Lakes, Highland Ridge, Country Club of Sebring, Pinecrest, Golf Hammock, Harder Hall, Spring Lake, Sebring Municipal. Placid Lakes and River Greens. There also is a host of local and chain hotels conveniently located throughout Sebring at great prices. The Seven Sebring Raceway hotel is on the seventh turn at the Sebring Raceway which is very cool. The top choice and most highly rated facility is The Inn on the Lakes a 155-room boutique hotel that offers exquisite attention to detail, chic decor, and an amazing restaurant. Nearly every room at Inn on the Lakes is different in some fashion and their restaurant, Chicanes is one of the best in town, The Inn on the Lakes also provides the very best stay and play golf packages in the region. Packages come complete with room, golf, breakfast and welcome events for groups.it is truly a 5-star hotel at 2-star prices with all the amentias.
From the tranquil atmospheres of Lake Placid and Avon Park, to the fast-paced excitement of Sebring, there’s even more to explore within Sebring; all at your own pace, of course. Sebring’s Citrus Golf Trail is the Golf Value Destination of America. With courses that build on the natural beauty of Central Florida, courses designed by international names in course architecture and simply the best value packages for golfers, you will find it all right here in Sebring. Sebring is located about 100 miles or a 75-minute drive from Orlando, Tampa and Ft Myers, Florida. Sebring is a popular second home and retirement destination mostly in part because of the low cost of homes, living and the many pristine lakes throughout the region offering unlimited recreational access. Highlands county is rich farm land with expansive citrus groves, and some of the largest cattle ranches in Florida. Sebring will always stand out as a world class destination for endurance auto racing but today tourism and especially golf tourism has seen steady growth with golf travelers across the globe. It in many ways, has become a niche destination for golf travelers looking for quality, value and originality.