SEBRING, Florida – Planning a group vacation can be a daunting task, especially a golf vacation with so many multiple choice questions that the organizer can get confused!
Florida is always a good choice and Sebring, located in the central part of the state, about 60 miles south of Orlando, is a contender for many reasons. A recent visit uncovered the top 10 reasons why a golf vacation to Sebring, home of the famous Sebring International Raceway, is the good choice for any group of golfers.
1) Best Golf Value
Sebring has been dubbed the Golf Value Capital of America. Nowhere else can you find quality golf courses to play at our incredibly low prices. Not only is a round of golf considerably less expensive than on the coast or in bigger cities, but Sebring’s Citrus Golf Trail offers Stay & Play packages starting as low as $99/person* that includes golf, accommodations and a hot breakfast. *Based on double occupancy and course availability
2) Citrus Golf Trail
Where else can you play golf courses surrounded by citrus groves? The Citrus Golf Trail is a collection of courses that pay homage to Florida’s iconic citrus industry and heritage. Located in the second-largest citrus producing county, the Citrus Golf Trail provides a unique and nostalgic playing experience in Old Florida.
Participating Trail courses include: Pinecrest Golf Club, Placid Lakes Country Club, River Greens Golf Course, Sun ‘N Lake Golf Club Deer Run & Sun ‘N Lake Golf Club Turtle Run, and The Country Club of Sebring. https://visitsebring.com/citrus-golf-trail/
3) Hospitality & Friendliness
After hosting the International Network of Golf (ING) Conference, attendees raved about the golf & the friendliness of the local people. Throughout your stay you’ll experience that same warm welcome & genuine hospitality. Sebring welcomes you like family and makes you feel right at home.
4) Save Time
Although the travel pace of a golf vacation to Sebring will help you slow down and unwind form the hustle and bustle of the big cities, you can still find a nice pace of play on the Sebring area golf courses where the ‘4-hour round’ still exists.
5) Aesthetically Pleasing
Many of the Sebring area courses are lined with native landscapes, citrus groves, cattle ranches, lakes and ponds and they attract a variety of wildlife to the area. With courses that build on the natural beauty of old Florida (picture moss-covered oaks and preserves that provide a picturesque backdrop), golfers may find it difficult to keep their eyes on the ball.
6) Variety of Golf Architecture
With courses designed by notable golf architects such as Donald Ross, Don Dyer, Dave Harmon, Steve Smyers and Ron Garl, the Sebring area courses provide a wide range of course styles suitable for every level of golfer and course preference.
Several of the Sebring area courses are rich in golf history. In 1926, Donald Ross built Pinecrest Golf Course and Hotel and hosted many famous names such as Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Burns & Allen, Grover Cleveland and Franklin D. Roosevelt. In the late 1950s, Pinecrest hosted the first nationally televised PGA event, the World Championship of Golf. It featured big names like Sam Snead, Gardner Dickinson, Don January and the winner, Dr. Carey Middlecoff. From ’59-’63, Pinecrest and Harder Hall Golf Course hosted the Haig & Haig Mixed Scotch Tournament. Virtually all the major professionals played Pinecrest, such as Arnold Palmer, Tommy Bolt, Julius Boros, Kathy Whitworth, Mickey Wright, and many others.
8) Centrally Located
Sebring is located about 60 miles south of Disney World, making it centrally-located and within a 2-3 hour drive from most major Florida cities, such as Orlando, Tampa, West Palm Beach, Miami, Sarasota, Naples, Ocala, Gainesville, Tampa, Ft. Myers and Daytona Beach.
9) Inn on the Lakes/Chicanes Restaurant
The Citrus Golf Trail lodging partner is a beautiful boutique hotel, Inn on the Lakes, located between two lakes with some of the nicest rooms you will find in South Central Florida. Ranked #1 Sebring hotel in TripAdvisor, Inn on the Lakes is the perfect blend of Mediterranean elegance with casual luxury.
The Inn is home to Chicanes Restaurant & Bar that is a favorite among visitors and locals, and the name pays homage to Sebring’s auto racing heritage. From their famed Rollover Appetizer to their delicious Turbo Burger and fresh seafood specials, Chicanes will not disappoint.
10) Small-Town Charm
Visitors love the small-town feel, friendly atmosphere and lack of traffic congestion they find when in the Sebring area. And it is easy to find your way around without feeling rushed or hurried.
With nearly 100 freshwater lakes in the area, enjoy sunset and sunrise water views 365 days of the year!