Golfing It isn’t hard to figure out the most popular sport in Highlands County. With 17 public golf courses and weather that makes it possible to play almost any day of the year, hitting the links is a popular activity locally and an attraction that draws tourists and new residents to the Greater Sebring area. Ten of those courses are in the Sebring area, with two more — Highland Ridge North and South — technically being in Avon Park but sitting closer to downtown Sebring that its neighbor to the north. Sebring’s first golf course was carved out of the pines and oaks just a pitching wedge away from the shores of Lake Jackson. The first nine holes were built along with the Harder Hall hotel back in the 1930s. In the 1950s, those holes were given to the city and are 22 Welcome to Sebring now part of the Sebring Golf Club, known to locals as “the Muni,” when Harder Hall built its 18-hole course across Golfview Road. That course hosts the best amateur female golfers in the world for January’s Harder Hall Women’s Invitational. Sun ’n Lake features two championship length courses, as does Spring Lake, which also has an executive course. The Country Club of Sebring course sits on the edge of Highlands Hammock State Park, and nearby Golf Hammock winds its way through the pines in a unique layout. Most courses have on-site driving ranges and fully stocked pro shops and restaurants. From long to short, challenging to forgiving, historic to modern, Sebring, and the rest of Highlands County has something to offer golfers of all ages. Sun ’n Lake Golf Club Kile Brewer Sebring Golf Courses Country Club of Sebring: 6,700 yards, par 71. 4800 Haw Branch Road; 863-382-3500. Golf Hammock: 6,431 yards, par 72 2222 Golf Hammock Drive; 863-382-2151. Harder Hall: 6,300 yards, par 72 (2,022 yard, par 33 executive course open during winter months) 3600 Golfview Road; 863-382-0500. Sebring Golf Club: 6,062 yards, par 71 3129 Golfview Road; 863-314-5919. Sebring Golf Links: 1,167 yards, par 36 1062 Lake Sebring Drive; 863-402-4653, Spring Lake Bobcat Run: 2,561 yards, par 34 100 Clubhouse Lane; 863-655-0202. Spring Lake Cougar Trail: 6,924 yards, par 72 100 Clubhouse Lane; 863-655-5555. Spring Lake Panther Creek: 5,886 yards, par 70 100 Clubhouse Lane; 863-655-5555. Sun ’n Lake Deer Run: 6,731 yards, par 72 5223 Sun ’n Lake Blvd.; 863-385-4830. Sun ’n Lake Turtle Run: 6,500 yards, par 72 5223 Sun ’n Lake Blvd.; 863-385-4830. Avon Park Golf Courses Crystal Lake Club (private): 2,573 yards, par 61. 533 E. Crystal Lake Drive; 863-385-0575. Highlands Ridge North: 7,234 yards, par 72. 4100 Carter Creek Road; 863-453-9991. Highlands Ridge South: 6,176 yards, par 71. 3455 E. Fairway Vista Drive; 863-471-2299. Pinecrest Golf Club: 6,574 yards, par 72. 2250 W. Little Lake Bonnet Road; 863-453-7555. River Greens Golf Course: 6,400 yards, par 72. 47 Lake Damon Drive; 863-453-5210.
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