Top Spots for Affordable Golf in Florida: Highlands County
Unlike the rest of Florida, Highlands County, located on the Florida Ridge, provides a unique terrain, ideal for golfers looking to test their skills via a range of different challenges. The Highlands County Citrus Golf Trail, representing seven area golf courses with anywhere from 18 to 36 holes, lets golfers take those challenges head on, while enjoying beautiful Central Florida’s tropical palms and numerous lakes. Take advantage of a golf getaway to what is commonly referred to as “the best kept secret in Central Florida.” Golf packages are available year round starting at $99 a person, per night with breakfast. For added value, register online and get a free golf replay, or earn a complimentary dinner of burgers and beer when you stay overnight at the Inn on the Lakes. Here are the Citrus Golf Trail’s top spots for affordable golf in Highlands County, Florida.
Highlands Ridge Golf Club, Sebring and Avon Park
Two of the most popular and affordable golf courses in the region can be found at Highlands Ridge Golf Club, with 36 holes of championship golf. The south course, designed by Steve Harmon, is located beside a 260-acre lake and nature preserve, providing golfers an idyllic setting for escaping from their everyday routines. The club has earned its rightful reputation as being one of the friendliest golf spots in Florida, where staff will go out of their way to assist visitors.
Pinecrest Golf Club, Avon Park
Hit a hole-in-one where legendary greats like Arnold Palmer and Sam Snead have treaded before. At Pinecrest Golf Club, golfers will enjoy swinging their clubs in a location surrounded by orange groves and the scent of citrus flowers wafting in the air. Built in 1926 by Donald Ross, the course is among the oldest in the region and host to the first nationally televised PGA event. After playing, head over to the club’s Pinecrest Restaurant and Pub where mouthwatering hamburgers await you.
Placid Lakes Country Club, Lake Placid
Placid Lakes Country Club is one of the newer golf courses on the trail, with features like TifEagle greens, a full practicing facility, and onsite dining. Throughout the year, these 18 challenging holes are enjoyed by golfers and offer the perfect place to host your next golf event. Come hungry, the club features a restaurant and bar, with a spectacular view of the course, allowing golfers to watch others play while enjoying their meal.
River Greens Golf Course, Avon Park
A family-owned business, River Greens Golf Course was built in 1969 by Jack Kidwell who wanted to create a tranquil spot for golfers in Avon Park. The course overlooks both a lake and a pond, and is surrounded by magnificent oak trees. Offering a range of different challenges, including a long hitter obstacle, the course is perfect for both amateurs and seasoned golfers. Host your next meeting, party or wedding here as well, with banquet and rental facilities available
Sun ‘N Lakes Golf Club, Sebring
Designed by Don Dyer in 1976, Sun ‘N Lakes Golf Club is known for its pristine Bermuda grass and long holes for skilled golfers to tackle. The PGA Latino American qualifier is one of several golf tournaments hosted on the premises, offering spectators and golfers a fantastic view of the lake and surrounding nature. The course is family-friendly, with specific days from May through October, when you can bring the kids along and teach them the art of golf. Make plans to come during your birthday week, and you’ll be granted free admission to play, as long you show your valid ID.
Join the many avid and amateur golfers who take advantage of the Citrus Golf Trail with its varied courses and low prices. Register online for added value.