Destination Guide

Destination: Lakeland/Sebring

When it's time for a reprieve from the tourist hordes at central Florida's theme parks, Lakeland and Sebring offer a slower pace, excellent golf possibilities and fun off-course activities.

Lakeland is often bypassed as tourists race by on I-4 to Orlando and Tampa. Dotted with 38 lakes, the aptly named city is only a 25-minute drive from the Walt Disney World Resort complex and 35 minutes from downtown Tampa.

The many picturesque lakes serve as natural buffers from development, giving Lakeland the laid-back feel of a much smaller city. It's home to the largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world at Florida Southern College.

Lakeland is an attractive destination for golfers who also love baseball. Every March for decades, the city has served as the spring training home for the Detroit Tigers. Attending an afternoon baseball game following a morning round of golf is a great way to enjoy Lakeland on a sunny spring day.

For golf, Lakeland has 18 courses with designer tags like Ron Garl, Steve Smyers and Jerry Pate. The course architects utilized innovative earth-moving techniques to create some spectacular mounding on several layouts.

Sebring, 87 miles south of Orlando just off U.S. Route 27, has no Interstate access, but it attracts visitors with its Old Florida downtown historic district, golf courses and Sebring International Raceway, home to the 12 Hours of Sebring, an internationally acclaimed endurance race.

Founded in 1912, Sebring evokes a small town Americana ambiance with its quaint and walkable downtown area that's listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Local restaurants, boutique shops and a step-back-in-time park in the middle of downtown make it a great place to unwind after a round of golf.

Golf courses in Sebring feature gently rolling hills with fairways framed by palm trees and moss-covered oaks. The golf menu offers 12 golf courses designed by architects including Dick Wilson, Ron Garl and Mike Tellschow.

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North Course at Highlands Ridge
Tee Times
Avon Park $34 - $55
Deer Run at Sun 'n Lake Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Sebring $18
Turtle Run at Sun 'n Lake Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Sebring $18
River Greens Golf Course Avon Park $24
Country Club of Sebring
Tee Times
Sebring $10
Indian Lake Estates Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Indian Lake Estates $10
Cougar Trail Course at Sebring International Golf Resort
Tee Times
Sebring $20 - $35
Lake Wales Country Club Lake Wales $28 - $50
South Course at Highlands Ridge
Tee Times
Avon Park $35 - $50
Oakview Lakes Golf Course Fort Meade N/A
Highland Florida Golf Club Lake Wales $26 - $31
Panther Creek Course at Sebring International Golf Resort
Tee Times
Sebring $20 - $45
Pinecrest Golf Club Avon Park $28 - $32
Crystal Lake Club Avon Park $18 - $29
Lily Lake Golf & RV Resort Frostproof $16
Sebring Golf Club Sebring $15 - $20
Sebring Lakeside Golf Resort Sebring $12
Torrey Oaks RV and Golf Resort Bowling Green N/A
Arcadia Village Country Club Arcadia N/A
Bobcat Run Executive Course at Spring Lake Golf Resort Sebring $24
Bartow Golf Course Bartow $15 - $40
Placid Lakes Country Club
Tee Times
Lake Placid $10
Bluffs Golf Course Zolfo Springs $32
Championship at Harder Hall Country Club Sebring $15 - $30
Golf Hammock Country Club Sebring $15 - $20
Lake June West Golf Course Lake Placid $5.00 - $9.63
Arcadia Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Arcadia $9
Westgate River Ranch Resort River Ranch $20 - $30
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