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