For Immediate Release
Thursday, April 7, 2016
Contact: Meredith Beatrice,
Sebring Golf Club Featured as Florida Historic Golf Trail Course of the Month
Secretary of State Ken Detzner announced today that Sebring Golf Club has been chosen as the featured course on the Florida Historic Golf Trail for the month of April. The Sebring Golf Club is located in the City of Sebring in Highlands County.
“We are pleased to feature the historic Sebring Golf Club as a partner on the Florida Historic Golf Trail,” said Secretary Detzner. “Sebring is recognized for the variety of outdoor recreation opportunities it has to offer. For 90 years, the Sebring Golf Club has been the hub of the local golfing scene.”
In 1924, the City of Sebring appropriated money to build a municipal golf course, selecting 160 acres on the south side of Lake Jackson. In January 1925, golf architect W. H. “Bert” Way of the Mayfield Country Club of Cleveland, Ohio, came to Sebring to lay out the municipal golf course. A.D. Taylor, a city planner and landscape architect also from Cleveland, had the contract to build the course, and construction immediately followed. In early 1926, nine holes of the golf course were opened for play, while the other nine were under construction. The complete 18-hole course officially opened in 1929.
Today, the 18-hole, par-72 Sebring golf course features four sets of tees playing from 4,900 to 6,200 yards. In the style of an older, traditional Florida golf course, Sebring offers a relaxing, enjoyable round of golf for players of all skill levels. The Sebring Golf Club ranks as the cornerstone of Sebring’s recreational amenities, and is known around town as "The Muni." The Muni also welcomes and encourages walkers.
“We are honored to be the featured course for the month of April on the Florida Historic Golf Trail,” said Kim Darrow, head golf professional. “Our course has an open layout that appeals to golfers of all levels, as well a friendly staff and wonderful amenities.”
Image Courtesy of VisitHighlandsCounty.com
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About The Florida Historic Golf Trail Florida's golf history, recognized as one of the oldest in the nation, dates back to the 1890s when a number of early courses were created along with the development of railroads and hotels in the state. The Florida Historic Golf Trail is a collection of more than 50 historic, publicly accessible golf courses throughout the state that can still be played on today.Through the Florida Historic Golf Trail, golfers can play on courses designed by world-class architects and played by famous golfers such as Bobby Jones, Walter Hagen, Gene Sarazen, Babe Zaharias, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. Information about the history and current day contact information for each partner course can be found at FloridaHistoricGolfTrail.com. Find the historic course near you and Come Play on History!
About The Division of Historical Resources The Florida Department of State’s Division of Historical Resources (DHR) is responsible for preserving and promoting Florida’s historical, archaeological, and folk culture resources. DHR directs historic preservation efforts throughout the state in cooperation with state and federal agencies, local governments, private organizations, and individuals. The director of DHR serves as the State Historic Preservation Officer, acting as the liaison with the national historic preservation program conducted by the National Park Service. The Division is comprised of two Bureaus or major program areas: archaeological research and historic preservation. For more information, visit flheritage.com.