Harder Hall Gets New Owner

harder hallThe historic Dick Wilson design in Sebring, Florida, Harder Hall Golf Club was recently purchased by Jason Laman.who also owns the Golf Hammock Golf & Country Club in Sebring designed by Ron Garl, and the Bluffs Golf Course in Zolfo Spings. “I bought Harder Hall because our crews from the Hammock have the ability to bring the Hall up to speed,’ said Laman. “We hired some new people to work there and we can utilize some economies to maintain operational costs.”

Harder Hall Golf Club opened in 1954 to complement the spanish colonial revival Harder Hall Resort built by the same company that built the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables for affluent northerners that spent time in the comfortable winters of Florida. The golf course was the site of the Haig &Haig Scotch PGA/LPGA Tournament where 2 player mixed teams competed with winners & Hall of Famers Sam Snead, Kathy Whitworth and Mickie Wright taking the trophy. The Tournament changed its name to the J.C. Penney Classic and moved to Tampa. The course has been hosting the USGA run Harder Hall Women’s Invitational which is held each January and is one of the oldest and most prestigious amateur contests in the country. In January 2015 the 60th playing will take place.

“We look forward to hosting the Harder Hall Women’s Invitational,” Laman said. “We want to bring this course back to pristine condition for the tournament. We did the same thing at Golf Hammock where we improved everything and raised the bar.” In 2011 there was a major renovation to the traps, tee boxes and new champion bermuda to the greens. Bringing the club back wll be on the shoulders of Pete DuPriest, head professional at Harder Hall and Golf Hammock. Before moving to Golf Hammock, Pete was head professional at the Hall and assisted with the Invitational for 3 years.

“This course has a lot of character,” says DuPriest. “It is not that long but you have to be accurate and willl probably hit every club in the bag over18 holes. It is an old-style Florida course with lots of trees, doglegs both ways and tiny greens to challenge your short game. It is a lot of fun to play.

They have a special membership drive for $1000 for a year for the first 50 new members and $1500 for a couple and waiving all other fees. Playing priveleges at the other 2 courses are included with just a $12 cart fee. To make a tee time or find out more call 863-282-0500.

Dave Daubert

Lehigh University graduate, Procter & Gamble retired. Previously a Managing Editor and Feature Writer for a regional golf monthly magazine for 11 years. Married to wife Carol and residing in Solivita, an active adult community in Central Florida

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