Citrus Golf Trail Wins Top State Award

henry-awardFor the second year in a row, VISIT SEBRING, the destination marketing organization for Highlands County, Florida, is the recipient of a first place Flagler Award know as the “The Henry.” Each year the Flagler Awards, a statewide competition recognizing outstanding Florida tourism marketing, pay tribute to the determined efforts of those who use their skill, resourcefulness, creativity and innovative spirit to market Florida to the world. The award program was created by VISIT FLORIDA to honor the countless individuals and organizations that help position Florida as the #1 travel destination in the world.

The “Henry” award recognized Sebring’s Citrus Golf Trail marketing campaign in the Rural County Marketing category. Visit Sebring works to generate overnight accommodation stays, increase tax revenues, stimulate economic growth and enhance the image of Sebring and Highlands County to people outside the county. Visit Sebring is also commonly referred to as the Office of Tourism Development, and the Highlands County Tourist Development Council(TDC) governs it.

“We are thrilled to receive a first-place honor by the state of Florida for excellence in tourism marketing for the second year in a row,” said TDC Chairman & Highlands County Board of County Commissioner Jim Brooks. “The TDC has made tremendous strides in marketing our county over the past few years, and this recognition of the Citrus Golf Trail campaign shows our hard work is paying off for the TDC and our golf course partners.”

Just over an hour from Orlando & Tampa, The Citrus Golf Trail consists of ten clubs and thirteen championship golf courses within a 31 mile stretch along US Highway 27 corridor in Highlands County. The most northern golf club is River Greens located in Avon Park and southernmost is Placid Lakes Country Club in Lake Placid. Located in between is the town of Sebring, home to six of the member courses. Two of the clubs are members of the Florida Historic Golf Trail. PInecrest, also located in Avon Park is an original 1926 Donald Ross design and Sebring Golf Club, a classic example of old Florida golf, opened in 1928. Sun ‘n Lake, a championship two course complex, plays host to Latino/America Tour Qualifier.

If you want a great variety of golf challenges with affordable pricing in one of Florida’s friendliest counties, the Citrus Golf Trail is hard to beat. The Inn on the Lakes is the Trail’s hotel partner for great golf packages with newly remodeled accommodations, great dining and a perfect location on Highway 27 no more than 30 minutes from any of the courses.

In Highlands County you’ll find nearly 100 crystal clear lakes for fishing and boating, one of Florida’s oldest state parks and authentic Florida hospitality. The gently rolling hills, well maintained orange groves, year round playable weather and charming small towns make your visit a relaxing country getaway located in the center of the state.

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Dave Daubert

David, Editor & Feature Writer, has been writing about golf since the turn of the century. He was Managing Editor at a regional golf magazine for 11 years, published in Canada, the IAGTO and a Staff Writer for The Georgia Golf Trail. His insightful perspective brings golf to life.

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