SEBRING, Fla. – The inaugural Citrus Golf Trail Open will be open to amateur men and women and will be played at the six courses comprising the trail.
Known as the ‘Value Golf Capital of America,’ the Citrus Golf Trail features quality golf experiences at affordable prices. The tournament will showcase the region’s rich golf tradition and history as the member courses look to the future while giving a nod to the past.
The trail is comprised of Pinecrest Golf Club, River Greens Golf Course, Sebring International Golf Resort, Sebring Municipal Golf Course, and Sun ‘N Lake Golf Club’s Deer Run and Turtle Run courses.
“It is a wonderful time in golf right now to announce this exciting new tournament that will shine a light on the great courses that make up the Citrus Golf Trail,” said Andy Kesling of the Citrus Golf Trail. “This announcement marks a culmination of hard work and collaborative efforts to provide exposure to this unique golf destination.”
Golf has been an integral part of the Sebring area since the 1920s. In December 1959, Pinecrest Golf Club was the site of a televised match-play elimination golf tournament for one of the biggest purses in golf at the time of $171,000. The tournament was part of the ‘World Championship Golf’ series of matches that were televised on NBC.
The tournament will also have a charitable component to support local young people interested in golf. The Boys & Girls Club of Highlands County will receive a portion of the tournament
proceeds to establish the First Tee Community Program, an initiative that helps empower kids and teens to build their strength of character through golf.
“Golf is a sport that teaches its players some of life’s most valuable lessons, such as honesty, patience, problem-solving, building self-confidence, focus, and hard work,” said Dave Cornuet, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Highlands County. “Learning to play golf will help our local youth become better people in every part of their lives.”
Registration for the 2021 Citrus Golf Trail Open will begin on January 1. Additional information about the event, including fees and format, will be announced in the coming weeks.
To learn more about the Citrus Golf Trail, visit www.citrusgolftrail.com