Some of the most famous amateur golf events for women on the calendar happen in the middle of winter in Florida. The long-running Harder Hall Invitational, played for more than 65 years at Harder Hall Golf Club in Sebring, Florida, is one of them. It fits into what is affectionately known as the Florida Orange Blossom Circuit – a series of tournaments with recognizable winners like Jessica and Nelly Korda, Lexi Thompson, Stacy Lewis and much further back, JoAnne “Big Mama” Carner and Babe Didrikson Zaharias.
From 2021 the Harder Hall will get a minor facelift. The tournament, renamed Citrus Golf Trail Ladies Invitational, will start a rotation around Sebring, Florida, home to six clubs on the Citrus Golf Trail. Sun ‘N Lake Golf Club will be the first to host the next event from December 28th through December 31st.
The rotation for the courses is set until 2027, with the River Greens Golf Club hosting in 2023, then Pinecrest Golf Club (2024), Sebring Municipal Golf Course (2025), Golf Hammock Country Club (2026) and the Sebring International Golf Resort (2027). ).
“We are honored to host the Harder Hall Tournament in 2022,” said Andy Kesling, head golf professional at Sun ‘N Lake Golf Club. “It’s exciting for the entire golf community to gather around this event and write the next chapter in its history with all the members of the Citrus Golf Trail.”
Harder Hall’s long history means that its former players carry many memories of the event with them. Although it is played in Florida, the temperatures can be brutally cold. Since the Augusta National Women’s Amateur debut in 2019, Harder Hall has come to a time of the year when contestants hum to get an invite.
After the tournament committee was dissolved in 2019, the future of the event was uncertain. With the new name and the new course rotation, these doubts have been dispelled.