Condition Update: Hernando Oaks Golf and Country Club

Hernando Oaks: Par 3, 7th hole

The 7th is a nice par 3. Tee shot over water to an elevated green with sand short left. Rather long than short here.

I like the course at Hernando Oaks Golf & Country Club, but have not played there since last May. When I had a chance to go this weekend with a few friends, I went expecting a good round. The last time  I played there the course was in good shape. The only down-side was the wet sand traps holding water from heavy rains. Unfortunately, this time I was disappointed.

Teeing it up on Sunday, I saw different conditions than before. Some tees were not in good shape at all, and on several holes you had trouble finding where the fairway stopped and the rough started. Some fairways looked dug up, scattered with holes from hogs or other varmits. The greens also were not in the good condition they had been before. The sand traps were wet and hard but no standing water. Some of the condition problems may be attributed to the rain the day before, but that was the first rain in over a week so it didn’t account for all the problems.

The staff was still friendly and they have a driving range with a putting green (which was a little ragged in spots) next to the first hole. The starter was informative giving us the pin positions and rules for the day. There is water and ice available before your round. The price was $38 dollars for a Sunday morning 8:10  tee time and we got through the course in just under 4 hours.

Overall I was disappointed with the conditions because I really like the course and it’s layout. On my previous visits it has always been in good shape. I know I’ll go back, I just hope next time it’s in a little  better condition. If you’re making a tee time, check to see if the course is wet and the condition of the greens.

Hernando Oaks Golf & Country Club is located in Brooksville on Hwy. 41 about 45 minutes from downtown Tampa.  You can check my previous post for more information or go to their new website address at http://hernandooaksgc.com.

4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by lynn on April 4, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    I agree with your comments – my husband and I were there on March 31, and though we loved the course layout, some of the greens were in rough shape. There were a few sprinkler heads that were broken causing saturation on the fairways. I understand the course is in financial straights though – so we’ll go back. It’s sad to see the clubhouse sitting unfinished and overgrown with weeds. The community is beautiful and well maintained, so the views from the fairways are great. There was not a good transition from fairway to rough – agree.

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  2. Posted by B Hardiman on September 30, 2012 at 7:46 am

    I think if you were play it now, you would be pleased with the course as it continues to improve (9-29-2012)

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