Hernando Oaks Golf Club is a refreshing change from the crowded, house-lined fairways of most courses in the area. Here there are few houses, especially on the back 9 which is rare and the seclusion makes you feel like you’ve got the course to yourself. The landscape is one of rolling fairways and towering oak trees with water coming into play on several holes.
The course supports 5 sets of tees ranging from 6900 yards to 5100 yards so golfers of all abilities can find tees to suit their game. I found the challenge of this course was in the oversized greens and difficult hole placements. This makes it fairly easy to hit the green, but many times you’ll be left with a very long putt.
The course conditions overall were good considering the amount of rain we had Saturday and early Sunday morning. Tee boxes were in good shape, the fairways, although wet, were mown and the greens in spite of the rain were running a little fast. Due to the heavy rain though, most of the traps were washed out with standing water but if dry would probably be in good shape.
The $35 plus tax price tag is a good value for weekend morning play and a good price for the course. We played the course in 4 hours which is a good round of golf for a Sunday morning considering that due to the wet conditions it was cart paths only. The course has a driving range, chipping area and a large putting green by the 1st and 10th tee.
Staff were friendly. I was met at by a staff member who loaded my bag for me which doesn’t happen very often. At check-in I was updated as to current pin placements and the cart paths only rule.
Hernando Oaks is located in Brooksville, off Hwy 41, 25 miles north of SR54, about a 45 minute drive from downtown Tampa. For more information, visit their website at http://hernandooaksgolfclub.com/.