Top Rated World Woods Golf Club Provides Challenge

World Woods - Pine Barrens Course: 16th hole

The 16th is a par 3 straight-away with tee shot over water and sand.

Recently I got a foursome together and made the drive to World Woods Golf Club  and played the the Pine Barrens course. I’ve played the course before but it’s been a few years. They have another championship  course called Rolling Oaks and I hope to get back in a few weeks to play that course. Both courses are consistently ranked in the top 10 for Florida courses and among the top 100 nationally.

The Pine Barrens course takes you through the undulating terrain of Brooksville, Florida. There are elevated tees and greens, wide fairways protected by tall Pine trees, and massive waste areas on just about every hole. There is so much sand on this course that there are only two holes with a water hazard.  With five different sets of tees  ranging from just over 7200 yards to just under 5000, chosing the correct tees will make this difficult course a little more enjoyable. The course was in good shape despite 3 days of rain prior to our round.

The condition of the course overall was very good despite recent heavy rains, with well mown tees, fairways and greens (which were fast). The only negative was that the sand and waste areas were to be played as ground under repair due to washed out sand traps with standing water in some. Other than that the course was very playable and not wet at all.

The staff was friendly at bag drop and sign-in. The clubhouse is small as is the Pro Shop. They don’t have GPS on the carts but you can rent a hand held laser GPS for $5, but it only gives you distance to the pins. As I had played here before in a 36 hole golf tournament several years ago, I kept telling my friends about the awsome practice facilities.  There is a huge putting green with 36 hole locations, a massive driving range with several target greens to hit to, and plenty of sand practice areas to get yourself ready for shots you might see on the course. Unfortunately, they only had the iron range open to hit practice shots. From what I gathered, it was all closed due to the heavy rains.

 Although the course was busy, we still managed to play in just over four hours with a Sunday morning tee time. The regular price for this time is $50 which is a good price for where we were playing. You can find lower rates depending on day and time of play. I look forward to going back to World Woods to play the Rolling Oaks course and hope the practice facilities are open.  If you have never played World Woods before, I would highly recommend making the drive.  Especially while the summer rates are affording great golf at a reasonable price.

World Woods is located 50 minutes from Tampa airport by taking the Suncoast expressway. For more information, directions, tee times, and rates log onto www.worldwoods.com

 

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