World Woods Golf Club (Pine Barrens) – Played 2016
- Rankings: Golf Digest Public #76, Golf Magazine Public #19
- Location: 17590 Ponce De Leon Boulevard, Brooksville, Florida
- Year: 1993
- Architect: Tom Fazio
- Course Access: Public
- Walking Rules: Carts Available
Score Card Information:
- Yellow: 7,237 yards, Par 71, 75.3 Rating/133 Slope
- Black: 6,817 yards, Par 71, 72.5 Rating/131 Slope
- Green: 6,316 yards, Par 71, 70.2 Rating/125 Slope
- White: 5,891 yards, Par 71, 68.5 Rating/118 Slope
- Orange: 4,983 yards, Par 71, 68.4 Rating/114 Slope
We had a little longer drive from Palm Coast to Brooksville. I will say that I didn’t expect to find much in this town as I had heard it was in the middle of nowhere. While it was certainly not a metropolis, there were plenty of places to eat on the main drag. I was pleasantly surprised.
Let’s go over some of the history of this complex. Opened in 1993 by the World Woods Corporation, the land it sits on was purchased from Florida Crush Stone, Punta Gorda Isles and several privately held properties.
The name came from the ideal of providing world class golf to the masses. This includes a massive practice facility with a 23 acre, circular range, 36 hole putting course, an iron range, and more putting greens.
The course has received plenty of love from the golf media as seen below.
I want to get something out of the way before I get into the course tour. I don’t know the financial situation of World Woods. They charge a very affordable rate and I am appreciative of that. However, I thought the course would be in better shape due to the praise I had heard about it. Funny enough, I had read on some forums people said it was in great shape around the time I played it. I don’t know if it is all in the eye of the beholder or what. I don’t tend to demand too much from course condition when you are paying less than $50, but I thought it could have been a little improved. That being said the greens ran really smooth! Alright, I’m off my soapbox. Feel free to sign off in the comments if you’ve played it and disagree. I am always up for friendly debate!
I chose the green tees. It’s vacation and I wasn’t trying to beat myself up too much!
Hole 1 – 371 yards – Par 4
The first tee shot is downhill. You can go less than driver. There is plenty of room out there.
This is also slightly downhill from the tee. A good play is a fade starting at the bunker in the middle of the photo.
This is a great little hole. Sorry for the sun that is obscuring your view.
This is an interesting hole. I didn’t know quite where to hit it off the tee. I have decided after playing that it is best to take it a little left of the big waster bunker you see in front of the tee.
The main issue here is the treeline down the left. No need to overthink strategy here. Whatever you can hit down the middle should leave you with a manageable approach.
This one is long and straight. Bust the driver here.
This one is ever so slightly down the hill. There is a lot of sand in the middle and continuing up the right. A fade works very well here and goes over the least amount of trouble.
This hole is a gentle bender to the right. You can see the massive waste area all up the right side. Obviously you want to favor the left side on this one.
The last tee shot on the front is a little narrow. Your goal is to split the bunker you see out in front of the tee box.
Below is a look at the approach.
The back nine starts out with a one-shotter. This is a tough tee shot for me with the trees so close on the right. I like to move it right to left. So for all you faders out there, enjoy.
Here’s another one with plenty of trees. You still need to split the bunker here. The less curve the better.
This hole opens up after the last few tighter holes. A good line is splitting the tee markers just ahead of you.
The waste area draws your eye here. With a good drive you will sail right over it. You do want to keep the tee shot a little left for the best angle.
You hit out of a bit of a chute here which guides you on where to hit it. Down the middle here.
This is a hole with options off the tee. If you go directly at the green the carry is much less than that listed yardage. You can go at the green which is slightly to the right. You can also hit something 200 yards out to the left.
This par three sits in a little hollow. The pond is not in play. Here is a shot of me taking it on.
The length on this hole does not dictate hitting driver every time. Whatever you hit it will need to be straight with all the sand down the right.
The last tee shot opens up for you and is not overly taxing. If you hit a draw you can hit it as far as you want. A straight ball may run out of real estate depending on how far you hit it.
I really liked the layout here. As I mentioned there were some conditioning issues, but you can’t beat the value. I am going to assume they were just having a bad time with the conditioning and that it is not indicative of the course on a regular basis. There is another 18 here that I didn’t get to play. If you find yourself in the area it is definitely worth a play if not for anything but the value.