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“Two spectacular Courses but be prepared for slow rounds”

World Woods Golf Club
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Owner description: Golf club offers two Tom Fazio-designed 18-hole courses: Pine Barrens and Rolling Oaks.
Reviewed April 6, 2013

The positives are that the two principal courses: Pine Barrens (PB) and Rolling Oaks (RO) are first rate Courses.
PB is hyped as the better of the two but my wife and I enjoyed RO more.
The scenery is fantastic and every time we've played the courses have been in great condition.
I don't think that the venue in its totality lives up to its billing, as there are other great (better?) experiences/courses but it's still impressive.
Lake Jovita in Tampa Bay area, is by way of example pretty special.
You can get some good deals especially if you are prepared to play after say 11.00am and register on-line.
The complex also has a driving range and a neat short course (which was fun).
The downsides are it's popularity which means that almost any time you go there it's heaving.
It also means that if you're a two ball you will be teamed up with a random couple.
This happens but the last we played we had a bad experience which spoiled our enjoyment.
The facilities aren't up to its hype.
The restaurant is OK at best.
The Service is a bit hit and miss but I have some empathy with them as I think they try and pack the course out (although I'm sure that they would deny this!).
However I did find the Marshalls, in general, helpful.
In summary, and it's a hike to get there, it well worth the trip.
We've had some wonderful times and will go back but in low season.

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Reviewed March 27, 2013

My husband and I played World Woods Golf Club both Pine Barrens and Rolling Oaks courses recently. We were disappointed in the fact that Pine Barrens is rated the 2nd public golf course in Florida. Definitely didn't think the course, condition, facility was up to par. We played Pine Barrens the first day which is the least favorite of the two courses. I understand that the greens were over seeded this year but they were in terrible condition and very slow. Especially for the price you pay of $99 to play. There really isn't any rough to speak of on the whole course especially near the green. We got paired up with 2 gentlemen even though we didn’t have the same tee time. Didn’t have a problem with that until the ranger approached on the 7th hole and the 10th hole and said we were behind our tee time and we needed to speed it up or we would have to skip a hole. He was very rude and not too mention there was no one near us in fact we never saw the group behind us. We did eventually bring this up to the general manager and we were told he would take care of it, which is the only reason we gave the second day a chance. The only other problem that happened both days was when we finished we were never approached by anyone to clean or remove our clubs. Disappointed as they noticed us but just kept cleaning carts and ignoring us. We removed our own clubs and just took them to the car. We did get a discount card for the second day of $59 which we received when we checked in the first day. Rolling Oaks in my opinion is a better course, prettier to look at and the greens were fast. It was in better condition than Pine Barrens and a much better experience. The course was backed up that day so the ranger told us to replay 2 holes to give ourselves a gap from the people in front of us. We didn’t have a problem with that at all. In fact after 18 holes we paid for another 9 holes at the replay rate of $35. The pro shop said the course was pretty empty at that point and if we wanted to play more than 9 holes then to do so. We did have a much better experience the second date but doubt we will go back.

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Reviewed March 17, 2013

What a facility! I played the Pine Barrens course and was in awe. The fairways and greens were absolutely immaculate. Really impressed with the architecture of the course and the reasonable twilight rate of $49. You won't be disappointed! If you have enough time to play the Rolling Oaks course, both courses are rated as some of the best in all of Florida. Located within an hour NW of Tampa.

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Reviewed March 16, 2013

This was my second time playing at the World Woods facility. I only played the Rolling Oaks - my favorite of the two courses - this trip. The course was in great shape. There was no starter, so this caused a little bit of trouble on the first tee with groups having to figure out exactly who was up next. The Pro shop staff was friendly. The clubhouse is a little run down and some areas desperately need paint. The course is set in an area away from any houses and provides a great golf experience. Fairways are generous, but you do need know which side to hit it in order to be able to approach many of the greens. The back nine is mostly uphill and greens cannot be seen until you get to your drive. The 8th hole par three is the prettiest par 3 you'll find anywhere. It's definitely worth the drive North from Tampa to play this course.

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Reviewed March 11, 2013

Every March we travel to Florida to play golf for a long weekend and every year we have our best day playing 36 at World Woods.

World Woods has two 18 hole courses, plus a short course. Rolling Oaks is wooded, country club beautiful, and a pleasure to play. Pine Barrens is a Tom Fazio design, reminiscent of Pine Valley, and a tough track if you aren't hitting the ball accurately. It's a gorgeous course, with many memorable holes.

Pro shop staff is welcoming and the starters - mostly ex-cops from the north, make you feel at home. Rangers keep the action moving, and it helps that the maintenance crews keeps ground cover to a minimum which means less time looking for balls in the woods.

Snack bar food is slightly above average for a golf course.

World Woods is out in the middle of nowhere, but is well worth the trip. If you can only play one, play Pine Barrens, but really, make sure you can play both.

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