Southern Hills Plantation - Florida - USA

Southern Hills Plantation Club,
19850 Southern Hills Blvd.,
Florida (FL) 34601,

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  • Jim A. Knierim

  • Pete Dye

  • Kent M. Magilligan

Pete Dye took full advantage of a rolling Brooksville landscape when he routed the fairways of the Southern Hills Plantation course within a large, upmarket residential development.
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Description: Pete Dye took full advantage of a rolling Brooksville landscape when he routed the fairways of the Southern Hills Plantation course within a large, upmarket residential development. Rating: 7 out of 10 Reviews: 2
Colin Braithwaite

This is a traditionalist presentation course, i.e no hole visuals on the card or tee boxes. Thus, i wondered aimlessly through the dessert. That can be fun, sometimes you are pleasantly surprised, other times not so much....

The first two holes are welcoming, what you see is what you get. They give you an oppty to get off to a good start. On the dogleg left 2nd play your drive a little to the right as the contour will force your ball left towards the fairway bunker. The slightly uphill par 4 4th's fairway bends left, However, it is a long carry over a depression that is not penal. You are just taking a chance on your lie in the rough. As an example, i caught a flyer to set up my 3 putt. The first par 5 5th bends left and is reachable in two.

However, favor the right to maximize your jetway rollout. Also, what appears to be a greenside bunker complex left are a series of bunkers extending back 100 yards. The 6th is a slight dogleg right, uphill, long with a blind tee shot. On the inside elbow is a cluster of bunkers, so favor the middle of the fairway. The par 5 7th is another uphill blind tee shot dogleg right, with the leg significantly downhill. I suspect big hitters can get home in two, I have no firsthand knowledge of how to do that. There is a large waste bunker right, perhaps a 100 yards long. It is not death, i was able to extricate myself to 100 yards out to set up my chunk bogey. The 8th is a fantastic, extraordinarily difficult hole, not really but i did birdie it. The 9th is a fun uphill short par 4. Some of you will hurt yourself trying to reach it. Basically, driver and flip wedge. The only negative I had is my drive was a bit left of center and i ended up in a collection area where it appeared dozens of my brethren had also spent quality time. Even money you end up in a divot.

The back starts with a pretty straight away par four. However, similar to 7 there is a long fairway side bunker right. The long par 4 11th is a tough hole, especially if you hook your approach into one of the few water hazards on the course. The 12th is a benign par 5, reachable and a good birdie oppty. The par 4 14th is a demanding hole. Slight dogleg left, the hole lays out well visually from the tee box. The shorter par 4 15th has some mogul undulation. Off the tee, I think left gives you the best vantage point to attack the pin on your approach. The finishing holes are strong. The par 5 16th is a dogleg left, Favor the right side on both your tee shot and second as the contour runs left towards a fairway bunker and the hazard. It is possible to get home in two, but it is an elevated well protected green. The 17th is a cute mid yardage par 3. The 18th is a long par four with a table top green. A par here is well deserved or lucky.

There must be something in the water in Brooksville. Some excellent courses withing 30 minutes of each other, World Woods and Brooksville GC is worth a play. The back nine has four holes in an old quarry (shades of Black Diamond) that are fun as opposed to terrifying.

February 14, 2019
6 / 10
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This is one of the best and most beautiful courses in the Tampa area open to the public. Last year the course served as qualifier for the PGA Tour School. The course is situated in rolling landscape which literally gives it a third dimension and sets it apart from the flat pancake courses found elsewhere in Florida. A place in the top 100 is well deserved but should be ranked higher in my opinion. A course that strangely enough is missing entirely in the list, is Belleair Country Club in Clearwater. How is that possible? It's not only one of the oldest clubs in Florida, but they have two of the finest Donald Ross courses imaginable.
March 27, 2014
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Keith Baxter
March 27, 2014
Both courses at Belleair Country Club made our Florida Top 100 shortlist. Unfortunately little of Donald Ross’s original work at Belleair remains, with holes re-routed and bunkers long since gone or changed. Belleair’s West course is a more likely candidate for future inclusion, but there are currently many other Florida courses rated higher in the pecking order that didn't make the hundred.
April 04, 2014
Much depends on the evaluation criteria used when writing a review. These days overwhelming courses like Streamsong, with MacKenzie style bunkering and massive waste areas, set the trend. I have to agree that this 'shock-and-awe' architecture can be attractive and nice to play. But in the end I prefer the classic courses build at the beginning of the last century. They are more subtle, less intimidating and in most cases nicer to play for amateurs. I like to finish the 18th hole with the feeling that I have played a pleasant round of golf, instead of having accomplished a tough, and sometimes frustrating journey. Belleair is a classic example of a high end course from the 1920s. The Donald Ross signature is seen everywhere and Gene Bates, the architect who renovated the courses, did, at least I'm my view, a fantastic job.