Played Pine Barrens last Saturday and Sunday in the late afternoon after playing Rolling Oaks on Friday. The Future Collegians World Tour conducted a tourney for 11-19 year olds at the course on both days earlier in the day. First of all, I'll say World Woods is an excellent golf club. It is about the golf and the practice facilities. And it's open to everyone. Course designer Tom Fazio has described World Woods as being comparable to having Augusta National, Pine Valley and the finest practice facility in the world, all together in the same location. He also has said about World Woods that "This is my best work." The practice facility is certainly the largest I have seen. It includes a 22 acre practice range; 2 acre putting course; par 3, 4, and 5 practice holes; as well as a 9 hole short course. Unlike Rolling Oaks, all the bunkers at Pine Barrens are waste bunkers. The waste bunkers gave all the holes definition and clearly everything was in front of you. All the holes were a pleasure to play and it was nice not to see a house anywhere, on either course.
The first hole starts with a 427 yard par 4 that the drive favors the left side of the fairway. A waste bunker is on the entire right side of the hole. The second hole is a long 483 yard par 4 with waste bunkers guarding both sides of the fairway. There are no bunkers guarding this green and the green slopes broadly from right to left. The third is a picturesque 174 yard par 3 with a pond guarding the front and left of the green. A huge waste bunker guards the right side of the green. The fourth hole is a 526 yard par 5 that is one of the most visually appealing holes I have ever seen. A waste bunker is on the entire right side of the fairway. Shorter hitters can keep it down the narrower left side but longer hitters can hit over the waste bunker (about a 260 yard carry) and have a good opportunity to reach the green in 2. The fifth hole is the second shortest par 4 at 382 yards. The hole is a slight dogleg left with the preferred drive on the right side which will give a good birdie opportunity to the elevated green. The sixth is a 543 yard par 5 with waste bunkers guarding both sides of the fairway. The green can be reached in 2 but if you lay up the preferred angle is on the left side as waste bunkers guard the green short right of the green. The seventh is a solid 207 yard par 3 that plays downhill and is protected by waste bunkers on the left, right, and back left of this green. The eighth hole is a nice 434 yard dogleg right par 4 with the preferred drive down the left side as a large waste bunker guards the right side. The green is protected on 3 sides by a large waste bunker and precision is required on the second shot. The ninth hole is a solid 419 yard par 4 with a fairway that slopes from right to left. The preferred drive is down the left side as it is flatter and provides a better angle to the green. The green is protected by waste bunkers on both the right and left sides.
The tenth hole is a nice 228 yard par 3 that has a narrow green that slopes from right to left. A large waste bunker protects the green short and left of the green. The eleventh is a slight dogleg right 434 yard par 4 with no fairway bunkers and the green is protected short and left by a large waste bunker. The twelfth is the longest par 4 on the course at 491 yards and the preferred drive is down the left side of the fairway. A huge waste bunker protects this elevated green and the green slopes broadly from back to front so balls will come back if hit on the back of the green. The thirteenth is a 465 yard downhill par 4 that doglegs to the right. Waste bunkers protect the green on the right and left. The fourteenth is another visually appealing 587 yard par 5 that doglegs to the left. The green can be reached in 2 with a drive that carries the waste bunker on the left. The preferred layup is to the right as it is a good angle to the green and a good birdie opportunity. This hole has many strategically placed bunkers and trees. The downhill fifteenth is the shortest par 4 on the course at 339 yards. Longer hitters can try to reach the green on the tee shot but for me the preferred drive was down the left side avoiding the waste bunkers which allowed a short wedge and good birdie opportunity. The sixteenth is the signature hole of the course and is a solid 227 yard par 3 that is protected by waste bunkers on the right side. The green slopes left to right and balls going left can end up on the green. The seventeenth is one of the shorter par 4s at 398 yards with the preferred drive down the right side as trees overhang on the left side of the fairway. Pine Barrens finishes with a strong 473 yard par 4 that doglegs to the left. Waste bunkers protect the left side of the fairway and the green is protected by a large waste bunker on the right side of the green.
Great course and very memorable experience. Thank you World Woods for making this course available to all at a very reasonable price. Would highly recommend this course to anyone visiting the Tampa/Orlando area. Click here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YY9rO18YVE to see a You Tube slideshow of some pictures took during my visit. Jim Brady
Date: May 06, 2014