Brooksville Definitely More Than Your Average Country Club Experience

By: Tim McDonald

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After the melodrama of the Brooksville Ridge's top courses - World Woods, Southern Hills and The Dunes to name three - you half expect the Brooksville Country Club to be a typical, rather sedate country club golf experience.

And at first it is, albeit an exceptionally fine and challenging one. And then, boom! You get to the quarry holes, Nos. 12, 13, 14 and 17 and they are nothing short of spectacular.

Suddenly, Brooksville Country Club looks like one of those wild courses of the West, in New Mexico or Arizona. You're hitting over canyons, down into valleys and back up again into greens that look like they're perched in the ozone.

This is not what I expected.

The reason is those holes are built in and around an old limestone quarry. Thus, the intense elevation drops and rises. It's quite an experience for those used to flat, Florida courses.

That isn't to say the rest of the course is shabby, quite the opposite. The front nine is all about placement, with the fairways lined with old, moss-draped oaks. If you hit to the wrong place in the fairway, you're likely to have your path to the green blocked. If you have a long draw in your bag, or can shape your shots, Brooksville is a blast.

The new back nine was redesigned by Bobby Weed several years ago and is completely different from the front; it's like two different courses. There's very little water or rough to speak of on the front so you won't lose many golf balls.

Brooksville Country Clubs is one of those tracks built on the Brooksville Ridge, the series of high dunes of west central Florida. Some of the courses have joined a cooperative marketing venture to draw more players.

I have a feeling that once golfers play these courses, Brooksville Country Club included, the marketing will take care of itself, particularly when you consider the area's very modest green fees. They're almost as jaw-dropping as the quarry holes.

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