This has been a good week for celebrating the best courses in golf. First, Golf Magazine and golf.com released their Top 100 Courses You Can Play and their state-by-state best, featuring 30 Florida tracks.
Now, in the September issue of Golf Digest just hitting newsstands, there’s a list of the ‘Most Fun Courses’ in America.
One Florida course is prominent in both lists – World Woods’ Pine Barrens. The Brooksville track was named 19th-best in the U.S. and second-best in Florida, for its sandy, tree-lined, peaceful-yet-challenging golf experience. It made the ‘Fun’ list for the same attributes and how it’s not ‘brute’ golf – like the No. 1 Florida course, TPC Sawgrass’ Stadium, where water is a near-constant danger and the slope rating from the back tees is the USGA maximum.
Throw in a round on the Rolling Oaks course or even a few hours on the sprawling practice facility (including a three-hole practice course), and World Woods is an entire day or two of golf heaven.
There are no torture tests on the ‘Fun’ list – instead there are gems like the Palm Beach Par 3 Course, “golf on the Gulfstream for the hoi polloi,” Golf Digest says. Perhaps, but at $22 for a walking green fee it’s also golf for anyone.
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