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831 Reviews (831)
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3 Stars
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1 Stars
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Conditions
4.3
Value
4.3
Layout
4.8
Friendliness
4.4
Pace
4.2
Amenities
3.6
94.1%
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4.2
82 Reviews (82)
5 Stars
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4 Stars
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3 Stars
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Conditions
4.1
Value
4.1
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.0
Amenities
3.7
StaffFriendliness
4.4
91.5%
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4.3
112 Reviews (112)
5 Stars
53
4 Stars
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3 Stars
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Conditions
4.1
Value
4.2
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.1
Amenities
3.7
StaffFriendliness
4.4
92.0%
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About

Holes 18
Type Resort
Par 71
Length 7237 yards
Slope 133
Rating 75.3

The Pine Barrens at World Woods Golf Club is one of two championship golf courses at the club. Named after the numerous pine trees that cover the course especially along the fairways, it feels far removed from the Florida coasts. Tom Fazio designed the course and it is considered not only some of his best work, but one of the best courses in the state. It is a tight golf course that is notorious for its vast waste areas and bunkers. Although it has a modest length of 7,259 yards, there is plenty of length within the layout with many of the par 4s stretching past 400 yards. There are two small lakes that come into play. The fourth hole is one of the most well known, and most photographed, in the state. It is a par 5 with a treacherous waste area dominating the right side all the way to the green.

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Course Details

Year Built 1993
Fairways Winter Rye
Greens Tifdwarf Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Tom Fazio (1993) Jan Bel Jan Dennis Wise (1993)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes - 300 tees
Bunker Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes
Practice Hole Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted MasterCard, VISA, American Express, Discover, Diner's Club
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code No denim, collared shirt and bermuda shorts required

Food & Beverage

Snacks

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Banquet Facilities

Accolades

Reviews

4.4
831 Reviews (831)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 34
Brunch 11
Patio Dining 9
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 128
Undulating Greens 109
Elevation Changes 96
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 105
A Bucket list/Top 100 Pick 87
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 75
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 130
In the 'Burbs 33
Convenient to the City 6

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Reviews 54
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

You gotta play it....

Everything has been said already by other satisfied reviewers....great place to play....worth the drive from anywhere....do it...!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 53
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

WAY OVER PRICED

This place is in huge decline. They can't event keep the driveways in & out drivable. Don't pay these rip off prices when there's great golf in the area for 50% less. Frankly can't remember a worse golf course for the money.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

great course

This is a beautiful course. Plan to the play the other course as well. The price was fantastic for the quality.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 25
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

This course is a great layout.

The fairways and greens were in good condition, except for a few greens . Other areas in need of cleaning up and cutting.
The cart paths are in need of serious repair. These conditions have existed for a few years.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 29
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 41
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Beautiful course in the middle of Pine Barrens.

Great course. Shot placement is critical on many holes. At over 5,800 yards, a little bit long for senior tees but a very wonderful course. By no means easy, but surely a whole bunch of fun.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Unique Florida course

I have heard and wanted to play this course for years. We played a few days after a tropical storm came through the area and there no standing water. The course drains well. The layout and landscape is the most unique I’ve seen in Florida. There may elevation changes and the greens are a fair size that undulate. It felt as if we were on vacation out of state. I fully recommend this course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 29
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Greens and fairways are in good shape after all the rain. Pace of play is fairly slow, but moved as you got into the round. Always a good deal in the summer.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

The best public course in Florida

I love every single hole of this course.. Each hole has it’s unique beautify and each unique challenges. It’s a one hour and 15 minutes drive from where I live but I would love to drive and play there again every single week if I have the opportunity.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played

Greens a little beat up and slow

One of the best courses in FL but have never seen the greens in this bad of shape and slow. Course needs a little TLC

Conditions Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 31
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
New Orleans Advisor
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

This is AWESOME GOLF

Gifted with a day to do what I wanted while on vacation in Orlando, I decided to take the long-ish hike up to World Woods Golf Club to play the Pine Barrens course. It's perennially one of the top 10 public courses in Florida. Often courses like this don't live up to the hype. This one absolutely does. Grand in every way, the course is the thing. From the opening tee to the final green, the challenges are constant. The course is memorable and tough. The photogenic 4th hole, the double greens at the par four 12th hole, and the signature 15th hole are all just a part of a great round of golf.
When I played, it had been raining quite a bit in the days prior but the course held zero water. Nice to be built on sandy piney soils. There were a few greens with some spots on them, probably from excessive water runoff, but nothing major.
This course is a challenge for every golfer and if you don't like sand, you may be in for some extra challenges. But the beauty of the course and the layout will make up for it.
And the price.... I played a weekday mid-day round in the heat for $40 plus tax. Seriously. One of the top rated courses in the state for under $50 is a steal.
There are no houses on the course, it's kind of in the middle of nowhere. It was an hour and a half drive from Orlando. It's about an hour and a half from Gainesville and just about an hour from Tampa. The clubhouse isn't opulent - on the contrary it's very unassuming for a course with its reputation.
I can't possibly recommend this course more. And make a time of it - there is a short course as well as a sister championship course in Rolling Oaks, which is also highly rated. Pine Barrens is a Tom Fazio design and is a bit rough around the edges, a bit reminiscent of places like Pinehurst with the rough not so thick and penal but shrubby. Trust me, I hit balls all over the lot and found almost all of them. Rolling Oaks is a bit more traditional with well defined edges.
This is tremendous golf and well worth the trip from anywhere.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Nice track

Course is tough. I would definitely buy a yardage book. A lot of shots you have no clue what’s ahead. Greens were getting better from being punched very puttable. Pace of play was slow waited every shot. It was very busy. If you shoot over 85 play the white tees. Even the green tees are difficult at 6300 yards. Course feels like it plays longer than it says.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 22
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Never pass up the opportunity

Great course
Never feel like I should have played somewhere else

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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