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4.3
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4.2
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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
853 Reviews (853)

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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An absolute jewel of a golf course

My wife and I played Pine Barrens on a beautiful sunny afternoon. This is such a visually stunning course that you can't help but just stand on the tee and wonder where to hit your drive. Thankfully we could take the time to do that because we didn't see another golfer in front of us or behind us until the 16th hole This despite the course Marshall (a great guy by the way) telling us to pack our patience because the course was really busy.
A wonderful day that we would love to repeat. We're already booked for another round.
What a fantastic facility. Not sure we can play elsewhere now.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
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Reviews 7
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4.0
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Previously Played

Challenging Course, Great Layout

I’ve played Worldwoods Pine Barrens 3 times. It is about an hour north of Tampa but well worth the drive. They are having some issues with the greens. I’m not sure if this is a seasonal issue or due to the heat and recent dry spell. Almost every green had.a dead area which had recently been covered with sand. All bunkers, even green side bunkers are treated as waste areas. Adding a rake, especially around the greens would be helpful. We played out of deep footprints on several shots. Otherwise it is a great layout with some beautiful and challenging holes. Local knowledge is key on some of the dogleg holes.
Friendly staff and decent food at the turn. We will return.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Reviews 41
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played

Groundskeeping is dropping off

I’ve played Pine Barrens many times and honestly have to say I’ve never seen conditions this poor. The greens are in sad shape, having been afflicted with some kind of blight, fairways aren’t in their typically excellent condition, and the general feel is just not what it was just a couple years ago. It’s still an amazing layout, of course, but this course as well as Rolling Oaks used to be well-manicured works of golf art. The lack of attention is visible. Weeds are popping up in areas that were previously kept clear. The cart paths do, by now, need some serious attention, and management needs to put effort into details to keep World Woods a worthy golf destination. One simple thing that would immediately improve appearances is removing the dilapidated stage for photo shoots on the cart path aside the clubhouse; it can’t possibly be in use, and it looks like a pitiful remnant of a bygone time. They’re still two beautiful courses, but in present condition it’s becoming hard to say they’re a great step up in playing experience from other local courses. And that’s a pity, because these two courses were not very long ago vastly better than local competitors.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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Reviews 1
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Been playing here many years

I have been playing World Woods for many years. The layout is excellent but it not the same course that it was 10 or 5 years ago. The course conditions have deteriorated drastically in the last few years.
The cart paths are cracked and bone shattering. The course has numerous fallen trees and debris that they are not to cleaning up. The fairways are average, but the greens on both courses have developed a fungus resulting in many dirt spots on them and they don't seem to be getting any better.
This is a beautiful that used to be a desirable golf destination but has sadly gone to pot. I played Juliet Falls recently which is about an hour north of WW and this course is that WW used to be, immaculate and beautiful, hopefully WW will (the owner) wake up and invest in course improvements to make the course what it used to be.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Reviews 33
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Snails pace

The condition of the greens were the worst I have ever seen them.. If you like 5 3/4 hours rounds this is the place to go. We waited on every tee for the group ahead of us to tee off, the group ahead of them was holding them up.. Called the club house and asked if they had a ranger on the course, was told yes so I asked for the ranger to come out. He never showed up! When we finished the round the ranger was in a cart in front of the clubhouse. Told him we called in about the slow play and all he said he did not come out because he knew it was going to be a 5 hours round.............

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather

wonderful staff- after 10 years away there are substantial drop offs in maintenance and pace of play standards.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Course in good shape.

Some of the greens had a lot of bad spots otherwise the course was in pretty good shape.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great Layout, needs TLC

Great course, most of the greens needed work though. Staff was fantastic, very friendly. Drove an hour to play, worth it.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 22
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 13
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Pine Barrons

Always worth the drive. Great layout. Pro shop gentleman was great. Played in afternoon heat so not busy-Pace of play excellent Few greens in rough shape.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 20-24
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 41
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played

A first

This round was the first time I’ve seen Pine Barrens in what I would judge as mediocre condition. Not bad, but not its usually well-groomed condition. Greens spotty, traps needed maintenance badly, and generally not the experience I’m accustomed to here. Obviously, the layout remains gorgeous, but whether it’s due to the rainy summer we’ve had or changes in maintenance, it just seemed lacking the typically excellent grooming of past seasons. This opinion may be flavored by the fact it was a ridiculously hot/humid afternoon round that was really just too uncomfortable to be truly enjoyable. Pace of play was no issue as the afternoon heat meant the course was fairly empty.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 21
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Course needs repairs

It is a challenging Course. The greatest need I see they have is to repair the paved golf pass. They are broken and badly need repairing

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 7
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Overrated

Staff was very friendly and pace was reasonable although we waited on a lot of shots since we were a twosome; nevertheless, the course played in a little less than 4 hours. We found the conditions to be disappointing. Not sure if it's the result of COVID or if the bunkers are supposed to be waste bunkers and/or ground under repair but none of the bunkers have been attended to in a very long time. Grass growing in most of them and the edges overrun with grass. Fairways were playable but had lots of bad spots. Same with the greens. Lots of really rough, dry dirt spots on the greens. Cart path is a joke...concrete is broken and has lots of chunks that have heaved up. I wouldn't recommend this course and wouldn't play it again as it doesn't meet our expectations for a well-maintained course. Additionally, the bathrooms (both in the clubhouse and on the course) haven't been maintained in many many years. They were reasonably clean but desperately in need of fixing up.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Fair
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 36
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Could be better

Love the course, but it needs some work. Several greens had problems on them with losing grass in spots. Still puttable if the blight is not in your line. Also several grassless areas in the fairways. Never seen it like this before. But for $17 was still worth it.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 61
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 55
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
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