Southern Hills Plantation Club - 18 Holes of Pure Exhilaration

Southern Hills Plantation Club

Unique. An online dictionary (what else are there these days?) defines it a couple of ways you might expect. One-of-a-kind, unusual. Then there’s the definition that also passes for the description of the first Pete Dye-designed course in the Tampa Bay area, Southern Hills Plantation Club in Brooksville.

Without equal, unparalleled. As in Golfweek magazine naming it one of the Top 50 Best New Courses for 2006 and also including it in the Top 100 Residential Golf Courses.

In some respects, this is one of Dye’s most unconventional layout. There aren’t any railroad ties or waste areas at Southern Hills, but its length (over 7,500 yards from the tips), its small greens (just 3,500-4,500 square feet), devilishly deep and small bunkers and extensive mounding still make this Hernando County layout vintage Dye.

Southern Hills Plantation ClubLocated just over a half-hour north of Tampa on the Suncoast Expressway, Southern Hills is more than a name. The terrain is unlike that of any other course in the area with elevation changes of nearly 200 feet over the course. The 18 named holes are carved out of native oaks and magnolias of a former nursery and play around scenic conservation areas, ravines and lakes with other natural buffers keeping the feeling of solitude for both golfers and residents. The par-5 seventh hole (named “A Fair Test”) rises 40 feet from tee to landing area, then offers a stunning view down 40 feet in elevation to the green.

Other aptly-named holes like “Devil’s Bathtub” and “Grace Under Pressure” give Southern Hills instant character. The incredible practice facility has its own 6-hole short-course and a large practice putting green and chipping area adjacent to the first tee. The Spa and Fitness Center, a 7,850 squarefoot facility featuring state-of-the-art exercise equipment as well as private steam and massage rooms is open and staffed, as is the spectacular antebellumstyle Golf Clubhouse with full locker rooms, golf shop and four separate dining areas.

Southern Hills Plantation ClubInvitational Memberships for nonresidents of Southern Hills Plantation are still available for a limited time. For more on the Southern Hills Plantation Club, visit www.hamptongolfclubs.com or for membership information, call Liz Poloney at (352) 277-5000. For real estate information, call (352) 799-9898 or visit www.sohilly.com. Southern Hills Plantation Club. Unique.

 

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