Pete Dye is famous in the sport for his unconventionally beautiful designs. He is known to challenge the common, to think out of the box. And the unusual quality of challenge his signature courses pose are what draws golfers to them. It is not surprising why Pete Dye’s creations are among America’s most favorite golf vacation destinations. One of them is found in the older part of Florida, in Brooksville: the Southern Hills Plantation Club.
Measuring more than 7,500 yards from the tips, the course plays for a par of 72 and opened in 2006. It was designed with the goal of optimizing the area’s natural views and terrain. The most notable feature of the course is its highly dramatic elevation that could cause a golfer’s heart to rise and fall in beating just as much as there are rises and falls on the course. Elevation ranges between 60 and 250 feet. And as if that is not challenging yet, the Southern Hills Plantation Club has Dye’s infamous deep, wild and small bunkers to contribute to the drama. The holes are carved out of dense magnolia and oak forests, winding through lakes and ravines, providing seclusion from the residences for a truly enjoyable golf vacation.
These superb features of the course are only complimented by the state-of-the-art, world class facilities that includes a practice putting green, a chipping area, and its massive Spa and Fitness Center. It should not come as surprising that apart from being a top choice for golf trips, the Southern Hills Plantation Club is also a top choice for recognitions. It has earned Golf Week Magazine’s two of its top honors, that being among America’s 100 Best Residential Courses, and America’s (not just Florida’s) 50 Best New Courses.