Brooksville Country Club had long been the vision of many community leaders and began with a group of businessmen meeting throughout 1969 and 1970. With the support of 425 Brooksville families who purchased charter memberships, a board of directors led by entrepreneur John Weeks Jr., got Brooksville Country Club off the drawing board and into existence in May 1971. Along the way, the directors worked out a deal with Neil Law. The Law family donated the land from the Wallien farm on which the Club was built. In recognition of their pioneering work, those board members are remembered in the names of the streets in the surrounding development.
In 2003, the Club was purchased by Majestic Oaks LLC and has undergone an intensive revitalization. Renowned golf course architect Bobby Weed started the golf course redesign with the construction of the breathtaking rock quarry holes, which was followed by the redesign of the remainder of the course in 2006.
The 18-hole, par-72 championship layout measures 6,812 yards from the tips. It carries a course rating of 71.5 and it has a slope rating of 128 on Bermuda grass. Brooksville Country Club features contoured and rolling fairways, uphill and downhill elevation changes and meticulously maintained greens. The picturesque backdrop of its three quarry holes creates a breathtaking course with compelling visual appeal. These holes have set Brooksville Country Club apart from the crowd.
The 10,000 square-foot clubhouse sits atop one of the highest hilltops in the state, and overlooks the gently rolling hills of the golf course below.
Number 3: Par 5, 525 yards. A downhill sweeping dogleg left that for most players is a three shot par 4. Keep you drive out to the right side as anything left will block you out and leave very little chance for par. Approach shot is to a well bunkered green with several subtle undulations
Number 5: Par 3, 155 yards. There’s not a whole lot to this one; just hit it straight. The green is slightly elevated and very big; almost a club difference front pin versus back pin placement. Par here is quite acceptable.
Number 12: Par 4, 343 yards. This is the first of the quarry holes. It is a short par 4 that requires a decision off the tee: do you want to play the upper or lower fairway? The upper requires a little more accuracy off the tee whereas with the lower fairway you can bomb away. It also depends if you want an uphill or downhill approach shot. Myself, I prefer playing down to the pin. The hole only plays 343 yards from the back tees, so driver is not really necessary. Should you choose the upper route, you will need to carry a large fairway bunker on the right side. This requires a shot of a little more than 200 yards off the tee. A well placed tee shot will leave a pitch shot of less than 100 yards to a small, relatively flat green.
Number 13: Par 4, 442 yards. This is perhaps the prettiest hole on the course. When you double bogey it, think back and remember how aesthetically pleasing it was, that will take the sting out, if only for a moment. The somewhat narrow landing area lies about 80 feet down in the valley below; there is trouble left and trouble right. If you don’t hit the fairway off the tee, you are more than likely taking a drop and hitting three. Your second shot will be a mid iron shot up a two-club hill to a fairly large green. Par here is good.
Number 17: Par 3, 146 yards. The last of the quarry holes is a downhill par 3 that can play up to 3 clubs less. An accurate tee shot is necessary as anything short will likely find the water and anything left or right stands a good chance of being lost forever (or at least until someone else hits an equally as bad shot). Anything overshot will bounce of the rocks. The green is fairly flat and quite puttable.
Number 18: Par 5, 551 yards. This hole poses a somewhat difficult shot off the tee. Drives should favor the left side of the fairway but not too far leftt as water comes into play. On your layup shot, you will need to avoid the small group of large tees as well as the brook that crosses the fairway.
Last Word: This front nine and back nine are totally different courses. The front nine allows you to spray the ball for the most part and offers some fairly easy recovery shots. The back nine requires a little more precision off the tee and the emphasis is on accuracy rather than length. The back nine also requires more thinking as to club selection. The greens are of medium speed and easy to read. Overall, the course is well maintained and looks nice.
Brooksville Country Club has a driving range, however it is preferred that you don’t hit driver. Tee times are available to the public through several online tee sheets. For more information, visit their website at www.brooksvillecc.com or give them a call at (352) 796-8236.