Southern Hills Plantation
Did not know we were playing behind a shotgun start tournament.
Greens were very slow for a 5 star course. Fairways were excellent.
June 15, 2015
Not your typical Dye couse
First let me say that the greens were aerated a couple of days before we played. The green super did a great job in laying down just enough sand to let the greens roll smooth. They also took $30 off the rate.
As for the course it is a fantastic Pete Dye layout. He used a great piece of land with elevations up to 250 feet. That is like a mountain in Florida, This elevation is at its highest on a beautiful Par 5 on the front. As with most Dye courses he gives you some wide fairways to hit but protects his greens with devious deep bunkers and tricky greens to read.
But it's a Pete Dye course without railroad ties anywhere to be found. I have played a lot of his courses (Kiawah, Whistling Straits, Harbour Town, Brickyard) and this is right up there with say Bulle Rock in Maryland which used to host a women's LPGA Major.
You got to play it now because its a private club during the busy season and only open up play during the summer. I think you can play it on the exec card as well.
June 5, 2015
First Time at the Hill
First time playing here, and found it to be a great course. I was the first player out after a shotgun outing , playing as a single, had the entire place to myself. Finished in 2 1/2 hours. Overall the course was in great shape, with the exception of the greens were recently airated and sanded. Would have liked to have been aware of that before I went out, and would have appreciated a rate reduction. Staff was very accommodating. Would definitely like to come back at peak conditions.
June 5, 2015
My favorite Golf Course
Best course in the Tampa Bay area. Challenging and beautiful. Very undulating and plenty of bunkers make this very much like playing a northern course. The par five 16th is one of my favorite and most picturesque holes around. You kind of hit a blind tee shot and then when you drive over the hill of the fairway, boom ! The awesome looking dog leg left very challenging par 5 is absolutely astounding. Also, plenty of wild Turkey around to see.
June 4, 2015
Get there early
Friendly staff and excellent practice facilities. Course itself has a lot of character and is fair. It gets tougher once you're on the greens. Reading putts is pretty challenging, but the speed is really good.
May 18, 2015
A Tampa Gem
One of, if not, the best course in Tampa Bay area. The layout is adventurous and fun and not like any other florida course I have played. Fairways are somewhat wide and very hilly. 'SoHilly' offers a unique challenge each time played.
January 12, 2015
A top Tampa Bay region course
Consistently high quality conditions, impeccable greens and superior layout with elevation changes unusual in Florida. A must play track.
May 1, 2014
Best Course in Tampa Bay
My favorite track in Tampa Bay, Fairways to Greens, with Elevation, Shorter Drive than World Woods from Tampa, Design on same level regardless of Top 100 Rank, awesome time to golf in tampa bay, comparing Fazio and Dye Courses which are fairly priced and open to the public... it could be worse
Some Member felt that even though the Round took 3.5 Hours and my group (3) Played from the Tips, (NEarly 7600 yrd thanks Pete) we were somehow slowing the pace of play because of the Tees we choose, even though we arrived at the par 3's with the group in front of us (2) on the green and played almost a hole ahead of the group (3) behind us (White Tees) so if club members aren't hitting greens in Reg behind you they may complain about the public players.
April 21, 2014