Golf Digest – America’s Best 18 Holes Since 2000

Brooksville • Florida
Par 3 • 146 Yards
Bobby Weed, 2006

Great golf holes often look like they were simply discovered in their landscape. When Bobby Weed and associate Chris Monti added nine new holes to this modest public course in west-central Florida, they were thrilled to be able to incorporate several of them into the terrain of an old calcite mine. Though the green at Brooksville’s short 17th, set at the bottom of an excavated pit and wedged between a pond and exposed quarry wall, looks like it was simply scraped and seeded, a tremendous amount of engineering went into making it work. It’s a beauty of a hole but also testing because there’s little room to miss with the diagonally set target narrowing the farther over the water the hole is cut. Pete Dye often built short, perilous par 3s as penultimate tests of nerve and accuracy, and Brooksville does the same here, strikingly so. Sometimes you have to step up and hit the shot.