World Woods Golf Club in Florida, designed by Tom Fazio and opened in 1993, has been acquired by Cabot, the owner and developer of two highly acclaimed courses in Nova Scotia and two new courses scheduled to open elsewhere in the next few years.
World Woods in Brooksville will continue to operate under that title this winter, then will be rebranded Cabot Citrus Farms. Renovations are planned to begin in spring of this year. Cabot has not announced which course designer or designers might be involved in turning the property into Cabot Citrus Farms for a 2023 reopening as the company’s first property in the United States.
World Woods is home to two 18-hole courses, Pine Barrens and Rolling Oaks, both of which have been ranked on Golfweek’s Best Top 200 Modern Courses list at various times since their opening almost 30 years ago. Pine Barrens at one point ranked in the top 50 modern courses in the U.S., but by 2021 it had fallen to No. 172 on that list and No. 5 in Florida on Golfweek’s Best Courses You Can Play list for public-access layouts. Rolling Oaks was No. 22 among public-access courses in Florida in 2021.
Jason Lusk has more HERE for Golfweek: