(August 2009) Skyview Golf & Country Club, located in the community of Terra Vista in Hernando, Florida, opened in 1999. This 18-hole, par 72 layout was designed by Terry LaGree. The course plays 7072 yards from the Gold tees with a rating of 73.4. It is a semi-private facility and offers a driving range, a large practice area and practice putting green. Skyview is just one course at Terra Vista; Citrus Hills (18-hole, Par 70, 6323 yards) and the Meadows (18-hole, Par 70, 5885 yards) make up the rest of the community’s 54 holes.
Number 3, Par 5 553 yards. Carry the bunker on the left side off the tee to shorten the hole; tee shots that fade right are susceptible to the large waste area (the waste bunker goes the entire length of the fairway). Watch out for the fairway bunker that hides along the left side on your layup shot. Your approach is to a small green that is surrounded by large mounds; mounds that affect the break of your putt. These mounds can also lead to unusual lies, especially for Floridians.
Number 5, Par 3 208 yards. Your tee shot is a long carry over a marsh area with bunkers on the left and right. The green is long and narrow and slopes back to front. Par is a great score here.
Number 9, Par 4 442 yards. The preferred tee shot on this dogleg left is a draw around the trees, but beware of the water you can’t see from the tee. Water guards the right side so your bailout is to the left. The green has a ridge running through it and makes for some lengthy, uphill putts from the front with a rear pin placement.
Number 14, Par 5 543 yards. Carry the bunkers on left side off of the tee to shorten the dogleg. Long ball hitters beware; too far off of tee can leave you stymied behind the trees. The large waste area and trees down the left side make for a somewhat difficult approach shot to a large, undulating green.
Number 18, Par 4 364 yards. Although not the longest hole on the course, this somewhat short par 4 plays uphill. Carry the trees on the right side off the tee to shorten the hole. The fairway gets real narrow up by the green and has a nasty pot bunker in the front left. The green is fairly large and pretty flat. Finish with a par and be happy.
Last Word: This is not your typical Florida course; as a matter of fact I found it every bit as memorable as its more exclusive neighbor, Black Diamond. It may not have the quarry to play around, but it still has a lot of character with all of the large waste areas. Fairway bunkers come into play no matter which set of tees you are playing from. Large waste areas and narrow fairways on some holes place a necessity on precision tee shots and iron shots. Greens are large on most holes and roll very true; not too fast. Although somewhat of a drive from Tampa, it is definitely worth it. Greens fees are quite reasonable. You can reach the pro shop at (352) 746-3664 or email Peter Summers, the Director of Golf at firstname.lastname@example.org.