Deeb George III sinks a putt for birdie on the eighth hole of Sugarmill Woods Country Club Oaks Course. His tournament partner, Al Smith, celebrates the sinking of the putt on the par-5 hole. The men participated in the 24th Annual School-astic Golf Tournament to benefit the scholarship program offered by the Women of Sugarmill Woods. Three separate courses in the Sugarmill Woods region have recently been sold to a Canadian company.

Details remain sketchy but it appears that a Canadian company recently bought Sugarmill Woods and Southern Woods Golf courses in Homosassa, as well as World Wood Golf Course in Brooksville.

The courses have fallen into disrepair and some residents are hoping the new owner can restore them to their former glory.

Toronto-based company called Cabot SMW OPCO LLC bought all three courses, according to a published report. The company also operates Cabot Links in Nova Scotia.

The courses were previously owned by Interfive Florida Corporation, based in Japan. The seller listed on the deed is Homosassa-based Suntacc and Company Inc., owned by Interfive.

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The Chronicle contacted the stakeholders in the sale, but they declined to comment pending a formal announcement expected next week.

The Sugarmill and Southern Woods courses in Homosassa – along with the World Woods Golf Course in Brooksville – have been sold to Sugarmill Woods, which had three 9-hole golf courses: Cypress, Pine and Oak. The Oak course closed in 2019.

The 18-hole golf courses at Sugarmill and Southern Woods Golf Club opened for play in 1992. World Woods is off U.S. 98 in Brooksville but near the Citrus County border. It opened in 1991 and has two 9-hole courses and was ranked in the top 10 golf courses in the state, according to Golfer’s Digest.

Michael D. Bates is a staff writer with the Citrus County Chronicle and can be reached at mbates@chronicleonline.com