Review of Canongate at Lake Wincrest Golf Course
Lake Windcrest is characterized by an open links style course look and feel, fairly generous but heavily contoured fairways, thick and challenging roughs, plenty of mounding, strategic bunkering, big fast greens with lots of slope and undulation, very good conditions, and big beautiful homes on huge lots which are fenced meaning I donated a few balls to some homeowners.
Lake Windcrest is fun, fair, and demanding – you can let-er-rip off the tee box, but after that it’s "game on." With a slope and rating of 73.8 and 132 from the tips, to score well here you need some good shot making and good putting – make sure you pick the right set of tee boxes, there are 5 with yardages ranging from 5030 to 7040.
Even though Canongate at Lake Windcrest is demanding, it’s a blast to play and a course you won’t get tired of playing as it twists and turns through a beautiful neighborhood and some natural areas. Some of the holes that we really liked included:
When we played just after Thanksgiving the fairways and rough were in very good condition and all have lots of dramatic mounding and contour which creates plenty of uneven lies. Most of the fairways are ample from tee to green but if you spray the ball you’ll be in a back yard on one side or under the trees on the other side. The rough is wide but thick - so try and stay in the fairways! The fairways were firm and I loved the extra roll when I missed the mounds.
The greens at Lake Windcrest golf course seem larger than average and some are downright huge – at times I felt like I was in a different zip code! They were in excellent condition, and ran at a good speed of around 10 or so. Most of the greens are well guarded and have plenty of slope and undulation – study them carefully before you putt.
Canongate at Lake Windcrest’s bunkers are all sizes and shapes and were in perfect condition with soft fluffy sand that’s a joy to hit from – it’s a little thinner after all my shots which put sand in my hair, shoes, and pockets.
We played Lake Windcrest just before Thanksgiving in 2012 and as part of a very fun 4 day golfing vacation - to learn more about where we played and stayed, read our Golfing Southeast Texas Vacation.
Canongateat at Lake Windcrest is a private club and part of a portfolio of 4 other excellent Canongate Golf Club courses in Texas - read our review of South Shore Harbour, Oaks, Panther Trail, and Magnolia Creek which has three nine hole courses. All of the courses are private and available for play by members at a reasonable monthly and one time initiation fee. Or you can play the courses as part of a stay and play package at two different resorts - to learn more, read our review of the Woodlands Resort’s Stay & Play (adjacent to Oaks and Panther Trail in The Woodlands and not too far from Lake Windcrest) and South Shore Harbour’s Stay & Play which is within minutes of Canongate at South Shore Harbour’s three courses.
Initiation Fees: Under $10,000
Monthly Dues: $201 to $400
Service and amenities are very good.
Here's How Texas Outside Determines the Scorecard Rating
The Texas Outside rating scale ranges from 1 to 10 – a perfect 10 course would be something like this: links along a cliff overlooking the Pacific ocean and bordered by tall trees; lush fairways on rolling hills with lots of natural hazards; water (which is crystal clear) on most of the holes; immaculate greens (but they are undulating and tough); lots of variety and character (each hole is completely different and includes blind shots, elevation changes, doglegs, and significant challenges); perfectly manicured traps with the whitest and prettiest sand you’ve ever seen; a nice club house with great food and a 19th hole; a GPS; plenty of beverage carts or your own cooler and ice; and it only costs $40 bucks! What this means is that you probably won’t find any 10s in Texas – try Cabo San Lucas, Pebble Beach, or some of the Hawaii courses!
All of the above determines the overall score for the golf course. In other words, we like courses that are pretty, fun, very challenging with a lot of variety, and fairways and greens in excellent condition – all for $40. We also tend to play the courses that are affordable for the masses, which means in the $30 to $80 range. We rate hard and we haven’t found a 10 in Texas yet – don’t worry we haven’t given up and we’re still looking.