Review of Canyon Lake Golf Club
Canyon Lake Country Club is located in the Central Texas Hill Country and is close to beautiful Canyon Lake. This semi-private course was built in 1980 to take advantage of the rolling countryside, live oak trees, and the views of the emerald green water of Canyon Lake. Watch out for the deer that are all over the place - watching you drive and try to hit the greens.
You'll find Canyon Lake to be a relaxing, fun, and affordable round of golf. The course if very fair and offers good variety with some up and down holes, dog legs, and a couple of challenging holes. You'll encounter a good mix of open let-er-rip holes on the front and some tight "leave the driver in the bag' holes on the back.
The back nine is more fun and demanding from our perspective. You'll need to manage some elevated tee boxes, uphill approach shots, sharp dog legs, tough approach shots, and some tight tree lined fairways. For example:
When we played in August, the fairways were in poor condition with a mixture of grasses, weeds, ant piles, and bare spots. The severe drought and record temperatures had taken their toll. Maintenance was required on several holes and it appeared that a long of the sprinklers were broken. The rough was indistinguishable from the fairways. The fairways are mostly tree lined, a few are side by side, and several have slope and elevation changes.
The majority of the traps are to the front and either side of the green. The sand was soft, thick, and fluffy.
The Canyon Lake greens range in size from small to about average and most have gentle to severe slope. Some are raised and guarded by the bunkers. When we played in August the greens were in below average condition, a little bumpy, and a tad slower (8 or so) than we like.
Rates: $29.00 to $35.00
Service is ok. Canyon Lake is a country club and has a pretty good restaurant, pool, and tennis courts.
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.