Cape Royal meanders up and down the piney woods of East Texas with a couple holes playing along Lake Livingston. This par 70 course is short at 6008 and if you can manage the ups and downs, dog legs, and blind shots, you should be able to score well. All the fairways are all tree lined (miss them and you've most likely lost your ball), fairly tight, and rolling and contoured. No two holes are alike, making this a fun and challenging course.
The greens are average size, in pretty good condition, fast, and have plenty of slope. At times, we watched the ball roll way past the cup, back down the green to the fairway, or in one case went past the cup and rolled back in! The fairways need some work and were pretty dry and rough in spots. Regardless, Cape Royal is a must play if you're in the Lake Livingston area.
Rates: $30.00 to $39.00
Service is a tad laid back and the facilities are dated.
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.