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Cedar Creek Country Club Review

Texas Outside Rating: 8.0

Golf - Private Course · 18 Holes · Par 72
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Date Last Played: December 12, 2008

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Cedar Creek Country Club Review

Nestled among the trees of East Texas and along the banks of Cedar Creek Lake about 70 miles southeast of Dallas, Cedar Creek Country Club offers it's members 18 holes of very good golf and some great amenities. As a member you can enjoy tennis, a swimming pool, and a very nice relatively new (2004) club house complete with a well stocked pro shop, men's and women's locker room, bar, and full service restaurant - all in a friendly, laid back, and beautiful lakeside setting. Over 200 families enjoy relaxing country living on a big peninsula jutting out into Cedar Creek Lake. The Country Club has an active membership, a variety of regularly scheduled events and activities, and both a Men's and Women's Golf Association that sponsors tournaments and weekly outings. Initiation fees and monthly dues are very reasonable considering the quality of the golf course and the amenities.

The golf course was designed to take advantage of the natural landscape and provide an enjoyable round for the novice golfer and a challenging round for the seasoned golf. Cedar Creek Country Club was built over 30 years ago and it has the feel of a old traditional golf course - fairly open, mostly straight, typically flat, and forgiving. All of the Bermuda fairways at Cedar Creek are carved out of the East Texas hardwoods and the terrain is flat to gently rolling. Overall the course is not that challenging - most of the fairways are wide unless you have a bad hook or slice, the few traps are easy to avoid, and the greens are true and easy to read - you can score well here if you play the right set of tee boxes. Bottom line, when you play Cedar Creek you're going to have a fun, relaxing, and enjoyable round.

When we played in December, everything was dormant but in above average condition - it was easy to imagine that in the summer the Bermuda fairways and Tif Bermuda greens would be lush and green. The pictures don't do this course justice because they were taken in late December - the course would be very pretty in the summer. Cedar Creek GC is very well maintained and landscaped and is one of the few Texas golf courses that is recognized as an Audubon Society golf course interested in preserving its natural habitat.

Cedar Creek Country Club has some interesting and fun holes, for example, hole #16 is the #2 handicap at 395 yards from the tips. A pond takes up most of the fairway which means your tee shot has to be perfect or you're wet. Same is true on the approach shot - the green is turtle top, miss it and you'll roll off the green into a trap, the trees, or the lake. You'll also find a number of tree trunks throughout the course that have been carved and sculptured into birds, fish, squirrels, and more.

Overall, Cedar Creek Country Club has an active and friendly membership, a great course, good clubhouse, and a number of good amenities - it's well worth the price of membership. We can't wait to get back to play the course when it's lush and green.
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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Gold 6,819 72.1 125
Blue 6,403 70.5 121
White 5,814 68.1 117
Red 5,382 66.4 114

Course Information

Greens Type:
TIF Bermuda
Greens Condition
9.0
Greens Difficulty
7.0
GPS:
No
Walkable:
Very
Beware of water on 7 holes and the 15 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
8.0 out of 10
Beauty:
7.5
Difficulty:
7.0
Variety:
8.0
Fun to Play:
8.0
Value:
9.0
Condition:
8.5
Front Nine Rating:
7.5
Back Nine Rating:
8.5
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FEES & AMENITIES

Initiation Fees: Under $10,000
Monthly Dues: $201 to $400

Service is good - the staff is attentive and friendly. The clubhouse has a full sevice restaurant and bar.

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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! 
Texas Outside rates courses on the following:

  • Beauty – tall trees, rolling hills, beautiful houses, waterfalls, and similar stuff would score high; a 1 would be flat, bushes or cactus instead of trees, and some grass but mostly weeds
  • Difficulty – a straight, 300 yard par 4 with no traps or hazards, no out of bounds or water would probably get a 1; if it is a 460 yard par 4 over two ravines, with water along one side, natural hazards on the other, strategically placed traps or that dreaded tree right in the middle of the fairway, we are talking a 10. 
  • Variety – what would you give a course where all the holes looked and played exactly the same (“I thought we just played that hole!”); were side-by-side, which is good for finding or dodging other people’s balls, but not much fun; and you can see the flag from every tee box?  That’s right, it gets a 1.
  • Fun Scale – a 10 is where you walk off the course and say “now that was fun” and you can’t wait to get back, or you immediately turn around and play another 18 holes
  • Value – a 5 is $50 to $60, a 10 is $20 to $30, and 1 is $200 or so – of course all of this is dependent upon how you liked the course.  For example, if a run down, boring municipal course, with six players on each hole was only $10; it would still get a value rating of 1.
  • Condition – this one’s pretty easy – what condition are the fairways. A 10 commands very lush perfectly manicured fairways, compared to a 1, which has fire ants, weeds, and more dirt than grass!
  • Condition of Greens and Difficulty – very hard to read greens with lots of undulation and tough pin placement, rate very high on the difficulty scale.  Condition is self-explanatory.  

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.