Review of The Cypress Course at Cypresswood
Cypresswood, another excellent Foresight Golf managed course, is home to two of Houston's top 15 rated courses - The Cypress Course and The Tradition Course. Both courses are located on 800 acres of treed and gently rolling terrain and each offers it's own unique layout and set of challenges and opportunities to have a fun and memorable round at a good value.
The Tradition Course at Cypresswood has been rated the #1 daily fee course in the Houston area by the Houston Chronicle for four consecutive years. This 18 is generally regarded as the toughest (rating of 140 versus 127) of the 36 holes thanks to more ups and downs, 300 extra yards, and lots of fairway bunkers. Read our review of The Tradition Course at Cypresswood to learn more.
When The Cypress Course first opened in 1998 it earned Golf Digest's ranking of "Best New Course." This eighteen meanders through the forest with relatively flat and tight tree lined fairways. If you can avoid the water (creeks crossing the fairways and several ponds) on 17 holes which is relatively easy to do and stay in the fairways, Cypress offers you a great opportunity to have a relaxing and enjoyable round with a low score. You're in for a peaceful and quiet round except for the chirping birds and squirrels and the golf balls ricocheting off the trees, lots of which have the eerie hanging gray moss - no homes, barking dogs, rush hour traffic, or sirens.
Most of the holes on the Cypress Course are straightforward and traditional with "what you see is what you get" - and you won't see a lot of trouble! All of the bunkers are guarding the greens and there are a few dog legs that require a good drive to give you a shot at the green. Some of the holes on the back nine play inside several of the front nine holes which means if you spray the ball you might end up in an adjacent fairway and have a manageable shot or you might also get beaned by a golf ball coming into your fairway. The two par fives on the back nine are fun and all of the par 3s are good.
When we played in late October 2012 the fairways on The Cypress Course were in pretty good condition and the rough was a little too rough. The fairways are mostly flat, fairly tight, and if you spray the ball you're under the trees, in an adjoining fairway, or lost in the woods. They were also dry and firm which meant lots of extra roll, which occasionally was bad news as I overran the fairways and into tree, sand, or water trouble.
The Cypress Course greens were in very good condition and ran at about a 9 or so. The greens ranged from a tad small to about average, ran very true, and all had some gentle to tough breaks.
The bunkers also ranged in size from small pot bunkers to some good sized monsters. The sand was soft and fluffy and a joy to play from.
Bottom line - a great value, good conditions, and a layout that is conducive to helping you turn in a good score.
Rates: $40.00 to $54.00
Service was ok - we needed the cart lady so show up a little more frequently. The pro shop is well stocked. The food in the grill is good - the burger is huge and tasty. The practice area is adequate.
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.