Elkhart Golf Course Review
Golf - Public Course · 18 Holes · Par 72
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Date Last Played: November 04, 2009
Elkhart Golf Course ReviewElkhart is a true country course. It was designed and built in the early '90s by the grandfather of the current owner of a parcel of East Texas land that has been in the family for years. The grandfather also designed and built the original nine of the well respected Pine Dune Golf Course in nearby Frankston.
Like most country courses, it runs on a very tight budget and as such the amenities and conditions are not the best. We need to show our appreciation for owners such as these that are constantly fighting expensive equipment failures, contenting with mother nature's wrath, and doing battle with a wide variety of varmints who love to destroy golf courses. And the owners struggle to keep the course playable as well as eek out a meager living just so we can play golf which causes even more damage to the course and equipment. And we always complain about the price and the smallest inconvenience. My hat goes off to you family golf course owners!
The Elkhart Golf Course layout is very traditional - the holes are mostly straight, side by side, and what you see is what you get. But the price is right and this is a course where you can relax, score well, and have fun golfing with your buddies.
The front nine fairways are tree lined and if you miss them, most of the time you'll be able to chip back out or play from the other fairway. This nine has small ponds on 4 holes and in most cases you can see the flag so you know what you've got to do to get to the green. Some of the fairways are a little tight which can cause a problem if you tend to hook or slice.The back nine is much more interesting with a little more variety, some gently rolling terrain, and a couple interesting holes. For example #11 is a pretty slightly downhill 158 yard par 3 with a small creek crossing in front of it. #12 is challenging because the creek cuts a ravine at a 45 degree angle across and up the fairway, which means your drive needs to be accurate. The greens on this nine are a little bigger and tougher due to slope and undulation. This nine also seemed like it was in a little better condition.The fairways are not in the best condition and the recent heavy rains didn't help any. The greens are hard, small, and mostly flat making it difficult to stop and hold on your approach shots - bump and runs work well. The condition of the greens was ok but they were a little slow and bumpy when we played.
Course Slope & Ratings
- Greens Condition
- Greens Difficulty
- Beware of water on 5 holes and the 0 sand traps.
Texas Outside Rating
- Overall Rating:
- 5.3 out of 10
- Fun to Play:
- Front Nine Rating:
- Back Nine Rating:
FEES & AMENITIES
Rates: $25.00 to $25.00
Service is country friendly and very laid back. There is no cart service, no practice facilities, as well as no pro shop or grill.
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.