Hidden Falls Golf Club Review

Texas Outside Rating: 8.0

Golf - Public Course · 18 Holes · Par 72
Marble Falls
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· Discounted Tee Times
Date Last Played: July 05, 2009

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Hidden Falls Golf Club Review

Hidden Falls Golf Club, formally a private course called Meadowlake Country Club, is owned by the City of Meadowlake and is now open to the public. It's a links style course and the terrain is flat to gently rolling, the fairways are generous and forgiving, the rough is playable, and there aren't a lot of opportunities to get in trouble - all of which means, this is a course where you can relax and have a low scoring and enjoyable round.

When we last played Hidden Falls in July 2009, the Bermuda fairways were in pretty good shape (very dry, but after all it was July in Texas and 100 degrees!), the rough was cut thin and playable, and the greens were in better condition than we expected. The greens have a lot of slope and some undulation but seemed to run true, were easy to read, and a little slow. The back nine greens had just been aerated and were very bumpy and slow - which added a few strokes to our round.

The front nine is more traditional and fairly straight forward with one water hole, no bunkers (but very good use of mounding), and 4 dog legs as it winds its way through the Meadowlake community with moderately priced homes lining the fairways. This is a nine where you should score very well and could have a record setting nine. The most memorable and challenging hole on this nine is #4 - the #1 handicap, this 379 yard par 4 requires a very precise drive to give you a shot at the green because a large tree and pond are in the middle of the fairway blocking your approach to the green. The right side of the tree is narrow and it's easy to land in the yard of one of the homes but if you take the left side and stray too far left you're blocked by other trees - a fun hole.

 

The back nine is much more exciting, memorable, and challenging with some ups and downs, blind shots, 5 water holes, and some strategic shot making required. Take #13 for example, from the tee box you have a blind uphill shot on this sharp dog leg left 453 yard par 4. You can try to cut the sharp dog leg right and significantly shorten the hole by attempting to fly the trees and avoiding the homes along the right side but if you're too far right you're OB and if you're short of the fairway you'll contend with some berms and trees blocking the approach to the green. The safe drivers go left and need to hit it far enough to make the turn and precise enough to avoid the tree smack dab in the middle of the downhill fairway to the green - a fantastic hole that I can't wait to play again! The back is a fun and more challenging nine but it still offers you an opportunity to score well.

If you're coming into town and like to fish, call Texas Professional Fishing Guides and ask them about their
"Fish & Chips" package which includes a round of golf at Hidden Falls and a fishing trip - and if you need lodging they can set that up for you also.   

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Blue 6,732 71.2 118
White 6,254 69.6 114
Red 5,956 68.2 111

Course Information

Greens Type:
Bermuda
Greens Condition
8.0
Greens Difficulty
7.0
GPS:
No
Walkable:
Yes
Beware of water on 5 holes and the 3 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
8.0 out of 10
Beauty:
7.0
Difficulty:
7.0
Variety:
8.5
Fun to Play:
8.5
Value:
9.5
Condition:
7.0
Front Nine Rating:
7.5
Back Nine Rating:
8.5
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FEES & AMENITIES

Approximate Weekend
Rates:
$25.00 to $35.00

Service is friendly and the Pro Shop has all the necessities.

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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. 

 

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