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Lake Murray State Park Review

Texas Outside Rating: 6.7

Golf - Public Course · 18 Holes · Par 72
Ardmore
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Date Last Played: May 09, 2006

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Lake Murray State Park Review

The golf course is located within Lake Murray State Park and for a State Park course it is in pretty good shape and has a lot of fun holes. There are a number of dog legs, some narrow tree lined fairways, and a couple holes with water. You can play 18 holes for around $30 including the cart which makes it an excellent course for the value. For a State Park it is in good condition. The greens are ok, small, and not very difficult. Lake Murray State Park has a lodge, some cabins, great campsites on the lake, tennis courts, excellent bike trails, and four very cool floating cabins in a nice cove.

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Blue 6,327 71.0 124
White 6,064 69.9 122
Red 4,854 71.0 119

Course Information

Greens Condition
6.0
Greens Difficulty
5.0
GPS:
No
Walkable:
Yes
Beware of water on 4 holes and the 0 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
6.7 out of 10
Beauty:
7.0
Difficulty:
6.0
Variety:
7.0
Fun to Play:
7.0
Value:
7.0
Condition:
6.0
Front Nine Rating:
6.0
Back Nine Rating:
7.0
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FEES & AMENITIES

Approximate Weekend
Rates:
$30.00 to $30.00

 

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.