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Livingston Golf Course Review

Texas Outside Rating: 7.0

Golf - Public Course · 9 Holes · Par 35
Livingston
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Date Last Played: March 24, 2013

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Livingston Golf Course Review

Review of Livingston Golf Course

Livingston Golf Course is a city owned and operated 9 hole course that opened for play in the 60's.  Most of the holes are side by side with a tree line separating them, so keep an eye out for fellow golfers who may be hitting into or from your fairway.  The terrain is flat to gently rolling and on some holes if you spray the ball you're lost in some dense brush and trees. 

Livingston Golf Course has three sets of tee boxes but is short by today's standards at 3086 yards from the tips and par is 35 - three par 3s, four par 4's, and  two 500+ yard par 5s.  To score well here you need to favor accuracy over distance - the fairways are a little tight, there are 3 dog legs that you need  a precise tee shot to be in position to go for the pin, and the greens are small requiring an accurate approach shot to hit and hold them.   You also need to watch out for a drainage creek that crosses the fairway and will take your ball for a swim. 

On most of the holes you can see the pin and what you're up against.  Our favorite hole, and it's a beauty, is #4  which is the #1 handicap hole - it's a 389 yard par 4 dog leg right with a two tier fairway split by a knurly tree.  Both fairways are very tight with the right side providing the shortest route but most risky thanks to the creek, brush, and trees on the right with no room for error and if you're short off the tee box you have to lay up to make the turn to the pin.  The left side is safer but requires a really accurate shot to hold the fairway and position you to carry the creek to the green on your second shot.  A great hole!

When we played in mid March, the fairways were transitioning from dormant to a mixture of various grasses.  It was hard to tell what conditions would be like during the season - my guess is around a 7 out of 10.   The fairways are generally flat except for one uphill par 3 and a fun #9 that goes up and back down to the green and has a sloping fairway that can take your ball where you don't want to go.

The greens at Livingston Golf Course are mostly oval and most are very small.   They are also raised and have some significant slope along the edges - in a couple cases we hit on the green and rolled back down to the fairway.  The greens were soft but bumpy and slow in preparation for an upcoming aeration.  Most of the Livingston Golf Course greens also had some slope and challenging breaks. 

There are only 5 bunkers on the course that you have to worry about and all of them are guarding the greens on three holes - my ball seemed attracted to them on all three holes.  The sand was soft and fluffy but the bunkers need some TLC to get rid of the grass and weeds.

Bottom line - worth stopping by for round if you're in the area.

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Blue 3,086
White 2,902
Red 2,444

Course Information

Greens Type:
TIF Dwarf
Greens Condition
7.5
Greens Difficulty
8.0
Fairway Condition
5.0
Bunker Condition
6.0
GPS:
No
Walkable:
Easy
Beware of water on 3 holes and the 5 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
7.0 out of 10
Beauty:
7.5
Difficulty:
7.0
Variety:
7.0
Fun to Play:
7.0
Value:
7.5
Condition:
6.0
Front Nine Rating:
7.0
Back Nine Rating:
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FEES & AMENITIES

Approximate Weekend
Rates:
$25.00 to $30.00

A range is available a few miles away from the clubhouse and a putting green is just outside the dated clubhouse. Very limited gear and snacks and drinks only.

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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.