Lockhart State Park Golf Course Review

Texas Outside Rating: 7.2

Golf - Public Course · 9 Holes · Par 35
Lockhart
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Date Last Played: July 23, 2012

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Lockhart State Park Golf Course Review

Review of Lockhart State Park Golf Course

Lockhart State Park Golf Course, which is the only State Park staff operated golf course in the Texas State Park system, was built by the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) in the late 1930’s.  During it’s heyday, golfers teed off on the first hole from what in those days was dubbed the “highest tee box in Texas.”  The original #1 tee box can still be seen from the CCC built recreation hall.

The Lockhart State Park Golf Course is a nine hole par 35 layout that is typical of some of the older courses – short, fairly straight ahead holes, no tricks or gimmicks, leverages the existing terrain, and small round greens.  There are three tee boxes with yardages of 2406, 2810, and 2989 yards.  The only slope and rating listed on the scorecard is 68.1 and 110.

Some of what makes playing this course both fun and demanding include:

  • an elevated tee shot that you’ll have fun pulling out the big dog and smacking it as hard as you can, just make sure you put it through the tight tree lined slot and over the trees
  • some uphill and well as downhill shots
  • an elevated green with a 4 or 5 railroad tie high front that requires a precise shot to stuff it on the oblong green - a bump and run shot puts you at the base of the railroad ties
  • a couple tee shots that require accuracy to make it through the tree lined slot or to avoid a ditch
  • firm hard fairways and greens that give you lots of extra roll that you need to manage
  • a small hidden body of water on one of the holes
  • no bunkers to worry about but one hole that has 5 small grass mounds surrounding the green
  • small oval greens that are difficult to nail in regulation
  • a couple holes that are long (438 yard par 4 and a 210 year par 3)
  • a challenging 9th hole that requires you try a risky shot to carry a ditch and fly some tall trees to hit the green and get near the pin

The above plus an affordable rate is the good news, the bad news is that:

  • the conditions are not the best:
  • the fairways are a combination of a variety of grasses and weeds, clover, bare dirt spots, and some cracks in the soil big enough to swallow your golf ball
  • the tee boxes are firm and dry and some require a hammer to get your tee in the ground and a crow bar to get it out
  • the greens are a little slow and bumpy

But the price is low and you get what you pay for.  Regardless, we enjoyed our round even though the previous day we had played one of the Top Ten Private Courses in Texas – The Hills Country Club Signature Course.  

To score well on Lockhart State Park Golf Course your tee shots need to fly the trees or make it through the tree lined slots and you need to be deadly accurate to hit and hold the small greens.

Most of the fairways are ample but miss them you’re in the rough (which in most cases is thin and playable), under the trees, or in a natural area and lost.  There are a couple dog legs but on most holes you can see the flag from the tee box.  When we played in July, the fairways were very dry and bare which meant lots of extra roll. 

As mentioned, the Lockhart State Park Golf Course greens are very small and all but one are oval.  They weren’t in too bad of shape but were bumpy and slow.  Most have some minor slope and some have sections with some very significant slope or a tier.  No bunkers to contend with but if you over run the green, you’ll be in the trees or natural area.   

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Blue 2,989 68.1 110
White 2,810
Red 2,406

Course Information

Greens Condition
6.5
Greens Difficulty
8.0
Fairway Condition
5.0
GPS:
No
Walkable:
Easy
Beware of water on 2 holes and the 0 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
7.2 out of 10
Beauty:
8.0
Difficulty:
8.0
Variety:
6.0
Fun to Play:
7.5
Value:
7.5
Condition:
6.0
Front Nine Rating:
7.2
Back Nine Rating:
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FEES & AMENITIES

Approximate Weekend
Rates:
$9.00 to $27.00

There is no real pro shop - you pay for your round and cart at the State Park office. The carts are clean and good. Don't expect any on course service and there is no grill or golf supplies/equipment.

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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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