Review and Rating of Peninsula Golf & Racquet Club Cypress Course
Rated 4 Stars by Golf Digest, Peninsula Golf & Racquet Club is home to 27 holes of excellent golf that sits on over 820 acres of pristine land. Set along Mobile Bay and nestled beside Bon Secour wildlife preserve, the three nines wind through live oaks, some gnarly cypress tress with draping Spanish moss, and other vegetation native to Gulf Shores plus 30 lakes and some of the area’s largest white-sand bunkers and waste areas. Each of the nines was designed by Earl Stone and the Marsh and Lakes opened in 1995 and the Cypress Nine opened in 1999.
Each nine is a little different from the other nines but common to all 27 holes at Peninsula Golf & Racquet Club are excellent conditions, a good value, great GPS, friendly service, a well stocked pro shop, a good restaurant, and three unique layouts that are a blast to play and fair for all skill levels.
Each nine has it's own unique personality and characteristics, for example:
The Cypress Nine is one of those layouts where you can have a fun, relaxing, and enjoyable round of golf and have an opportunity to walk into the 19th hole with a good score:
Don't get overconfident, you'll need to manage a sharp 90 degree dog leg right and water on nine holes, 13 bunkers plus 11 natural sand areas with trees and bushes spread throughout them. Our favorite holes included:
The Cypress Nine at Peninsula Golf Club has no homes thanks to the Bon Secour Wildlife Preserve that borders most of the fairways. The fairways are flat and rather straightforward (in most cases you can see the pin and what you're up against) and ample and forgiving with a wide playable rough - but spray the ball and you're lost in the Preserve, wet, or in the natural sand areas. When we played the rough and fairways were in near perfect condition.
The greens on the Cypress nine are relatively flat with some minor slope and surprisingly subtle breaks that we had a hard time seeing. Most of the greens are huge and they are a variety of sizes and shapes. The greens were in excellent condition, held the ball well, and ran at a good speed of around 10 or so.
The bunkers were also in outstanding condition with soft fluffy white sand. There are only 12 bunkers, 11 of which guard the greens, and we found them easy to avoid which is normally not the case for us - I typically go home with sand in the pockets, shoes, and hair! There are also 11 natural sand areas that can come into play and most of them are very long and narrow with trees and brush throughout them.
Bottom line - Cypress is a typical resort style course that is fun, scenic, in near perfect condition, and a real joy to play if you want a relaxing round.
Slope and rating is based on playing the Lakes and Cypress Nines together.
Rates: $49.00 to $105.00
Service is excellent, the restaurant serves a variety of food, the practice facilities are very good, the pro shop is well stocked, and the pace of play is excellent.
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.