Plum Creek Golf Course Review

Texas Outside Rating: 8.4

Golf - Public Course · 18 Holes · Par 71
Kyle
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Date Last Played: April 15, 2016

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Plum Creek Golf Course Review

Review & Rating of Plum Creek Golf Course in Kyle Texas

Just south of Austin in Kyle Texas, Plum Creek Golf Course was designed and built by Roy Bechtol in 1999. Over the years, Plum Creek went through some tough times and was neglected and as such the conditions and service deteriorated. In 2008, Plum Creek was purchased and the new management team immediately started making improvements - some of which included a new 10,000 square foot clubhouse, locker rooms, grill, new maintenance equipment, and a very aggressive program to improve the course conditions. 

In the spring of 2011, Plum Creek Development Partners brought in Foresight Golf, a premier Texas based golf course owner and management company, to take over the management and  operation of Plum Creek.  They immediately started making changes and improvements, some of which included:

  • a million dollar investment in a new state of the art practice area (driving range, short game area, putting green area, chipping greens, bunkers, etc.) which is now the practice area for Texas State University
  • new irrigation system
  • new tee boxes and one additional tee box to make a total of 5 which made the course more enjoyable for kids, women, and seniors
  • widened the playing corridors and fairways
  • scaled back the native vegetation and planted additional Turfgrass

And Foresight Golf made significant improvements to the course conditions.  In fact when we played the fairways, greens, and bunkers were in very good shape.

The front nine is fairly traditional and in most cases you can see what you're up against. On this nine you'll find some downhill greens, a couple doglegs, creeks crossing four holes, and 12 bunkers to content with.  Some of the holes we liked on this nine included:

  • off the tee #3 offers a great risk reward shot if you think you can carry the large bunker and a couple trees to shorten this dog right 423 yard par 4 hole
  • #5 has a creek to cross off the tee box, a cluster of 3 bunkers waiting for your drive, and a fairway that dogs right to the green
  • #7 is a short 352 yard par 4 but it's challenging thanks to a creek crossing the fairway and again in front of a green with 2 big front facing bunkers

The back nine is a little shorter from all the tee boxes, except the forward tees, and its got water on 5 of the nine holes plus 4 dog legs, and 8 bunkers.  Some of the holes we enjoyed on the back nine of Plum Creek included:

  • #11 is a 512 yard par 5 with a tough approach to a green tucked off on the right side of the fairway with a creek in front of it
  • #14 is a 382 yard dog leg right par 4 with a long intimidating carry over a lake to a tight fairway and then a very challenging approach over a creek to a green with water on the left and a pond on the back side

The Plum Creek Golf Course fairways are ample in most cases and when we played the rough was cut thin and playable.  Miss the rough and you'll be in the native grass and trees and probably lost.  The fairways are flat to gently rolling with some minor ups and downs.  They were thin but in great shape. 

The greens are a wide variety of shapes and sizes (19 to 39 yards) and they were running at a very good speed.  We thought that they were challenging thanks to subtle breaks, tiers, slope, and some tricky pin placement.

The Plum Creek bunkers range from small to some big monsters.  The sand was excellent - soft and fluffy and fairly thick.  The lips range from manageable to steep and deep.  All but 6 of the bunkers guard the greens.

This is a fun track, a good value, and worth the drive to Kyle to play.

Since changes were made to the course, Plum Creek Golf Course has not yet been reviewed for a new slope and rating.

Head Pro's Corner

Comments from the Head Pro at Plum Creek Golf Course

At Plum Creek we are hosting multiple series of beginner’s clinics to introduce people to the game.  We feel like there is a misconception about golf, folks think it is too expensive or too time consuming to play.  This is not the case at all, especially at a public facility like ours.  The clinics are a 6 week event, one day a week for one hour a day.  We start with putting and slowly grow the swing, by the end of the clinics the players are on the course playing golf.  Golf is a very simple and rewarding game at its core, we just want the opportunity to show this to people and let them come out and have fun!  Anyone interested should look us up, we will get you swinging in no time.

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Black 6,913
Gold 6,387
Blue 6,101
White 5,447
Red 4,274

Course Information

Course Architect:
Roy Bechtel
Greens Type:
Tif Dwarf
Greens Condition
8.7
Greens Difficulty
8.8
Fairway Condition
8.2
Bunker Condition
8.8
GPS:
No
Walkable:
Yes
Scorecard
Beware of water on 9 holes and the 21 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
8.4 out of 10
Beauty:
8.0
Difficulty:
8.5
Variety:
8.2
Fun to Play:
8.8
Value:
8.8
Condition:
8.8
Front Nine Rating:
8.5
Back Nine Rating:
8.3
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FEES & AMENITIES

Approximate Weekend
Rates:
$25.00 to $53.00

Service is country friendly, the practice range is excellent, the pro shop has the basics, and the grill has sandwiches, dogs, and burgers at reasonable prices.

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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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