Rockport Country Club Review

Texas Outside Rating: 8.4

Golf - Private Course · 18 Holes · Par 71
Rockport
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Date Last Played: November 24, 2009

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Rockport Country Club Review

Designed by Bill Coore, who is now partnering with Ben Crenshaw on course design, Rockport Country Club open for play 1985. The course was designed around sixty five acres of inter-connecting lakes and ponds and carved out of the unusual coastal live oak trees. The contoured fairways, which vary from wide and forgiving to somewhat tight, meander though knolls, sand dune bunkers of all sizes and shapes (mostly huge!), and some beautiful homes set back among the oaks.

Most of the holes are straight forward and the total yardage is manageable at 4827 to 6538 yards - but that doesn't mean that Rockport is an easy track. Water comes into play on 14 holes, bunkers are scattered all over the course, approaches and tee shots can be tight, and wind can be a big factor. And you still have to content with the greens which can be challenging. Rockport Country Club puts a premium on your entire game - shot making, course management, and putting - all of which makes this a fun and challenging track.

Hole #5 is one of the best offering a little bit of everything that typifies Rockport - a 472 yard par 5 with a fairway split by a huge sand bunker that leads from just in front of the forward tees all the way to a well protected green. Long hitters can take the right side and then risk the carry over water and a bunker to try and nail the green or you can take the safer but longer left side.

Just prior to our playing Rockport Country Club, the course got hit with 13 inches for rain which impacted the greens and fairways and washed out some of the bunkers. Overlooking that damage, the fairways were in above average condition and the greens were fantastic. The greens have plenty of contour and slope creating subtle breaks and they range in size from huge to postage stamp - no cookie cutter greens will be found here. When we played they were about average speed. The shorter holes have smaller greens while longer holes have the largest greens and most are well protected by bunkers, trees, or water. For example, #16, a 335 yard par 4 with a narrow slot off the box leads to a very small green protected by trees on the right side,, two green-side bunkers and water off the back - fun hole!

Bottom, line this a a very good track and worth trying to find a way to play it. Memberships are available and Rockport Country Club seems like has very vibrant and active member base.

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Gold 6,538 72.2 125
Blue 5,861 68.9 119
White 5,243 65.6 111
Red 4,827 69.5 117

Course Information

Course Architect:
Bill Coore
Greens Type:
Tif Eagle
Greens Condition
9.0
Greens Difficulty
8.5
GPS:
No
Walkable:
Easy
Scorecard
Course Map
Beware of water on 14 holes and the 5 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
8.4 out of 10
Beauty:
8.5
Difficulty:
8.5
Variety:
8.0
Fun to Play:
9.0
Value:
8.0
Condition:
8.5
Front Nine Rating:
8.5
Back Nine Rating:
8.5
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FEES & AMENITIES

Initiation Fees: Under $10,000
Monthly Dues: $201 to $400

Service is excellent and very friendly, the food is fantastic, the club house has everything (bar, locker rooms, restaurant) you would expect at a private club, and pro shop is very well stocked.

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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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