Blaketree National Golf Club Review
Blaketree National Golf Club Review
Review of Blaketree National Golf Course
Blaketree National Golf Course is my kind of golf course - it offers something of everything that makes me keep playing this frustrating game. You'll find:
- beautiful scenery with no homes or buildings or city noise
- fun but challenging holes
- lots of variety and interesting holes with dog legs and blind shots
- holes with risk reward opportunities and many that require excellent course management and club selection
- elevation changes and rolling fairways
- well protected greens that are fast but true
- white sand bunkers, lakes and ponds, and natural areas just waiting for your golf ball
- reasonable rates
- a fantastic stay and play offering
- excellent pace of play
It doesn't get much better than all that. In fact, in August 2004 Blaketree was voted a "Best Kept Secret" by Texas Golfer Magazine, a "Must Play" by Avid Golfer Magazine in 2005, and in 2008 Dallas Morning News rated it #2 in "medium price range golf courses" and #25 in the "Top 50 public courses in the state of Texas."
Prior to new management taking over in 2007, the course went through a number of ups and downs and the course conditions deteriorated. The new management team is making significant progress in nursing the greens, landscaping, and fairways back to pristine condition. When we played the conditions were well above average, the fairways were good, and the greens were fast and challenging.
In addition to some beautiful scenery, what makes this course fun is the layout and variety with no two holes similar, the rolling terrain, the tough greens, and the need to manage the course and to deploy your A game to score well. On most of the holes you can bring out the driver and let-er-rip (if you can hit 'um straight) but you best not spray the ball or drive it through the fairway. Number 12 is a great example of what makes this course fun and challenging - its a long (491 yards, handicap #2) par 4 with a fairly generous fairway leading to an uphill well protected green. From the tee box the drive is uphill and the second shot is downhill to a small oblong green which is protected by a lake in front and 4 bunkers in back. Number 4 is another good example - from an elevated tee box you have a beautiful view of the surrounding countryside and the 458 yard dog leg left narrow fairway bending around a large lake on its way to the green. What to do - pull out the driver and try to fly the lake and cut off the dog leg and not overshoot into the trees or play conservative and aim for the wider portion of the fairway leaving you a much longer approach shot to a small green protected by trees, a bunker, and the lake! Master these two holes and you'll most likely have a very good round.
When we played in April, the green had just been aerified and were a little rough and sandy as you would expect. My guess is that the greens would normally be in excellent condition and fast. In fact, I got a message from Scott Cory, the head pro, that within three weeks after aerification, the greens were in fantastic condition and he was getting rave reveiws from golfers about the greens. For a good time, round up your golfing buddies and make the trek to Blaktree a weekend golfing adventure. Blaketree has a fantastic reasonably priced cottage that sits on the tee box of the first hole and will sleep 8 comfortably. To learn more, read our review of the Blaketree National Stay & Play.
Course Slope & Ratings
Texas Outside Rating
- Overall Rating:
- 8.7 out of 10
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FEES & AMENITIES
Rates: $35.00 to $55.00
Service is excellent - laid back and friendly. The Pro Shop has a little of everything you'll need, the practice facility is ok, and the Grill is good with a limited number of items.