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Blaketree National Golf Club Review

Texas Outside Rating: 8.7

Golf - Public Course · 18 Holes · Par 71
Montgomery
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Online Specials · Discounted Tee Times · Stay & Play
Date Last Played: April 07, 2009

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Blaketree National Golf Club Review

Review of Blaketree National Golf Course

We understand that as of June 2014 the course is closed.

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.

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Black 7,196 75.2 139
Gold 7,006 74.6 135
Blue 6,505 72.1 130
White 5,946 68.2 120
Red 5,040 68.5 114

Course Information

Greens Condition
7.0
Greens Difficulty
8.5
GPS:
No
Walkable:
Hard
Scorecard
Course Map
Beware of water on 7 holes and the 26 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
8.7 out of 10
Beauty:
9.0
Difficulty:
8.0
Variety:
9.5
Fun to Play:
9.9
Value:
9.0
Condition:
7.0
Front Nine Rating:
8.7
Back Nine Rating:
8.7
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FEES & AMENITIES

Approximate Weekend
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.

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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.