Crown Colony County Club in Lufkin is a semi-private country club that technically is not a resort, but since they have accommodations available for public use which includes the use of resort type amenities, we are considering them a resort for purposes of this review. The major reason you come to Crown Colony is to play at least one round on their outstanding golf course. You could stay in the Villas and have a fun few days golfing, playing tennis or racquetball, or chilling by the pool and never have to leave the property. But since you're in the area, you should take advantage of all the other fun things to see and do besides golf.
Every year, Crown Colony is ranked as one of the best golf courses in Texas. The Dallas Morning News has listed Crown Colony as the #1 course in Texas numerous years, including 2007 when it was rated #1 in the "Top 15 Most Expensive" and #2 as "Dallas Area Best Private Courses." In 2005, Crown Colony was listed in Golf Digest’s Best Golf Courses in Texas - Top Ten Statewide. Golfweek Magazine’s ratings of America’s Best, puts Crown Colony as the 72nd best course in the nation in 2005. We loved the course and have it rated as #4 on our list of Texas Outside's Top Twenty Texas Golf Courses. Crown Colony was also recognized for having two of the toughest holes in Texas - a 183-yard, par 3, which requires a tee shot over water a 582-yard, par 5, with a tree-lined fairway and well-protected green. From our perspective, Crown Colony Country Club offers you some of the best of everything - scenic beauty, near perfect greens and fairways, fun yet challenging holes, lots of variety, great amenities, and a somewhat fairly reasonable price based on the quality of the course. "It is simply a magnificent monument to the game of golf."
Bruce Devlin and Robert Von Hagge designed and opened the course in 1978 and the like to design challenging and fun courses that "turn natures contours into dazzling golf landscapes.". According to Bruce, "Our goal is to build great golf courses within the contours of the natural surroundings which challenge the best golfers and yet can be equally enjoyed by the novice." And they have exceeded that goal at Crown Colony.
Crown Colony is a little short at 6692 from the tips and on most holes you can leave the driver in the bag. Trees and water and some fairway bunkers can cause a problem, but course management, club selection, and a fairly straight shot should position you ok for the approach. Devlin and Von Hagge seem to design their courses with a premium on accuracy on the approach shots. The greens are smaller than most and very well protected by a narrow approach, trees, water, or bunkers. Plus the designers seem to love turtle top greens - meaning if you don't nail your approach shot, stop the ball on the green near the pin, or land on a non-sloping portion of the green, there is a high probability that you're going to roll back onto the fairway. Once on the green, they are in excellent condition, somewhat fast, have both slope and undulation, and very true. So make sure you spend a lot of time before your round on the putting green and practicing your chip and bunker shots.
The course is challenging but fair and you need to employ good course management to avoid trees or the water hazards which come into play on 13 holes. Crown Colony is known for keeping the greens and fairways in excellent condition. You'll also find that all of the grounds are meticulously well maintained. This is also the first golf course that we have played where all of the par 3s are beautiful and challenging and some of the best that we have found in Texas.
The pro shop is very well stocked and the staff is friendly and attentive. There is a driving range, putting green, and bunker area for practice. The Club House has an excellent locker room and restaurant.
Crown Colony has 13 Villas that are available for rent for a weekend or longer. The Villas are about 150 yards from the Club House, pool, driving range, and restaurant. The Villas were completely renovated in 2005 with all new furniture, carpets, and more. They will sleep four and are perfect for a small family, golfing buddies or close friends who don't mind sharing a bedroom.
We found the Villas to be comfortable, very clean, nicely appointed, and well furnished. Each villas has one bedroom with two queen beds, a living room with soft leather furniture, and a fully equipped kitchen. You'll also find a small deck and chairs which is great for enjoying a cup of coffee or a drink and reminiscing about your fun round of golf. There is a common deck with chairs at the end of the Villas which overlooks the driving range and 18th green - great place to relax, meet some new people, and plan your tomorrow's agenda.
To learn more about the Villas and Crown Colony's Stay & Play package, you can read our review of when we stayed there in 2007.
Guests staying at the Villas are given a temporary membership which entitles you to full use of all the amenities, some of which include:
Other Fun Things To See and Do
One of the advantages of staying at Crown Colony is the variety of fun things to do, so why not make your trip a combo vacation where you:
Dining And Nightlife
After all that golf you are going to be hungry, so if you didn't catch any fish, or the hunt was not successful, or you don't feel like using the kitchen in your Villa, then head over to Crown Colony's club house and enjoy a scrumptious meal. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served everyday in a dinning room with a view of the duffers or pros practicing on the range. There is also a patio for outside dinning. We found the food to be very good and prices were surprisingly reasonable. Similar places charge a fortune for drinks and food (ie, $12 for two eggs over easy), but this is not the case at Crown Colony - two eggs any style were only $4.75! The lunch menu includes soups, salads, sandwiches, favorites (catfish platter, chicken fried steak, and more), and build your own certified Angus beef burgers. For dinner you'll find soups, appetizers, salads, pasta, steaks, pork, seafood, poultry, and lamb - and scrumptious desserts. Dinner prices range from $8 to $24.
If for some reason, you need to escape Crown Colony and venture out for dinner, Lufkin has lots of good choices for you including all the big chains and some good local favorites. Ask some of the Crown Colony staff for some recommendations based on the type of food you're looking for. Right outside Crown Colony is Ralph and Kacoos - a well known cajun seafood restaurant chain from New Orleans. They were also voted as serving Lufkin's best steak - seems a little strange for a seafood restaurant!
We couldn't find a lot of choices for nightlife. But if you like country western dancing with a fun and lively crowd ranging from 21 to 70, try Wild Horse Saloon. They have pool tables, multiple bar stations, a DJ playing tunes, and lots of dancing on the large wood dance floor - reminiscent of Urban Cowboy!
Crown Colony Country Club offers Villa visitors a resort type atmosphere and resort type amenities. The major attraction is the excellent golf course, but when you stay in the Villas, there are a lot of other things to see and enjoy - hunting, boating, swimming, tennis, eating, etc. There are a limited number of Villas and they stay very busy, so plan your trip now.