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4th of July at Pinnacle Club

Nestled under the tall pines and along the gently rolling shoreline of Cedar Creek Lake is one of the premier golf and lake communities in Texas - Pinnacle Golf & Boat Club. Located an easy 75 mile south east commute from Dallas, Pinnacle is the perfect location for a full time residence or a weekend lake house.

Pinnacle Golf & Boat Club is a gated community offering its residents and members 18 holes of challenging and fun golf, an outdoor pavilion for special events, a tennis and volleyball court, marina, and a clubhouse with a pool, bar, and restaurant with panoramic views of the lake - and dinner at sunset is spectacular!

One of the things we particularly like about Pinnacle is its active, friendly and fun club members and residents. You can't drive anywhere without every passer-by waving to you with a big smile or stopping to say hi. One of the focal points for members is the Clubhouse which has meeting rooms, small bar area, and a restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

 

Before joining Pinnacle, we stopped by the Clubhouse for Friday night happy hour and were pleasantly surprised with the number of people that were there for drinks, dinner, or just socializing. More importantly, we couldn't make it to the bar without each couple we passed introducing themselves and making us feel warm, welcome, and like long lost friends. Within the first hour, we had met at least 15 couples who have a passion for Pinnacle, seem very active, and share a lot of common interests like golf, boating, tennis, and just having fun. We also enjoyed a very tasty dinner prepared by the new chef. We joined the club the next day!

Pinnacle members walking for cancer

Pinnacle Club sponsors a number of events throughout the year, the largest of which is the 4th of July party. For the last couple years, during the 4th of July party, you can sit on the bank of Cedar Creek Lake and observe the fantastic Thunder Over Cedar Creek Lake Air Show and fly-by - an annual event sponsored by the Cedar Creek Veterans Foundation.

In addition to the special events, there are frequent golf tournaments plus an active women's and men's golf league. The women's club is very active with monthly meetings and a book club, bridge group, dinner club, gardening club, and of course a bunko group! They have major philanthropic fund raising events for a variety of charities.

Sitting on a bluff overlooking the pool and Cedar Creek Lake, the covered pavilion with a large fireplace is a great gathering place for golf tournaments and special events. And it's hard to focus on competitive tennis when you're over looking the lake and next to a very refreshing pool.

Members raising funds for cancer

Pinnacle ClubhouseTennis overlooking the lakeSunset at PinnaclePinnacle pool

Pinnacle Golf & Boat Club is along the shore of Cedar Creek Lake, which is over 32,000 acres with 300 miles of shoreline. One of the advantages of living on Cedar Creek Lake is that homeowners can have boat docks, which are not permitted on a number of other Texas lakes. The vast majority of the existing Pinnacle homes on the lake have boat docks but for the homeowners without a boat the new Pinnacle marina has covered slips and a boat ramp in a well protected cove.

Cedar Creek Lake has plenty of coves with smooth water for skiing, boarding, or just dropping an anchor and enjoying the sun and water. According to Texas Parks & Wildlife the fishing is excellent for catfish, white and striped bass, and good for largemouth bass and crappie. On warm summer weekends, there are two party coves with sandy bottoms for socializing, swimming, or people watching. Cedar Creek Lake has a couple restaurants that you can boat up to, both of which have live music on the deck and pretty good food. The shoreline of Cedar Creek Lake is covered with some stunningly huge and beautiful homes which makes cruising the lake enjoyable. To learn more about the lake, check out our review of Cedar Creek Lake. To find some restaurants, ramps, boat rentals, party coves, and use this

Aerial view of the club and lake properties

Listening to live music in the waterSunset on Cedar Creek LakeListening to music at Don's Marina

 

Pinnacle Club homes on the water

With over 7.5 miles of shoreline on Cedar Creek Lake, a majority of the 250 lots and home sites are on open water or within a protected cove or channel of Cedar Creek Lake. All of the homes seem custom built, with no two looking alike, and there are some huge absolutely stunning homes within Pinnacle Club and the entire community is well maintained and landscaped.

In addition to lake lots, you'll find interior lots with views of the lake or golf course and a number of lots and homes line the fairways.

The original builders have done an excellent job of preserving the trees and natural landscaping, which is not like most of the developments in the Frisco/Plano/McKinney area where the land was cleared of trees to make way for the homes.

One of the homes in Pinnacle Club

Beautiful homes in Pinnacle ClubAnother beautiful home

Having recently moved to Cedar Creek from the Dallas area, one of the reasons we joined Pinnacle was because of the outstanding 18 holes of golf and reasonable membership fees. The Pinnacle Golf Course is fantastic - fun, very challenging, and plenty of variety. During your round you'll encounter plenty of dog legs, soft deep fluffy white sand bunkers, very narrow to wide open fairways, unusual water holes, some elevated tee boxes and greens, and thousands of trees. There are three sets of tees with yardages varying from 6431 yards to 5196 yards, which is relatively short (thank God) but challenging with a rating of 71.8 and a slope of 132 from the tips, 69.5 and 126 from the white tee box, and a formidable 71.2 rating and 131 slope from the front.

Par 3 165 yards across the water

The fairways are all tree lined and most are a tad tight and with all the dogs, you might want to leave your driver in the bag on most holes. Tree management is critical on this course, so practice going over, under, around, or through (if you think you're that good) the trees before you head out to play - unless you're Tiger you will spend some time getting to know the forest during your round. The good news is that you can usually find your ball and worm-burn it or chip it back to fairway and still par the hole!

Fun number 10 across the water

Pinnacle Golf Course has a number of unique and very fun holes, some of which offer risk reward shots and some of which require target golf. Take the outstanding number 16 for example - a 406 yard dog leg right par 5 that requires a good tee shot to position you well for the second shot and precise enough to avoid the tree or water on the right - that's pretty easy, but the second shot is very challenging. Depending on how far you drive and where you land, you either have a risk reward shot to carry two bodies of water to the green or a tricky lay up to a narrow fairway with water on one side and trees and a beautiful house on the other. For most of us the approach to the green is also very challenging - the green is narrow and oblong, with a hill and two bunkers in back and a pond along the right front and side. This is the kind of hole you want to play again and again and each time try a different shot on the way to the green as you try to master this hole!

The Pinnacle driving range and putting green are a couple of places wher you should spend some time before you head out for your round. You need to hit the ball pretty straight and accurate to have a good round on Pinnacle Golf Course.

Another challenging hole

Speaking of the greens, they are champion bermuda grass and in excellent condition. They are small to average size, various shapes, and most have some slope and few have any undulation. During play in January and February, they were a tad fast but true and easy to read - one and two putts are common. The fairways are in average condition and a little hard and give you a lot of roll. Miss the fairway and you're under the trees which is dirt, rocks, and pine cones. The bunkers are in great shape with white soft and deep sand and some of them are steep faced - you need to go out of your way to avoid the sand!

The very challenging approach to number 15

When you play, you'll notice that each hole has a plaque with names on it. Each of the holes has been adopted by one or more community members who are then responsible for some landscaping and maintenance around the tee box.

Pinnacle Golf Course is open for public play, but with only 170 members and still relatively undiscovered by golfers, the pace of play is outstanding. It's easy to get a convenient tee time and you seldom have to wait for the group ahead of you to tee off or putt. In fact on a recent Saturday afternoon with a 1:00 tee time, we didn't see anyone in front or in back of us the entire round, and even though we spent a lot of time under the trees looking for our ball, we had a three and a half hour round. The carts are new in 2009, the pro shop has some equipment and gear, and the staff is very friendly.

Bottom line, this is an excellent golf course; challenging and fun; unique and unusual holes; above average conditions; and very scenic with trees, landscaping, and views of Cedar Creek Lake and beautiful homes. Read our review of the Pinnacle Golf Course to learn more about it.

Great News! In May, 2011, the Challenge Golf Group purchased the Pinnacle Golf & Boat Club and immediately started making some needed improvements and has plans to continue with additionalGarden Valley Golf Course enhancements and improvements.  To date, an extensive landscaping project is underway at the Clubhouse and construction has begun on a new "19th Hole" bar and grill at the Clubhouse.  Also planned for 2011 are a new Member’s Fitness Center and a private beach area on the lake behind the pool and Clubhouse. 

Golf and Social memberships are now available at very attractive rates and Pinnacle Golf and Boat Club members will have access to reciprocal play privileges at the other six Challenge courses in East Texas.  Check out the Challenge Group website and their portfolio of some excellent courses including Garden Valley, Eagles Bluff, and The Woods at Jacksonville.

We joined Pinnacle Club in search of some great golf and to meet some fun and active people - and we found both. So this review may be a little biased but not much - Pinnacle Golf & Boat Club is a fantastic golf and lakeside community. Golf and social memberships are still available and are reasonably priced. You do not need to be a Pinnacle resident to join the club, so what are you waiting for, sign up now! Hope to see you on the course, playing tennis, or enjoying a meal or drink at the club!

If you are interested in learning more about this lakeside and golf community, then call the club at 903-451-4653 or visit the

 

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