Review of Bentwater's Weiskopf Golf Course
Bentwater is a master planned, gated community with three excellent courses and outstanding amenities including a yacht club and marina, club house, tennis courts, spa, beautiful houses on the lake, and 3 very good 18 hole golf courses.
Each of the golf courses is a little different from the other, for example:
The Weiskopf 18 is a Weiskopf and Morrish design and regarded as the easiest of the three 18s at Bentwater, but with a slope of 121 to 137 it's no walk in the park. If you pick the right set of tee boxes (there are 5 to choose from) and play smart, you'll have a very fun round and walk into the clubhouse with a good score!
The front nine is your opportunity for some pars or better - it's straightforward and traditional, you can typically see what you're up against from the tee box, and the fairways are open and forgiving. But there are 35 bunkers to avoid, you'll need to stay out of the trees and back yards, and avoid the water on the 213 yard par 3 #8.
The back nine is a lot more fun with some outstanding holes and it's got 4 holes that play along Lake Conroe and some huge beautiful homes. Some of the holes that we really liked included:
The fairways are fairly flat, wide and forgiving, and lined by trees and some beautiful huge million dollar homes. When we played the fairways were dry and firm which meant lots of extra roll. They were spotty with some damaged areas and brown dry spots, but very playable - typical for a dry summer in Texas. The rough was cut about an inch and a half thick and in pretty good shape and not that hard to get out of. Miss the rough and you're under the trees and pine needles, in the lake, or lost in a back yard.
The Weiskopf greens are large, a variety of shapes, and most are guarded with one to three bunkers. Most of the greens were recovering from some winter damage, which in some cases required us to move our ball to get a smooth shot at the cup. The greens ran true, had some minor slope, a few tiers, and held the ball well. When we played they were running a tad slow around 8 - normally they run around 10 to 11. With the damage we would rate them a 6 but for this review gave them an 8 which would be what we heard was normally the condition and what they have been like when we played in the past.
The bunkers at Weiskopf were great - soft fluffy sand and in great shape. They ranged in size from small pot bunkers to some big monsters. The lips also ranged from small (you might get lucky and roll out) to steep and deep.
Initiation Fees: $40,001 to $55,000
Monthly Dues: $201 to $400
Service is very good and friendly, the proshop is well stocked, the practice facilities are good, and the Clubhouse (locker rooms, kitchen, and bar/restaurant) were being remodeled. Some of the cart paths were are also being redone.
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!
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.