Review of Berry Creek Country Club, Georgetown, Texas
Berry Creek Country Club is home to an excellent private 18-hole championship golf course, tennis courts, fitness center, swimming pool, clubhouse with dining and social events, and some beautiful homes. The golf course covers 115 acres, opened in 1987, and was designed by noted architect and Georgetown resident, Carl Doering.
Named as the "Best of Georgetown" by the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce, Berry Creek is a fairly traditional and straightforward course that's a tad short by today's standards (4 sets of tee boxes with yardages from 5017 to 6600) but somewhat challenging as it plays through the trees and homes showcasing the neighborhood and terrain.
Here's some of what we really liked about Berry Creek Country Club and why you should consider becoming a member:
Each of the nines is a little different and the back is a little tighter and 3 strokes harder - both nines are fun and put a premium of accuracy off the tee as well as the approach shot. Without some prior knowledge of the course, you'll encounter some surprises and the second time you play it you'll have a better knowledge of where to place the ball. All of the holes are fun and a little different and some of the holes that we really liked included:
The greens at Berry Creek Country Club were in very good condition, ran true, and held the ball well. They are huge with some slope and very minor undulation and most are raised with false fronts that will take you back down to the fairway or off the side or back of the green. #5's green is raised 30 to 50 feet above the fairway and I didn't like watching my ball roll back down the front then off the back of this huge green. When we played they were running at a good speed of 10 or so. It seemed fairly easy to read the breaks, most of which were subtle.
The fairways were also in good shape, as was the rough which was a little thick but playable. The fairways range from a tight and tree-lined to ample off the tee and on the approach. On several holes, the pin is straight ahead and you can see what you're up against. On other holes, you'll find a hidden lake, some surprising bunkers, and might have a challenge in knowing where the fairway turns. Some beautiful homes sit back off the fairways and can come into play if you really spray the ball.
The bunkers were in very good condition with soft fluffy sand. They range in size and most are guarding the front of the green. Lips are manageable and we found the bunkers relatively easy to avoid - a found a few of them on the back nine.
Initiation Fees: Under $10,000
Monthly Dues: $201 to $400
Service is good, the practice facilties are adequate, the pro shop has the basics, and the restaurant and club facilities are very good.
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.