Review of Berry Creek Country Club, Georgetown, Texas
Berry Creek Country Club is home to a private 18-hole championship golf course, tennis courts, fitness center, swimming pool, club house 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 (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:
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 undulation and some are raised. When we played they were running a little slow, which may have been due to rain - we were told they normally run around a 9.
The fairways were also in good shape, as was the rough which was a little thick but playable. The fairways range from a little 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. Some beautiful homes sit back off the fairways and can come into play if you spray the ball.
The bunkers were in very good condition with soft fluffy sand. They range in size and 25 of the 38 are guarding the front of the green. Lips are manageable and we found the bunkers relatively easy to avoid.
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.