Northwest of Houston off 290 is Blackhorse Golf Club which offers 36 holes of some very fun and challenging golf. We played the South Course which is like playing three different courses. The first few holes are open, the next few are a narrow corridor of elm, ash and oak trees, and the final holes are around an expansive sand quarry that has been transformed into a colorful array of wetlands. We found the 15th, 16th, and 17th holes to be some of the most fun and challenging that we have played in Texas. They make Blackhorse very memorable and a "want to play again" course.
The front nine is pretty flat, most the holes are straight, and there isn't anything really unique - we rated it a 7.5. The back nine is really fun, challenging, unique, and worth playing again, and again, and again - rated 9.5.
The South Course was in excellent condition when we played - the fairways were near perfect as were the greens. The TifEagle greens were lightening fast, gently breaking, and challenging based on pin placement.
Blackhorse is somewhat pricey but a unique, fun, and memorable experience - making it worth the price.
Rates: $65.00 to $95.00
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.