Blackhorse Golf Club - South Course Review

Texas Outside Rating: 8.3

Golf - Public Course · 18 Holes · Par 72
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Blackhorse Golf Club - South Course Review

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.

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Black 7,191 74.7 138
Blue 6,434 71.2 131
White 6,084 69.7 121
Gold 6,957 73.4 137
Red 5,473 72.1 129

Course Information

Course Architect:
Peter Jacobsen & Jim Hardy
Greens Type:
Tif Eagle
Greens Condition
Greens Difficulty
Beware of water on 10 holes and the 54 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
8.3 out of 10
Fun to Play:
Front Nine Rating:
Back Nine Rating:


Approximate Weekend
$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! 
Texas Outside rates courses on the following:

  • Beauty – tall trees, rolling hills, beautiful houses, waterfalls, and similar stuff would score high; a 1 would be flat, bushes or cactus instead of trees, and some grass but mostly weeds
  • Difficulty – a straight, 300 yard par 4 with no traps or hazards, no out of bounds or water would probably get a 1; if it is a 460 yard par 4 over two ravines, with water along one side, natural hazards on the other, strategically placed traps or that dreaded tree right in the middle of the fairway, we are talking a 10. 
  • Variety – what would you give a course where all the holes looked and played exactly the same (“I thought we just played that hole!”); were side-by-side, which is good for finding or dodging other people’s balls, but not much fun; and you can see the flag from every tee box?  That’s right, it gets a 1.
  • Fun Scale – a 10 is where you walk off the course and say “now that was fun” and you can’t wait to get back, or you immediately turn around and play another 18 holes
  • Value – a 5 is $50 to $60, a 10 is $20 to $30, and 1 is $200 or so – of course all of this is dependent upon how you liked the course.  For example, if a run down, boring municipal course, with six players on each hole was only $10; it would still get a value rating of 1.
  • Condition – this one’s pretty easy – what condition are the fairways. A 10 commands very lush perfectly manicured fairways, compared to a 1, which has fire ants, weeds, and more dirt than grass!
  • Condition of Greens and Difficulty – very hard to read greens with lots of undulation and tough pin placement, rate very high on the difficulty scale.  Condition is self-explanatory.  

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.