Review of Blue Lake Golf Club
Blue Lake Golf Club is a very fun and demanding 9 hole course that is in the rolling hills near Lake LBJ and it is consistently rated as one of the best nine hole courses in Texas. With three sets of tee boxes and yardages of 2301 to 2376 yards, Blue Lake is short but puts a premium on accuracy. It seems to play a lot tougher than its slope of 103 and rating of 63.1 and longer than the posted yardages, thanks to all the ups and downs. Blue Lake has 5 par 3s, 1 par 5, and 3 par 4s.
For such a short course, Blue Lake will throw a lot at you and the course demands accuracy and precision to score well. You'll need to manage elevated tee boxes, uphill greens with raised fronts, dog legs, blind shots, a couple good risk reward opportunities, some challenging approach shots, contoured and sloping fairways that make finding an flat lie virtually impossible, and small postage stamp greens that are difficult to nail. The good news is there are no bunkers or water.
Blue Lake is an interesting layout with some good variety and each hole seems to offer at least one obstacle to keep you interested and focused. There are also so fun holes like:
We played in the middle of August during one of the worst droughts in Texas history and the vast majority of Texas courses were suffering. The lack of water had turned the Blue Lake Golf Course rough into mostly dirt and patches of brown dead grass, but the fairways were in surprisingly good condition with some dry brown spots. We have played Blue Lake several times over the years and it's always in very good condition.
The greens are mostly ovals and range from small to smaller and very difficult to hit and hold - you've got to come in high and bump and runs are tough because of the raised fronts. The greens were near perfect, about average speed, and true. Most have some slope but they are easy to read.
Bottom line - fun and challenging holes, good conditions, and excellent value.
Rates: $12.00 to $25.00
Service is low key and laid back and the facilities are dated but functional. There is no practice range, putting green, cart service, or food except for a few snacks.
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.