Columbus Golf Club Review

Texas Outside Rating: 8.2

Golf - Public Course · 9 Holes · Par 35
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Columbus Golf Club Review

Review of Columbus Golf Course in Columbus Texas

We didn't have high expectations for Columbus Golf Course and we were pleasantly surprised - the conditions are ok, the rates are reasonable, the pace of play is excellent, the green complexes are challenging, and the layout is fun and demands some risk taking and strategic shot making.   Well worth stopping by for a round if you are in the area.

Columbus Golf Course is owned by the city and managed by Tim Mewis.  It was built in 1948 and hasn't changed much since then.  We would describe the course as short but challenging and good for all skill levels but higher handicappers may lose some balls in the water! 

Columbus Golf Course is nine holes with three sets of tee boxes and for the first round of 9 if you play the Blue, Red, and Gold tees the course is 2672 to 2967 yards long and a par 36.  If you play another nine, you play from the Red, Gold, and White tee boxes and it is a par 35 with yardages of 2157 to 2844 yards because #9 changes from a par 5 to a par 4.  Another interesting attribute of the course is that #8 has two greens - one for the first nine and one for the second nine!  The trees lining the fairway are huge, stately, and sprawling and the landscaping adds a lot of color with yellows, reds, pink, and more.

For such a short course, Columbus Golf Course throws a lot at you - water on 6 holes, 5 dog legs, trees that pinch the fairway, and several excellent risk reward shots.  To score well on the dog legs you need some strategic shot making and on #5, 7, and 8 you've can try flying the trees and over a graveyard (#7) to go for the green or at least get a lot closer - but miss and you're adding an extra shot to your score.

When we played Columbus Golf Course in June, the conditions were pretty good.  Most of the bermuda fairways were in good shape but a few had some weeds, bare spots, and huge ant piles.  The fairways are all tree lined and a tad on the tight side.  One hole has some homes set off to the side. The rough was a little thick and it took some time to find my ball in a couple cases. 

The bermuda greens were in average condition with a couple that still had some winter damage.  They range from a bit small to average size and run a little slow and are a tad bumpy.  Most of the greens are raised with steep slope off all slides (making it hard to bump and run or hit and hold the green) and a couple greens have a huge tier.

Good news - no bunkers but you'll need to carry a pond to the green on 4 holes and avoid two more fairway ponds.

Our favorite holes included:

  • #5 (340 or 323 yards), #7 (305 and 298 yards), and #8 (294 to the right side green) are fun because risk takers can try to fly the trees to go for the green
  • #2 is a short (151 and 141 yards) par 3 but it's challenging thanks to two trees that encroach into the fairway and a pond in front of the green - I should have visited the church that overlooks the tee box and prayed that I would carry the pond - instead, I lost two balls
  • #5, a 340 yard par 4 takes a 110 or so degree turn right around some huge trees meaning big hitters have a great risk reward shot off the tee and short hitters either lay up or risk flying the trees to the green on the second shot
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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Black 2,967 66.5 120
Blue 2,676
Gold 2,847

Course Information

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Greens Condition
Greens Difficulty
Fairway Condition
Beware of water on 6 holes and the 0 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
8.2 out of 10
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Approximate Weekend
$30.00 to $30.00

Service is country friendly but no cart service. The pro shop has a limited set of the basics, there is a putting green but no driving range, and the pro shop has a bar serving beer but no food.



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.