Corpus Christi Country Club Review

Texas Outside Rating: 8.8

Golf - Private Course · 18 Holes · Par 72
Corpus Christi
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Date Last Played: November 22, 2018

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Corpus Christi Country Club Review

Review and Rating of Corpus Christi Country Club in Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi Country Club's website states that "the club tradition of excellence since 1922 is represented by the variety of amenities and features we have to offer"  In addition to an 18 hole golf course some of the amenities include:  tennis courts, fitness center, pro shop, restaurant, huge club house, lots of golf tournaments plus several special events.  Corpus Christi Country Club, which member-owned,  is in its third location since opening in 1909.  The first location was destroyed in 1919 and reopened near the ship channel in 1922.  And finally opened in its current location in 1965. 

The course plays through an upscale community in Corpus Christi with very nice homes lining one side of the majority of the fairways.  The terrain is flat and perfect for walking but lots of tall trees, including palm trees coupled with water, bunkers, water fountains, and green fairways make the course very scenic.  Corpus Christi Country Club is a very friendly members layout where you're not going to get into a lot of trouble. 

When we played in November the fairways were in near perfect condition.  Generally speaking, they are flat and firm offering lots of extra roll.  The fairways range from ample to wide open - which means bring out the big dog and let it rip.  But if you miss the fairway, you're in a fairly dense and thick rough or under lots of trees which a playable, but tough shot back to the fairway.  Water, bunkers, and out of bounds into backyards of some very nice homes on one side of the fairway will most likely cause some extra strokes during your round.  Some of the ponds are hidden and most are set well off of the fairway, but if you spray the ball they can come into play.

The Corpus Christi Country Club greens on the front nine are very small and odd shaped - several look like a light bulb!  As such they are difficult to hit and all are guarded by at least one bunker.  The back nine greens seem much larger but they have more slope, contour, and tiers.  On both nines, some of the greens are raised and others flat and well suited for a bump and run shot.  All of the greens were in excellent condition, held the ball well, rolled true and rolled at a very good speed.  

The bunkers were a little wet when we played thanks to some recent rain but they were in great shape with what would normally by soft and fluffy sand.  Don't expect to roll out - the faces are pretty steep and deep.   

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Blue 6,105 70.9 129
White 5,763 69.3 125
Gold 6,625 73.1 132
Red 5,299 71.7 119

Course Information

Course Architect:
Robert Trent Jones
Greens Condition
9.0
Greens Difficulty
9.0
Fairway Condition
9.0
Bunker Condition
9.0
GPS:
Yes
Walkable:
Yes
Beware of water on 9 holes and the 53 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
8.8 out of 10
Beauty:
8.9
Difficulty:
8.0
Variety:
8.8
Fun to Play:
9.7
Value:
9.0
Condition:
9.0
Front Nine Rating:
8.6
Back Nine Rating:
8.9
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FEES & AMENITIES

Initiation Fees: Under $10,000
Monthly Dues: $401 to $600

Service is excellent - friendly and outgoing. The clubhouse is home to men's and women's locker rooms, a unique and very well done and well-stocked pro shop, and an excellent full-service restaurant. Practice facilities are adequate.

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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. 

 

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