Cypresswood Golf Club - The Cypress Course Review

Texas Outside Rating: 8.3

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Cypresswood Golf Club - The Cypress Course Review

Review of The Cypress Course at Cypresswood

Cypresswood, another excellent Foresight Golf managed course, is home to two of Houston's top 15 rated courses - The Cypress Course and The Tradition Course. Both courses are located on 800 acres of treed and gently rolling terrain and each offers it's own unique layout and set of challenges and opportunities to have a fun and memorable round at a good value.

The Tradition Course at Cypresswood has been rated the #1 daily fee course in the Houston area by the Houston Chronicle for four consecutive years.  This 18 is generally regarded as the toughest (rating of 140 versus 127) of the 36 holes thanks to more ups and downs, 300 extra yards, and lots of fairway bunkers. Read our review of The Tradition Course at Cypresswood to learn more.

When The Cypress Course first opened in 1998 it earned Golf Digest's ranking of "Best New Course." This eighteen meanders through the forest with relatively flat and tight tree lined fairways.  If you can avoid the water (creeks crossing the fairways and several ponds) on 17 holes which is relatively easy to do and stay in the fairways, Cypress offers you a great opportunity to have a relaxing and enjoyable round with a low score. You're in for a peaceful and quiet round except for the chirping birds and squirrels and the golf balls ricocheting off the trees, lots of which have the eerie hanging gray moss - no homes, barking dogs, rush hour traffic, or sirens. 

Most of the holes on the Cypress Course are straightforward and traditional with "what you see is what you get" - and you won't see a lot of trouble!  All of the bunkers are guarding the greens and there are a few dog legs that require a good drive to give you a shot at the green.  Some of the holes on the back nine play inside several of the front nine holes which means if you spray the ball you might end up in an adjacent fairway and have a manageable shot or you might also get beaned by a golf ball coming into your fairway.  The two par fives on the back nine are fun and all of the par 3s are good.

When we played in late October 2012 the fairways on The Cypress Course were in pretty good condition and the rough was a little too rough.  The fairways are mostly flat, fairly tight, and if you spray the ball you're under the trees, in an adjoining fairway, or lost in the woods.  They were also dry and firm which meant lots of extra roll, which occasionally was bad news as I overran the fairways and into tree, sand, or water trouble.

The Cypress Course greens were in very good condition and ran at about a 9 or so.  The greens ranged from a tad small to about average, ran very true, and all had some gentle to tough breaks.

The bunkers also ranged in size from small pot bunkers to some good sized monsters.  The sand was soft and fluffy and a joy to play from. 

Bottom line - a great value, good conditions, and a layout that is conducive to helping you turn in a good score.

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Blue 6,168 70.3 120
White 5,624 68.1 116
Gold 6,906 72.8 127
Red 4,744 67.3 114

Course Information

Course Architect:
Rick Forester
Greens Type:
TIF Dwarf
Greens Condition
Greens Difficulty
Fairway Condition
Bunker Condition
Beware of water on 17 holes and the 44 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

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


Approximate Weekend
$40.00 to $54.00

Service was ok - we needed the cart lady so show up a little more frequently. The pro shop is well stocked. The food in the grill is good - the burger is huge and tasty. The practice area is adequate.



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.