Eagle Lake Recreation Center Review

Texas Outside Rating: 7.4

Golf - Public Course · 9 Holes · Par 35
Eagle Lake
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Eagle Lake Recreation Center Review

Review and Rating of Eagle Lake Recreation Center Golf Course in Eagle Lake, Texas

It's not often that we get to play a 9 hole golf course for a $10 green fee and a $10 cart fee, but that's the case for a round of golf at Eagle Lake Recreation Center.  Not only is Eagle Lake inexpensive but it's also fun and has some very challenging holes.   A meandering creek comes into play on several holes, huge sprawling trees in the middle of a couple of the fairways, and small greens all put a premium on shot-making.

Eagle Lake is a par 35 (6 par 4's, 2 par 3's and 1 par 5).  There are three sets of tee boxes with yardages ranging from 2358 yards to 2938 yards.  Some of the holes that we liked included:

  1. #1 is a 346-yard par 4 with trees in front of the tee box that you need to fly or thread a narrow slot to hit the fairway, a tree in the middle of the fairway at 100 yards in front of the green that can block your shot to the green, a small creek that crosses the fairway, and a small contoured slightly raised green
  2. #3 is 295-yard par 4 with two sprawling trees that block your approach shot to the green (you need to fly them or head way left) and that's followed by a creek that crosses the fairway

The greens at Eagle Lake are very small, slightly raised,  and hard to hold.  They were rolling slow (around a 7.5) and have enough contour to force you to study them carefully before putting.  They were in average to pretty good condition.

The fairways are tree-lined with no homes and a creek that comes into play on several holes.  Most of the fairways are ample to a little tight.  The fairways are flat and dry and in pretty rough condition with a mixture of grass, weeds, and dirt. 

There are no bunkers to worry about!

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Black 2,938
Blue 2,358
Gold 2,825

Course Information

Greens Condition
Greens Difficulty
Fairway Condition
Beware of water on 8 holes and the 0 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
7.4 out of 10
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Approximate Weekend
$20.00 to $20.00

Service is country friendly, facilities are dated, and golf supplies are very limited. Cold drinks and crackers are available.



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.