Review of Eagle Pointe Golf Club - Highlands, Texas
Described as a “Pure Golf Experience” Eagle Pointe Golf Club is equal parts peaceful, eye-catching, playable, and fun with excellent conditions and reasonable rates. Some of the course’s distinguishable characteristics are gently rolling and contoured fairways, stunning tall pines, elevation changes of up to 40’, ponds or a meandering creek on 10 holes, 30 white sand bunkers most of with guard the greens, and a good layout that can test your game.
With 4 tee boxes and yardages ranging from 5213 to 7168, Rick Forester created a layout that is a demanding test for the low handicappers and a course that is fun and enjoyable for the rest of us. In fact, from the forward tees the layout is relatively benign – if you can avoid the water and bunkers and putt!!!
Eagle Pointe Golf Club is owned and operated by the City of Mount Belvieu but it’s a far cry from your typical muni course – it’s very well maintained, manicured and landscaped; the layout is fair but demanding; the conditions from tee to cup are excellent; and the land is leveraged to it’s full extent creating a magnificent golf experience. It’s not surprising that Eagle Pointe Golf Club is consistently ranked in the top 10 of the medium to high priced courses in the Houston area and it made our list of the Best Golf Courses in Houston. It’s well worth the drive to play this great course.
Some of the holes that we really enjoyed include:
All of the fairways are tree lined but a lot of the underbrush has been cleared and if you do miss the fairway, in most cases you can find your ball in red bark or pine needles and surrounded by trees, but with a playable shot back to the fairway. In some cases if you spray it you’ll be in a dense forest of pines and brush and lost beyond the red stakes. The Eagle Pointe Golf Club fairways were in very good condition when we played and they range from tight and contoured to wide open let-er-rip and flat. Forester likes dogs legs both left and right, but most are manageable for the average hitter and your drive will most likely give you a shot toward the green. The rough is wide and was cut about 2” thick which made it hard to find the ball at times and a little challenging to hit from. There a a few homes set way back and out of play on one hole, otherwise it’s just you and nature and lots of trees.
The greens at Eagle Pointe are about average size (from 25 to 40 yards long), a variety of shapes, and most have some minor slope and contour. You'll also encounter some tiers. When we played the greens were running at a great speed of around 10.5, were soft and held the ball well, and ran smooth and true. Most are guarded with from one to three bunkers which puts a premium on your approach shots. Some are raised with steep slope back toward the water or trees. For easier putting, plan your shots to hit below the cup. The majority of the greens were near perfect but a few were still recovering from some damage around the fringes. The fringes are wide and most are puttable.
Speaking of bunkers, there are 30 of them that can cause you a problem. The day before we played, a recent heavy rain had washed out a number of the bunkers, left big puddles of water in others, and the sand that remained was wet, compacted, and firm – pretty much unplayable that day. It looked like the bunkers would normally be in excellent condition with soft fluffy sand. The lips in most cases are 6” to 10” tall and manageable but don’t expect to hit in the bunker and roll out.
A new 8000 square foot pavilion is under construction and there is also an excellent practice facility and state of the art fitness center.
Rates: $40.00 to $60.00
The pro shop is well stocked, the service is good, the grill has a variety of items for breakfast and lunch, and the practice facilities are very good.
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.