Elkhart Golf Course Review

Texas Outside Rating: 5.3

Golf - Public Course · 18 Holes · Par 72
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Elkhart Golf Course Review

Elkhart is a true country course. It was designed and built in the early '90s by the grandfather of the current owner of a parcel of East Texas land that has been in the family for years. The grandfather also designed and built the original nine of the well respected Pine Dune Golf Course in nearby Frankston.

Like most country courses, it runs on a very tight budget and as such the amenities and conditions are not the best. We need to show our appreciation for owners such as these that are constantly fighting expensive equipment failures, contenting with mother nature's wrath, and doing battle with a wide variety of varmints who love to destroy golf courses. And the owners struggle to keep the course playable as well as eek out a meager living just so we can play golf which causes even more damage to the course and equipment. And we always complain about the price and the smallest inconvenience. My hat goes off to you family golf course owners!

The Elkhart Golf Course layout is very traditional - the holes are mostly straight, side by side, and what you see is what you get. But the price is right and this is a course where you can relax, score well, and have fun golfing with your buddies.

The front nine fairways are tree lined and if you miss them, most of the time you'll be able to chip back out or play from the other fairway. This nine has small ponds on 4 holes and in most cases you can see the flag so you know what you've got to do to get to the green. Some of the fairways are a little tight which can cause a problem if you tend to hook or slice.

The back nine is much more interesting with a little more variety, some gently rolling terrain, and a couple interesting holes. For example #11 is a pretty slightly downhill 158 yard par 3 with a small creek crossing in front of it. #12 is challenging because the creek cuts a ravine at a 45 degree angle across and up the fairway, which means your drive needs to be accurate. The greens on this nine are a little bigger and tougher due to slope and undulation. This nine also seemed like it was in a little better condition.

The fairways are not in the best condition and the recent heavy rains didn't help any. The greens are hard, small, and mostly flat making it difficult to stop and hold on your approach shots - bump and runs work well. The condition of the greens was ok but they were a little slow and bumpy when we played.
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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Blue 6,102 0.0 0
White 5,743 0.0 0
Red 4,655 0.0 0

Course Information

Greens Condition
Greens Difficulty
Beware of water on 5 holes and the 0 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

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


Approximate Weekend
$25.00 to $25.00

Service is country friendly and very laid back. There is no cart service, no practice facilities, as well as no pro shop or grill.



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.