Golf Club of Houston - Tournament Course Review

Texas Outside Rating: 8.9

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Golf Club of Houston - Tournament Course Review

Review of Redstone Country Club Tournament Course

Redstone Country Club is home to two of the best courses in the Houston area - the private Members Course and the Tournament Course, which is one of 11 courses in the United States that hosts a PGA tour event and is available for public play. On the Tournament Course you can enjoy a round where the pros compete for the big bucks during the Houston Shell Open. Redstone opened in 2005 and was recognized by Golf Digest as “Best New Golf Course” in 2006. In 2009, Avid Golfer listed Redstone as the "Best Overall Golf Course in The Houston Area." We rated Redstone as one of the best in Houston.

Redstone is an upscale and first class operation that you’ll experience from the minute you arrive in the parking lot to the time you leave – the service is impeccable, the staff is very friendly, the maintenance and landscaping are immaculate, the fairways are lush and soft, and the greens are perfect. In fact, we felt very guilty making a divot. When you play Redstone, you don't have to contend with homes, power-lines, and freeway noise and the serenity and natural beauty further enhances this fantastic golf experience. We rated both nines close to a perfect 10 – excellent conditions, very scenic, challenging but fair, and plenty of variety with each hole being a little different than the previous one.

Although you'll encounter water on 10 holes, strategically placed soft sand bunkers, forced carries, and more, if you pick the right tee box and can hit the ball straight, you'll have a good round. In general, the fairways are fairly traditional with what-you-see-is-what-you-get (no tricks or hidden surprises) and they're wide and forgiving - pull out the driver and let 'er rip. The rough was cut short and playable when we played the course and you really need to spray the ball to get wet or lost in the trees. 

Forecaddies are required in the morning and they can provide tips and techniques to help you off the tee box, on the approach shots, and on reading the greens. As important, they are excellent at spotting lost balls and keeping the pace of play moving. Redstone's Tournament Course is a course that if you pick the right tee boxes, hit the ball fairly straight, can read the greens, and implement what the forecaddie tells you (sounds easy), you'll walk into the club house boasting about your low scoring round.

Redstone has some great holes like the dog leg right 429 yard #2 which requires a precise shot to carry the wet lands, avoid the fairway bunkers and position your ball for an approach that must carry another natural area to a multi-level green protected by deep sand bunkers on each side; or dramatic #18 which offers a risk reward opportunity to try and carry more of the lake that runs from in front of the tee boxes to the left side of the green which requires a precise approach shot to avoid the water and the right side bunker.

Bottom line, Redstone Tournament Course is a fantastic course and a must play if you're in the Houston area. As a first class operation, Redstone is a tad pricey but worth spending the money for!

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Blue 6,967 73.5 132
White 6,569 71.4 125
Gold 7,422 75.8 138
Red 5,371 70.1 115

Course Information

Course Architect:
Rees Jones
Greens Type:
Greens Condition
Greens Difficulty
Course Map
Beware of water on 10 holes and the 56 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
8.9 out of 10
Fun to Play:
Front Nine Rating:
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Approximate Weekend
$85.00 to $150.00

Service is impeccable from the time the staff picks you and your clubs up in the parking lot to your end of round drink in the Players Grill. Practice facilities are excellent and the pro shop has everything you need.



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.