Horseshoe Bay Resort - Whitewater Putting Course Review

Texas Outside Rating: 8.9

Golf - Public Course · 18 Holes · Par 72
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Horseshoe Bay Resort - Whitewater Putting Course Review

Review & Rating of Horseshoe Bay Resort's Whitewater Putting Course

We haven't played this course yet but we did walk most of the holes to get a feel for what it's like - and it's fantastic.  Whitewater Putting Course is adjacent to Horseshoe Bay Resort and it's an 1712 yard par 72 course that you play with a putter!  

The holes range from 62 yards to 132 yards and there are 4 par 5s, 4 par 3s, and 10 par 4s just like a regular course.  You'll encounter some dog legs left and right, cascading creeks, slight up and down fairways, and several sand bunkers.

But best of all is the scenery - waterfalls, colorful flowers, exotic birds, a variety of shrubs and trees, fountains, and more.  Very well done and a competitive challenge!

Horseshoe Bay Resort is also home to four other private courses, three of which are available for play by guests who stay at the resort.  Slick Rock, Ram Rock, and Apple Rock are all on our list of the Best Resort Courses in Texas, where you will find links to our reviews and ratings of each course.

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Black 1,712

Course Information

Greens Type:
Greens Condition
Greens Difficulty
Bunker Condition
Beware of water on 12 holes and the 8 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
8.9 out of 10
Fun to Play:
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Approximate Weekend
$15.00 to $15.00

Service is good and the putter rentals are high quality. The check-in area also has several arcade games.



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.