Review of Indian Oaks Golf Course
Update - in mid 2011, we heard that the Red Course was closed.
Indian Oaks Golf Course is what golf is all about - fun holes, somewhat challenging but fair, lots of variety, pretty, good friendly laid-back service, above average condition, and very affordable - when was the last time you played a course on the weekend for under $30 and got a free lunch?
When we played in July 2008 Indian Oaks had 30 holes of golf (nine on the Red Course, nine on the White Course, and 12 on the Blue Course) with another 6 holes which will be open in late 2008. We started on the Blue Course and loved playing it's 12 holes. Wow - what a fun, challenging, and unique round of golf. Since there aren't any hole layouts on the scorecard or at the tee boxes, the first time you play the Blue course it can be a little tricky, but very fun. It's narrow, with dog legs, blind shots, split fairways, and more. To score well you need to manage and carefully plan your shots. A very fun 12 holes of golf.
The White course is also fun to play and some of the holes can be challenging. We haven't played the Red course which we understand is the easiest of the courses - it's more open and has less trees.
We found the greens and fairways to be in pretty good condition, particularly for a course that costs under $30! The greens were small, a little slow, and most had some minor slope or undulation. Indian Oaks is part of a tree farm, meaning all the fairways are lined with a wide variety of trees and Crepe Myrtles which add color to the course. Each of the courses are short (ie, 2742 from the tips), so plan on keeping your driver in the bag on most holes. Indian Oaks is a fantastic and fun course to play and worth the drive.
Rates: $16.00 to $29.00
Service is friendly and laid back, the clubhouse is dated, the free burgers are good, and the pro shop is very limited.
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.