Indian Oaks Golf Course Review

Texas Outside Rating: 8.6

Golf - Public Course · 36 Holes · Par 72
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Indian Oaks Golf Course Review

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.

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Blue 5,200 0.0 0
White 5,000 0.0 0
Red 4,700 0.0 0

Course Information

Course Architect:
Ken Andrews
Greens Condition
Greens Difficulty
Beware of water on 5 holes and the 0 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

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


Approximate Weekend
$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! 
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.