Review and Rating of Junction Golf Course, Junction, Texas
Junction Golf Course opened for play in 1927 thanks to the hard work of many volunteers who raised the money to create this 9 hole course - they hauled dirt, dug ponds, removed trees and rocks and created a very interesting layout. The course is scenic with rolling hills, a variety of trees, the bottom lands of Cedar Creek, several small ponds, and towering bluffs including Lovers Leap where ages ago two young Indians leaped off the cliff because they weren't allowed to get married!
The first 4 holes play on one side of the road and they are home to 3 challenging dog legs, out of bounds on one or both sides of the fairways, uphill and downhill shots, and ponds that can come into play on 4 holes. Here are a couple of holes that we liked:
The last 5 holes are more straightforward and traditional as they play down and across the bottom lands of Cedar Creek. which can come into play on three holes. Our favorite holes here included:
The greens range from postage stamp size to a little smaller than average. Some are raised and all have some minor to severe slope and contour. They were running slow (around a 7) when we played and they were very bumpy.
The fairways are ample to tight, tree-lined, and have out of bounds on both sides - one side is trees and the other is another fairway. They were in very poor condition with lots of weeds, ants, dirt, gravel, and dandelions.
There are no bunkers to contend with except for 2 which has a grass bunker in front of the green.
The course is currently owned by the Hill Country Fair Association and the greens were sand from the time the course opened until the early '70s, at which time the greens were replaced with bermuda grass. Several members and individuals have taken responsibility for doing everything they can to maintain and improve the conditions, using their own funds. They should be commended for the sacrifices and commitment they have made to Junction Golf Course over the last couple of years. They have done a commendable job in improving the course conditions considering the lack of funds and limited member and public golf fees!
Rates: $10.00 to $35.00
The club house has limited to no golf supplies. There is no driving range or putting green. The carts are in good condition. The service is superb - friendly, outgoing, and courteous! If your golf game is off, break out the frisbee and play the frisbee golf course which plays alongside of the golf course.
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.