La Torretta Golf Course Review

Texas Outside Rating: 8.3

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La Torretta Golf Course Review

Review of La Torretta Golf Course

La Torretta is closed in 2019 and will reopen in 2020 as Margaritaville Lake Resort Lake Conroe

The golf course at La Torretta Resort & Spa, which sits on the edge of Lake Conroe about an hour north of Houston, is one of the many outstanding amenities of the Resort that you can enjoy during a stay at the Resort. This course was previously Del Lago Resort Golf Course and the conditions had deteriorated significantly prior to La Torretta purchasing the resort. As a part of a major resort renovation, Jeffery Blume was hired to redo and improve the golf course. Some of the improvements included: changing a brutal par 4 into a more enjoyable par 5 with a great risk reward opportunity, adding 150 yards to the total yardage, repositioning some of the greens, and in general bringing the course up to modern standards plus improving the visual presentation, maintainability, and playability.

La Torretta Golf Course meanders through the hardwoods, beside some of the La Torretta Golf Villas, and past some residential homes. The fairways are lined on both sides with tall pines and most of the fairways are fairly tight requiring accuracy off the tee box unless you enjoy playing in the shade of the pine trees (not a bad idea on a hot summer Texas day) and under the pine straw beds in the rough. If you do find the trees, the good news is that in most cases you'll find your ball and be able to run it back out to the fairway. In addition to being a little narrow, the fairways are gently rolling with some contour and slope, have strategically placed fairway bunkers, and enough water to gain your attention.

The front nine is very fun and a little tougher than the back thanks to some huge bunkers, dog legs, water, well guarded greens, fairway mounds, and grass hollows. For example:

  • #3 requires accuracy off the tee box to make the dog leg left and to avoid the fairway bunker and hardwood trees and position you for a very tough and tight approach to the green with water on the left, trees along the backside, and a long sandy beach leading to the green
  • the 489 yard par 5 #9 is another great hole with a sharp dog leg right (accomplished players may be able to fade around the dog or even risk flying the trees to go for an eagle) leading to a very tricky approach along a narrow fairway bordered by water all the way to a green protected by the water and two bunkers plus some dramatic undulation

The back nine is more scenic, not quite as tight, and has three fun par 3's and a fantastic signature hole with a cascading waterfall. On this nine you'll also find some forced carries, dog legs, and elevated greens and tee boxes. #18 is a memorable finishing hole - a slight downhill dog leg right, with a risk reward tee shot, and a very tough approach shot to an elevated green with a huge oblong bunker and water on the right side. 

The La Torretta Golf Course greens are huge with subtle breaks thanks to both slope and undulation. When we've played, they ranged from fast (10 to 11 on the Stimpmeter) to average (around 8 to 9) and were very hard to hold - bump and run is the best strategy to land close to the pin.

The bunkers have soft thick white sand and range in size from small pot bunkers to huge, long beaches! Speaking of dry, cart service is only available on the weekends, but coolers are available. 

The fairways range from tight to tighter - keep the big dog in the bag if you tend to spray the ball.  They were in pretty good condition the last time we played - like most courses in a hot Texas summer they had some brown spots and were firm giving you some good roll.

Bottom line, this is a fun track with a good layout that will test your skills - make sure you warm up on the putting green and the range and pick the right set of tee boxes the first time you play. La Torretta Resort & Spa is fantastic and they have some very attractive stay and play packages with golf villas or rooms at the resort.  To learn more about the resort read our Review of La Torretta Resort & Spa.

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Blue 6,550 71.2 129
White 5,969 68.4 125
Gold 6,921 73.3 132
Red 4,992 68.8 116

Course Information

Course Architect:
Jeffrey D. Blume
Greens Type:
Tifdwarf Bermudagrass
Greens Condition
Greens Difficulty
Fairway Condition
Bunker Condition
Course Map
Beware of water on 12 holes and the 44 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

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


Approximate Weekend
$29.00 to $69.00

Service was friendly but slow when we played over Memorial Day weekend, which is one of the busiest weekends for them. Pace of play is excellent, the pro shop has all the basics, the range and putting green are adequate, and the food is good but 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. 


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