Review and Rating of Lighthouse Country Club in Kingsland
Lighthouse Country Club, formally known as Packsaddle Country Club, was initially built in 1968 but was completely redone and re-routed by Jerry Slack and Leon Howard and reopened in 2007 for play and with an upgraded clubhouse and pro shop. The course renovation included new greens, fairways, and bunkers making Lighthouse Country Club a fun, challenging, and excellent 18 holes of golf - plus reasonable fees and superb conditions.
Lighthouse Country Club is one of those sleeper courses that are pleasant surprises and hidden gems. Some of the reasons we love this course and what makes it fun as well as demanding include:
All that plus an excellent value, very friendly staff, marshals that keep the pace of play good, and a restaurant with some tasty food.
In addition to all of that, Lighthouse Country Club is home to some very fun, unique, demanding, and interesting holes, some examples include:
The Lighthouse Country Club fairways range from tight to fairly open, they are rolling and contoured, and all are lined with trees, some ponds, or natural areas that will cause significant problems if you spray the ball. When we played the fairways were in near perfect condition - green, thick, and somewhat lush - all of which are hard to achieve during a hot Texas summer. The superintendent should be congratulated for such a good job and it's not surprising that he won Central Texas Superintendent of the year in 2017.
You best practice putting before you head out for your round - the Lighthouse Country Club greens are very demanding. They range in size from small to about average and most have a bunker or two guarding them and if you miss you've got a tough chip shot or you may be lost in the natural area. Once you're on the green you'll find plenty of contour, slope, undulation, tiers, ridges, and more - none of which is severe but it's enough to cause a three-putt. The greens were running a very fast 11 and if you can read the breaks they run true. Like the fairways, they were near perfect and a pleasure to putt on!
The bunkers range in size and shape with lips that are 2 to 4 inches or more. A few of the bunkers are steep and deep and challenging to get out of. The sand is firm and thick and a little gritty. Overall they are in good condition.
Lighthouse Country Club offers a great stay and play package with 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, fully furnished condos between the 17th and 18th hole. If you've got an RV, you can do a camp and play golf in their RV park overlooking the 13th and 14th hole.
Bottom line - a hidden gem that's fun, challenging but fair, in excellent condition, and a superb value.
Rates: $28.00 to $42.00
Service is good and country friendly. A range is available for warm-up and make sure you spend some time on the putting greens. The Pro Shop has some basic golf equipment and a snack bar with good dogs, drinks, and snacks. A full-service restaurant is adjacent to the pro shop.
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.