The Links at Waterchase was designed by Steven Plumer and opened in 2000 to rave reviews and even received a nomination to Golf Digest's Best New Courses. You'll find five par threes and five par fives, tree-lined doglegs, water holes, split fairways, gigantic strategically placed bunkers, tight approaches, and other hazards - bring your A game if you want to score well.
This is one course where club selection and course management are critical - you'll be presented with a number of risk and reward opportunities. You should consider leaving the driver in the bag on a number of holes. To make it a little more challenging the first time you play the course is that there are no pictures of the hole on the hole markers or the score card. The greens and fairways were in excellent condition.
Don't let all of the above mentioned challenges scare you away, there are six tee boxes ranging from 4941 to 7304 yards to choose from to make the course more challenging or somewhat easier, depending on your selection of tee box. The greens are large and undulating and have been in very good condition every time we have played the course. The staff is very friendly and helpful and committed to making sure you have a fun round. Coupons are available on GolfQ.com and on the Links at Waterchase website, making The Links at Waterchase an excellent value. The clubhouse is a temporary trailer with limited food, no bar, and no pro shop.
Rates: $44.00 to $69.00
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.