Review of Lockhart State Park Golf Course
Lockhart State Park Golf Course, which is the only State Park staff operated golf course in the Texas State Park system, was built by the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) in the late 1930’s. During it’s heyday, golfers teed off on the first hole from what in those days was dubbed the “highest tee box in Texas.” The original #1 tee box can still be seen from the CCC built recreation hall.
The Lockhart State Park Golf Course is a nine hole par 35 layout that is typical of some of the older courses – short, fairly straight ahead holes, no tricks or gimmicks, leverages the existing terrain, and small round greens. There are three tee boxes with yardages of 2406, 2810, and 2989 yards. The only slope and rating listed on the scorecard is 68.1 and 110.
Some of what makes playing this course both fun and demanding include:
The above plus an affordable rate is the good news, the bad news is that:
But the price is low and you get what you pay for. Regardless, we enjoyed our round even though the previous day we had played one of the Top Ten Private Courses in Texas – The Hills Country Club Signature Course.
To score well on Lockhart State Park Golf Course your tee shots need to fly the trees or make it through the tree lined slots and you need to be deadly accurate to hit and hold the small greens.
Most of the fairways are ample but miss them you’re in the rough (which in most cases is thin and playable), under the trees, or in a natural area and lost. There are a couple dog legs but on most holes you can see the flag from the tee box. When we played in July, the fairways were very dry and bare which meant lots of extra roll.
As mentioned, the Lockhart State Park Golf Course greens are very small and all but one are oval. They weren’t in too bad of shape but were bumpy and slow. Most have some minor slope and some have sections with some very significant slope or a tier. No bunkers to contend with but if you over run the green, you’ll be in the trees or natural area.
Rates: $9.00 to $27.00
There is no real pro shop - you pay for your round and cart at the State Park office. The carts are clean and good. Don't expect any on course service and there is no grill or golf supplies/equipment.
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.