Golf - Semi Private Course · 18 Holes · Par 72
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Lufkin Country Club plays through and around some tall east Texas pines with some of the holes playing near and over a couple small lakes. A majority of the holes are side-by-side but a tree line will keep sprayed balls out of the other fairways. Some of the holes take advantage of the natural terrain - for example, holes 6, 7, and 8 have roller coaster fairways, elevated greens, and some down hill shots off the tee box - making for a fun ride with some challenging shots to the green. Outside of a couple minor dog legs, some fairly tight fairways and approach shots, plus a blind shot, most of the holes are straightforward with what you see is what you get.
Water comes into play on three holes:
Outside of the water, what makes Lufkin Country Club challenging are the very small oval greens which for us were very difficult to hit in regulation. If you can hit the greens in regulation and keep the ball fairly straight you should have a very good round.
Lufkin Country Club, like most Texas courses was hit hard by a very harsh winter and then a very dry summer and the conditions when we played were really bad. The fairways seemed to be about 70% sparse grass and 30% dirt until you got near the green where they were in much better condition. The greens had also suffered a lot of damage and there were some very rough spots, making for some bumpy and challenging putts.
The majority of the greens are flat, some have some minor slope, and you shouldn't have much trouble reading the greens and two putting - outside of the rough spots. There are only 10 bunkers and all are guarding the greens. They are the strangest bunkers that I've ever seen - they averaged about 2 or 3 feet wide and 7 or 8 feet long! The traps were wet when we played thanks to a recent rain, but it looked like the sand was thick and soft.
Lufkin Country Club was built in 1926 and all of the facilities are very dated. The course was described to us as a "poor man's country club."
Rates: $33.00 to $33.00
The pro shop is limited and the range and putting green are ok. The grill was closed when we played but we heard the food was ok. The members are all very friendly.
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.