Review and Rating Of Luling Golf Course in Luling, TX
The Luling Golf Course was designed by Edgar Davis and opened for play in 1926. Edgar gifted the course to the City of Luling in 1928. The hard-working Luling Golf Association (a non-profit organization) manages the day-to-day operations of Luling Golf Course.
Luling Golf Course is nine holes with four tee boxes and yardages ranging from 2957 to 2339 yards. The course plays through 21 acres of Pecan trees with the San Marcos River bordering one side of the course. and out of bounds on the other side. Except for a couple of holes, most of the fairways are flat and you can see the pin and what you're up against from the tee box.
Luling Golf Course is relatively easy if you can keep the ball in the fairway - spray the ball left and you're out of bounds or in some trees and dense brush that fronts the San Marcos River. A couple doglegs, 4 bunkers, a carry over a bend in the San Marcos River, and an uphill shot on one par 3 add some challenge and require some shot-making. The three tee boxes make the course fun for all skill levels. Our favorite holes at Luling Golf Club included:
In March 2019, Luling Golf Course hired a new superentendent and he has done a fantastic job of improving the irrigation and improving the course conditions. The fairways still have a few brown spots but they are very playable. The Luling Golf Course fairways are flat and fairly tight - spray the ball left and you're OB and lost, spray it right and you're in another fairway or under some trees, but playable.
The greens are small to average, mostly oval, and have some gentle slope. Some are raised which prevents a bump and run. Slope around the perimeter of the green can easily take your ball back to the fairway! The green conditions were ok, very playable, ran true and smooth, but a little slow.
The 4 bunkers could use some TLC but the sand was soft and playable and the lips were manageable.
Bottom line - Luling Golf Course is worth playing if you're in the area. You'll find some fun holes, friendly people, playable conditions, and very reasonable rates.
Rates: $14.00 to $21.00
The pro shop has the basics - tees and balls, some snacks, and drinks. There is a putting green and chipping area but no driving range. The staff is excellent - friendly and helpfull. Check out the old San Marcos river bathhouse in back of the green on #7.
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.