Rating & Review of Max Starcke Park Golf Course in Seguin
Carved out of a pecan grove with the Guadalupe River running along one side, Max Starcke's front nine which was designed by John Bredemus (he also designed the Colonial Golf Course in Ft Worth) opened in 1938. The back nine was designed by Shelly Mayfield and opened for play in 1980. Max Starcke Golf Course is one of the last "Parks" style golf courses in Texas.
Max Starcke Park Golf Course is very traditional and straightforward par 71 - greens within view from the tee box, a few dog legs, tree-lined wide flat fairways, several side by side holes, and the flag normally within sight from the tee box. Water can come into play on 8 holes and all but one of the 23 bunkers are guarding the greens. By today's standards Max Starcke Golf Course is short with 4 tee boxes and yardages ranging from 6676 to 5115 yards. All of which makes this course suitable for all skill levels.
Some of the holes that we enjoyed included:
The fairways at Max Starcke Golf Course are tree lined flat, ample width, and in very good condition. If you spray the ball you'll be under the trees or in one of the other fairways - either way, you'll most likely have a fairly good recovery shot. A couple fairways run along side of the Guadalupe River but you've really got to spray the ball to swim with the fish. The rough between the fairways was cut short and very playable.
The greens were in very good condition, fast (may have been due to the weather), about average size, and several different shapes. The back nine greens are raised, have more slope (usually back to front), and seemed a little smaller.
The bunkers were wet due to an overnight rain storm and weren't playable. It looked like the sand was good - soft but a little thin. Faces ran from 10 inches to 2 feet or so. All but one of the bunkers guard the green
Bottom line - very good conditions, an easy walk, suitable for all skill levels, good rates, and a relaxing and enjoyable round.
Rates: $26.00 to $37.00
Service is country friendly, the pro shot has limited supplies, and the only food available are crackers and candy bars. There is a putting green and a driving range. The facilities are dated.
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.