Review and Rating of Mill Creek Country Club in Salado Texas
Mill Creek Country Club in Salado is home to three nines that were designed by Robert Trent Jones in 1983. Each of the nines has it's own personality and characteristics:
Common to all three nines are traditional Robert Trent Jones, Jr designs (with near-sadistic use of huge bunkers, ponds, and creeks), pretty good conditions, very reasonable rates, friendly service, and a great grill.
In 2009 the Creeks 1 course was devastated with a 100-year flood and a 500-year flood in 2010 which closed the course for quite a while. The greens were wiped out and subsequently redone with Tif Eagle grass, over beautiful oak trees were destroyed, and several of the bunkers were ruined and then converted to grass bunkers. Part of what makes the Creek 1 nine the toughest of the three nines is that it's the longest from all four tee boxes, the meandering Salado Creek can come into play on 5 different holes, and 19 bunkers are challenging. This nine requires some good shot-making skills to score well. Creeks 1 is short (2736 to 3324 yards) from all 4 tees, which makes it playable and fun for all skill levels.
Some of the holes that we really liked on Creek 1 include:
We played in mid-December the fairways were dormant and not overseeded. The fairways and rough were in good but not great condition - but very playable. Most of the fairways are flat and tree-lined and ample - miss wide and you may be able to recover with a worm burner back to the fairway. Some beautiful homes overlook some of the holes.
The bunkers range from huge to some real multi-fingered monsters with steep faces. Several of the bunkers are strategically placed in the landing zones off the tee and the rest are guarding the greens - putting a premium on your approach shots. The good news is the sand is near perfect - light, fluffy, and thick. Generally speaking they were well maintained, however a few has some matting showing.
The greens are a variety of shapes and most are very large. There is minor slope and little to no undulation. The hold the ball well and when we played they were a little bumpy, slow (8 or so), and several had some damage. All but one are well guarded.
Bottom line - a fun and fair 9 that rewards good tee shots and careful approach shots and the course has good variety, a couple elevation changes that make it fun and challenging, some fun holes, and reasonable rates.
Slope and rating are based on playing Creek 1 and Creek 2 which are the two hardest nines.
Rates: $40.00 to $50.00
The pro shop has a limited supply of the basics, the putting green and range are adequate, the bar and grill has a great burger and drinks, and service is very good.
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.