Mill Creek Country Club - Creek 2 Nine Review

Texas Outside Rating: 8.6

Golf - Public Course · 9 Holes · Par 36
Salado
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Mill Creek Country Club - Creek 2 Nine Review

Review and Rating Of Mill Creek Country Club Creek 2 Nine

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:

  • Creek 1 is a par 37 and the hardest of the nines thanks to water on six holes, 19 bunkers, and some tough approach shots - read Texas Outside's review of Creek 1
  • Creek 2 is the shortest of the nines, the most traditional with tree-lined fairways, water that can come into play on 6 of 9 holes, greens that are a little faster but flatter,  28 bunkers, elevation changes, and doglegs - this nine requires some target golf and good shot-making
  • Creek 3 is a 3258-yard par 34 (one par 5, 3 par 3s, and 5 par 4s) that is a mix of tree-lined fairways and several wide links-style fairways plus 26 bunkers and water on 3 holes - here's a link to Texas Outside's Review & Rating of Creek 3

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.

Of the three nines at Mill Creek Country Club we liked Creek 2 the best - it seemed to have the most variety of holes, is fair but no walk in the park, has a little bit of everything (water, huge bunkers, doglegs, elevation changes, forced carries, hidden hazards, risk-reward opportunities, and more!) that we find makes golf fun and challenging. Although the course is short (3178 to 2514 yards with 4 tee boxes) it demands some shot-making and course management to score well. 

Some of the holes on Mill Creek Country Club's Creek 2 included:

  • #4 is a fun and shot-making 556-yard par 5 - your drive needs to stay in the fairway and avoid the bunker on the left and stay out of the trees where the fairways turns left and the second shot needs to give you a view of the green across the creek and set off to the right
  • #5 is a 411-yard par 4 that turns left around a big fairway bunker - it offers a good risk-reward shot to try and carry the bunker, avoid the large pond that's hidden from your tee shot, and stay out of a big left and right bunker guarding the green
  • #9 is a 369-yard par 4 with a pond on along three-quarters of the right side of the fairway and a green set off to the right side of the fairway - depending on where you land on your drive, you may have a risk-reward shot to carry the lake and stuff it on the green
When we played the course was dormant but the fairways were firm, thin, and in pretty good condition.  The rough was thicker and in good condition - miss the rough and you're most likely in the trees or maybe another fairway.  The brush has been back from under the trees, which means if you spray it into the trees you'll most likely have a worm burner shot back to the fairway.  You also need to miss the huge fairway bunkers on every fairway, except the par 3s.
 
The rest of the bunkers on Mill Creek's Creek 2 nine are guarding the front, sides, or back of the greens, putting a premium on your approach shot.  The majority of the bunkers are huge and most have a lip that can be challenging - don't expect to hit in the bunker and roll out!  The good news is that the sand is excellent - soft, light, and fairly deep.  Some of the bunkers have some matting showing, otherwise, they are in great condition.
 
The greens were in fair to good condition and very playable.  A few had some damage but that didn't impact putting.  Most of the greens are huge and a variety of shapes.  Some are raised and all are guarded by one to three bunkers.  When we played they were a little bumpy and slow.  You'll encounter minor slope and undulation - nothing dramatic.
 
Bottom line - a fun nine with some interesting holes, some shot-making required, fair conditions, great service, and very reasonable rates!
 
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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Black 3,178 71.1 130
Blue 2,722 66.3 117
White 2,514 69.2 121
Gold 2,946 68.7 124

Course Information

Course Architect:
Robert Trent Jones, Jr.
Greens Condition
7.2
Fairway Condition
7.2
Bunker Condition
7.5
GPS:
No
Walkable:
Somewhat Hilly
Beware of water on 6 holes and the 28 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
8.6 out of 10
Beauty:
8.5
Difficulty:
8.7
Variety:
8.7
Fun to Play:
9.2
Value:
9.0
Condition:
7.5
Front Nine Rating:
8.6
Back Nine Rating:
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FEES & AMENITIES

Approximate Weekend
Rates:
$40.00 to $50.00

The pro shop has a limited supply of the basics, the putting green and range are adequate, the grill has a great burger and drinks, and the service is very good.

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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! 
Texas Outside rates courses on the following:

  • Beauty – tall trees, rolling hills, beautiful houses, waterfalls, and similar stuff would score high; a 1 would be flat, bushes or cactus instead of trees, and some grass but mostly weeds
  • Difficulty – a straight, 300 yard par 4 with no traps or hazards, no out of bounds or water would probably get a 1; if it is a 460 yard par 4 over two ravines, with water along one side, natural hazards on the other, strategically placed traps or that dreaded tree right in the middle of the fairway, we are talking a 10. 
  • Variety – what would you give a course where all the holes looked and played exactly the same (“I thought we just played that hole!”); were side-by-side, which is good for finding or dodging other people’s balls, but not much fun; and you can see the flag from every tee box?  That’s right, it gets a 1.
  • Fun Scale – a 10 is where you walk off the course and say “now that was fun” and you can’t wait to get back, or you immediately turn around and play another 18 holes
  • Value – a 5 is $50 to $60, a 10 is $20 to $30, and 1 is $200 or so – of course all of this is dependent upon how you liked the course.  For example, if a run down, boring municipal course, with six players on each hole was only $10; it would still get a value rating of 1.
  • Condition – this one’s pretty easy – what condition are the fairways. A 10 commands very lush perfectly manicured fairways, compared to a 1, which has fire ants, weeds, and more dirt than grass!
  • Condition of Greens and Difficulty – very hard to read greens with lots of undulation and tough pin placement, rate very high on the difficulty scale.  Condition is self-explanatory.  

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. 

 

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