Review of Pine Forest Golf Club - Bastrop
Wow, what a fun and unique course that has holes running along the Colorado River and up into the hills with lots of ups and downs and some very interesting holes - all at a very reasonable rate!!!
Pine Forest Golf Club was "created by God and designed by Billy Martindale" and opened in 1979. Some of what we think makes this a fantastic course includes:
The front nine was our favorite with the most interesting holes but the back nine is also fun with some great holes and 3 par 5s and 3 par 3s. The dramatic elevation changes, lots of uphill and downhill shots, and dog legs force you to think about most shots and excellent club selection as well as some shot making skills are needed to score well.
Each of the holes has a name which does a good job of describing what you can expect, for example:
All of the above is the good news and make Pine Forest Golf Club a unique and fun layout and a must play. The bad news is that the conditions are not the best. Granted, we played in late January when the course was dormant and the previous summer had limited rain and all of Texas was suffering from a severe drought. The fairways were dry and had lots of bare dirt spots, the front nine greens had some damage, and the rough also had bare spots. The back nine was in better shape.
The greens at Pine Forest Golf Club can be challenging - most are much smaller than average, most are ovals, some are raised, a few are guarded by steep drop offs or bunkers, and most have some slope and undulation. They run true but a little slow and bumpy.
Most of the fairways are a tad tight and if you really spray it you'll be lost in the pine forest, in a back yard, or riding down the Colorado River toward the Gulf of Mexico. Some of the fairways have some surprising slope toward trouble.
There aren't a lot of bunkers and they seemed fairly easy to avoid. The bunkers were in pretty good condition with some sand that was a little thin and gritty. The lips on most of the bunkers are small and manageable.
Bottom Line - a really fun course with excellent variety, lots of stuff to keep you on your game, scenic vistas, dramatic elevation changes, great rates, and some very fun holes.
Rates: $25.00 to $35.00
Service is friendly, the pro shop has all of the basics, and the practice facilities are adaquate. The grill serves breakfast and lunch - burgers, sandwiches, dogs, and more.
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.