Review of Rancho Carribe Golf Course in Crystal Beach
Rancho Carribe is the only golf course on Bolivar Peninsula and as such it might be worth your time if you're tired of sitting on the beach. Its a nine hole course with two sets of tee boxes and a forward set of tees for juniors or seniors. The course is flat, the holes are straight ahead, and the conditions aren't the best - but we had a good time playing nine holes with grandkids and the fees are low.
The course, also known as The Ranch at Crystal Beach, has two par 3s, 2 par 5s, and 5 par 4s. The fairways are a mixture of grass, clover, and dirt but wide and forgiving off the tee box - miss one and you're most likely in a parallel fairway. What makes this course very challenging (in addition to finding your way to the next hole) is there are lots of carries over wetlands - miss it and you're lost. And in some cases, you'll have two carries - one off the tee box and one on the approach to the green. Plus when the fog rolls you won't be able to see the pin or where your ball lands.
The greens are small and mostly oval and most have some back to front slope. When we played they were slow and bumpy.
Rates: $9.00 to $18.00
There is no phone number, no website, and you need to get lucky to find someone in the garage (pro shop) who can help you. There are carts but no golf gear or equipment or driving range. Most of the time green fees are paid on the honor system.
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.