Designed by Bill Coore, who is now partnering with Ben Crenshaw on course design, Rockport Country Club open for play 1985. The course was designed around sixty five acres of inter-connecting lakes and ponds and carved out of the unusual coastal live oak trees. The contoured fairways, which vary from wide and forgiving to somewhat tight, meander though knolls, sand dune bunkers of all sizes and shapes (mostly huge!), and some beautiful homes set back among the oaks.
Most of the holes are straight forward and the total yardage is manageable at 4827 to 6538 yards - but that doesn't mean that Rockport is an easy track. Water comes into play on 14 holes, bunkers are scattered all over the course, approaches and tee shots can be tight, and wind can be a big factor. And you still have to content with the greens which can be challenging. Rockport Country Club puts a premium on your entire game - shot making, course management, and putting - all of which makes this a fun and challenging track.
Hole #5 is one of the best offering a little bit of everything that typifies Rockport - a 472 yard par 5 with a fairway split by a huge sand bunker that leads from just in front of the forward tees all the way to a well protected green. Long hitters can take the right side and then risk the carry over water and a bunker to try and nail the green or you can take the safer but longer left side.
Just prior to our playing Rockport Country Club, the course got hit with 13 inches for rain which impacted the greens and fairways and washed out some of the bunkers. Overlooking that damage, the fairways were in above average condition and the greens were fantastic. The greens have plenty of contour and slope creating subtle breaks and they range in size from huge to postage stamp - no cookie cutter greens will be found here. When we played they were about average speed. The shorter holes have smaller greens while longer holes have the largest greens and most are well protected by bunkers, trees, or water. For example, #16, a 335 yard par 4 with a narrow slot off the box leads to a very small green protected by trees on the right side,, two green-side bunkers and water off the back - fun hole!
Bottom, line this a a very good track and worth trying to find a way to play it. Memberships are available and Rockport Country Club seems like has very vibrant and active member base.
Initiation Fees: Under $10,000
Monthly Dues: $201 to $400
Service is excellent and very friendly, the food is fantastic, the club house has everything (bar, locker rooms, restaurant) you would expect at a private club, and pro shop is very well stocked.
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.