Sienna Plantation Golf Club is an outstanding track that was designed by Arthur Hill and opened in 2000. The Houston Chronicle agrees that is one of the best in Houston and in 2009 named it to its list of the “Top Ten Best Houston Public Golf Courses.”
The course plays through a very upscale housing development with some huge beautiful homes that are set back off the fairway. The terrain is flat but Arthur Hills added a lot of berms and mounds and contour to the fairways which make for some uneven lies as well as uphill greens and elevated tee shots.
In addition to water and magnificent homes, live oaks and an abundance of mature cedar elms and other native trees line the fairways and provide a naturally wooded setting. Lakes, water fountains, and meandering creeks make Sienna Plantation Golf Club atheistically pleasing, add some risk reward opportunities, and make some holes much more difficult.
What makes this track both fun and challenging is that each hole is a little different than the previous holes and the layout throws something at you to test some portion of your game. You’ll also get to use a variety of your clubs. For example:
The fairways were in very good condition but did have a lot of divots which may have been due to heavy Thanksgiving play. The majority of the fairways are narrow, relatively straight (you can usually see the pin and what you’re up against), and very contoured. Several holes have some tall mounds and berms as well as some dry creek beds that are treacherous.
The fairways are lined by trees or beautiful homes that can come into play on some holes. The rough is wide and playable but miss it and you’re in trouble with trees (which you can typically find a way out of), a backyard, water, or wetlands and a lost ball. This is a course where you need to hit ‘um straight and you need to be deadly accurate to find the best position on the green based on pin placement.
The greens can be complex and challenging thanks to plenty of steep slope, undulation, and tiers. The greens at Sienna Plantation Golf Club vary in size from average to small and several are oblong and elevated with little room for error. They were in very good condition but seemed slower than the 10 that the Pro said they normally run. They were smooth, true, and held well. Pin position can be a killer thanks to the slope, undulation, and tiers.
There aren’t a lot of bunkers, typically one per hole and they are fairly easy to avoid. The sand was wet thanks to a recent rain but is should normally be soft and thick. You’ll also find plenty of grass bunkers and berms and swales.
Bottom line: Sienna Plantation Golf Club is a fun track with good conditions and is very close to being labeled a shot makers course. Good conditions, an excellent value with a coupon or special, and a very good layout make this a must play if you’re in the area.
Rates: $49.00 to $69.00
Service is good, the grill has some very tasty food (the Philly is outstanding), the pro shop is well stocked, and the practice facilities are adequate.
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.