Review of Tour 18 in Houston
Imagine yourself playing some of the challenging holes that the legends of golf have played in major tournaments like the U.S. Open, The Masters, The Tour Championship and the PGA Championship. Tour 18, owned and managed by Palmer Golf Management, has replicated 18 of the best holes, some of which you may be familiar with from watching tournaments on the tube: #6 at Bay Hill, #3 at Pinehurst, Amens Corner at Augusta National (#11, #12, and #13), the infamous #17 island green at Sawgrass, Pebble Beach #14, and Doral #18. Each of the holes have a marker at the tee box with some history and you get to try and see how you play the hole compared to the pros. For example:
If you follow golf, you'll love playing this course. It's fun to try and beat the champs and relive what you watched during the tournaments. When we played in August, the course was well manicured and landscaped and in very good condition. The fairways were in good shape and most were forgiving off the tee box. Some of the rough was cut thin and on some holes the rough was deep and tough. The bunkers had soft fluffy sand and all are strategically placed right where your ball wants to land. The greens seemed very small with mostly gentle slope, in very good condition, true, and a little slow.
Rates: $59.00 to $119.00
Service is excellent, the pro shop is well stocked, and there is a good bar, and grill.
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.