Woodforest Golf Club - Back Course Review

Texas Outside Rating: 8.4

Golf - Public Course · 9 Holes · Par 72
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Woodforest Golf Club - Back Course Review

Woodforest Golf Club, formally known as Fish Creek Golf Club is a must play if you're in the area. The first 18 holes at Woodforest Golf Club opened in 2001 to rave reviews including: Ranked #3 “Best New Course in Houston” and "Top 10 Best Public Par 5's" by the Houston Chronicle Golf Guide and a “Must Play” by Golf Magazine. Another 9 holes, the West course, was added two years later and Woodforest continues to receive rave reviews for it's excellent course conditions, well maintained facilities, and the fastest and most consistent near perfect greens. Strategically placed bunkers and water make club selection critical for a good round, but skillful putting is the real key to scoring well on this course. Woodforest Golf Club has the look and feel of an expensive private club and it's a joy to play.

The Front nine has a reputation as the most traditional and easiest with wide, forgiving fairways. The Back nine and West are tree lined and more scenic with the Back being the most challenging and the West nine is known for it's tough greens. We played the Front nine and the West nine at the same time that the pros were playing to try and qualify for the PGA tour. Hosting the PGA Q School is a testament to the quality and challenging nature of Woodforest.

The Front nine is pretty straight forward and this is a nine where you can score well if you can miss the bunkers and water on 3 holes and putt well. You'll find a couple fun holes like #4 where the wide fairway narrows to two cart paths wide from 140 yards out to the green. #7 will test your skills as it takes a sharp dog leg left along a pond presenting some risk reward opportunities to try and stuff it and hold on a small green that has water most of the way around it. 

We really enjoyed the West nine - much more scenic, lots more variety, and a fun but challenging layout. Accuracy, proper club selection, and putting are keys to success here. You'll find water on a couple holes, much tighter and more contoured fairways, lots of trees, and well protected tough lightening fast greens with slope, undulation, and subtle breaks. West #2, a 518 yard par 5, is a good example with water and trees and a narrow landing zone presenting a challenge off the tee box, trees along one side and water along the left side make the second shot tough, and a small well protected green makes the approach very challenging, and then you have to putt! 

Woodforest is clearly one of the best maintained courses public courses we have played and the greens are unbelievable. You'll enjoy this course and it's worth going out of your way to play it.

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Blue 6,388 68.4 117
White 6,085 67.4 114
Gold 6,685 71.6 124
Red 5,078 68.1 116

Course Information

Course Architect:
Steve Elkington
Greens Type:
Tif Eagle
Greens Condition
Greens Difficulty
Course Map
Beware of water on 4 holes and the 42 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
8.4 out of 10
Fun to Play:
Front Nine Rating:
Back Nine Rating:


Approximate Weekend
$45.00 to $73.00

Woodforest Golf Club has a very good practice facility including fairway and green side bunkers. The facilities, pro shop, and grill are well done and the veranda with rocking chairs overlooking the 18th green is a excellent place for a drink after a fun



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! 
Texas Outside rates courses on the following:

  • Beauty – tall trees, rolling hills, beautiful houses, waterfalls, and similar stuff would score high; a 1 would be flat, bushes or cactus instead of trees, and some grass but mostly weeds
  • Difficulty – a straight, 300 yard par 4 with no traps or hazards, no out of bounds or water would probably get a 1; if it is a 460 yard par 4 over two ravines, with water along one side, natural hazards on the other, strategically placed traps or that dreaded tree right in the middle of the fairway, we are talking a 10. 
  • Variety – what would you give a course where all the holes looked and played exactly the same (“I thought we just played that hole!”); were side-by-side, which is good for finding or dodging other people’s balls, but not much fun; and you can see the flag from every tee box?  That’s right, it gets a 1.
  • Fun Scale – a 10 is where you walk off the course and say “now that was fun” and you can’t wait to get back, or you immediately turn around and play another 18 holes
  • Value – a 5 is $50 to $60, a 10 is $20 to $30, and 1 is $200 or so – of course all of this is dependent upon how you liked the course.  For example, if a run down, boring municipal course, with six players on each hole was only $10; it would still get a value rating of 1.
  • Condition – this one’s pretty easy – what condition are the fairways. A 10 commands very lush perfectly manicured fairways, compared to a 1, which has fire ants, weeds, and more dirt than grass!
  • Condition of Greens and Difficulty – very hard to read greens with lots of undulation and tough pin placement, rate very high on the difficulty scale.  Condition is self-explanatory.  

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.