Review of Blue Lake Golf Club
Blue Lake Golf Club is a very fun and demanding 9 hole course that is in the rolling hills near Lake LBJ and it is consistently rated as one of the best nine-hole courses in Texas. In fact, the Dallas Morning News voted Blue Lake the "9th Best Nine Hole Course in Texas." The course was designed by Joe Finger and opened in 1962 and the course is owned by the Blue Lake Property Owners Association and managed by the Blue Lake Golf Club, Inc. We love this course and also rated it as one of the Best Nine Hole Courses in Texas.
There are four sets of tee boxes and yardages of 2301 to 2376 yards. It's fun to play one set of tee boxes on the first nine and a different set on the back nine. Blue Lake is short but puts a premium on accuracy. It seems to play a lot tougher than its slope of 103 and rating of 63.1 and longer than the posted yardages, thanks to all the ups and downs. Blue Lake has 5 par 3s, 1 par 5, and 3 par 4s.
For such a short course, Blue Lake will throw a lot at you and the course demands accuracy and precision to score well. You'll need to manage elevated tee boxes, uphill greens with raised fronts, dog legs, blind shots, a couple of good risk-reward opportunities, some challenging approach shots, contoured and sloping fairways that make finding a flat lie virtually impossible, and smaller than normal greens that are difficult to nail. Your round will feel like you're on a roller coaster ride! The good news is there are no bunkers or water.
Blue Lake is an interesting layout with excellent variety and each hole seems to offer at least one obstacle to keep you interested and focused. There are also so fun holes like:
We have played Blue Lake several times over the years and it's always in good condition, particularly for a course with such low rates and a relatively small budget. The fairways have some bare spots but are very playable and rough is wide and playable. Most of the fairways are sloping, contoured, and have significant elevation changes.
The greens are mostly ovals and range from small to average. Over the last years, the superintendent has been working hard on making the greens larger. And when we played in May they were much larger then what we played over the past several years. They are still a tad difficult to hit and hold - you've got to come in high and bump and runs are tough because of the raised fronts. The greens were in good condition and run true but a little slow. Most have some slope but they are easy to read.
Bottom line - fun and challenging holes, good conditions, and excellent value.
Rates: $24.00 to $32.00
Service is low key and laid back and country friendly. The facilities are dated but functional. There is a putting green but no driving range. Bring some food and water because there is no cart service or food except for a few snacks.
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.