Review of Georgetown Country Club - Georgetown, TX
Georgetown Country Club is a private member-equity club that opened as a nine hole course in 1927, making this course one of the oldest in Texas. Another nine was added in 1954 giving Georgetown Country Club 18 holes (par 70) that are fun, demanding, and scenic. With yardages ranging from 5445 yards from the tips to 4239 yards from the front tees, Georgetown Country Club may be one of the shortest courses in the Texas Hill Country.
Its short but very demanding and requires some shot making and risk taking as it winds along and across the Middle San Gabriel River and up and down some fairly steep terrain with towering trees, cliffs, and sharp dog legs. Georgetown Country Club will throw a little bit of every at you during your round - forced carries across the river, dramatic elevated tee boxes, dog legs left and right, plenty of trees that can block your shots, some very steep up-hill as well as downhill shots, sloping raised greens, and plenty of contoured and rolling fairways that are very tight to wide open. To score well here you'll need some good shot making and club selection skills and be willing to take some risk-reward shots - and off the tee box you may want to keep the big dog in the bag and use whatever club you're most accurate with! Some of the par 4s are short (243 to 283) and long hitters can try to go for the green - but miss long, left, or right and par will be challenging.
The front nine at Georgetown Country Club is really fun, very challenging, and loaded with lots of personality and some unique holes, for example:
The back nine at Georgetown Country Club is a par 34 that is shorter by up to 200 yards and has the San Gabriel River that can come into play on 6 holes. This nine is much more traditional and straightforward and more forgiving thanks to wider fairways and a tad easier approach shots. The three par 3's are great and one par 5 is short at 439 yards but requires a carry across the River to a slight uphill fairway that turns right then left to the green.
The greens at Georgetown Country Club are average to large, a variety of shapes, and most have some slope. When we played they had just been punched and were running a little slow. Normally they run between and 8 to 9. Most of the greens are raised and if you're a tad short on your approach, you're likely to roll back down and away from the pin. Some of the greens had some minor damage (29 days of over 100 degrees hasn't helped) but a new superintendent is doing an excellent job of improving the course conditions.
Most of the fairways are tight, all have some slope or contour, and plenty of trees, hillsides, natural areas, and the River can cause problems. When we played the fairways were in fair condition - the severe temperature and lack of rain has been challenging for Georgetown CC as well as the majority of Texas courses and as such the grass with thin and firm, which creates lots of extra roll that can be both good news if you can keep it straight and leverage the slope and contour and bad news if it takes you into some trouble. A few of the holes are side by side which means you may encounter fellow golfers in your fairway.
There are no bunkers on the course!
Bottom line - a fun, short, scenic, and demanding course and a great value for members.
Initiation Fees: Under $10,000
Monthly Dues: $201 to $400
Service is excellent, the pro shop is well stocked, and there is no range but the putting greens and short game area are adequate. The clubhouse is home to a good restaurant, patio, and lounge. Some of the other amenities include a pool and tennis courts. A 40 yard driving area is budgeted. The members are outgoing and very friendly
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.