If you're looking for a great place to spend a weekend golfing, enjoying one of the best lakes in Texas, and staying at an excellent resort, then this article is dedicated to you.
We booked a room for a couple nights at La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa which sits on the shoreline of Lake Conroe and here are some reasons why we can highly recommend this Texas resort:
Here is a link to our review of La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa.
Oh, and one of the amenities of La Torretta Lake Resort is 18 holes of pretty good golf and 5 minutes after we checked in and popped a beer, we were teeing off on the first hole. La Torretta Golf Course has tight fairways that play through towering pine trees - I heard my ball ricocheting off the trees and hiding under the pine needles on several hole. You'll also encounter some ponds, several white sand bunkers, dog legs and more to keep you focused on your game. Rates are reasonable and conditions are pretty good. To learn more, read our review of La Torretta Golf Course.
After a round of golf in 100 degree Texas heat, it was time to hit the pool and pay off my golfing losses! Wow, did that feel good - the pool that is. The pool was followed by some good Mexican food at 7 Leguas and a couple two many excellent Margaritas.
It seemed like I had just hit the sack when the alarm went off - I popped a couple Advil and headed out to play Grand Pines at Bentwater. Wow, what a spectacular 18 holes of golf. Grand Pines is one of the three private courses at the gated and upscale Bentwater master planned community on Lake Conroe. Grand Pines plays beside the Sam Houston National Forest so there are no homes (which for me means no lost balls in some back yards), barking dogs, or traffic to contend with. But there are dog legs, water, natural areas to fly, challenging green complexes, huge bunkers, rolling contoured fairways, and dense forests to contend with. Like at La Torretta Golf Course, I had several golf balls that ricocheted off lots of pine trees, almost killed a squirrel, and were never found. However, I did find the bunkers and took home a lot of sand in my hair, shoes, and pockets. Grand Pines made our list of the Best Private Courses in Texas because it's a fantastic layout, fair but very demanding, a blast to play, and in near perfect condition. Here is a link to our review of Grand Pines at Bentwater.
Back at the La Torretta Resort pool I paid off some of my losses and forgot about my horrible play as I drifted down the lazy river. From the pool, we headed over to Wolfies on Lake Conroe to pay off another bet and feed the belly. Great setting on the edge of Lake Conroe, pretty good food, and some outstanding Margaritas. Wasn't sure I would be able to make a tee time the next morning at Bentwater's Weiskopf course.
After downing a few cups of coffee and several Advil, I teed off on the Weiskopf course and dribbled the ball just past the forward tee box. I was concerned that was going to be my best shot of the day! It got a little better but not much - I found two back yards of some multi-million dollar homes, knocked a branch off of tall pine, and put 3 balls in Lake Conroe! All-in-all, not a bad round.
After playing Grand Pines most other courses are going to be a disappointment but Weiskopf held its own. The front nine is wide open, straight forward and traditional, and it offers most golfers an opportunity to turn in a good round. The back is a lot more fun with 4 holes along the shoreline of Lake Conroe, some fun holes, huge beautiful homes, and several holes that require some strategic shot making. I spent a little bit of time in the bunker below - which may look like the beaches at South Padre - and after a couple shots I was ready to get my beach chair, umbrella, and pop a cold beer! Here is a link to our review of the Weiskopf Course at Bentwater.
After dumping all the sand out of my shoes, downing a couple more Advil, and saying good bye to our Houston friend, it was time to head back home. Can't wait to come back. The Lake Conroe area is loaded with lots of other great golf courses and the Lake is perfect for cruising, fishing, or heading over to a restaurant for drinks and food. If you're thinking about going, check out our Lake Conroe Golf Map to find some other great course to play and the Lake Conroe Map and review of Lake Conroe to find other fun things to do during your visit.