Moody Gardens Golf Course

4.5924000000 4.6 stars from 5 (184)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6816 yards
  • Slope: 127
  • Rating: 72.6
  • Layout

  • 1700 Sydnor Lane, Galveston, Texas 77554, Galveston County
  • (409) 683-4653
  • (409) 683-4728
  • www.moodygardensgolf.com
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Year built: 1976
Architect(s): Peter Jacobsen (2008), Jim Hardy (2008), Carlton Gipson (1989)
Type: Public
Greens: Paspalum
Fairways: Paspalum
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper golf attire
Credit cards accepted: All credit cards accepted

Tees | Layout

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Orange 72 6816 yards 72.6 127
Black 72 6380 yards 69.7 122
Gold 72 5972 yards 67.4 119
Green 72 5529 yards 65.1 109
Maroon (W) 72 4549 yards 66.2 104

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 4.6 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.4 stars from 5
Value: 4.6 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.2 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.8 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.6 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 184 Reviews
5 stars:
117
4 stars:
60
3 stars:
6
2 stars:
1
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

179 out of 184 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive near local attractions convenient to the city   Great for advanced golfers a weekend splurge locals   Challenges include water hazards bunkers forced carries   Great for drinks watching the game 19th hole scenic views  

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"Outstanding greens and fairways"


joldham1's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/13/2017
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course conditions were about as perfect as they could be. Brings lots of balls, water along every fairway.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"This course is worth the trip"


u000004977971's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/10/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Came from Conroe to play this course and it was worth the trip. Moody Gardens will make you use every club in your bag. Wind can be a big factor so you need to use your imagination with many shots. Paspalum grass is different than most of the grass we play.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Good value for well kept up course"


u037682899's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  25+

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/28/2016
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course is challenging, especially the back 9. It was kept in great condition. Fairways were like carpet and greens rolled true.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


Response from Moody Gardens Golf Course on 01/03/2017:

Excellent! Thank you for your review. We appreciate your kind words and we hope to see you out here again soon!

"Great time"


mistokes99's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/02/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Can't blame the course on the unusually high winds conditions, and will be back to play again soon. Great layout overall...to be picky, I'm not a fan of holes that double back on each other, and that is my only criticism. Excellent condition. I was expecting greens to be faster based on reviews - they're immaculate and run true, but certainly not what I would consider fast at all. I'm thinking the wind conditions kept people away, but we pretty much had the course to ourselves - never waited on anyone and was never pushed. Definitely worth the time if a moderate green fee can be found. We paid $40 ea.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from Moody Gardens Tee Times on 12/05/2016:

So glad you loved the conditions! Thanks for making the drive out!

"Excellent Condition"


u000006680222's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/24/2016
Previously played

Reviewed on

This was the second time in 3 weeks that I've played here and the course is in amazing condition. The fairways are well kept, not to soft or hard, and with no patches. The greens are impeccable and as green as can be. I absolutely recommend this course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Moody Gardens Tee Times on 12/01/2016:

Happy to hear you loved the conditions! Thanks for the recommendation!

"Worth the drive"


Pickelt11's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/13/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Beautiful course. Fantastic layout. Greens are flawless and a little quick. Fairways are pristine. Rough is very tough to play out of, a little spongy, which made chipping a fun challenge. Would have liked to see a better course map / hole layout guide as there are some semi-blind shots I would have played differently had I known where I was headed. Staff was friendly. Played in a relaxed 4 hours on Sunday morning. Equivalent in quality to Black Horse (when Black Horse is at it's best). Drove from downtown Houston and will be back again, well worth the 1hr drive.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Moody Gardens Tee Times on 11/16/2016:

Thank you so much for making the drive and enjoying Moody Gardens! We can't wait to see you again soon!

"Nice Course"


u513796052's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/22/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was very well-kept, greens immaculate, friendly helpful staff. Great place to play.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Moody Gardens Tee Times on 10/25/2016:

Awesome! So glad you enjoyed the greens, come back soon!

"Challenging"


u246109843's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  Don't know

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/10/2016
Previously played

Reviewed on

Fairways are soft, you need to swing through to carry the ball. Greens are perfect. Challenging enough that I am going again tomorrow.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Moody Gardens Tee Times on 10/17/2016:

So happy to hear you loved the course enough and the challenge that you're coming back for more! See you then!

"Nice Course!"


svoltz1's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/30/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

First time down here and I really enjoyed it. Played from the orange tees which makes some of the holes pretty long (especially into the prevailing wind). Couple of shots I would like to have back and would do better with having played once before. Make sure you have the correct pin locations. I would definitely come back - worth the drive.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Moody Gardens Tee Times on 10/11/2016:

Thanks for making the drive! We love our fans. Come back and see us soon!

"course was immaculate"


farsidemike's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/28/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

condition of the course was outstanding.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 09/30/2016

So happy to hear you loved the course conditions and your round was memorable. Can't wait to see you back here for your next round!


"Great course, Great value!"


icebiscuit's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/25/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

For the time of year conditions great. Staff very friendly. First to tee off so no issue with pace. Weather may have kept people away but no rain for us. Keep in fairways cause rough just deep enough to hide stray ball. Only complaint was pesky mosquitos. Definitely play again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 09/29/2016

Thank you so much for this great review! We are happy to hear the staff made your experience a memorable one. Come back and see us!


"Always in great shape"


pkromar's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/24/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I have played this course many times all different times of the year and it has always been in great shape. The greens and fairways were perfect.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 09/29/2016

Glad you loved the conditions we can't wait to see you on your next round!


"Best conditioned course I played in Texas this year."


Deliason77's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/21/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course is in great condition, both fairways and greens. It is a fun course to play. The only drawback was the pace of play. The wind makes the course play long for short hitters. Saw several groups not playing ready golf. No marshalls to keep pace moving. Five hour round on a weekday when the course wasn't packed. I would still highly recommend playing the course if you can.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 09/27/2016

Thanks so much for playing at Moody Gardens! We will let our staff know about the concern on the pace of play. We appreciate you looking out!


"So Hot"


Vince52's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/19/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was in excellent shape but the weather beat me down by the 18th. I was expecting at least a breeze. Wonderful course


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Commented on 09/21/2016

So glad you loved the course! Hope to see you again on a better weather day. Come back again!


"Resort style golf course"


edward3754815's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/15/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This was my first time playing this track and I was impressed. The course was in excellent condition. Every part of the course was well manicured and looked amazing. The front 9 were all beautifuly designed holes. Back 9 for some reason didn't look as amazing, although they were still nice.

The wind caught me by surprise as it gusted pretty hard pretty much non-stop.

Overall it was a fantastic day of golf at a beautiful course. I will return!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 09/21/2016

Happy to hear you loved the course and conditions at Moody Gardens! We can't wait to see you back for more!


"Fun Beach Course"


u00000442736's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/05/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is originally the Galveston municipal course. I played from the tips and found it to be a lot more challenging than I expected. With alot of water in play and holes that try to disguise the landing areas quite a bit, it is not your typical simple muni. The course was in good shape, the fairways are lush, the greens a bit soft (they were aerated when I played). All in all, I found it to be a delight. Nice wildlife, good views of the bay, you get to see any airport activity, etc. And definitely more challenging than I originally thought since it is a links style with few trees and wide fairways. Beware of the wind as well! If you like the natural part of golf as much as the golf, this is worth a play.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 09/08/2016

Awesome! Thank you for leaving this review and taking the time to notice our course conditions and the scenery here at Moody Gardens. Looking forward to your next visit.


"Moody Gardens"


samt2013's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/28/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was in excellent shape with the exception of the greens which had been plugged and sanded (which I knew about before playing). The food and service in the grill was below par so the next time I go there, I will eat somewhere else and then enjoy my round. The grill left a lot to be desired.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 09/21/2016

Awesome to hear you enjoyed the course. Thanks for letting us know about the food/service we will let our staff know so we can improve your experience on the next round!


"One of the best Municipal Courses I've played"


Friesengolf51's avatar
Age:  Under 25
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/08/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Fantastic experience... I will play every time I'm in the area!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 08/09/2016

Thank you Friesengolf51 for the review and feedback. We are so happy you had a fantastic experience and we hope you will come back and see us again very soon!


"Great course"


alexguerrero's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/03/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

First time playing here, I got a great price on golf now. Was very surprised by this course. Fairways were nice as were the greens. Plenty of water to make this course challenging. I strongly recommend playin here.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Commented on 08/12/2016

Thank you alexguerrero for the review and 5-stars! We are so happy you had such a great time and were pleasantly surprised about the course. We hope you will continue to golf with us throughout the seasons and we hope you will come back and see us again soon!


"Great Golf Outing"


u591726126's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/19/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I have visited Galveston for many years and had a great time but never played the golf coarse. What a big mistake on my part. The coarse is in great shape. The fairways are prestine and the greens are like carpet. By far the best coarse I have been on this year. Trent yourself to a great day of golf, go play Moody Gardens you want be disappointed.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Commented on 08/01/2016

Thank you for your kind words and your 5 Star rating! Your feedback makes us proud to have pleased our golfers. Please come back again next time you are in the area!



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