Moody Gardens Golf Course

4.6677588235 4.7 stars from 5 (232)
  • 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 | Full Scorecard

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

GA Rating Index 4.7 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.3 stars from 5
Value: 4.6 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.2 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.7 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.6 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 232 Reviews
5 stars:
153
4 stars:
69
3 stars:
9
2 stars:
1
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

225 out of 232 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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"Excellent Course"


Nehice's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/17/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Moody is always in perfect shape! Staff friendliness is a plus.


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



Emmanuel9079638's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/14/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


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


"Great Course"


u761932401's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/31/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great course in great shape...best I've seen it. Staff was very friendly. Marshall came around a few times. Asked my opinion of course, pace of play, etc. Honestly seemed interested in my opinion. Great price online.


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 Golf Course on 08/09/2017:

Thank you for your review and 5-star rating! We're glad to hear that you took notice and appreciated not only the course conditions but also our customer service. We hope you'll join us for another round soon and be sure to Like us on Facebook for the latest course news and specials.

"MOSQUITOES!!!!!!!! AAAAGGGGGHHHH!!!!!!!"


msmithcsrs's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/02/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

Ask about the mosquitoes before booking. I never experienced them like this at this course before or ANYWHERE for that matter. We showed up only to find out when we were asked in the pro shop whether we had bug spray at which time he told us he had tried to play the day before but quit after 4 holes because the mosquitoes were so bad. We thought if the winds were strong enough, the mosquitoes wouldn't be able to fly in it. Unfortunately, the wind never got much over 10 mph, so it didn't help much. At times, we swarmed by way more than 50 at a time. Bug spray helped some. If you can play when the mosquitoes are gone or under control, the course conditions were excellent. The greens could use cutting a little shorter or rolled to make them a little faster, but they rolled true and were spotless of imperfections. The fairways also were lush, full and nearly as flawless as the greens. The course layout is challenging, but enjoyable, and with 5 sets of tees, you can choose a challenge suitable to your game. The forward tees are especially helpful for short hitters. Its nice to see a course which actually has forward tees FORWARD. I highly recommend the course in the mosquito "off season." BTW it frequently is windy on this course which makes it much more challenging.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Moody Gardens Golf Course on 07/06/2017:

Thank you for your review and feedback. We're glad to hear that you enjoyed the course conditions, layout, and tee options. We apologize if the mosquitos took away from enjoying your round to its fullest but we hope you'll give us another chance in the future.

"Holes in greens"


Dbfritzi's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  25+

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/10/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Apparently they have aerated this course recently and the sand at the greens washed out.The ball looks like it's going down the plinko game on the price is right. There is no way you were going to get a true reading or roll on the greens. The locals told us that it takes five weeks for the holes to heal in the green at this course.. Also the sand traps are lacking sand very pan hard. The greenskeeper needs to do a better job, more sand on the greens so they can heal quicker would be nice. This course is a mile from the beach why not get some sand and fill in the bunkers?

This could be a great course if they would just put in some time and effort.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair


I recommend this course


Response from Moody Gardens Golf Course on 06/22/2017:

Thank you for your feedback. We understand and we apologize that the greens are taking a little longer to recover from the recent aeration but we hope you'll give us another chance in the near future.

"Great Course"


Gdozier77's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/09/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This was the first time that my golf buddies and I had played this course and the turf was outstanding. Not sure what type of grass they have, but it is some of the best I've played on thus far. The only downside was that the green had been aerated which was an issue for putting and getting your ball to check. But other than that, I will return to the place this course again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Moody Gardens Golf Course on 06/12/2017:

Thank you for choosing Moody Gardens Golf Course! We're glad that you finally made it out here. We wish your first impression wasn't with recovering aerated greens but it sounds like you had a great time anyways. Come join us again soon once our greens are fully healed.

"Great Course"


Kenyayetu's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/03/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Easily the best conditioned fairways in the Galveston/Houston......keep it in the fairway and be rewarded with a perfect lie ever time

Greens had been airated but still rolled well

The wind makes it tough, be ready!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Moody Gardens Golf Course on 06/06/2017:

Thank you for your review. Our staff works very hard to keep our course conditions top notch and we are very appreciative that it does not go unnoticed. Hope to see you again soon!

"Great course"


u594424915's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/29/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We played the morning after a big rain storm. The fairways were in great shape and so were the greens. There were only a couple of bunkers that needed attention. We played at our own pace with only one group coming behind us on one hole. Overall it was a great experience and I'll definitely be back. Probably my new weekend course if I can get a good deal through golf now.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Moody Gardens Golf Course on 06/01/2017:

Thank you very much for your kind words and 5-star rating! Be sure to Like us on Facebook for the latest course news and specials. Hope to see you out here every weekend!


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/27/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Moody Gardens Golf Course on 06/22/2017:

Thank you for your review! Come see us again soon.

"Windy city"


edcjb0's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/25/2017
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played on my birthday (May 25) and the weather was excellent except for a constant wind from 25-35 mph that was in the face and crossing but seldom helping. The course was in first-class condition in every respect. My only beef would be the 18th hole, which was 399 yards from the senior tees, with the second a long carry over water directly into the worst of the wind. A daunting task for the longest hitters. Basically a par 6 on this afternoon.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Response from Moody Gardens Golf Course on 06/01/2017:

Happy belated birthday! Thank you for taking the time to write this great 5-star review! We're sorry to hear that the 18th hole gave you some trouble due to the high winds but hopefully the wind won't be as strong during your next round with us. Hope to see you out here again soon.

"Island golf"


Jeff4063616's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/17/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is the best course in Galveston county. Fairways and greens are always in great shape. And a good value when booked through GolfNow...


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


"Perfect Weather for Golf"


barry9114506's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/15/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

The course was in great shape green and fairways were perfect as was the weather the day we played 5/15/17 lite wind for the coast and only 82 for a high temp.

The staff was really friendly and nice

The course can be challenging if you don't hit fairly straight some holes have trouble on both sides

this course is a must play if you are in the Galveston area


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



"My Go To Course"


u117636931's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/14/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Galveston's municipal course managed by Moody Gardens Resort. It's a great place to play with well kept greens and fairways. Can be pricy at times but 2pm twilight times and the 5 holes at 5pm is a great deal. There are few trees on the course and the boundaries of each hole are mostly kept by water and marsh shrubs. Bring extra balls you won't be able to retrieve many missed shots. Come out enjoy the sun and cool island breezes.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



geoffrey6900106's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/14/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Moody Gardens improved my mood"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/13/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Staff allowed us to play a couple of tee times later so we could warm up. Maintenance was outstanding. As good as either of my clubs. Greens like fast green silk carpet.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course




5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/10/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



u000007180877's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  Don't know

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/09/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


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


"Great course"


ericrausa's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/03/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Found a Hot Deal on a Wednesday for $30.00. Hardly anyone on the course. Greens and fairways were near perfect. Can't wait to play here again


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



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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/30/2017
First time playing Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Response from Moody Gardens Golf Course on 05/02/2017:

Thank you! Come see us again soon.



5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/28/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from Moody Gardens Golf Course on 05/03/2017:

Thank you! Hope to see you out here again soon.


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