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Value
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Layout
2.6
Friendliness
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Pace
4.8
Amenities
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About

Holes 18
Type Resort
Par 72
Length 6988 yards
Slope 142
Rating 74.3

Editor's Note: Course closed for business in 2020.

Formerly known as Columbia Lakes Resort & Conference Center. Tall Texas oak trees covered in moss, dogleg fairways, lagoons, and winding, clear-blue lakes highlight the golf course on this 2,000-acre resort. Many of the holes have been nominated as some of the most difficult in Houston, including the 533-yard fifth, which doglegs right around a lake that impacts play on every shot. No. 18, a long par 4, requires a perfect drive to the right side of the fairway in order to have a chance to fire away at the long approach. This approach must carry water and avoid the overhanging trees, and the green is extremely shallow, less than 50 feet deep. Tom Fazio redesigned this impressive resort course in the early 1980s. It was his first assignment.

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Course Details

Year Built 1973
Fairways 419 Hybrid Bermuda Grass
Greens Tiff Dwarf Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Tom Fazio (1973) Tom Fazio (1989)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code Proper golf attire required.

Reviews

1.5
58 Reviews (58)

What Golfers Are Saying

Course Challenges Include:
Water Hazards 8
This course/club is great for:
Locals 6

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Reviews 33
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
1.0
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Walked

Terrible experience

I called the pro shop at noon and asked if I would need a tee time if I came over around 4:30. I was told no problem, no outings or events were happening. I drove 1.5 hours, from Katy, and arrived at 4:30. The course was closed. No one there, pro shop locked, no carts, no people, nothing.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Poor
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Fair
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Enjoyable environment perpetually trying to thrive

This is a very fun course to play in a quiet, laid back neighborhood. The golf operations have been just trying to tread water for the past 7-8 years or so. The greens have significantly improved and they are still working on them.5 was actually named one of the top 10 best Texas holes in the 80s but was under repair of some sort last week. La Casona Tex-Mex restaurant is leasing the clubhouse food space and is well worth the visit. All in all certainly worth the visit. Some would refer to the clubhouse is outdated but I like it alot, it's nostalgic and the condition has been receiving more and more attention as of late.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser

Tough corse, wet day

We were down for vacation and decided to try this course. It had been raining a lot, and even rained during our round. The course is a pretty course and in reasonable condition. We are not very accurate off the tee and the course really punishes you if your off the fairway.
Can't wait to try again with better conditions.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 20-24
Skill Beginner
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

condition

This course is not in very good conditions. Fairways are very poor, but greens are worse. They had two greens closed and probably should have had more of them closed. It appears they are working to get the greens back but looks like that could take several months. Sand traps had very little sand and most were overgrown with grass. I got a good deal and thought I would give it a try since it is close to my house. I may try again later in summer to see if there is improvement. The course design is very good with lots of trees lining the fairways.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Disappointed

The course conditions have seriously deteriorated since we played two years ago. Greens were terrible. Fairways FULL of crab grass. So disappointing.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Fair
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

So Sad

The course layout is excellent. The course condition was very poor. The fairways lost most of their grass; The bunkers had no sand; And the greens were hard and inconsistent.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Improving the challenge

This is the second time I've played this course. It has a nice layout and is pretty challenging. It has plenty of water and sand. It's not in the greatest shape but it has improved since my last visit. The only problem I have was getting from #9 to #10 as it is poorly marked. Overall it is a great value and a above average course.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Green could use reseeding. Greens have rough spots. Layout was very nice. Par 3's are unforgiving and challenging.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played

Getting Better

Fun course to play, the driving range is very frequently closed however which is frustrating. La Casona restaurant in the clubhouse is a very cool, unique setting and has great food. Greens are not great but improving, they're better than they have been in about 8 years.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great deal

Read some reviews before booking a tee time they commented the course was not being taken care of well it is winter and this course is out in the country. So we got a great hot deal so we thought let's go check it out on a Sunday midday. Well we had a blast yeh greens were not that maintained but was fun and beautiful very challenging . The one thing I wish they had was a cart girl so get what you want before you start . We will be going back in spring and see if the greens are better maintained. The pace was great too and staff very nice.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 12
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
First Time Playing

Not worth the hot deal price

It appears they do not care about their course. Grass around the greens were higher than normal, greens were very slow and unkept, bare patches all around the green. Fairway had a lot of crabgrass and weeds. All in all Not a well maintained golf course. I would not play this course again.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 28
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
3.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

hope

course needs work and there is a promise of better things to come

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
First Time Playing
Wet weather
Used cart

Good Day

Played Columbia Lakes for the first time with my 11 year old on Wednesday and a 2nd time on Thursday. We had a great time, the course was in good shape and we found CL very challenging. We were literally the only 2 on this course! We will be back, GolfNow made this trip extremely affordable and enjoyable.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Worst Greens I have Ever Played.

The course was in terrible shape. I thought we were getting a deal for paying $15 each but the greens were literally like concrete. No grass on 80% of them... By far the worst greens I have ever played on. I don't think they have ever watered them. Not to mention the sand traps. They were like rock. No soft sand at all!

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Excellent
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap Don't know
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
2.0
First Time Playing
Fair weather
Used cart

Value play

Disclaimer: Novice golfers with 1 year lessons/play experience but have played all levels of course (PGA to municipal level).

Columbia Lakes course is an 18 hole course that offers very interesting layout, some good challenging holes, but is saddled with lower end maintenance and is affected by wet conditions. The course winds through a housing community with large lots. Some holes were much wider fairways than others. There is a mexican restaurant located in the club house that appeared very popular with the local residents. Pro shop attendant was friendly and shop appeared well stocked. We played after the area received some very heavy rains and the course was very soggy in parts. Since we used the GolfNow Hot deal rate, we felt it was worth the long drive and could tolerate the conditions. Cart path only for the carts but could do 90 degree for most holes. Our cart had a brake issues and needed some work. There was little to no sand in the bunkers, greens were terribly bumpy and tee boxes could use a good weeding. Drinking water was available on the course in several spots. BUGS were very bad in the area probably due to rain or proximity to the Brazos river; don't forget the bug spray. We didn't have anyone on the course behind us or in front of us. A friend who has played here several times told us this was his experience most of the time and he liked it for the relaxed pace.

As the course has hosted some big tournaments in the past, you can see the real potential in it with some fun, challenging holes. I'd like to play again after less rain in the area to see if green maintenance would be better. I'd recommend this course for locals or those that want a course with relaxed play speed to work on their game.

Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

really nice layout

this is a nice course I hate that the greens are so bad love playing this course but greens just bad

Conditions Poor
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
2.0
Previously Played

The greens are in bad condition

Pace of play is good but the putting surface on the greens were really bad

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Columbia lakes. Good price, poor course

Greens were awful. Bumps and nothing true. Sand traps were pebble traps. Fairways were not cut very well. The. Price was right and we got round in a quick time as few other players, but after driving 80 miles I'd rather pay more and play nearer. We played here before and it wasn't very good but we hoped that it might have improved. It had not

Conditions Poor
Value Average
Layout Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good

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