Battleground golf course at Deer Park - no. 9
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Battleground golf course at Deer Park - no. 9
The Battleground golf course at Deer Park celebrates 20 years. It's located just a few minutes from where Texas won its independence. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Battleground golf course at Deer Park - no. 1
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Battleground golf course at Deer Park - no. 1
There's a lot of water on the Battleground golf course at Deer Park, although this little hazard shouldn't come into play on the par-4 first. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Battleground golf course at Deer Park - no. 5
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Battleground golf course at Deer Park - no. 5
The fifth on the Battleground golf course at Deer Park is a short, sharp, dogleg-left par 5. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Battleground golf course at Deer Park - no. 9
The second shot on the ninth hole of the Battleground golf course at Deer Park plays over water. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Battleground golf course at Deer Park - no. 11
The 11th on the Battleground golf course at Deer Park is a short par 4, but it's not without its hazards. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Battleground golf course at Deer Park - no. 12
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Battleground golf course at Deer Park - no. 12
One of several semi-island greens can be found on the par-4 12th hole on the Battleground golf course at Deer Park near Houston. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Battleground golf course at Deer Park - no. 14
The 14th on the Battleground golf course at Deer Park is a medium-length par 4 with a green that can provide some tricky pin placements. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Battleground golf course at Deer Park - no. 17
The green of the par-3 17th hole of the Battleground golf course at Deer Park is fronted by a waterfall. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Battleground golf course at Deer Park - no. 18
Like no. 9, the finishing hole on the Battleground golf course at Deer Park is a par 4 that plays to a green protected by water. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Battleground golf course at Deer Park
The Battleground golf course at Deer Park is aptly named for the short battle that took place just a few miles away when Texas won its independence from Mexico. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor

A Texas golf landmark: The Battleground at Deer Park near Houston celebrates 20 years

DEER PARK, Texas -- Opened in 1996, the Battleground golf course at Deer Park remains one of the better values in the Houston area.

Located just east of the city in the heart of the area's oil-and-gas production, this municipal golf course has served Deer Park and surrounding communities for two decades with a golf course that measures nearly 7,000 yards from the back tees.

With water on half the holes and usually a prevailing breeze from the south, it's anything but easy, although the par 5s are short and represent birdie opportunities.

The Battleground at Deer Park has excellent stand-alone practice facilities that include a range, short-game area and three-hole practice course available for a nominal fee.

The large clubhouse features a well stocked golf shop and excellent restaurant and banquet facilities.

Mike Bailey is a senior staff writer based in Houston. Focusing primarily on golf in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America with an occasional trip to Europe and beyond, he contributes course reviews, travel stories and features as well as the occasional equipment review. An award-winning writer and past president of Texas Golf Writers Association, he has more than 25 years in the golf industry. Before accepting his current position in 2008, he was on staff at PGA Magazine, The Golfweek Group and AvidGolfer Magazine. Follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeBaileyGA and Instagram at @MikeStefanBailey.

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