Excerpts from course review HOUSTON LINKS July 2008
… “The price is right and the greens are fantastic. …
It’s tough enough but it is not impossibly tough… it’s no pushover. There are several doglegs and the tree-lined fairways put a premium on driving the ball accurately. Water comes into play on 13 holes and offers a handful of daunting forced-carries. With four sets of tees that stretch the par-71 course from 5,151 yards to 6671 rest assured that players of all skill levels can peg it from an appropriate distance…
The experience begins with a coveted welcome by all golfers – a prospective birdie opportunity on the first hole. From the back tees ,the tree-lined par-5 measures just 473 yards, and moves left to right.
From the white tees, its only 455 years long. A good power fade leaves a mid-to-long-iron approach to the elevated green… Three well played shots should lead to red numbers right out of the gate.
The advantage gained on the first hole can vanish a few minutes later, however.
The second hole is a 442-yard par-4 and has one of the narrowest fairways on the course…
There’s a good mix of long and short par-4’s, a characteristic of any good course. The 382 yard par-4 fifth hole challenges players to hit an accurate drive. Two lakes skirt the right side of the fairway, and a large fairway bunker guards the left side.
No.8 is one of these doglegs left and is one of the most daunting holes on the course. From the back tees—set back some 40 yards from the other markers – it’s 365 yard par-4 with a blind tee shot over a patch of tall native grasses. A lake cuts through the fairway about 150 yards from the green, so any well-struck tee balls that veer left could find a watery grave.
…The back nine is highlighted by the three-hole stretch between No.s 13-15. It starts with the 512 yard par-5 13th (just 495 yards from the white tees) which usually plays downwind and is reachable in two with a good drive. There’s a hidden lake that runs up the left side, however, and the elevated putting surface is surrounded by three bunkers. No.14 comes back the opposite direction, so the 393 yard par-4 often plays into the wind. The final 170 yards bend to the left with the water’s edge coming within a few yards of the front-left portion of the green. The final hole of the triumvirate is a slight dogleg right. The 15th is a 416 yarder that features out of bounds to the right.
…The 18th at Jersey Meadow is the type of finishing hole that urges you to return to the club as soon as possible and try your luck again. It’s a straight-away, 399-yard par-4 with two forced-carries over water. A wide creek slices through the fairway about 210 yards from the back tees. There’s another 100 yards of fairway before it drops into a lake about 65 yards short of the elevated green, which is sandwiched with bunkers on either side.
…It’s just a really comfortable place to play and practice…”