Re-energizing Texas National and Country Place Golf Club

Texas National Golf Club There is a certain passion and dedication that comes along with being an avid golfer. It’s a commitment that often can be demonstrated in a myriad of ways, but ultimately it comes down to a desire to play the game and a willingness to do so with great effort.

For some, it’s finding the perfect public course and playing as often as possible. For others, it’s joining the ideal golf club surrounding themselves with others that share the same pursuit and passion. Whatever it is that drives you to play the game Gantz Management Group and its Houston-area facilities will fit the bill without question.

Providing quality public and private golf experiences for all level of golfers, Texas National Golf Club and Country Place Golf Club are re-energizing golf in Southeast Texas through a commitment to affordable, enjoyable and challenging golf experiences.
Few public courses in the region have the history and the pedigree of Texas National, a challenging layout located just eight miles north of Conroe, TX. At Texas National significant efforts are underway to improve both soil quality and turf conditions. At Texas National, Gantz Management Group isn’t just satisfied with improving the golf course; they are diligently working to returned it to its storied roots and original glory.

Situated on 200-plus acres of natural, rolling terrain, Texas National was crafted by Jack Miller in 1977 and almost immediately took its place among the most respected and enjoyed layouts in the Houston area. Over the years, however, the course, which was home to the Texas Golf Hall of Fame from 1978 to 1987, lost its place among the Houston elite as the area grew and competition increased.

“There’s a generation of people that have forgotten about this golf course and another generation of people that have never heard of it,” Gantz said. “But this course has so much history and it’s just absolutely beautiful.”

Without question, that message is finding its way out to the Houston market. Golfers are rediscovering what a special golf course and facility Texas National truly is. A challenging golf course to be sure, Texas National features significant elevation changes that had many calling it the Augusta National of Texas when it opened more than three decades ago. Today, the course is noted for its challenge but also for its playability as it boasts several sets of tees and at 6,800 yards doesn’t leave the medium-length hitter at a disadvantage. In fact, placing the ball around this course is essential (as it is at Augusta National) as tall pine trees and undulating fairways make accuracy and shot making far more the premium over brute strength. The front nine is highlighted by the 200-yard par-3 second hole, which features a full carry over water to a small green from an elevated tee box. Choosing  the right club, hitting it solid and in the right direction illustrates why accuracy is the premium at Texas National.

Similar to the outward nine, the inward nine is highlighted by a difficult early hole in the 408-yard par-4 11th. A truly beautiful hole, the 11th features an elevated tee to a fairway that climbs back upward for your second shot over water to a very narrow green. Like most holes, golfers find themselves enjoying the beauty when in fact they should be focusing on the wonderful challenge ahead. That is the mystic of Texas National.

“This can certainly be a tough golf course,” Gantz said. “But it’s also extremely playable. With four sets of tees golfers can choose their spot and enjoy the round of golf.”

Speaking of spots, Texas National’s location is just eight miles north of the growing area of Conroe. What was once considered too far from “there” is now the ideal location no matter the direction golfers are coming from. “The perception we had of being out of the way has really gone away,” Gantz said. “With the growth of the Woodlands and all the movement going north towards this area, it’s really not that far out of town anymore.”

Country Place Golf Club

Speaking of location, beauty and challenge, Texas National’s sister course Country Place Golf Club, has all three in ample supply. Once restricted to the residents of Country Place, a 55-and-over retirement community the golf club now offers several types of memberships to all golfers. Situated just 15 minutes south of downtown Houston in Pearland, Country Place Golf Club also has opened its doors to the public on a limited basis. Tee times can be booked on line on their website. Gantz Management Group is also in the process of returning Country Place to its original glory. With the focus being on bunker renovations, fairway renovations and attention to detail, Country Place Golf Club is quickly transforming back into the place to play.

You owe it to yourself to come experience the laid back atmosphere of the country club lifestyle. Play a relaxing round of golf on a challenging but fair golf course that lazily winds through the neighborhood and along Clear Creek. It’s a design that will challenge every level of golfer amid scenery that provides relaxation and comfort. The course is routed through vast, tree-lined fairways and on the back nine meanders around the beautiful Clear Creek. Upon completing your round sit out on the patio and have our excellent grill personnel bring you a beer or soda while you and your friends total up your score. With a full service restaurant, you can’t leave without having one of Country Places famous burgers or wraps to complete your experience. You will soon find out why the membership at Country Place calls it home.

“The perception of Country Place is really changing from a retirement community course to one that is a great place to be a member no matter where you live,” Gantz said. “We have a very vibrant membership here they are so supportive and friendly. And we offer options for the golfer that wants to play all week or just play on the weekends.”

While both layouts feature their own unique challenges and characteristics, they both benefit from Gantz Management’s commitment to providing quality service, top conditioning and an overall experience that makes the round worth every dollar. In fact, it’s that renewed commitment that is revitalizing both courses albeit in different ways.

“At Gantz Management Group we believe that good golf with great service does not have to be expensive,” said Louis Gantz, owner of GMG.

That’s not just a motto Gantz uses around his facilities, it’s one he absolutely lives by. Since taking over direction of both  courses, improvements both to service and conditioning have been priorities 1 and 1A.

The end result is two different courses, in two opposite parts of the Houston region providing two unique experiences, yet both of the highest quality and value.

“These are two completely different types of golf courses with two different types of pricing and amenities for the golfer,” Gantz said.

To Gantz, the mission around Houston is pretty simple. Provide golf course options people want, need and can afford. Prioritize service and provide them a quality facility and golfers will come back. “We are in the service business! It is important to us that our guests enjoy their experience. As you play our facilities I believe you will find that we really do care”.

This is the road map at Texas National and Country Place and it’s why so many Houston area golfers are finding their way to these uniquely special facilities.


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