The Battleground at Deer Park

Some golf course accolades and awards carry more weight than others. Sure, it’s nice to be recognized for, say, the “Best Hot Dog at the Turn,” or some such compliment, but it obviously pales in comparison to “Number 1 Rated Golf Club in the Houston Area,” and “Best Course in Houston Under $30,” both of which have recently been attributed to The Battleground at Deer Park, a complete public golfing facility located just 20 minutes from downtown Houston offering impeccable course conditions, phenomenal customer service and an overall golf experience second to none.

Houston’s No. 1 rated golf club just happens to be one of the best golf values in all of Texas

The Battleground at Deer Park

Houston-area golfers have long known that Battleground is a true championship test, as evidenced by its signature hole, the 175-yard, par-3 17th. A stair-step waterfall accents the edge of a lake that fronts the green. The putting surface is slightly elevated though not very deep, making club selection a top priority. Adding to the challenge is that this is a double green, shared with the par-5 tenth hole, which makes the landing area look larger from the tee than it actually is. While attacking the pin is always an option, care must be exercised to avoid disaster.

If there’s a second signature hole on this highly rated track it would have to be the par-5 fifth, perhaps the most interesting and visually stunning hole on the course. This dogleg-left par-5 features a fairway bordered by water on the right, and the smart play is to land your drive just short of an inlet of water crossing the fairway at the dogleg. Big hitters run the risk of driving into it, so 3-wood or 2-iron is a pretty good choice on the tee here. The green can be reached in two, but that requires an all carry approach from about 245 yards to reach a relatively small green surrounded by water on three sides and sand on the other.

 

The Battleground at Deer Park

This is definitely not a shot in most golfers’ bags. Conventional wisdom has players bailing right on the second shot and approaching the green on the landlocked right side. Gentle undulations on the green must be observed and accommodated, and the waterfall left of the putting surface adds character to this exceptionally scenic portion of the course.

Besides being the “place to play” for you or your foursome, The Battleground Golf Course is also the perfect place to host your next golf tournament or corporate golf outing. Tournament packages include green fee, cart, range balls, yardage book for each player, professional services for the score board, use of the banquet room if necessary, scorecards, and cart signs.

To complement the outstanding golf, The Battleground features one of the finest restaurants in the area -- on course or off -- The Republic Grill. The Republic Grill has new hours, and now offers a wide variety of menu options, including a new Daily Themed Lunch Buffet, a Sunday Brunch that will have you crying “Uncle” before you get from one end to the other, and, to every golfer’s delight, a Friday and Saturday Breakfast Buffet that is as reasonably priced as it is complete with everyone’s favorite breakfast items. The Grill also has a spacious room to accommodate golf outings, parties, weddings and corporate meetings for up to 200 guests.

The Battleground at Deer Park

The Battleground Golf Course has a complete Practice Facility, with a spacious grass tee or, if you prefer, you can hit off practice mats. The Practice Range also has three practice holes, a par-3, 4 and 5. There is also a chipping green with a sand bunker to perfect your chip shots and sand shots. You can purchase practice balls by the bucket, or you can purchase a Practice Range membership featuring unlimited practice balls, or upgrade to a membership that provides the balls and ongoing access to the practice holes.

The well-stocked pro shop is a perfect place for all your golf equipment needs.

You can improve your game at the new Battleground School of Golf, offering clinics and lessons for every level of golfer, men, women and juniors, beginners to scratch. Under the aegis of Head Instructor Jimmy Williams, the clinics not only include short-and long-game instruction, but proper stretching techniques to add flexibility and strength.

While you’re working on your game, The Battleground will be working on the course, undergoing a steady and unobtrusive renovation of virtually the entire venue, beginning with the tee complexes. This will ensure that the course maintains the extremely high standards it has set for itself, and that it continues to offer discerning golfers the ultimate golf experience.

It’s no easy task earning the Number 1 ranking among Houstonarea golf courses, and the course and its professional staff certainly deserve this most cherished award. It’s so much more satisfying than “Best Hot Dog at the Turn,” although, truth betold, if there were such an award, The Battleground at Deer Park would win that one, too.

For more information log on to www.deerparktx.gov. For tee times call (281) 478-GOLF. For tournaments fill out a Tournament Request form online.

Send questions or comments to thebattleground@deerparktx.org. This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it For more information on the Duffer League contact Bob Peterson, (281) 476-0632. For more information on The Battleground lady Swingers call Bobbie Hill at (281) 478-2079.

 

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