The Eagle Pointe Experience is Worth the Drive

Eagle Pointe Golf ClubEconomically speaking, we’re not out of the woods yet, but signs of improvement are surfacing – albeit at a pace equivalent to paint drying. In 2010 personal budgets and discretionary expenditures will again be monitored meticulously. For you, the avid golfer, where to tee it up has become a more difficult question to answer.

Which course will deliver on its promise of great golf for a fair price? Will service with a smile advertised on paper translate into an actual exchange of pleasantries as you enter the pro shop? A golfer must rely on his talent and trust that a well-struck shot will yield a favorable result. When picking a venue for your next round of golf, and there are more than 80 public and daily-fee courses in the Greater Houston area to choose from, trust the proven track record of Mont Belvieu’s Eagle Pointe Golf Club.

A sampling of golfers who recently played Eagle Pointe attested to the condition and quality of the golf course.

“It’s a great track with tons of places to get in trouble,” said one visitor. “Nice finishing holes and the greens are fantastic even in dormant condition. It was well worth the drive from Houston.”

“I really liked this course,” commented another. “It’s a lot of fun to play and in good condition; the best value around!”

“I agree this is a great value and a challenging track,” said yet another. “The greens were remarkably fast and well-maintained. The staff was great. I just wish I had played better.”

Located about 30 minutes east of downtown Houston, the 7,077-yard par-71 Eagle Pointe is situated on a serene, unusually undulating piece of property that starkly contrasts with the relatively flat layouts common to this part of the country. Unencumbered by housing or development, priced in a position that makes it one of, if not the best value around, and managed by a decorated and respected PGA Professional, Eagle Pointe offers a tremendous overall experience.

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The Eagle Pointe Experience

Noted Houston golf course architect Rick Forester knows a thing or two about golf in the nation’s fourth largest city. His dad, Dick Forester was a lifelong golf professional who grew up caddying for the likes of three-time Masters Champion Jimmy Demaret and was later instrumental in bringing the Ryder Cup to Houston.

In 1999, Rick constructed Eagle Pointe, unearthing a picturesque layout from a dense pine forest laden with meandering streams and creeks. Taking advantage of the naturally hilly terrain, he sculpted the land into fairways and greens rife with elevation changes, rising or falling as much as 40 feet. According to Head Professional Jeff Strong, the up and down element of the golf course is especially prevalent on holes 1, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 16.

A number of publications have recently praised the Mont Belvieu layout. The Houston Chronicle awarded Eagle Pointe a Four-Star rating and labeled the course “an excellent, must-play golf course – a great place to play golf.” Avid Golfer was also quite complimentary, naming Eagle Pointe as one of the top 5 mid-priced public courses in the Houston area.

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Surveying the Territory

The varying topography at Eagle Pointe is evident from the tee box on hole No. 1, a 536-yard par 5 with a downward sloping landing area that makes a left-hand turn before gently heading uphill to the green.

Don’t be disappointed if you manage to salvage par at the sixth, a 438-yard par 4 that’s rated as the most difficult at Eagle Pointe. This brute gives you a chance to get acquainted with Old River, a winding water feature that serves as a boundary on several occasions.

From the back tees, you can see that the fairway is slightly elevated and makes a complete 90-degree dogleg turn to the left.

“The difficulty is that you have to position your drive perfectly,” said Strong, who was recently named the 2009 Southern Texas PGA Golf Professional of the Year. “You also cannot be too short or you’ll be cut off by the dogleg. But if your drive goes too far, you can end up in the rough.”

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Long hitters should either work the ball right-to-left or club down off the tee to avoid hitting through the fairway. After your drive, you need to use a long iron to make your approach shot into the small, turtleback green surrounded on three sides by Old River.

“Even though there are no bunkers around the green, this is one of the toughest holes on the course,” Strong added. Finding the putting surface at Eagle Pointe is of the utmost importance, but placing your ball on the correct portion of the green is also paramount to your success. “You don’t want to get the ball above the hole, because you don’t want downhill putts all day,” said Strong. “To play this golf course, it’s crucial to keep it below the hole.”

The four finishing holes at Eagle Pointe make for a grand finale. Headlining the stretch from 15-18 is Eagle Pointe’s last great test, the 429-yard par-4 18th.

“From the tee box, you can see a lake on the right side extending all the way to the green,” said Strong, who has been with Eagle Pointe since construction began on the course in 1999. “The objective, of course, is to keep your shot to the left; anything right can bounce into the lake. But there is a pond to the left and the hole is a slight dogleg right. So hitting into the green is nerve-wracking with water on both sides of the fairway.”

Eagle PointeEagle Pointe is home to an excellent practice facility, perfect for warming up prior to your round or perfecting a few of the flaws you’ve discovered throughout the day.

The oversized driving range features a number of elevated target greens as well as a private teaching area. You can also practice full fairway bunker shots from a specially designed bunker adjacent to the practice tee, or enjoy the short game area that includes stations for pitching, chipping and bunker shots.

Eagle Pointe also offers a modern recreation complex, banquet and meeting facilities, and once the weather heats up, a Wave Pool that’s fun for the entire family and a welcome sight for golfers after a long day on the course.

For more information about everything Eagle Pointe Golf Club has to offer, visit www.eaglepointeonline.com

 

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