Eagle Pointe Golf Club

Eagle Pointe's rolling terrain and multi-level tees, and especially its commitment to higher eduction and  Junior Golf, has "elevated" the game in the Houston area.

Eagle Pointe Golf Club

If you've been playing golf in the Houston area for very long—or ever, actually—you know that the typical golf course is "Texas-flat," with the practice tee often the highest point on the property. There is certainly nothing wrong with that, as some of the most renowned courses in the state have that very same characteristic. But Eagle Pointe Golf Club, located less than 35 minutes from downtown Houston off I-10, is not a "typical" golf course. Designed by noted Houston architect Rick Forester, the pride of the Mont Belvieu community attracts players from across the region who wish to play the game in three dimensions on it rolling fairways and dramatic elevation changes of up to 40 feet. Forester has "un-leveled the playing field" at Eagle Pointe, and the result is a 4-Star rating from the Houston Chronicle and "must-play" status for golfers of every level of ability.

Strategically placed bunkering and exceptionally penal water hazards direct play through towering stands of mature pines, which, when combined with the secluded, peaceful atmosphere of the par-71 track—there are no homes on 17 of the 18 holes—and its steeply tilted, undulating greens, more resembles the Sandhills of South Carolina than the heart of Southeast Texas.

Eagle Pointe's closing stretch is indicative of its inherent challenge, and is the perfect way to close out a great round of golf. The 15th is the meanest par-3 on the course, with a two-tiered green and menacing bunkers right and left. The long, par-4 16th features multiple water hazards and a small, narrow green. The par-5 17th is the best birdie opportunity over the four-hole stretch, provided you don't find yourself in one of the many sand bunkers guarding the putting surface. Finally, the par-4 finishing hole requires two shots (and sometimes many, many more) over water to a well-protected green.

You would expect a first-class golf club like Eagle Pointe to offer first-class instruction, and the teaching professionals at Eagle Pointe, led by Class A PGA Professional Jeff Strong, provide the individual attention that yields real results. They work with players of all skill levels, and the students themselves decide the subject matter of their individual lesson: putting, chipping, bunker play, posture and alignment, swing fundamentals or course management. The practice facility, including the oversized driving range and opposite-end teaching area, provides the private environment for optimum learning. There is a dedicated pitching green with practice bunkers, a specially designed bunker adjacent to the practice tee for full fairway bunker shots, and two areas to practice putting. Playing lessons on the championship course also are available.

The beautiful Golf Shop at Eagle Pointe is fully stocked with the best brands in equipment, accessories and apparel -- everything to make your round a day to remember. What they don't have in stock can be special ordered, and their Golf Shop Gift Certificates are perfect for friends and family or to reward clients or employees.

If you've never thought about joining a golf club before, this is the time and Eagle Pointe is the place. Annual memberships are available for both individuals and families, and are priced at a great low rate. As a member you get to play any day of the week for just the price of a cart fee. It's a perfect opportunity to learn the "details" of the golf course, to work seriously on improving your game, and to get to know other golfers who love Eagle Pointe.

Eagle Pointe If you're a decision-maker at an area business you should seriously consider an annual Corporate Membership at Eagle Pointe. The superlative and scenic golf course is the perfect place to entertain customers, clients, associates and employees (a great reward for a job well done). Residents of Mont Belvieu (a verifiable established residence within the city limits) are eligible for special Resident individual and family golf memberships. You can get information on all of the Eagle Pointe membership possibilities by calling the Golf Shop for details.

And Eagle Pointe Golf Club is an excellent choice for your next group outing of 16 or more players, with its great location, natural beauty, flexibility in arrangements and their ability to provide activities for non-golfers as well. From wedding receptions to luncheons to fund-raising parties, the Eagle Pointe staff is standing by to host your special event.

Perhaps the most compelling reason for playing or joining Eagle Pointe is its determination to give back to the game, and the community, with its commitment to Junior Golf and its annual fundraiser, the STPGA Foundation Pro Am. Eagle Pointe's PGA Professional, Jeff Strong, has placed an emphasis on the game's future by providing juniors with the resources and opportunities necessary to get involved in golf. Six years ago Strong volunteered his facility and his energy to create an event that would raise money and promote a worthy cause. "Supporting junior golf is great for the future of the game, and it's great for the kids who are helped through the STPGA Foundation" said Strong, who served as a captain in the 2009 Joe Black Cup matches and was voted 2009 STPGA Golf Professional of the Year. "The tournament helps us give something back to the game, just as our predecessors did when we were young golfers."

In its first six years, the STPGA Foundation Pro Am has raised more than $70,000 for junior golf. Most notably, the tournament raised nearly $20,000 in 2011. The money raised goes toward scholarships and junior golf programs, and companies and individuals who get involved have a chance to contribute to this most worthy cause. "This tournament has had great local support because the community knows the importance of the cause and the impact it has for junior golfers to play the game or to further their education," Strong said. "Their involvement speaks volumes about the quality of the people who live, work and play golf in our area."

And that does, indeed, elevate the game.

For tee times or for more information on Eagle Pointe's membership or instructional programs, group outings and tournaments, or the STPGA Foundation Pro Am, log on to www.eaglepointeonline.com or call (281) 385-6666.

 

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