BLACKHORSE GOLF CLUB North Course (281-304-1747)
Texas Golf Course Review
Blackhorse Golf Club, just northwest of Houston is a 36-hole championship facility that provides on of the best upscale golf experiences in the Houston area. The South Course is a 7200 yard design that journeys through scenic corridors of elm, ash and oak trees that are sculpted around large lakes and natural wetlands. The North Course is carved into a lush landscape highlighted by a meandering creek, along with natural marshes and lakes. Both courses feature TifSport fairways and TifEagle putting surfaces - which are considered to be the best type of playing surfaces available.
Both courses are serviced by a beautiful clubhouse which features a nicely stocked pro shop, restaurant/lounge that serves breakfast and lunch menus daily, and locker rooms with showers for both men and women. The practice facilities are extensive, with a grass range, short game area with sand bunker, and putting green. Respected PGA Professional Marty Fleckman runs the teaching center on property, and renowned superintendent Johhny Walker (formerly of the premier Shadow Hawk Country Club) keeps the course in outstanding condition.
Peter Jacobson, in partnership with Jim Hardy designed the courses at Blackhorse (and thus the name of the clubhouse restaurant Jakes), with two distinctive layouts that provide visitors with challenging yet enjoyable golf experience. The layouts are extremely well marked with sprinkler heads measured to the front, middle and back of the greens, plus 100, 150 and 200 yard markers on the cart paths and fairways. 150 yard flags are centered in the fairways on all par fours and fives, and the scorecards provide pin placement information.
NORTH COURSE REVIEW
The North Course at Blackhorse plays along a gently rolling terrain with some subtle undulations on both the fairways and greens. The course is quite heavily bunkered with 66 sand traps situated near the landing zones or greenside, and water comes into play on 7 holes. Most of the holes are quite open with a few scattered trees on one side or the other. One of the main challenges on this course is length. Form the tips, there are 7 par fours that measure between 411 and 476 yards.
Six sets of tees on the North Course afford golfers of all skill levels with an opportunity to experience an enjoyable round. The tips measure a whopping 7301 yards with a slope rating of 130. Alternate sets play to distances and slopes measuring 7075 yards/128 slope, 6615 yards/123 slope, 6199 yards/120 slope, 5640 yards/123 slope for women, and 5065 yards with a slope of 115 for ladies hitting from the forward tees.
Though this course has its challenges, it is a very player friendly design from the 4 forward-most tee boxes. Golfers will experience the same outstanding conditions and the North is a great compliment to its tougher sister course - the South. There is a generous amount of room near the mildly sloping green complexes, and in the landing zones of the fairways. Hit a good shot - and you will be rewarded. It is a beautiful layout, and highly recommended. For more info, visit our page for the course, with direct link to their website by clicking here.