Nestled near the banks of Lake Conroe, La Toretta's 18-hole, par-71 course showcases a mature layout that was spruced up by renovations in 2007. Carried out by course architect Jeffrey D. Blume, the recent project made the course more playable and dramatic by converting two short par-fives into heftier par-fours and stretching a longer par-four into a par-five that promises scoring opportunities to long hitters. Blume also revamped the putting surfaces, which now boast Bermuda grass that provide a truer roll than a shopping cart without any wobbly wheels. Before rounds, golfers can get a feel for course conditions at the full-length driving range or on the practice green.
Sequestered between the 18th green and the first tee, La Toretta's clubhouse overlooks the dramatic waterways that occupy the edges of its majestic starting and finishing holes. Inside, guests unwind over pub far at the Final Putt Lounge, which nestles underneath soaring, wood-panel ceilings.
An effective golf swing features several moving parts working in one smooth motion: a controlled backswing, a still head, a well-timed release of the wrists and turning of the hips. At Tomball Golf, golfers can hone their swings with the help of golf instructors and swing-analysis technology in an indoor training facility. The studio's launch monitor lets golfers partake in a driving-range session?aided by dazzling graphics and advanced ball-flight-tracking sensors?without making themselves susceptible to rainstorms or the airplane surveillance of rival golfers. Tomball Golf's staff of instructors also offer lessons for golfers of all ages and abilities, making use of the facility's indoor swing-tracking devices and putting green as well as an outdoor short-game area.
With a full line of clubs from major brands including Taylor Made, Mizuno, Cobra, and Nike, Tomball Golf furnishes upgrades for players with aging wedges or drivers that requested to be melted down and used to build space shuttles. The facility's club-fitting technology ensures that golfers are getting the most out of their equipment by matching their swing and body type with their ideal club set.
The experts at Golf Etc Magnolia understand that though a fluid golf swing looks simple, it relies on the interconnected nuances of player, club, and ball, and can be challenging to accomplish without proper guidance. With the aid of a GC2 Simulator—used by professionals who have coached the likes of Tiger Woods and Mark O’Meara—the store’s PGA instructors help golfers develop proper swing mechanics during performance analyses. Club fittings rely on the same technology to find the perfect set of clubs for golfers to take home and introduce to their mothers. The experts also perform golf-ball analyses that take into account launch angle, spin, ball speed, and dispersion to determine the ideal ball for each player.
Golf Etc Magnolia outfits golfers with gear and apparel from top brands including Callaway, TaylorMade, and Titleist. They also provide repair and regripping services to align the spines of sand wedges injured while whacking golf carts that refuse to fly.
The Village Golf Club showcases challenging twists and turns on three distinct nine-hole courses that can be played separately or paired interchangeably for an 18-hole round. Throughout the entire 27-hole complex, ill-struck shots may stray into the sinister clutches of mature trees and ponds that haunt the fairways. The two less difficult nine-hole layouts—Winged Foot and Thunderbird—demand accurate pitches, chips, and putts onto the surface of recently renovated putting surfaces. The Rolling Hills course—the most challenging of the tee-to-green triad—demands a brave tee shot on its 157-yard par 3 third hole, which features a breathtaking island green.
Golf balls rain onto the 300-yard landing zone of the onsite driving range, where golfers can prop balls up on all-natural grass tees or steer clear of territorial earthworms by warming up on artificial mats. After a day spent hunting pars, the Village Restaurant sates appetites with a menu of classic sandwiches, soups, and salads.
When course architect Jack Miller roamed the unsown acreage that would become Texas National Golf Course, he saw an opportunity to pay homage to golf’s most hallowed grounds. Groves of skinny pines and mature dogwoods and dramatically undulating terrain bore the elegant trademarks of Augusta National Golf Club—the famed site of The Masters—right down to Indian Camp Creek, which is incorporated into the 11th and 12th holes in a scenic invocation of Amen Corner. Though aesthetically similar, the 6,806-yard layout spares golfers the immensely difficult nature of Augusta, presenting a par 72 that is playable for both low-handicappers and those still studying to pass their golf-cart driving exam.
The course development coincided with the founding of the Texas Golf Hall of Fame, which since 1978 has occupied the clubhouse at Texas National. The Hall celebrates Texas's illustrious golf history with life-size portraits of famous players, ranging from 62-time PGA Tour winner Ben Hogan to Lee Trevino, whose decorated career includes winning 29 PGA Tour titles and paving the way for Jack Nicklaus with a brand-new asphalt driveway for his birthday.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 layout * Length of 6,806 yards from the farthest tees * Course rating of 71.4 from the farthest tees * Slope rating of 127 from the farthest tees * Four tee options