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November 8, 2010

Grand Pines at Bentwater

BentwaterGrand Pines Golf Club is the newest of the three courses at Bentwater, which is a residential development and country club on the north side of Lake Conroe about 60 miles north of downtown Houston. 

The first two Bentwater courses -  Tom Weiskopf and Jay Moorish designed the first (1989) and Scott Miller the second (1992) - are subdivison courses with homes built along some of the fairways and around some of the greens.

Grand Pines, which was designed by local golf course architect Jeff Blume (2007), is a different animal altogether from the first two Bentwater courses. Built on the north side of FM 1097 across the highway from the rest of the Bentwater development, Grand Pines is not a subdivision course - there are no homes to be seen around the course. Built literally next to the Sam Houston National Forest, Grand Pines is also quite hilly, which is unusual for courses built in the relatively flat coastal plain of Texas.  As you will note from the slideshow below (a high resolution version can be downloaded here), the combination of trees and elevation changes makes Grand Pines both a delight to look at and a challenging test of golf.

Grand Pines plays to a 133 slope rating and a tad over 7,200 yards from the tips and a 131 slope rating and about 6,700 yards from the men's tees. It is clearly in the top 10 of Houston-area golf courses and a fine addition to the bustling Lake Conroe golf scene. Enjoy!

Posted by Tom at November 8, 2010 12:01 AM |

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