Unveiled five years after the 18-hole Nicklaus layout at Carlton Woods first opened for play, the Fazio course lies around three miles to the south of Jack’s Signature course, on the other side of the Woodlands Parkway.
There’s a great deal more movement in the landscape on this site too, affording greater elevation changes and more interesting greensite options. Water plays a part in proceedings at eight of the holes, especially at the 458-yard 5th, the par three 6th and short par four 7th.
On the back nine, a sea of sand in an enormous waste bunker has to be avoided on the all carry 16th while a pond protects the front right of the green at the 445-yard home hole.
The Fazio course sits adjacent to Spring Creek
and in May 2016 severe flooding in southeast Texas caused serious structural damage to
more than half the layout. The club subsequently seized the opportunity to work
with Fazio Design and Heritage Links to renovate and reduce the overall bunker
size by more than a third.