Hosting big time events is no guarantor that the course itself will be one where architectural greatness lives. Such is the case with Champions Golf Club and its Cypress Creek Course. Founded by such golf titans as Jimmy Demaret and Jackie Burke, Champions sports a larger than life persona -- comparable to that of the State of Texas.
Yes, the club hosted the Ryder Cup and US Open early in its history but the course can be summed up very quickly -- flat, dull and repetitious with nothing that really stands apart. Cypress Creek can be stretched over 7,300 yards and features several dog-leg holes. The most noted hole is the par-3 4th which can play to a max of 230 yards and requires a carry over a water hazard.
Texas golf has certainly advanced since the time Champions was created. There are several designs of quality which truly do "fly under the radar." Amazingly, the greater Houston metro area is among the largest in America but the golf side is still devoid of anything of truly meaningful stature.
Sadly, Champions personifies a Texas expression -- "all hat and no cattle."
by M. James Ward
Date: April 23, 2018