Eagle Pointe Golf Club, and its home in Mont Belvieu, offer a stimulating escape from the urban confines of big-city Houston, playing through pine forests and around the bayous of the Old and Lost Rivers. It is one of the more scenic sites afforded to Rick Forester, whose original body of work is in the Houston metropolitan area, including the Cypress Course at Cypresswood Golf Club.
It’s been constructed for the modern scratch golfer, offering up to 7,170 yards from the back tees. Players will get an opportunity to take a stroke off on the first hole, a par five that plays 536 yards from the back tees. The biggest trick to getting home in regulation is debating whether you can cross Cherry Point Gulley, a creek that flows across the property and down into the Old River. The stream will also provide food for thought at No. 7, where it flows just ahead of the green, and No. 16, a par four where it will limit the distance off the tee for bigger hitters.
Although a public-access facility, the club offers a double-sided driving range that caters to members who want fewer prying eyes while they warm up.
I was surprised to see Eagle Pointe in Mt Belvieu, TX on the Top 100 list. The first hole is a welcoming par five with a creek left that meanders across the fairway about 150 yards out. The 2nd is a dogleg left with a bunker on the inside elbow. You can drive thru this fairway, an ideal tee shot is a high draw. The 3rd is a mid-yardage par three and is the shortest hole. The 4th is a par four that leans a bit to the right. Favor left of center off the tee. There is a large bunker front left and a small one back right. The 5th is a long par four and it parallels the 4th. The 6th is a tree-lined sharp dogleg left. It is a big boy hole and is the number one handicap hole. Unless you hit over 250 do not even consider taking on the dog. The 7th leans left has ample landing area off the tee. However, there is a creek short of the green and three bunkers behind the green. The 8th is a long par three with a redan green going left to right between two long bunkers. The front ends with the longest hole, just over 600 yards. It is tree-lined but straightaway, two greenside bunkers left and a water hazard sneaks in on the right.
The back starts with a long straightaway par four with a creek right and a right greenside bunker. The 11th leans left has a water hazard left off the tee and two bunkers front left and one right. The 12th is a mid-length par three with a long bunker down the left side. The 13th and 14th parallel each other. Good scoring holes, watch the water right on 14. The 15th is a long par three with a huge bunker left and another one right. The 16th is a mucked up hole. From the tips it is 469 yards. The fairway runs out at about 240. To clear the hazard you will need to carry about 270. Trees all the way down the right and the creek cutting across the fairway. It is the number two handicap, I don’t imagine there are a lot of pars. Sanity returns on 17, a reachable par five that bends left. The green is well-protected with large front bunkers left and right. The 18th is a good finishing hole, bends right with water all the way down the right side. A water hazard is also in play on the left side starting about 150 yards out. There is a large bunker in front.
Decent course but predictable. I do not like 16.
I would critique the blurb for this course a tiny bit when it comes to the final four holes. 15 is a wonderful long par 3, 17 is a good risk/reward par 5 off the tee, and 18 is a mean finisher. 16 isn't a great hole in my opinion since it forces 95% of golfers to lay up off the tee and leave a fairway wood or long iron into a raised green. The course has plans on redesign in a few years' time, and if I'm not mistaken, 16 will be completely redone.
The first 15 holes offer some pretty solid golf. The 1st sets a great tone for the round, and the 3rd is a really good mid-length par 3. Off the gates things are pretty strong, but as the round goes along I found some holes look like repeat versions of a previous hole. 2, 5, and 11 are all dogleg par 4's of similar lengths that run the same direction and come across as redundant. Holes that are one of a kind here are really good and really enjoyable (except 16). If the redesign does take place, it'll be interesting to see what they do differently.