When Houston Country Club moved to its present Tanglewood address in the late 1950s, Robert Trent Jones was engaged to lay out a classical course that has been upgraded in recent times by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw.
In the book The American Private Golf Club Guide, Daniel Wexler writes: “the current track remains largely as Trent built it, with only three par fours in excess of 430 yards, almost no water in play, and considerably less fairway bunkering than was his norm.
The author continues: “the 511-yard dogleg right 3rd is strategically sound, and several of the par fours are challenging enough, but the only really memorable hole is the 511-yard 8th, which runs more than ninety degrees left around the corner of Buffalo Bayou.”
Established in 1908, Houston County Club moved to its current location in 1957. Robert Trent Jones delivered a masterful design. A par 71 yet still 6500+ yards with treelined fairways and fantastic greens. First two holes are pretty tough par 4s. The 3rd is a short par 5 dogleg right. There are multiple bunkers on the corner, but, if I can clear them, so can you! The 4th is a mid-yardage par 3. The 6th hole is short par four slight dogleg right. Big hitters can be well inside a 100 yards. The rest of us may want to think about it as you may end up with a downhill lie to a well-protected green. Seven is another short par 4 with a large bunker on the right elbow and multiple bunkers on the left. Six and seven definite birdie holes. The 8th is a mcgilla. A long sweeping dogleg left that parallels the bayou. It is a cool looking hole. You want to chew off as much as you can. On your approach aim right, everything will trundle left and you do not want to be in the greenside bunker. It is at least 10 feet deep. Of course, if you miss the bunker on the left you will end up in the bayou. The 9th is 180 yard par 3 over water and is well protected. None of us were able to hold the green and we all ended up in the back bunker.
The 10th is a long par 4 down the hill. As with 8 favor the right as everything will go left towards the bayou. The 12th is a long par five, slight dogleg right. As tempting as it may be to cut the corner, don’t do it. The angle is not very deep and their a re boatload of trees that want to block you out. Stay left off the tee and on your approach. This is a well-protected green and I would advocate taking an extra club on your approach. The 14th is a fantastic 200 yard par 3 over a deep chasm. The 15th is a dogleg left and you want to cut this corner to leave yourself an approach of about 125 yards. The 17th is another long par 5 with OB all the way down the right. Two good shots should have you with a short iron for your approach. There is a massive bunker protecting the green. Let me reiterate, massive. When I got to18 I was disappointed, not with the course but with the realization the round was almost over. I heartily recommend playing Houston Country Club. Staff and members were friendly and accommodating. It is a little pricy, but well worth it with some of the truest greens I have ever three putted on