The Player course was the last of the three layouts to debut at the The Woodlands Country Club's 63-hole golf complex in 2002. It’s by far the most difficult track here, carrying a slope rating of 151 from the back tees.
The Woodlands has many fine golf options. The Player course is the most recent addition. The first hole is a welcoming par four that leans a bit to the right. Favor the left off the tee, but be wary of the fairway bunker left that is well over 50 yards long. As a hooker, this bunker got me early. The 2nd is a par five and it ate me up. Reachable by the big boys, but not if you hook it into one of the most ginormous fairway bunkers I have ever had the misfortune to be in. It is well over 100 yards long. The hole has half a dozen cross bunkers starting at about 230 out. Going bunker to bunker rarely leads to positive outcomes. The good news is I did avoid the greenside bunkers. The 3rd hole is a good scoring hole. Trees right and it bends left with OB left. The only real trouble is front right bunker. The 4th is also a good birdie oppty. The hole bends right and there is a creek running down the entire right side. Decent drive leaves you with a flip wedge. The first par three is long with a C shaped bunker front right. The 6th is the longest par four on the front and it bends left. The fairway bunker left should not come into play best line off the tee is to aim at the right fairway bunkers. I do not know why the par five 7th is the number one handicap. Yes, there are trees right and OB left. Ideal drive is just left of the fairway pot bunker which will set up a green light go for it shot. Pars a re earned on the 232 yard par three 8th. I swallowed my ego and hit driver. The straightaway long 9th is a much tougher hole than the 7th. Water right the entire way. Favor the left side off the tee and the green has three greenside bunkers.
The back starts with a beast, 484 yard par four. The green is straight ahead , but the fairway is left and a creek runs right of the fairway before going across about 150 yards out. You need to hit two really good shots to have a chance at par. The 11th is a gimme par three, the shortest and easiest hole on the course. The 12th is the longest hole on the course and bends left. Favor the right side off the tee and a creek does run across the hole in front of the green. The 13th is a birdie hole leans right but there is a creek, drainage ditch. Mosquito breeding area, whatever you want to call it right. Plenty of landing room in the fairway to set up an attack iron. The last par three is mid-length and easily forgettable, unless you ace it. (which I did not). The 15th is tree lined both sides and bends left. Find the fairway and the hole is straight forward. The 16th is the last par five and slings hard right. Yardage says you could get home in two, but I do not see it. There is another very long fairway bunker on the inside elbow. Play it as a three shotter, favor the left and you should have a chance at birdie. The 17th is a fun hole. The shortest par four with a water hazard left and moguls. The green is long and thin with three bunkers left and one right. Consider laying up to your favorite yardage. The 18th is basically the opposite hand of 9.
Good not great and beats a sharp stick in the eye.