Canyon Lake Country Club is located in the Central Texas Hill Country and is close to beautiful Canyon Lake. This semi-private course was built in 1980 to take advantage of the rolling countryside, live oak trees, and the views of the emerald green water of Canyon Lake. Watch out for the deer that are all over the place – watching you drive and try to hit the greens.
You'll find Canyon Lake to be a relaxing, fun, and affordable round of golf. The course if very fair and offers good variety with some up and down holes, dog legs, and a couple of challenging holes. You'll encounter a good mix of open let-er-rip holes on the front and some tight "leave the driver in the bag' holes on the back.
The back nine is more fun and demanding from our perspective. You'll need to manage some elevated tee boxes, uphill approach shots, sharp dog legs, tough approach shots, and some tight tree lined fairways. For example:
#12 is a 498 par 5 with a tight narrow landing zone, than a decision to make to see if you can fly the lake or need to lay up, and an approach to a big sloping green
#14 is fun – a short 247 yard uphill dog right shot to the green, offering an excellent risk reward opportunity to try and go for it
#15 an big elevated tee shot to a green 191 yards downhill – wind and the elevation change require good club selection
#18 is a 508 yard sharp dog leg right that requires an accurate tee shot to avoid the trees, not overrun the fairway and be in shape to see the green with is narrow, oblong, and has water on the right side
When we played in August, the fairways were in poor condition with a mixture of grasses, weeds, ant piles, and bare spots. The severe drought and record temperatures had taken their toll. Maintenance was required on several holes and it appeared that a long of the sprinklers were broken. The rough was indistinguishable from the fairways. The fairways are mostly tree lined, a few are side by side, and several have slope and elevation changes.
The majority of the traps are to the front and either side of the green. The sand was soft, thick, and fluffy.
The Canyon Lake greens range in size from small to about average and most have gentle to severe slope. Some are raised and guarded by the bunkers. When we played in August the greens were in below average condition, a little bumpy, and a tad slower (8 or so) than we like.