Review of Lake Wincrest Golf Course
Lake Windcrest is characterized by an open links style course look and feel, fairly generous but heavily contoured fairways, thick and challenging roughs, plenty of mounding, strategic bunkering, big fast greens with lots of slope and undulation, very good conditions, and big beautiful homes on huge lots which are fenced meaning I donated a few balls to some homeowners.
Lake Windcrest is fun, fair, and demanding – you can let-er-rip off the tee box, but after that it’s "game on." With a slope and rating of 73.8 and 132 from the tips, to score well here you need some good shot making and good putting – make sure you pick the right set of tee boxes, there are 5 with yardages ranging from 5030 to 7040.
Even though Lake Windcrest is demanding, it’s a blast to play and a course you won’t get tired of playing as it twists and turns through a beautiful neighborhood and some natural areas. Some of the holes that we really liked included:
The first hole sets the stage and gives you a feel for what to expect during your round – a long 542 yard par 5 with a big pond and bunker along the right side of a heavily contoured fairway, a hidden ditch about 190 out, three more huge bunkers covering from 150 yards out to the green, and a challenging green – and this is only the #7 handicap
#6 is great – a 394 yard par 4 with a carry over a ditch off an elevated tee box to a large landing zone, followed by 3 huge sprawling bunkers leading to a light bulb shaped green with a lake off the back
#11 is a fun 520 yard par 5 with a natural area that will eat your ball along the right side from tee to green, a fairway that zigs and zags with 3 different landing areas, a huge facing bunker guarding the green and three pot bunkers in back of the green plus 3 deep swales around the green – your approach shot needs to be very accurate to par this beauty
18 is a great finishing hole – with a minefield of 7 bunkers including a treacherous pot bunker that splits the fairway leading to a dog leg right green
When we played just after Thanksgiving the fairways and rough were in very good condition and all have lots of dramatic mounding and contour which creates plenty of uneven lies. Most of the fairways are ample from tee to green but if you spray the ball you’ll be in a back yard on one side or under the trees on the other side. The rough is wide but thick – so try and stay in the fairways! The fairways were firm and I loved the extra roll when I missed the mounds.
The greens at Lake Windcrest golf course seem larger than average and some are downright huge – at times I felt like I was in a different zip code! They were in excellent condition, and ran at a good speed of around 10 or so. Most of the greens are well guarded and have plenty of slope and undulation – study them carefully before you putt.
Lake Windcrest’s bunkers are all sizes and shapes and were in perfect condition with soft fluffy sand that’s a joy to hit from – it’s a little thinner after all my shots which put sand in my hair, shoes, and pockets.
We played Lake Windcrest just before Thanksgiving in 2012 and as part of a very fun 4 day golfing vacation – to learn more about where we played and stayed, read our Golfing Southeast Texas Vacation.
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