Rating & Review of Max Starcke Park Golf Course in Seguin
Carved out of a pecan grove with the Guadalupe River running along one side, Max Starcke's front nine which was designed by John Bredemus (he also designed the Colonial Golf Course in Ft Worth) opened in 1938. The back nine was designed by Shelly Mayfield and opened for play in 1980. Max Starcke Golf Course is one of the last "Parks" style golf courses in Texas.
Max Starcke Park Golf Course is very traditional and straightforward par 71 – greens within view from the tee box, a few dog legs, tree-lined wide flat fairways, several side by side holes, and the flag normally within sight from the tee box. Water can come into play on 8 holes and all but one of the 23 bunkers are guarding the greens. By today's standards Max Starcke Golf Course is short with 4 tee boxes and yardages ranging from 6676 to 5115 yards. All of which makes this course suitable for all skill levels.
Some of the holes that we enjoyed included:
#4 is a 522 par 5 with a slightly elevated tee box, small dog right, a fairway bunker that is waiting for your tee shot, two bunkers guarding the green, and a challenging saddle type green
#12 is a 380 yard par 4 that turns left and heads toward a raised green – from the tee box you might be tempted to try a risk-reward shot to fly the trees and shorten the hole but a hidden pond is waiting on the other side of the trees
The fairways at Max Starcke Golf Course are tree lined flat, ample width, and in very good condition. If you spray the ball you'll be under the trees or in one of the other fairways – either way, you'll most likely have a fairly good recovery shot. A couple fairways run along side of the Guadalupe River but you've really got to spray the ball to swim with the fish. The rough between the fairways was cut short and very playable.
The greens were in very good condition, fast (may have been due to the weather), about average size, and several different shapes. The back nine greens are raised, have more slope (usually back to front), and seemed a little smaller.
The bunkers were wet due to an overnight rain storm and weren't playable. It looked like the sand was good – soft but a little thin. Faces ran from 10 inches to 2 feet or so. All but one of the bunkers guard the green
Bottom line – very good conditions, an easy walk, suitable for all skill levels, good rates, and a relaxing and enjoyable round.