Review and Rating Of Mill Creek Country Club Creek 2 Nine
Mill Creek Country Club in Salado is home to three nines that were designed by Robert Trent Jones in 1983. Each of the nines has it's own personality and characteristics:
- Creek 1 is a par 37 and the hardest of the nines thanks to water on six holes, 19 bunkers, and some tough approach shots – read Texas Outside's review of Creek 1
- Creek 2 is the shortest of the nines, the most traditional with tree-lined fairways, water that can come into play on 6 of 9 holes, greens that are a little faster but flatter, 28 bunkers, elevation changes, and doglegs – this nine requires some target golf and good shot-making
- Creek 3 is a 3258-yard par 34 (one par 5, 3 par 3s, and 5 par 4s) that is a mix of tree-lined fairways and several wide links-style fairways plus 26 bunkers and water on 3 holes – here's a link to Texas Outside's Review & Rating of Creek 3
Common to all three nines are traditional Robert Trent Jones, Jr designs (with near-sadistic use of huge bunkers, ponds, and creeks), pretty good conditions, very reasonable rates, friendly service, and a great grill.
Of the three nines at Mill Creek Country Club we liked Creek 2 the best – it seemed to have the most variety of holes, is fair but no walk in the park, has a little bit of everything (water, huge bunkers, doglegs, elevation changes, forced carries, hidden hazards, risk-reward opportunities, and more!) that we find makes golf fun and challenging. Although the course is short (3178 to 2514 yards with 4 tee boxes) it demands some shot-making and course management to score well.
Some of the holes on Mill Creek Country Club's Creek 2 included:
- #4 is a fun and shot-making 556-yard par 5 – your drive needs to stay in the fairway and avoid the bunker on the left and stay out of the trees where the fairways turns left and the second shot needs to give you a view of the green across the creek and set off to the right
- #5 is a 411-yard par 4 that turns left around a big fairway bunker – it offers a good risk-reward shot to try and carry the bunker, avoid the large pond that's hidden from your tee shot, and stay out of a big left and right bunker guarding the green
- #9 is a 369-yard par 4 with a pond on along three-quarters of the right side of the fairway and a green set off to the right side of the fairway – depending on where you land on your drive, you may have a risk-reward shot to carry the lake and stuff it on the green
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The pro shop has a limited supply of the basics, the putting green and range are adequate, the grill has a great burger and drinks, and the service is very good.