Review & Rating of Plum Creek Golf Course in Kyle Texas
Just south of Austin in Kyle Texas, Plum Creek Golf Course was designed and built by Roy Bechtol in 1999. Over the years, Plum Creek went through some tough times and was neglected and as such the conditions and service deteriorated. In 2008, Plum Creek was purchased and the new management team immediately started making improvements – some of which included a new 10,000 square foot clubhouse, locker rooms, grill, new maintenance equipment, and a very aggressive program to improve the course conditions.
In the spring of 2011, Plum Creek Development Partners brought in Foresight Golf, a premier Texas based golf course owner and management company, to take over the management and operation of Plum Creek. They immediately started making changes and improvements, some of which included:
- a million dollar investment in a new state of the art practice area (driving range, short game area, putting green area, chipping greens, bunkers, etc.) which is now the practice area for Texas State University
- new irrigation system
- new tee boxes and one additional tee box to make a total of 5 which made the course more enjoyable for kids, women, and seniors
- widened the playing corridors and fairways
- scaled back the native vegetation and planted additional Turfgrass
And Foresight Golf made significant improvements to the course conditions. In fact when we played the fairways, greens, and bunkers were in very good shape.
The front nine is fairly traditional and in most cases you can see what you're up against. On this nine you'll find some downhill greens, a couple doglegs, creeks crossing four holes, and 12 bunkers to content with. Some of the holes we liked on this nine included:
- off the tee #3 offers a great risk reward shot if you think you can carry the large bunker and a couple trees to shorten this dog right 423 yard par 4 hole
- #5 has a creek to cross off the tee box, a cluster of 3 bunkers waiting for your drive, and a fairway that dogs right to the green
- #7 is a short 352 yard par 4 but it's challenging thanks to a creek crossing the fairway and again in front of a green with 2 big front facing bunkers
The back nine is a little shorter from all the tee boxes, except the forward tees, and its got water on 5 of the nine holes plus 4 dog legs, and 8 bunkers. Some of the holes we enjoyed on the back nine of Plum Creek included:
- #11 is a 512 yard par 5 with a tough approach to a green tucked off on the right side of the fairway with a creek in front of it
- #14 is a 382 yard dog leg right par 4 with a long intimidating carry over a lake to a tight fairway and then a very challenging approach over a creek to a green with water on the left and a pond on the back side
The Plum Creek Golf Course fairways are ample in most cases and when we played the rough was cut thin and playable. Miss the rough and you'll be in the native grass and trees and probably lost. The fairways are flat to gently rolling with some minor ups and downs. They were thin but in great shape.
The greens are a wide variety of shapes and sizes (19 to 39 yards) and they were running at a very good speed. We thought that they were challenging thanks to subtle breaks, tiers, slope, and some tricky pin placement.
The Plum Creek bunkers range from small to some big monsters. The sand was excellent – soft and fluffy and fairly thick. The lips range from manageable to steep and deep. All but 6 of the bunkers guard the greens.
This is a fun track, a good value, and worth the drive to Kyle to play.
Since changes were made to the course, Plum Creek Golf Course has not yet been reviewed for a new slope and rating.
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Service is country friendly, the practice range is excellent, the pro shop has the basics, and the grill has sandwiches, dogs, and burgers at reasonable prices.
Comments from the Head Pro at Plum Creek Golf Course
At Plum Creek we are hosting multiple series of beginner’s clinics to introduce people to the game. We feel like there is a misconception about golf, folks think it is too expensive or too time consuming to play. This is not the case at all, especially at a public facility like ours. The clinics are a 6 week event, one day a week for one hour a day. We start with putting and slowly grow the swing, by the end of the clinics the players are on the course playing golf. Golf is a very simple and rewarding game at its core, we just want the opportunity to show this to people and let them come out and have fun! Anyone interested should look us up, we will get you swinging in no time.