The Original 9-Holes - You will find that the greens on the front nine are generally flat and easy to read. Pay attention to grain on these small putting surfaces.
- A short, slight dogleg right hole to start the round. Trees guard the left and out-of bounds guard the right. The best play is left of the tree that bisects the fairway.
- This straight par four is not as easy as it looks. The fairway bunker that guards the right edge of the fairway can't be seen from the tee. A great drive holds the left side of the fairway and will release to the middle. Beware the prevailing wind from your left. Approach shots must be judged according to the wind.
- This short par four actually plays down hill. A good drive down the right side of the fairway leaves a nice short iron to the green. The bunker guarding the right front of the green is closer than you think.
- Big hitters will find this short par five easy pickings, if they can navigate the twin bunkers guarding both sides of the fairway. Short hitters stay in the “neck” and you can still get home in two. Out-of-bounds guards the left side of the hole and trees dominate the right.
- Great par three. The prevailing wind will be at your back helping you here. Club selection is critical, too much and you’ll wind up over the green pitching up the slope to a green that runs away from you.
- A good length par four that will leave most players hitting a mid-iron for their approach. Out-of-bounds guards the left side of the hole. Prevailing wind blows from right to left. Big hitters can take their tee shot over the tree in the fairway. Shorter players need to hold their shot down the right hand side and hope for a little help from the wind.
- This mid-length par three is a tester. The hole seems to play uphill and into the wind. Beware the bunker that guards the front right portion of the green. Long is not an option here.
- Another good par five birdie opportunity. Out-of-bounds guards the left side of this fairway from the 200 yard marker to behind the green. The bunker that appears to guard the green is deceiving from the fairway. There is plenty of room between the bunker and the green.
- This short par three plays uphill and into the prevailing wind, take plenty of club. The large bunker guarding the green is canopied by trees, leaving a difficult exit for many.
The Back 9 - In general, you will find much more slope in the slightly larger greens on the back nine. You will also take note that every hole on the back is narrower and has out-of-bounds on every hole.
- A short straight par four with OB on the right. Trees guard the left side of the fairway and guard the right side of the green to create a narrow window for approach shots.
- This hole is a sharp dog leg right that features OB on both sides of the fairway. There is plenty of drama on this hole. The natural terrain features a wash area that leads to the perception that approach shots are uphill. The deep bunker in front of the green swallows short and errant shots.
- This short par five gives golfers an opportunity to make a quick birdie before they enter the tightest part of the course. Out-of bounds down both sides of the fairway leave little room for poor shots. However, it doesn’t take tremendous length off the tee to be in position to take a chance at glory.
- This short straight par four is tough. Narrow fairway, OB left and right and a tree guarding the right leave players with an intimidating tee shot. However, a good tee shot here will leave a short iron approach to a crowned green that has plenty of slope.
- This par four is a short dog leg right that has teeth. OB down both sides of the hole makes tee shots critical. Tee shots can travel through the fairway down the left side. Tee shots that do not wind up OB down the right side of this hole are in a grove of trees. Topping off this difficult hole is a green that slopes back to front. Leave approach shots below the hole!
- The Balcones Country Club Signature Hole - This medium length par three is a great test of nerve, skill and club selection. A tee shot with forced carry over water to a green that is guarded in back by bunkers and a deep slope away from the hole make club selection more important than anything. Hit this green and you’ll have an easy two putt par. Miss it and your score could get huge.
- This short par four plays back towards the clubhouse. A nice drive down the middle leaves a short iron approach to an elevated green that slopes from back to front. OB left and right should be taken into consideration on the tee. There is more room to the right than appears.
- After feeling like you’ve played down a corridor for the last five holes you get a breather with this short par three. This hole plays uphill. Club selection is important here. Short tee shots are in the hazard. Long tee shots are over the green in the bunker.
- This dog leg right finishing hole is the longest par on the course. OB guards the right side but plenty of room is available to the left off the tee. Cutting the corner of the trees from the tee will leave a mid iron approach to a green with a false front. Be sure to take enough club for your approach shot.