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Course Highlight: Moody Gardens delivers thrilling golf on the Texas coast

Golf on the gulf is a fantastic and breezy affair, and one we’d usually affiliate extra with Florida or Mississippi or Alabama. Texas does have a handful of performs proper on the coast, and none are extra handy to a significant metro space than Moody Gardens Golf Course in Galveston, Texas.

Moody Gardens is a widely known attraction on this barrier historic island about an hour’s drive from downtown Houston. It’s additionally the one publicly accessible tee time within the vacation spot. This Texas golf resort incorporates a legendary aquarium in addition to tropical rainforest. Simply maintain a watch out as you arrive on the island for the three glass pyramids.

Not lengthy after they expanded their property to incorporate a resort and conference middle, Moody Gardens acquired the prevailing municipal golf course situated on the opposite facet of the small airport and invested over $16 million into an in depth rebuild of the course to make it drier and extra enjoyable to play. Opened in 2008, golf course architects Peter Jacobsen and Jim Hardy reworked the outdated structure into one thing very hyperlinks impressed with rolling and rippling fairways and with the gulf sea breeze blowing in off the gulf. In addition they put in wall-to-wall paspalum turf, which is extra saltwater tolerant and in addition promotes a enjoyable floor recreation (beneficial within the wind round right here). Moreover a couple of pressured carries, most greens are receptive from lower-running floor pictures. Three par 5s on the entrance facet, together with a reasonably mild opening par 5, make for some nice birdie alternatives. As for par 3s, their distances range drastically, however your finest wager to hit it stiff is on the chip-shot par-3 seventeenth:

The 18-hole golf course winds via bayous from begin to end and the again 9 runs out and again alongside a slender stretch of land between the bayou and airport. There are numerous water holes and a few pressured carries all through, so be warned. Hopefully you can also make your birdie or two earlier than the 18th. It’s an extended par 4 that doglegs left and requires an extended carry over water on the second shot. You’ve been warned!

Services right here embody the small Pelican Grill that lately assumed new administration and serves breakfast and lunch. There’s a full driving vary and two follow greens, one in every of which has a follow bunker. After golf, you’re simply minutes from Moody Gardens points of interest, seashores and historic downtown Galveston.

Thanks partially to reasonably priced charges for a resort course, Moody Gardens has made the GolfPass Golfers’ Alternative awards for the state of Texas each single yea (No. 7 in 2021).

“Nice total circumstances, nice conditioned tee containers, greens are nice,” wrote Garcia27 in a GolfPass assessment in December, 2020. “Lunch: very recent, good course meals…we ordered forward & total good. Drink cart was effectively stocked, chilly beer & the Rita’s had been good. Workers upon checking us in was very accommodating to our 4some plus 1 rider. The out of doors music enjoying within the chipping space units an excellent vibe for the spherical, nice job guys! We might be again!”

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