Crosswater Golf Club

Sunriver, OR

The Club at Carlton Woods (Nicklaus) (The Woodlands, TX)

Golf Course Review by: Billy Satterfield

The Takeaway:  Grade B

Quick Facts

Photos:  See additional photos of Carlton Woods (Nicklaus)

Accolades:  Ranked 12th in Texas on Golf Course Gurus Best in State list.

What to Expect:  Carlton Woods is a gated community on the north side of Houston that houses two of the areas finest courses; one designed by legendary player Jack Nicklaus and the other by legendary golf architect Tom Fazio. It is difficult to identify two more successful modern day golf course designers than these two titans whose work on the property is fantastic. The Nicklaus course was the first one opened on the property and has a separate clubhouse from the Fazio course. The parkland Nicklaus course weaves through mature trees and alongside several water features. The course is characterized by challenging par fours and water that comes into play on half the holes. Both courses are solid routings and are widely considered Houston's finest tracks with Fazio just edging out Mr. Nicklaus for the club's best course. (To my knowledge, only Pronghorn located in Bend, OR and Carlton Woods have the distinction of each offering a Nicklaus course and Fazio course at their club.)

By the Numbers

Tees Par Yardage Rating Slope
Nicklaus 72 7402 75.3 135
Member 72 6959 72.7 130
Chairman 72 6558 70.8 128
Middle 72 6273 69.8 124
Forward (Women) 72 5496 71.2 127

Individual Hole Analysis

Signature Hole:  15th Hole – 455 Yard Par 4

15th Hole at Carlton Woods (Nicklaus) (455 Yard Par 4)
15th Hole at Carlton Woods (Nicklaus) (455 Yard Par 4)

Best Par 3:  12th Hole – 192 Yards

12th Hole at Carlton Woods (Nicklaus) (192 Yard Par 3)
12th Hole at Carlton Woods (Nicklaus) (192 Yard Par 3)

Best Par 4:  15th Hole – 455 Yards

15th Hole at Carlton Woods (Nicklaus) (455 Yard Par 4)
15th Hole at Carlton Woods (Nicklaus) (455 Yard Par 4)

15th Hole at Carlton Woods (Nicklaus) (455 Yard Par 4)
15th Hole at Carlton Woods (Nicklaus) (455 Yard Par 4)

Best Par 5:  8th Hole – 578R/544L Yards

8th Hole at Carlton Woods (Nicklaus) (578R/544L Yard Par 5)
8th Hole at Carlton Woods (Nicklaus) (578R/544L Yard Par 5)

8th Hole at Carlton Woods (Nicklaus) (578R/544L Yard Par 5)
8th Hole at Carlton Woods (Nicklaus) (578R/544L Yard Par 5)

Birdie Time:  6th Hole – 378 Yard Par 4

6th Hole at Carlton Woods (Nicklaus) (378 Yard Par 4)
6th Hole at Carlton Woods (Nicklaus) (378 Yard Par 4)

Bogey Beware:  2nd Hole – 468 Yard Par 4

2nd Hole at Carlton Woods (Nicklaus) (468 Yard Par 4)
2nd Hole at Carlton Woods (Nicklaus) (468 Yard Par 4)

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