The Club at Carlton Woods (Nicklaus and Fazio courses)

Golf Course Review by: Bill Satterfield

Quick Facts

Designer:  Jack Nicklaus in 2001 and Tom Fazio in 2005

Cost:  Private

Phone Number:  (281) 863-5818

Course Website:  Official Website - Visit Carlton Woods' official website by clicking on the link provided.

Directions:  Get here! - One Carlton Woods Dr., The Woodlands, Texas 77380

Photos:  See additional photos of Carlton Woods (Nicklaus) and photos of Carlton Woods (Fazio)

Accolades: Fazio course ranked 5th and Nicklaus course ranked 8th in Texas on Golf Digest's 2013-14 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. The Fazio course features undulated terrain (rare in Houston) and an incredible variety of hole lengths, shapes, and strategies. The bunkering on the Fazio course is a memorable feature that ties the flow of the course together and has its own version of Hell's Half Acre on the par three 16th where a bunker runs from tee to green. 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.)

Signature Hole:  Nicklaus 15th - 455 Yard Par 4

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

Runner up:  Fazio 18th - 445 Yard Par 4

Carlton Woods (Fazio)
18th Hole at Carlton Woods (Fazio) (445 Yard Par 4)

By the Numbers:

Tees (Nicklaus) 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

By the Numbers:

Tees (Fazio) Par Yardage Rating Slope
Fazio 72 7358 74.8 140
Member 72 6806 72.0 131
Chairman 72 6562 70.9 128
Middle 72 6345 69.9 127
Forward (Women) 72 5078 70.6 127


Individual Hole Analysis

Best Par 3:  Nicklaus 12th - 192 Yards

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

Runner up:  Fazio 16th - 207 Yards

Carlton Woods (Fazio)
16th Hole at Carlton Woods (Fazio) (207 Yard Par 3)

Best Par 4:  Nicklaus 15th - 455 Yards

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

Runner up:  Fazio 10th - 430 Yards

Carlton Woods (Fazio)
10th Hole at Carlton Woods (Fazio) (430 Yard Par 4)

Best Par 5:  Fazio 2nd - 583 Yards

Carlton Woods (Fazio)
2nd Hole at Carlton Woods (Fazio) (583 Yard Par 5)

Runner up:  Nicklaus 8th - 578R/544L Yards

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

Birdie Time:  Fazio 7th - 307 Yard Par 4

Carlton Woods (Fazio)
7th Hole at Carlton Woods (Fazio) (307 Yard Par 4)

Runner up:  Nicklaus 6th - 378 Yard Par 4

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

Bogey Beware:  Fazio 15th - 506 Yard Par 4

Carlton Woods (Fazio)
15th Hole at Carlton Woods (Fazio) (506 Yard Par 4)

Runner up:  Nicklaus 2nd - 468 Yard Par 4

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

Final Cut:    Grade B

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