The Takeaway: Grade B
Designer: Tom Fazio in 2005
Phone Number: (281) 863-5818
Course Website: Official Website - Visit The Club at Carlton Woods (Fazio)'s official website by clicking on the link provided.
Directions: Get here! - One Carlton Woods Dr., The Woodlands, Texas 77380
Accolades: Ranked 9th 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. 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.)
By the Numbers
Individual Hole Analysis
Signature Hole: 18th Hole – 445 Yard Par 4
Best Par 3: 16th Hole – 207 Yards
Best Par 4: 10th Hole – 430 Yards
Best Par 5: 2nd Hole – 583 Yards
Birdie Time: 7th Hole – 307 Yard Par 4
Bogey Beware: 15th Hole – 506 Yard Par 4