Hidden Gem: Pine Forest G.C.

The par 3 12th is the second of three scenic downhill par 3's on the course. The yardage says 180 yds., but the elevation will dramatically affect which club you decide to use.

It’s not very often you find a challenging course with jaw-dropping views and rates as low, or lower, than regular municipal courses.

Pine Forest is that golf course.

If you have the time to drive 45 mins. to Bastrop, your reward is well worth it. The course has a nice mixture of holes that are tucked inside a neighborhood, and others that make you feel like your camping in the forest along the Colorado River.

What makes this course so special is the elevation changes. On three separate occasions throughout your round, you’ll find yourself standing on a tee-box, staring hundreds of feet down to a green carved out of the woods. As you look out on the horizon, the abundance of trees and wildlife give the course a real adventurous feel.

Not all of the tee boxes are from an elevated position. On #6 you not only have to clear the gorge off the tee, but also reach a fairway that's much higher than your current position on the tee.

The layout itself is not tremendously long, on 6,569 yds. from the blues, but the elevation changes make things interesting especially if your playing the course in a strong wind. The three, downhill par 3’s are extremely fun to play and give you and the members of your group three different opportunities for closest to the pin bragging rights.

Having played this course twice, I would expect to pay $50-75 for a course of this caliber. Discount rates for Pine Forest are frequently offered on the service golf512, discussed in an earlier post. However, even without discounts, the normal greens fees hover around $20 which is a steel for what you get.

#16 is your last chance to stick one close on a downhill par 3. With only two holes remaining, this hole could determine the outcome of many friendly matches.

If you’re looking for a new, exciting, beautiful course to play and you don’t want to pay an arm and a leg to do it, give Pine Forest a shot. Take a break from your normal, local municipal course tour and reward yourself with a round you won’t forget, even if you’d like to forget your score.

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