Lufkins First 18 Hole Course
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: First off, a big THANK YOU to everyone who had a hand in getting this course put in. Lufkin desperately needed an 18 hole course and they delivered in a big way. Leadership Lufkin put in huge resources, as did the city of Lufkin, and the Lufkin Launchers put in hours and hours to build this great course.
Its cliche, but this course is complete. I'd like to see a little more elevation but it really has everything. Open, wooded, short, long, uphill, downhill, par 4s and one par 5. There are three Pars 4s that require two well placed drives/approaches to get to the green, they're not just long bombs. Hole 8 is a long and open par 5 850ft(very fair) and 9 is a signature hole over the water 90% of the way - Par 3 280ft. And this course is beautiful. Although its in a multi use park with all the amenities, theres little to interfere with the course. And once you get to hole 7, you'll be out there, all by yourself. There's a great deck area overlooking the pond on 9 for a gallery or tourney HQs. This course is fair, bottom line. Adv players should be challenged to shoot under par, but rec players should enjoy themselves even with the extra strokes.
Cons: The most obvious con is that the tee signs are completely inaccurate. But my understanding is that will be fixed asap, so hopefully by summer time they will be correct. I would like to see a drop zone on 17. The rough there eats discs on all sides of the pin except behind it. Theres some standing water about 40-50ft in front of the pin on 18. Supposedly its a few feet deep but I'm guessing by summer it will be dry. It was played as OB in the opening tourney, I'd like to see it played as casual. Also, the approach on 7 needs to be cleaned up a little. The course is growing, give it time. What also growing is poison ivy/oak so watch out for that.
Other Thoughts: IMO this course is as good or better than anything in East Texas, not including Selah or Dagwood. I played Lake Nac before playing Morris Frank(both for the first time) and the lake was overgrown while Frank was cleared with fresh cut lines. Some may say Hole 4 is gimmicky but I really liked its uniqueness. A big skip OS skip around the right for RHBH or a sky hyzer over the top. As this course is played more and more the lines will clear and play will improve. This course is cart friendly. Overall I really really liked Morris Frank. Once they make their final cuts and tee signs are fixed I'll bump it to a 4.5. With Morris Frank, Nac's courses, Lindsey Park, and Selah, East Texas is begging you to make a road trip to play some of the states best courses.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
Morris Frank - great local course
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Great location, Amazing tee boxes, great hidden baskets for challenging players
Cons: All holes are par 3 which is usually fine except you go from a 240 ft par 3 into a 720 ft par 3(approximate distances). Uhhhhhh, I'm confused. Wouldn't it be better to offer more par 2 and par 4 holes in this instance. Just my thoughts.
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