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“This golf course deserves an updated review” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Moody Gardens Golf Course

Moody Gardens Golf Course
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Owner description: Introducing the Moody Gardens® Golf Course, formerly the Galveston Municipal Golf Course, featuring a $16 million comprehensive renovation by the renowned golf course architects of Jacobsen Hardy Golf Course Design. Revealed in June 2008, the Moody Gardens® Golf Course still features the best historical aspects of the original layout, while significantly improving certain holes and overall course flow. The renovation included new turf grass, green complexes, elevations, irrigation, drainage, cart paths, greens and a full clubhouse renovation.
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“This golf course deserves an updated review”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2011

What was Galveston Island Municipal Golf Course is now Moody Gardens Golf Course, now under the management of the resort of the same name. It has been completely redesigned with better hole layouts, great fairway grass and very good bunkers. The greens putt true and are of medium speed.

There is a nice practice area with driving range, chipping and pitching area with a trap and putting green. The shorebirds have been mentioned before and add to the experience. This is a typical island course where one plays the wind and the only trees are palms. This is also a challenging course with water on almost every hole. I recommend you leave your ego at home and move up one tee box. Lots of water to frustrate the not-so-straight hitter. A great design feature is that the red tees take the water out of all first shots - good for ladies, juniors and seniors who don't have that old distance they once had. I think there are a total of 5 or 6 tee boxes.

Green fees are based on residency with a sliding scale from island resident to adjacent county resident to out-of-towner. Nobody pays more than about 70 bucks including cart. Weekday rates are lower than weekend, and twilight rates are also offered. This is a nice course to walk and pull carts are available. Tee times are a good idea, but the staff is always eager to work people in.

Visited June 2011
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Galveston muni golf course needs attention”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2006

A wonderful layout with a wetlands surrounding the course, it provides an excellent venue for watching birds. Sandhill cranes roam the fairways on some days with rosetta spoonbills fishing close to the greens. Heavy crosswinds allmost every day.

But this inexpensive municipal golf attraction has seen better days. It needs serious renovation. Upkeep on the course has been very sparse for too long. Besides little attention from the city budget, local politics has hurt the course's chances for glory.

18 holes around $ 30 on weekdays.

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“Good Course..Good Price..lacks maintenance”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2004

Prices were good, it was challenging with water on every hole...wind is constant also and the upkeep was not great. Lots of bare spots on greens and fairways.

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