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Hole #1

A short par 4 that provides a good birdie opportunity. Stay out of... Continue >>

Hole #2

This par 4 is another good birdie opportunity if you can hit... Continue >>

Hole #3

For years this par 3 was hole #1, and while it looks pretty tame... Continue >>

Hole #4

This par 5 might be the easiest hole one the course. If you have... Continue >>

Hole #5

Hole #5 is the most difficult hole on the course: a long par... Continue >>

Hole #6

Hole #6 has the biggest green on the course and has one of... Continue >>

Hole #7

This par 3 is pretty easy–if you can ignore the out-of-bounds... Continue >>

Hole #8

It seems that every player has his or her own strategy for attacking... Continue >>

Hole #9

How can a par 3 that looks so easy be so hard? It is just... Continue >>

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Scorecard

holes 1 – 9
hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out  
par 4 4 3 5 4 4 3 5 3 35  
handicap 13 9 11 7 1 3 17 5 15    
blue 69.8/117 339 370 191 490 425 399 164 497 139 3014  
white 68.4/114 322 362 173 474 417 378 154 489 119 2888  
red 69.0/112 300 302 160 343 342 318 140 414 104 2514  
holes 10 –18
hole 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
par 4 4 3 5 4 4 3 5 3 35 70
handicap 14 10 12 8 2 4 18 6 16    
blue 69.8/117 339 370 191 490 425 399 164 497 139 3014 6028
white 68.4/114 322 362 173 474 417 378 154 489 119 2888 5776
red 69.0/112 300 302 160 343 342 318 140 414 104 2514 5028

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Hole Descriptions

Alvin Golf & Country Club is a challenging course for experienced golfers yet offers plenty of birdie opportunities if you know how to play it right. Use these hole descriptions to get a head start on your buddies.

Hole 1

Hole #1 is a short par 4 that provides a good birdie opportunity. On the right side of the fairway are the pecan trees that lined the entrance to the old plantation house before the golf course was built.
You don't want to be in the trees on this hole. Playing the hole to the left side of the fairway gives you a good angle to the green if you don't mind playing over the water that comes into play because this hole usually plays into the wind. In dry conditions, long hitters might consider going for the green or keeping the driver in the bag to avoid hitting the drive into the pond.

Hole #1 at Alvin Golf & Country Club

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Hole 2

This par 4 is another good birdie opportunity if you can hit the ball long off the tee box. This green is very small and not very big back to front, so it is hard to hit the green from outside of 150 yards. This hole includes one of the courses' "favorite" trees. With the wind at your back you can try to fly the oak tree in the middle of the fairway or try to run the ball under the tree, but you must get past that tree if you want a good chance at birdie. The old pecan-lined path sits to the right, and more trees to the left. Some players have been known to play this hole from the #6 fairway far to the left. They say it is intentional and gives them a better angle to the pin.  

Hole #2 at Alvin Golf & Country Club

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Hole 3

For years this par 3 was hole #1 on the course, and while it looks pretty tame, many golfers consider it one of the hardest holes. On the tee box, you find yourself contending with a pond in front (don't top your tee shot), the road, the wind, the bunker to the right of the green, and the pond to the left of the green. This hole normally plays with a slight left-to-right crosswind that can be a little in your face.

If you try to play it left to account for the wind, you could be in the pond. Play it straight, and you could be in the bunker. Think too much, and you could be in the road. This green can have some pin placements that make a bogey a good scramble score. If you hit it right of the bunker, you better have a flop shot in your bag. There are some players who play this hole short of the green and just try to take their par and move on to the next hole. If this hole gets into your head, it can own you.

Hole #3 at Alvin Golf & Country Club

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Hole 4

This par 5 might be the easiest hole one the course. If you have any length on your drive, you might be looking at eagle. This hole has a wide fairway, and there isn't much trouble up near the green. Even average hitters can go for the green in two with minimal fear. You have out of bounds all the way to the right and a big long pond on the left that crosses the fairway about 100 yards from the green. Pushing and pulling your shots will get you in trouble on this hole, but most damage is self inflicted.

Call the clubhouse if you see the neighbor's cows get through the fence here in the back corner of the course.

Hole #4 at Alvin Golf & Country Club

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Hole 5

Hole #5 is the most difficult hole on the course: a long par 4 with a pond that eats golf balls. You need a big drive on this hole to get to the green in two, but you can easily hit it through the fairway that slightly turns left. But if you try to favor the left side of the fairway you can be in the pond. The far right end of this pond is like the Bermuda triangle, many balls that look good don't escape this pond.

From the tee box, you want your ball flight headed right of the green side bunker to keep you clear of the pond. Now if the pin is tucked behind the bunker, you will need to work the ball to the left side of the fairway, but past the end of the pond to have a shot at the pin. A birdie here will win you a skin most of the time.

Hole #5 at Alvin Golf & Country Club

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Hole 6

Hole #6 has the biggest green on the course and has one of the most interesting features: what is lovingly called the water bunker. The small pond on the left side of this par 4 fairway was designed to be a fairway bunker many years ago, but for reasons unknown, it stays full of water and requires less refilling than any other pond on the course.

If you can hit the ball high and long, try to play it over the trees on the right and work the ball back to the center. If you clear the big tree in the air, you might be in prime birdie position. While this green can have some tough pin placements, if the pin is in the middle, the putts seem to fall from anywhere on the green. It is almost like a big funnel if the hole is in the right place.

Hole #6 at Alvin Golf & Country Club

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Hole 7

This par 3 is pretty easy–if you can ignore the out-of-bounds to the right, the pond to the left, and the possible chatter from the adjoining tee box. The distance from the tee can be deceiving because the tree line blocks the wind that is normally a little behind you and right to left, so the air feels still and the flag isn't blowing, but the wind can really affect this hole. If you fall for a sucker pin placement on the left side of the green, you will probably be in the pond.  

Hole #7 at Alvin Golf & Country Club

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Hole 8

It seems that every player has his or her own strategy for attacking this dog-leg par 5, the longest hole on the course. The options are to layup short of the trees, layup past the trees, or to go for it.  This hole is where the risk/reward factor comes into play; you might want to go for it because laying up has its fair share of risk.

If you can get past the fairway bunker with your tee shot, you have to decide whether to go for the eagle or to layup. But with the oak trees occupying some of the prime layup territory, you could be better off going for it. If you don't make it, drop on this side of Mustang Bayou, hit your fourth shot to the green, and two-putt for bogey.  As you cross the bridge to #8 green, take a peek at the pin placement for the ninth hole.

Hole #8 at Alvin Golf & Country Club

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Hole 9

How can a par 3 that looks so easy be so hard? It is just a short iron over Mustang Bayou and on to the green. This hole usually plays right into the wind, but is it a one-, two-, or three-club wind? If you miss the green off the tee box, and you are not short, you are in for a tough chip and putt. This green has the steepest slope of all the greens on the course, and a pin-high chip to the green is a tough shot. If you are behind the green, good luck.

This hole was one of the latter design changes to the course when Art and Ethelind Schacht donated the land for this tee box.

Hole #9 at Alvin Golf & Country Club

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