Henry Homberg Golf Course
Our course is a pleasure for golfers of any skill level to play. We offer four sets of tees to accommodate the needs of all players. Situated on the grounds of historic Tyrrell Park in Beaumont, Texas, the surrounding pines and oak trees make the course a peaceful and attractive place to play. Built in the late 1930’s, the course has maintained much of it’s appeal for decades, with only minor upgrades through the years. The recently renovated greens and teeing grounds provide for a wonderful start and finish to every hole. Here is a brief description of each hole:
- A short, straight par 4 with two bunkers guarding the front entry to the green. A straight tee shot should allow for a short iron into an inviting green.
- This dogleg-right par 5 allows for a miss to the right. The penal side is left on this golf hole. Although there are trees on the right side they are not as dense as the left side. A good drive gives you the opportunity to go for it in two, since the back-to-front sloping green is open in the front.
- This short dogleg-right par 4 invites you to be aggressive, but the smart play is to the left-center of the fairway. The green is very puttable, but beware the two bunkers short of the green.
- The second of consecutive short par 4s, you better not miss left into the ditch. Keep it in play off the tee, and you will have a short iron approach into this sloping green.
- Our second par 5 on the front side is every golfer’s nightmare — long and straight! Another back-to-front sloped green will hold your approach shots, with a shallow bunker located just to the right of the green.
- The first par 3 on the front nine is much easier now that the large tree guarding the left side of the green was lost in the last hurricane. The fairly large green will hold your mid-long iron on this hole. Somehow, this hole isn’t as easy as it looks, though.
- Another straight one, finally! This par 4 is straight ahead, without anything impeding your ball from running up onto the green. Try to avoid a downhill putt on this hole, as it will be quick.
- The second par 3 is a good one, with bunkers surrounding the right and left sides. This is one of the more elevated greens on the course, with moguls behind the green, so you don’t want to go long. Take your par and move on.
- The final hole on the front nine is one of the longest par 4’s on the course. It is straight ahead, with some tree trouble right and left. The road into the park borders the left side of the hole, so you don’t want to end up there…it’s out-of-bounds. A couple of bunkers surround the green, so it’s smart to play it conservatively here.
- The first real water hazard on the course comes into play near the green, if you’re short and right. The left side is the safer side off the tee. As you will notice quite often, this green slopes back-to-front, which will allow you to hold a shorter iron on this mid-length par 4.
- A slight dogleg-right, you don’t want to get caught behind the cluster of pine trees on the right. If you do, you are advised to punch back out into the fairway. This par 5 is reachable in two, but its is well-guarded by bunkers to the front and sides of the green. Birdie chance!
- Another straight one, this is our longest par 3 on the course. The green has quite a bit of slope to it, and you don’t want to be on the wrong side of the hole. Par is a good score.
- Straight ahead, soldier! The miss on this hole is right, but a large bunker fronts the green from that side. Miss the fairway way left, and you’ll need to take a drop, as the pond will swallow your errant tee shot. The green has a ridge in the center that will allow balls to roll down to the front of the green.
- Forced carries/lay-ups are key here. A poorly struck tee shot will leave you in the pond just past the tee box. Make sure you hit it well enough to reach the fairway. Be careful, though, as a ditch bisects the fairway from left-to-right, and the ditch will eat up any of those pop-ups to the right. Stay short of the ditch for a mid-iron, or bomb it past the ditch for a short iron into an uphill green.
- Another dogleg right par 5, this hole invites you to be aggressive. The same ditch from #14 comes across the #15 fairway, though, so exercise some caution. Big hitters will go to the right, as the ditch is easier to carry on that side…but you’re not in the fairway. This green is surrounded by bunkers, making it hard to roll one onto the green. Be careful once you’re on the green, as it has lots of slope.
- The tee shot is the easy part on this slight dogleg-left par 4. The bunker in front of the green is tricky, since there is another five or so yards of grass between it and the green. This is arguably the most severely sloping green on the course, and you really don’t want a side-hill slider for par here.
- This short par 3 is a forced carry over water. Recent renovations have made the green a bit smaller, and the bunker on the right will grab your ball when you leak it out over the water. It’s birdieable, but only due to the length. An errant tee shot can ruin your score.
- What a wonderful finishing hole we have at #18. The longest par 4 on the course will allow the big hitters to attempt to cut the corner. However, if you miss right, it’s punch-out time again. One of the bigger greens on the course will welcome your second shot, but the bunker that guards the right side will see lots of action due to the longer shot required to get there. Par is a good score here. But if you finish in style with a birdie, you will gain at least one shot on your playing partners.
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