Guest Author - Letta Meinen
Mill Creek Golf and Country Club located in the Heart of Texas at Salado, Texas. The golf course is a Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed 27 hole course at the beginning of the hill country in central Texas. You will find a variety of different challenges on this course with scenic views, several water hazards, ample trees, numerous sand traps and tricky greens. I would consider it a finesse course as you can use many clubs in your bag.
The signature hole of the Mill Creek Golf Club is Hole #3 on Creek #1 which is called the Heart of Texas hole. This green is shaped like a heart, with surrounding sand traps, it has a heart shaped sand trap in the fairway, and the tee box is the arrow. This hole has great meaning to me as I live right across from the fairway sand trap. I get occasional golf balls in my yard but it is a peaceful setting with a great view to other parts of the course.
Mill Creek is not a long course but the difficulty of it makes you appreciate every shot. The most difficult hole on Creek #1 is hole #4 with trees lining the fairway a creek to cross to an elevated green with rocks lining the bank. It takes a long high shot to drop onto the green but watch out for the sand trap on one side it is a very difficult hole.
Creek #2 also has its difficulty as there are two holes where you have to cross water hazards to reach the greens. One hole has a double dog leg fairway, tree lined and sand trap at turn of first dog leg then another along the side of the green. One must try to stay in the fairway to possibly have a good score here.
Creek #3 starts out with a great view, long straight fairway but tree lined on both sides. You must stay in fairway with long driver and fairway wood shots to get in position to cross another creek to get to green. As usual there is a sand trap protecting the slopping green that drains back down into the creek. Hole #2 also has two water hazards to cross with fairway sand traps plus two more sand traps around the green. This green is the most undulating one of all 27 holes so be thankful if you score a par 4.
Mill Creek is located 1610 Club Circle in Salado, Texas 76571 with a full pro shop, swimming pool and 19th hole snack bar. A separate dining room is available for special events. You can check out their web site at http://www.millcreek-golf.com with Anthony Land as Manager and teaching Pro. Mill Creek is owned by Stagecoach Inn Properties and golf packages can be arranged by calling 1-800-732-8994. Come check out Mill Creek you will enjoy a special golf course.