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BlackHorse Golf Club Coming to Fruition


When Peter Jacobsen took some of his PGA Tour friends to visit the Jacobsen-Hardy-designed BlackHorse Golf Club near Houston, Texas, the one question many of them asked was: Where will they put the grandstands? Many who have visited believe it‘s only a matter of time before a major tournament comes to the new 36-hole course.

Jacobsen also predicts that BlackHorse, which he co-designed with Jim Hardy, will soon be regarded one of the best daily-fee courses in the country. The North Course, which opened on July 28, 2000, is traditional-looking and long. The South Course opened in December 2000.

Also opening in November was a 7,500-square-foot, Texas-style clubhouse. Besides Jake’s Grill, the clubhouse features a sports bar setting with over a dozen televisions. (“Jake” is Jacobsen’s nickname.) The expansive pro shop displays personal items Jacobsen donated, such as the guitar he used while playing with Jake Trout and the Flounders, whose members included PGA Tour players, Mark Lye and the late Payne Stewart.

The developer of BlackHorse, Redstone Golf Management, houses its corporate offices in a nearby building. Other features of the facility include a driving range, golf academy and instruction center.

The South course winds through trees and, at 7,100 yards, is a bit shorter than the 7,300-yard North course. The main feature of South is a gigantic sand quarry that extends through the 13th, 15th, 16th and 17th holes. Those close to BlackHorse say this characteristic is the most visually stunning part of the 36-hole facility. The North course runs in and out of trees and wetlands areas. Other North features include oxbows, palmetto trees and native plants that help attract ducks, egrets, sand hill cranes and other indigenous birds.

Jacobsen is known on tour as much for his magnetic personality as his golf game. Now “Jake” has added to his reputation as a top-tier designer. The Redstone Golf Management team has taken the necessary steps to make BlackHorse a destination worthy of serious consideration when in the Houston area. To get a tee time at BlackHorse, call 281/304-1747. Weekday green fees are $55 and weekends are $65.