BlackHorse Golf Club North Course may be the less hyped of the two championship layouts at one of the Houston area s premier daily-fee golf facilities, but it has no shortage of fans. Both courses at the club, located about 25 miles from downtown Houston in Cypress, Texas, were designed by Peter Jacobsen and Jim Hardy in 2000. They spread out in an upscale residential development amidst wetlands, lakes, and creeks, and plenty of trees. BlackHorse Golf Club North Course is generally considered easier and more playable than its higher-profile sister layout, BlackHorse Golf Club South Course. Nonetheless, over the years, BlackHorse Golf Club North Course has appeared on lists of the top courses in Texas. Much of the fun comes from Jacobsen and Hardy s varied design. It s an exciting mix of long and short, dogleg and straightaway holes. Players of all skill levels can find a comfortable yardage from the six sets of tee markers that range from 5,065 to 7,301 yards. While the Big Jake tips present formidable forced carries, players who utilize the shorter options will find a more manageable game, as landing areas are generous. The wide playing field accommodates the use of driver off the tee on most holes. Water is a nearly ever-present threat throughout the front nine beware of aquatic penalty areas in some form on all but the 1st and 3rd holes. The par-3 2nd calls for a full carry over a pond, while lakes and wetlands trail up the right side all the way from tee to green on holes 4, 5 and 6. The signature par-3 6th features an elevated green built up with railroad ties. This three-hole stretch is a highlight of the round at BlackHorse Golf Club North Course. In contrast to the front nine, the only water-bound test on the back nine is the finishing hole. With the houses confined to a small perimeter section of the course and well removed from the action, the layout rambles in a pleasing wooded setting. Most players find the abundant birdlife and huge oak trees quite impressive. BlackHorse Golf Club North Course is a scenic treat. Both BlackHorse courses play out of the same large clubhouse. You ll find a pro shop, locker rooms, and a bar and restaurant that serves breakfast and lunch. The club s extensive practice facilities include a grass range, short game area with practice sand bunker, and a putting green. BlackHorse Golf Club North Course is an excellent upscale tee-time option when you are looking for a memorable place to play in and around Houston.