1 Hope Blvd, Galveston, Texas 77554, US
(409) 683-4200
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About Moody Gardens

Moody Gardens is a large resort and attraction area with a hotel, conference center and 18 holes of golf in the coastal town of Galveston, Texas. It is well known for its three pyramids home to an aquarium and rain forest attractions. It has not only an onsite waterpark but is next to Schlitterbahn as well. There are six dining concepts, as well as a spa and fitness center. It's within easy access to historic downtown Galveston, Pleasure Pier and the beaches. The golf course originally opened in 1989 but was totally redesigned by Peter Jacobsen and Jim Hardy in 2008. This watery layout features scenic views of the gulf, bridges and bayous, and the back nine plays alongside the small Galveston airport. The course is links-inspired with gulf breezes and wall-to-wall paspalum turf. Historic Galveston is less than an hour's drive from downtown Houston, making Moody Gardens a popular day trip destination as well as for weekend vacation getaways.

Facts

Price Range$$, $$$
Property Class★★★★
Acres233
Year Opened1986
Number of Units300-500

Amenities

RestaurantsFine, Casual, Bar
Room TypesRoom, Suite
Fitness CenterYes
Practice FacilityYes
Banquet SpaceYes
SpaYes

Services

Kids ProgramYes
Room ServiceYes
ConciergeYes

Rules

Is the resort pet friendly?No
Is resort stay required for a tee time?No

Golf courses at Moody Gardens

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4.6
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Conditions Excellent
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Still recovering

This place lost a ton of palms in last Feb freeze. Conditions overall are not as good as usual…….needs some TLC. Greens are OK but everything else needs some work.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Fair
Pace Fair
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Always in great condition

Fairways and greens are always fantastic shape. Green keeper and staff do a great job. The great conditioning regularly tempts me to drive out to the island from West Houston to play. Go out and play,!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 11/22/2021

Hello and thank you for your 5-star rating, u000004379348! We're delighted you enjoyed your round. Please book another round with us soon, and thanks for choosing Moody Gardens Golf Course!

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Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
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Commented on 11/22/2021

We would love to hear more about your positive experience on our course. Please contact us to share your favorite part of your experience and what we can do to earn that last star! Thanks for golfing at Moody Gardens Golf Course!

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Reviews 33
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played

Great day on the links!

Course is in spectacular shape! It is a shame that the freeze killed so many palm trees. It appears that they were hoping more would come back but they are having to cut down the ones that didn’t make it. They will be missed as hearing the wind blow thru the palms gives it that tropical feel!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 11/22/2021

Hi, GoGolf719. Thank you so much for the great review. We are glad you had an incredible time, and we hope to see you again soon! Thanks for choosing Moody Gardens Golf Course.

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Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
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Pace Good
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Commented on 11/15/2021

Hi, jdessens. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your time at Moody Gardens Golf Course. We look forward to seeing you on the course soon for another 5-star experience!

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5.0
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Previously Played

Excellent condition. Fast greens, nice walk.

Moody gardens is in great shape with any ball in the fairway getting a great lie with a little fluff underneath. Staff is top notch and stater does a great job, pairing up twosomes and singles.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented on 11/12/2021

Thank you for taking the time to review us, u8529739. Your feedback is valuable, and we look forward to delivering you excellent service again soon. Moody Gardens Golf Course thanks you!

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Handicap 15-19
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First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
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Commented on 11/12/2021

Hello u790674159,

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave an excellent rating! We really appreciate your business. Please let us know what we can do for you in the future to earn that last star!

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Skill Intermediate
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I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played

One of the best public courses in Texas

One of the best public courses in Texas. The greens are immaculate!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 11/22/2021

Hi, shibTX1. Thank you so much for the great review. We are glad you had an incredible time, and we hope to see you again soon! Thanks for choosing Moody Gardens Golf Course.

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Reviews 11
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented on 11/09/2021

Hi, shibTX1. We would love to hear more about your positive experience on our course. Please contact us to share with us your favorite part of your experience. Thanks for golfing at Moody Gardens Golf Course!

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Skill Intermediate
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5.0
Previously Played

Course is in great shape

No complaints greens rolled good fairways were nice traps were in great shape. Hot deal made the hour and a half drive worth it.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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Commented on 11/08/2021

Thank you for taking the time to review us, moisesherrera7. Your feedback is valuable, and we look forward to delivering you excellent service again soon. Moody Gardens Golf Course thanks you!

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Handicap 15-19
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5.0
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Previously Played

Great day!

The course was in excellent shape as usual. Had a wonderfully time playing as the weather was pretty nice. It was kinda of windy which makes Moody that much more challenging!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 11/02/2021

Hi, GoGolf719. Thank you so much for the great review. We are glad you had an incredible time, and we hope to see you again soon! Thanks for choosing Moody Gardens Golf Course.

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Skill Intermediate
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I Recommend This Course
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First Time Playing

Moody Gardens Golf Club

This course is great. The fairways are immaculate as are the greens. I have nothing negative to say about this course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 10/08/2021

Hi, fspain. Thank you so much for the great review. We are glad you had an incredible time, and we hope to see you again soon! Thanks for choosing Moody Gardens Golf Course.

Played On
Reviews 18
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Always enjoy this public track

You can count in this place being in very good shape (fairways and greens). Bunkers need work. Would be great to see mid-week deals for residents!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 10/08/2021

Hello, MrBogey55. Thank you for visiting us at Moody Gardens Golf Course. We appreciate your 4-star rating and review. We hope you join us for another round soon.

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Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played

Can We Rake A Trap Please?

Greens & turf were great but there wasn't a raked trap in the place. This course is too pricey for traps that look like the Galveston beach. C'mon, you can do better than that!

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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Commented on 10/08/2021

Hello u9718767, thank you for taking the time to review us, and for the 4 stars. We're sorry to hear the course may not have been in the best shape on the day of your round. We appreciate your feedback as we work to make any necessary improvements. Thank you for choosing to golf with us, and we look forward to seeing you again soon at Moody Gardens Golf Course.

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Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Wet weather
Used cart

Water water everywhere!

This was my first time at MGGC. Because we were running late, I didn't get to check out the clubhouse etc. It appeared to be an older building left over from the former Galveston Muny. It's elevated such that the main floor is on the 2nd floor. I could see that the bar on one end of the building was surrounded by windows and had the usual sports on TVs. So that's a plus.

Two marshals were hanging around the driving range and handling starter duties. They were super friendly ... some good ol' boys. We enjoyed chatting with them for a bit before they sent us off as a 2-some. I was fully in favor of that. I'm not a big fan of playing with strangers. That, and there was a good chance I'd have a poor scoring round; I did. We saw one of the marshals on the course later on but he was likely handling something rather than checking on players. He did have his radio volume up which (luckily) went off just *after* my partner's tee shot. He might want to turn the radio down or use an earpiece while out on the course.

Water, water, water ... it's everywhere on this course. Take a look at satellite imagery and/or your golf app in order to figure out your safe shots. And you can't hit near the water because that area is often marshy. Oh, and it'll be full of huge, hungry mosquitos. So when you find a Titleist Velocity with a blue dot bottom right of the logo ... that's mine. I left them all over that course! :)

Trees ... what trees? There are a lot of palm trees on the course and it looks like the freeze we had last winter killed half of them. Too bad. Past that, this course won't have any trees for you to worry about. You're either in grass (short/rough) or you're in the water. Well, you could end up in the bunkers; I did more than once. I can't really speak to their general condition because they'd been flooded +/- by the recent rains. Some had puddles and some were just soaked and hardening on top. I imagine the course would have to wait another day or so before they could turn them over and/or fluff them up ... if that's something they actively do. The course is flat -- no elevation changes whatsoever. As for the grounds, I didn't notice any real problems. The tee boxes, fairways, and greens were all in really nice shape. The greens were fast though. I don't know if that's normal or if they'd been cut (shorter) recently. But a putt that should've rolled 10ft was going about 14ft.

As for our particular day of play, it was WET. We'd had a day or two of overnight rain so the course was a little sloshy in spots. It seemed to drain fairly well though. Of course, the cart paths had numerous spots where it remained covered in big puddles. It's not a big deal, but is something that could possibly be added to the maintenance to-do list for a (... wait for it ...) rainy day. Speaking of the cart paths, I really wish every single course would use the red-white-blue-yellow paint striping. They do have the various/multiple distance markers on sprinkler heads ... so that's good. But I'm a fan of 'path paint' as it's so helpful to so many. During this COVID time, this is a rare course (that I've seen) that actually has coolers of water available. With COVID still messing with various things in our respective lives, most courses have not yet gone back to putting out water.

With the airport next door, we were treated to a loud single engine plane that was doing touch-n-go's with a quick vertical accent upon takeoff. It was fun to watch. Speaking of noise, I wasn't used to playing on a course that has streets bordering the course such that you get a somewhat steady stream of cars driving in/out of the course as well as the neighborhood next door. I did not care for that ... mostly because I'm just not used to it.

Conditions Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 10/08/2021

Thank you for your review, GordonATX. We will pass along your positive experience and feedback to our team at Moody Gardens Golf Course. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Played On
Reviews 10
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Good, Bad, Ugly

The Good: I am a long time patron of the course. I love playing it. It is always in excellent condition.
The Bad: since the new manager the prices have shot up to the point where friends coming from out of town do you not want to pay that much to play the course.
The Ugly: The new manager can use some training in dealing with his customers in a more professional manner. However the rest of the staff very pleasant and kind.

Conditions Excellent
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 18
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Good public track

This course is generally in very good shape. The recent hurricane loused up the bunkers and many palms were killed by the winter freeze. Greens and fairways were pretty good!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
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Commented on 09/22/2021

Hello, MrBogey55. Thank you for visiting us at Moody Gardens Golf Course. We appreciate your 4-star rating and review. We hope you join us for another round soon.

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