We’ve assembled a guide to the top 10 public access golf courses as currently rated by the Golf, Golf Digest, and Golfweek Magazines as the Best golf courses in Dallas TX.
1. Castle Hills is a semi-private course up in Lewisville off I-35 at Rt 121 a few miles east. It was designed by Jay Morrish, and from the championship tees it’s 6,607 yards, 140 slope, 72.9 course rating, with one longer and two shorter tees.
2. Fossil Creek Golf Course, technically Fort Worth. Dick Phelps designed, great golf course, located off I-35W, 20 minutes north of Ft. Worth. The routing has 14 holes with water, creeks, or ravines, doglegs, moderately rolling terrain, plenty of deep, sculptured bunkers surrounding the greens. It plays from the back tees 6,825 yards, 131 slope, and has 47 sand traps, Tiff Eagle greens.
3. Cowboys Golf Club plays to a stout 7,017 yards, 140 slope from the back tees, designed by Jeff Brauer in 2001. The course is maybe the only NFL team course, and the clubhouse is loaded with Cowboys memorabilia, and obviously a Cowboys merchandise pro shop. It’s routed on on slightly rolling terrain, with a number of lakes and streams as major water hazards. Some of the holes are tree lined fairways or borders, others are more out in the open. The only disappointment is that the cart girls aren’t Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders.
4. Tour 18 Golf Course Tour 18, located just northeast of DFW airport is a replica course of the PGA tours most famous holes, and a great opportunity to play them all in one day. The holes are; Cherry Hills 1 where Palmer drove the green to win the US Open, Baltusrol #8, Doral 18, Crooked Stick 15, Wing Foot 10, Medinah 10, Oakland Hills 16, Sawgrass 17-island, Oakmont 3, Southern Hills 12, Rivera 6, Pine Valley 17, Firestone 14, Muirfield Vllage 17, Augusta 11,12,13-Amen Corner.
5. The Tribute Golf Club The Tribute plays to 7002 yards, 128 slope from the championship tees, 95 bunkers, designed by Tripp Davis, and is a combination of holes from the links courses of Scotland. You’ll find holes from St. Andrews-the Road Hole, the Postage Stamp at Troon, Carnoustie, Moray, Nairn, Prestwick, Royal Dornoch. Great conditions, excellent service, great fun to play, and cheaper than Scotland.
6. Old American Golf Club Also at The Tribute, The Old American Golf Club is about 1/2 mile away. As opposed to The Tribute, which mimics Scottish courses, it’s a tribute of classic American golf courses designed by the early master architects like Ross, McDonald, Maxwell, Toomey & Flynn, etc. It’s a challenging layout, feeling links style for the most part with natural contours, a variety of bunker styles, and tall fescue lining the fairways.
7. Texas Star is just outside DFW airport in Euless and one of the better courses in the area, and lower greens fees than some of the more high profile courses in town, but a better course. It was designed by Keith Foster, 6,930 from the back tees, 139 slope, water on 6 holes in the way of Hurricane Creek, and only 30 traps. There’s 40 foot elevation change on a couple of holes and good views of the valley area. Some of the holes are links type with tall fescue along the fairways, undulating fairways, ridges, and collection areas around the greens.
8. Tierra Verde Golf Club is owned by the City of Arlington, but it isn’t your typical muni. It’s a championship caliber course designed by Graham & Panks of 7,000 yards located in southwest Arlington. It’s a fairly natural layout and routing using the existing lay of the land and in fact is an Audubon certified course. It’s the best of the City’s operated courses and is a very solid course with some interesting holes, especially the back side. There’s a lot of variety with blind shots, doglegs, little water, and natural hazards, and light use of bunkering.
9. Buffalo Creek was designed by Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish in the early 1990′s, the course plays to 7100 yards, 136 slope. The course is on the east side of Lake Ray Hubbard, south of Rockwall in Heath, exit 67. Some parkland holes, but mostly open and link style of course designed routed through a housing development.
10. Cedar Crest Golf Course Designed in the 1920′s by A. W. Tillinghast whose work included Baltusrol, Winged Foot, and Bethpage. The course was originally a private club and opened in 1919, and was the site of the 1927 PGA championship won by Walter Hagen. The City of Dallas purchased Cedar Crest in 1946, and hired D. A. Weibring to renovate the course in 2004 by re-grassing the fairways, greens and tees with hybrid Bermuda turf, adding new sand bunkers. The course is laid out over rolling land with mature trees throughout and nine holes are doglegs adding a lot of variety. Water can come into play on 10 holes, the greens are small, moderately fast, are are somewhat elevated, and there’s only 36 bunkers, mostly guarding the greens. Par is 71 at 6,532 with a 132 slope from the tips. An excellent value to the higher end daily fees, but can be slow, and the area’s a little rough, wouldn’t be lingering here after dark.
That’s it Linksters, we couldn’t put all of the top golf courses on this posting, but if you’d like more, check out our Golf Trails section for Fort Worth and for Dallas for additional better golf courses you can play in the DFW area.