- Sherrill Park Golf
- This Richardson, TX municipal golf course has two courses. I’ve played Course 1, a very nice course with narrow, tree-lined fairways, with some water hazards thrown in the mix. The greens and fairways are Bermuda, and when I last played, the greens were in very good condition and running fast. I shot my lowest score on this course, a 92 from the white tees, on April 14, 2006.
- North Texas Golf Center
- This is a short nine-hole, par 27 course with bermuda greens and fairways. This is a good place to work on your short game, as it has a nice chipping green, a large putting green, a short game area with bunkers and lots of targets, and a grass range. On Saturdays, tends to be overrun with junior golfers. Not very crowded on Sunday morning. First come, first serve on the course. I usually hit a large bucket of balls, chip, hit short wedge shots and putt, then play nine holes, all in about 3 hours. I made my first birdie ever on this course, on the short fifth hole. I topped a sand wedge, the ball rolled to within 2 ft for a tap-in. Ugly! My best score so far is 31 (August 27, 2005).
- Lake Park Golf Course
- I play on the nine-hole, par 29 Executive Course. This course is almost unique in Texas because of its bentgrass greens. These greens are quite difficult, as they are faster than the usual bermuda greens and all have significant slopes. On the other hand, there is no water in play (you will have to shank one off the 2nd tee to get wet — I’ve lost 3 balls so far (I’m so embarrassed!)) and not a single bunker on the course. It is meticulously maintained and has carts for the lazy. There are two short par 4 holes, so you can get your driver out. My first par score on a par 4 hole happened on the fifth hole. I hit a straight 3 wood 220 yds, followed by a six iron to 8 feet. Lipped out the putt and tapped in for par. There is also an 18-hole, par 70 course, but I haven’t played it. That course has bermuda greens, unfortunately. My best score on the Executive Course is 35 (April 17, 2005).
- The Practice Tee
- The Practice Tee has a huge grass range with a short nine-hole, par 27 course with bermuda greens. I’ve played here once and scored a horrendous 45 (this was my second time playing golf). I had only two good shots all day, the second a perfect 8 iron over the pond on the eighth hole to the center of the green, but messed up by three putting. The course was very crowded the day I went and I had to wait over an hour to play. The group playing behind me was making fun of my (lack of) golf game; very unpleasant. Fun course, though.
- Indian Creek Golf Club
- Indian Creek has two 18-hole courses, the more expensive Creek course, and the Lakes Course. I’ve played the Lakes Course once. It wasn’t pretty (my golf, that is, the course is beautiful). The Lakes Course is undergoing renovation and reopens September 1, 2005, with new greens and tees. I played the Lakes course in the spring of 2005, shooting 53 on the front nine from the white tees. Ugly, ugly golf. I hit four balls in the water (two of them went into water I didn’t know existed when I hit the shots). I hit two greens in regulation all day, the first hole and the fourth hole, which I hit within 5 feet of the hole, but missed the birdie putt. I then invented some new curse words. We were walking (only sissies ride carts, we thought, until my knee gave out on the 13th hole). We didn’t finish the round. Update: The renovation of the Lakes course is complete, and the greens are the finest bermuda greens I have ever played on or seen. I played the Lakes course this spring, shooting a 101 , without any penalties or losing any balls (first time ever for both on an 18-hole course). Update 2: I’ve played the Creek Course a couple of times and had my best score ever, 90, on October 21, 2007. The Creek course is my favorite affordable course.
- Hank Haney Golf Ranch — Lewisville, TX
- The Hank Haney Golf Ranch is a new facility located in Lewisville, TX just off I-35E. It has a beautiful grass range, complete with four target greens, including bunkers and a water hazard. It also has a nine-hole course, which I played for the first time on November 12, 2005. Par is 31; there are five par-3 holes and four par-4 holes. The course is heavily wooded, there are several creeks along the fairways, and the first hole is a shot from an elevated tee over a pond. The course is quite difficult, with hazards along the right on many holes (the bane of slicers) and very narrow fairways. My best score so far is 38 (December 27, 2006).
- Coyote Ridge Golf Club
- Coyote Ridge is a golf course that snakes around the Coyote Ridge and Grand Homes developments in north Carrollton. It is a challenging course with a links style front nine and a wooded back nine. I would never, repeat never, sneak over the fence in my back yard and hit balls, not me, nope, no way! I’ve played this course once and shot a 104 (ouch!).
- Castle Hills Golf Club
- This golf course is located in the higher end Castle Hills development on the border between Carrollton and Lewisville, TX. It’s a challenging course, well-maintained, fun to play. Just don’t walk, there can be a considerable distance between some of the holes. I’ve played it once and shot an even 100.
- Firewheel Golf
- Firewheel Golf in Garland, TX has 3 golf courses, the 27-hole Bridges Course, the Lakes Course and the Old Course. I played on the Lakes course in a 4-man scramble and greatly enjoyed the nice design and well-maintained course. Update: I’ve since played on the Lakes and the Bridges courses (Championship and Masters); best score on either course is 100 on the Bridges.
- Stonebridge Ranch
- The Stonebridge Ranch Country Club in McKinney, TX has two course, the diabolical Dye Course and the Ranch Country Club Course. I played on the extremely challenging Dye Course, which is, by far, the most difficult course I’ve played. Pete Dye is an evil genius. The course is so good, the PGA Qualifying School (Q-School) tournament was held here. I played on the Dye Course in a 4-man scramble charity tournament event in August, in the blistering Texas sun, until a violent thunderstorm ran us off on the last hole.
- TPC Four Seasons Resort and Club
- TPC Four Seasons Resort and Club is the home of the Byron Nelson Golf Tournament. I haven’t played the course yet, but my company has a membership and I just have to round up some customers who like to play golf (and can manage not to laugh when they see me play) in order to play on the course. We’re scheduling customers now for the fall, when it cools down a bit.
- The Tribute Golf Club
- The Tribute Golf Club course is a links style course that contains holes that copy famous Scottish course holes, such as Old St. Andrews, Royal Troon, Muirfield, etc. I haven’t played this course yet, but plan to play it on my birthday next year.
- L B Houston Golf Course
- L B Houston is a Dallas muni. I played it during the rainy summer of 2007 and the course was in pretty poor shape due to flooding and too frequent rains. Still, I enjoyed the course and shot 97.
August 25, 2005
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