By Jay Betsill
The Dallas-Fort Worth area has so many renowned golf courses including Colonial Country Club, Dallas National Golf Club, Preston Trail Golf Club, Brook Hollow Golf Club, Northwood Club, River Crest Country Club, Vaquero Club and Shady Oaks Country Club. One thing all of those courses have in common is that they are private. In some cases, VERY private.
However, the list of courses that everyday people in North Texas can tee it up on is very impressive. In no particular order, here are five of the best courses YOU can play:
COWBOYS GOLF CLUB on Lake Grapevine is the first and only NFL-themed golf club. While any Dallas Cowboys fan can enjoy themselves with all of the memorabilia from America’s Team in the clubhouse and on the tee markers, the course’s hilly terrain is similar to a course you may encounter closer to Austin. cowboysgolfclub.com
TOUR 18 in Flower Mound is the perfect course for those who may not be friends with someone who is a member of Augusta National, but would like to experience playing Amen Corner. All 18 holes on this course are inspired by some of the most famous holes in golf, including No. 17 at TPC Sawgrass. tour18-dallas.com
THE TRIBUTE GOLF CLUB in The Colony does for the Open Championship courses what Tour 18 does for American courses. All 18 holes of the course that sit on Lake Lewisville are inspired by courses you see every year in the season’s third major championship. This is the closest a lot of us will get to playing the famed No. 18 at St. Andrews. thetributegc.com
WINSTAR GOLF CLUB has 27 holes and is located next to the world’s largest casino. The course is always in great shape and is wide open (making things very fair for those of us who may occasionally spray it off the tee). With the casino and its multitude of restaurants and entertainment options next door, WinStar Golf Club offers far and way, the best 19th hole. winstarworldcasino.com/golf
TEXAS STAR GOLF COURSE in Euless is one of the best golf courses (private or public) in all of North Texas. The course features G-2 Bent grass greens and has been highly ranked by Golf Digest and Golfweek. texasstargolf.com