The top 100 Texas golf courses, Nos. 51-100, ranked (2022)

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The rankings you see in this section are a team effort. The 83 Dallas Morning News panel members were given a ballot of 288 courses and asked to rate them on a 10-point scale. Panel members are golf professionals, golf couse architects, superintendents, people involved in the golf course industry and amateurs. Many of the amateurs compete in statewide and national events, and others have GHIN indexes north of 10.

Not even the most avid golfer has played all 288 courses, and the first marching order all panel members are given is to vote only for the courses they have played, preferably within the last five years. We also give each of the panel members a list of criteria to consider when rating. These criteria are similar to what national golf publications use.

The votes are tabulated, and a process known as winsorization is used to account for outliers — high and low — to smooth the data. Because not every course is rated by every panel member, we determined that a course must receive votes from at least 13% of the panel members (11 people this year) to be eligible for Top 100 consideration. The standards are slightly lower for the top-50 public courses and the three lists of public courses broken down by price points.

2022
Rank
Course Location Type Year
open
2021
rank
51 Pine Dunes Resort Frankston Resort 2001 60
52 Mira Vista Country Club Fort Worth Private 1987 59
53 Dallas Athletic Club, Blue Course Dallas Private 1954 65
54 Lubbock Country Club Lubbock Private 1921 96
55 Comanche Trace Kerrville Private 2000 48
56 Woodforest Golf Club Montgomery Private 2001 55
57 River Crest Country Club Fort Worth Private 1911 93
58 San Antonio Country Club San Antonio Private 1907 63
59 Tempest Golf Club Gladewater Public 2018 42
60 Cimarron Hills Golf & Country Club Georgetown Private 2002 77
61 Horseshoe Bay, Ram Rock Horseshoe Bay Resort 1981 46
62 Golf Club of Houston, Member Course Houston Private 2003 70
63 Champions Golf Club, Jackrabbit Houston Private 1957 40
64 Gus Wortham Park Houston Public 1908 NR
65 The Woodlands CC, Gary Player Course The Woodlands Private 2002 66
66 Traditions Golf Club Bryan Private 2004 57
67 Royal Oaks Country Club Houston Private 2000 78
68 Old American Golf Club The Colony Public 2010 67
69 Resort Course at La Cantera San Antonio Resort 1995 87
70 TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas Irving Resort 1983 76
71 Omni Barton Creek Resort, Fazio Canyons Austin Resort 2000 74
72 Squaw Valley Golf Club, Comanche Lakes Glen Rose Public 2001 58
73 The Lakes at Castle Hills Lewisville Private 1999 52
74 Gentle Creek Country Club Prosper Private 2002 82
75 Riverhill Country Club Kerrville Private 1974 NR
76 Odessa Country Club Odessa Private 1939 NR
77 Walden on Lake Conroe Montgomery Private 1976 51
78 Amarillo Country Club Amarillo Private 1919 53
79 Texas Rangers Golf Club Arlington Public 2019 41
80 Riverbend Country Club Sugar Land Private 1957 86
81 BraeBurn Country Club Houston Private 1926 97
82 Wichita Falls Country Club Wichita Falls Private 1914 NR
83 Bent Tree Country Club Dallas Private 1973 81
84 Dallas Country Club Dallas Private 1912 71
85 The Quarry San Antonio Public 1993 73
86 Wolfdancer Golf Club Lost Pines Resort 2006 69
87 Rock Creek Resort Gordonville Private 2009 68
88 Horseshoe Bay, Apple Rock Course Horseshoe Bay Resort 1985 75
89 Vaaler Creek Golf Club Blanco Public 2009 72
90 Kingwood Country Club, Island Course Humble Private 1974 NR
91 San Angelo Country Club San Angelo Private 1921 NR
92 Cowboys Golf Club Grapevine Public 2001 91
93 Crown Colony Country Club Lufkin Resort 1978 50
94 Golfcrest Country Club Pearland Private 1971 NR
95 Squaw Valley Golf Club, Apache Links Glen Rose Public 1992 79
96 Las Colinas Country Club Irving Private 1963 NR
97 Omni Barton Creek, Palmer Lakeside Spicewood Resort 1986 98
98 Sugar Creek Country Club Houston Private 1972 99
99 Pine Forest Country Club Houston Private 1945 NR
100 Kingwood Country Club, Forest Course Humble Private 1992 NR

No longer ranked: 56. Bentwater CC, Miller Course, Lake Conroe; 64. Texarkana Golf Ranch; 83. Legacy Hills GC, Georgetown; 84. Rockwood GC, Fort Worth; 85. Cypresswood GC, Tradition Course, Spring; 89. Squaw Creek GC, Willow Park; 90. Dallas Athletic Club, Gold Course; 92. Horseshoe Bay, Slick Rock Course, Horseshoe Bay; 94. Bentwater CC, Weiskopf Course, Lake Conroe; 95. Lakecliff GC, Spicewood; 100. River Crossing GC, Spring Branch.

The rankings are determined by the average score of the ratings by The Dallas Morning News’ Texas Golf panel. Panel members rated courses on a 1-10 scale. To be eligible for the Top 100, a course needed to be rated by 11 of the 83 voters (13%). (x-original design; y-redesign/renovation; NR-not ranked.)

COURSE RATING CRITERIA

VERSATILITY: Does the course create a good mix for the high and low handicappers? Are better players challenged, while the high handicappers are able to enjoy play through the use of shorter teeing areas, alternate routes, location of hazards and accessible pins?

SHOTMAKING: Does it test accuracy, finesse, length and putting without putting too much emphasis on any of these skills?

DESIGN: Is there a good balance? Differing lengths? Doglegs right and left? Placement of hazards? Contours and shapes of greens?

AFTERTHOUGHTS: How much do you remember about the course? Do one or two holes stand out as great or bad?

BEAUTY: Do the scenic values add to the pleasure of a round? Trees, shrubs, hills, mounds, flowers, etc.?

MAINTENANCE: How would you rate the course conditions, factoring in all aspects — tees, greens, fairways, bunkers? Spring, summer, fall or winter when viewed?

ENJOYMENT: How do you feel about being at the course? What about the amenities? From arrival to departure, was it a good, bad or indifferent golf experience?

THE PANEL

David Altemus, general manager/ COO, Royal Oaks CC, Houston

William Aycock, The Woodlands amateur

Mike Bailey, Houston-based golf writer

Robert Banta, Frisco amateur

Walt Barnes, Addison amateur

Brent Blackburn, head professional Corpus Christi CC

Curt Breaux, Montgomery amateur

John Brechin, Dallas amateur

Bruce Burger, superintendent The Quarry Golf Club

Ben Burns, head professional Crown Colony CC, Lufkin

Mark Button, senior director of communications Texas Golf Association

Tony Campagna, golf course sands and materials consultant

Miles Carlson, golf course superintendent at Grand Pines GC in Montgomery Tx

Greg Clark, Frisco amateur

Beth Cleckler, Austin amateur

John Cochran, Texas Golf Association director of competitions for South Texas, Kingwood amateur

Kyle Coody, Plano amateur

Brent Cooper, Dallas amateur

Jacque Cooper, Rowlett amateur

Daniel Coughlan, director of golf Bent Tree CC

Robert Couture, Dallas amateur

Barry Denton, PGA professional, Cordillera Ranch, Boerne

Thomas Devanna, assistant professional Tangle Ridge GC, Grand Prairie

Cameron Doan, head professional Preston Trail Golf Club, Dallas

Conrad Doss, The Woodlands amateur

Camm Dougherty, Corpus Christi amateur

Lou Duran, Frisco amateur

Bob Elliott, PGA Life Member, Dallas

Zane Ellis, King-Collins Golf Design associate, League City amateur

Gilbert Freeman, PGA professional emeritus Lakewood CC, Dallas

Edward Gatlin, PGA life member, Athens

Kenneth Gorzycki, director of agronomy Horseshoe Bay Resort

Bill Hanley, past president of Texas Golf Association, Fort Worth amateur

Todd Harbour, Royal Oaks CC GM/COO, Dallas

Mark Harrison, executive director/CEO of the NTPGA

Malcolm Holland, past president of Texas Golf Association, Dallas amateur

Danny Jones, head professional, Walden on Lake Conroe

Mark Kazlowski, Texas Golf editor, Cedar Hill amateur

Robbie Kearney, GM Cimarron Hills Golf and CC

Trey Kemp, golf course architect, Dallas amateur

Keith Kirkendall, The Woodlands amateur

Ryan Kossick, assistant executive director/COO of the NTPGA

Nancy Kromar, Austin amateur

Kellen Kubasak, COO of Golf San Antonio, San Antonio amateur

Phyllis Kwedar, Fort Worth amateur

Ricky Lyons, general manager Westwood Golf Club, Houston

Cathy Marino, Jesuit golf coach, LPGA professional

James McAfee, Former NTPGA executive director, golf writer, Planoamateur

Mike McCabe, general manager Golf Clubs at the Tribute

Sam Morrow, Houston amateur

Terry Olson, Director of Sales and Marketing, Lajitas Golf Resort

Casey Paulson, President of Sales and Operations, Driftwood Golf Club

Mike Peterson, PGA Tour rules official, Garland amateur

Kevin Porter, Dallas amateur, Texas Golf Association director of competitions for North Texas

George Priolo, GM of golf operations, Ross Rogers and Comanche Trail Golf Complexes, Amarillo

Jim Quinn, Golf manufactures rep, board member of The First Tee of Fort Worth, Arlington amateur

Jerry Ransom, Greenville amateur

Jan Rapp, Dallas amateur

Paul Richards, Austin amateur

Corey Roberson, director of golf Cordillera Ranch, Boerne

Robert Rodriguez, San Antonio amateur

Chris Rowe, head professional Whispering Pines, Trinity

Linda Sackett, San Antonio amateur

Lee Sandlin, Dallas amateur

Carey Schulten, past president of the Texas Golf Association, Dallas amateur

Zach Sewill, president BestGrips.com, Conroe amateur

Wesley Shaw, Dallas amateur

Marty Slade Perlman, Dallas amateur

Randy Smith, PGA professional emeritus, Royal Oaks CC, Dallas

Shane Smith, Conroe amateur

Mark Steinbauer, vice president of Spirit Golf Association

Tom Strueber, PGA professional emeritus Maridoe Golf Club, Carrollton

Eldon Tarver, Austin amateur

Steve Termeer, GM/COO University of Texas Golf Club, Austin

Matt Trevino, director of golf, Riverhill CC, Kerrville

Tammy Trichell, San Antonio amateur

Mark Tylenda, Lewisville amateur

Casey Wade, head professional High Meadow Ranch GC, Magnolia

Pat Wheeler, Host of Texas Links on the Air, Dallas amateur

Nannette Wheelis, Waco amateur

Jim Whitten, Arlington amateur

Greg Wille, Belton amateur

Chris Winn, Houston amateur

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