As the second largest state in the union, Texas is known for its sprawling cattle ranches, dusty oil fields, wealthy residential enclaves and most of all – its golfing. Just like everything else in the Lonestar state, golfing is done with a sense of pride. And Texans have a lot to be proud of too. With over 1,053 courses to choose from, Texas has some of the finest golf clubs in the country. We’ve picked the top 3 worthy your time and money.
Golf Courses Are Bigger in Texas
Dallas National G.C., Dallas
Considered the ultimate experience when you’re in Dallas, the Dallas National Golf Club is widely regarded as a premier resort to golf in the state. Located in close proximity to one of the nation’s top business centers, the club is a perfect destination for business people but also makes a great spot for families to take advantage of. There are properties where you can stay for the weekend and the staff is helpful, sweet, and very personable. The course layout is a memorable Fazio layout cut into terrain than looks more like Texas Hill Country than Dallas. You’ll get lost in the beauty of the landscape. And the practice facilities are among the best in the country. It’s not uncommon to see Hunter Maham or Lee Trevino out on the course working their game.
Whispering Pines G.C., Trinity
The Nicklaus Group designed Championship Course at Whispering Pines Golf Club is another great destination to visit after Dallas. The course is a bit out on the woods in rural Texas, but don’t let the location prevent you from making a trip. It’s worth playing, especially in the Spring months. You won’t hear about Whispering Pines from a high-priced P.R. firm or by direct mail. That’s because it’s a hidden gem. Named the #1 course in Texas by a statewide panel for the past 5 years, Whispering Pines is one of Texas’ best 18 holes. The course is located on a spectacular 400-acre property bounded by creeks and lakes and offers golfers beautiful shoreline vistas and abundant wildlife. There’s also a driving range, short game practice facilities, and a three-hole par three course.
Spanish Oaks G.C., Bee Cave
While it may sound like an apartment community, Spanish Oaks definitely exudes class and sophistication. As soon as you drive up on to the property and valet greets you at the bag drop, you will instantly realize that this place is special. The golf club features flat out masterful greens designed by Bobby Weed, a former PGA TOUR architect. Weed set out to build environmentally friendly, character-driven courses that utilize the native soil and grass as well as use recycled water. The layout rumbles and tumbles over the existing terrain, making it feel like it’s always been there. During this time of year, you’ll see flowers coming into bloom in the natural areas that frame many of the holes.