Texas

Texas, the Lone Star State, is the biggest of the 48 contiguous United States and the second most populous with some 26 million residents. Houston, the biggest city in Texas, was immortalised by the TV film “Houston, we have a problem”, despite the film title’s misquote, it was following the Apollo 14 mission when Alan Shepard became the first man to hit a golf ball on the Moon. Houston is still the earthly home for the world famous NASA Mission Control Center.

Founded in 1906, the Texas Golf Association now takes care of the interests of more than 400 golf clubs in the Lone Star State. Although the Texan landscape and environment is not perfect for golf, some old fashioned layouts do exist in the Dallas region, the most notable of which is probably AW Tillinghast’s Brook Hollow, but old fashioned Texan courses are largely eclipsed by modern layouts. Jockeying for position at the head of the Texas table are Dallas National and Whispering Pines and both opened their tees for play in the new millennium.

Our Texas Best In State Rankings were last updated in May 2016. Click the link to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Texas

Whispering Pines

1st Texas - Best in Area

The 7,480-yard course at Whispering Pines Golf Club is set within a 400-acre property bordered by lakes and meandering creeks.

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Description: The 7,480-yard course at Whispering Pines Golf Club is set within a 400-acre property bordered by lakes and meandering creeks. Rating: 5.5 out of 6

Colonial

2nd Texas - Best in Area

"It is often said that Ben Hogan’s success was partly due to the fact that, having played his early golf at Colonial Country Club, every other course in the world was easy in comparison."

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Description: "It is often said that Ben Hogan’s success was partly due to the fact that, having played his early golf at Colonial Country Club, every other course in the world was easy in comparison." Rating: 3.5 out of 6

Dallas National

3rd Texas - Best in Area

Tom Fazio is a man on a mission, a mission to have his name tattooed on the top Texan courses, so naturally, he is the man behind the Dallas National Golf Club.

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Description: Tom Fazio is a man on a mission, a mission to have his name tattooed on the top Texan courses, so naturally, he is the man behind the Dallas National Golf Club. Rating: 5 out of 6

Brook Hollow

4th Texas - Best in Area

Built on what was at that time open, rolling farmland, the lush acres of Brook Hollow Golf Club have unfortunately become surrounded by housing...

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Preston Trail

5th Texas - Best in Area

The Byron Nelson Golf Classic was held at Preston Trail Golf Club between 1968 and 1982, before the PGA Tour moved it on to pastures new.

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Carlton Woods (Fazio)

6th Texas - Best in Area

The Fazio golf course opened at The Club at Carlton Woods in 2006, five years after Jack Nicklaus’s layout debuted at the same location. With water in play at eight holes, it’s tougher than the Golden Bear’s design.

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Champions (Cypress Creek)

7th Texas - Best in Area

Former Ryder Cup course at Champions Golf Club, Cypress Creek, is a storied layout. The water in front of the 12th green is known as Bob Hope’s Lake, as he was the first person to lose a ball in it!

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Austin Golf Club

8th Texas - Best in Area

Occupying gently rolling, lightly wooded terrain to the south east of Spicewood, the eighteen holes at Austin Golf Club were draped onto the landscape by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw in 2001.

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Cordillera Ranch

9th Texas - Best in Area

The sporting activities at the Clubs of Cordillera Ranch are many, but it’s the Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course that takes pride of place within a 8,700-acre residential site in Texas Hill Country.

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Spanish Oaks

10th Texas - Best in Area

Former apprentice to Pete Dye and PGA Tour in-house architect, Bobby Weed, designed Spanish Oaks. Weed’s highly acclaimed, sensitive design was considered to be the most environmentally friendly in Texas.

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Description: Former apprentice to Pete Dye and PGA Tour in-house architect, Bobby Weed, designed Spanish Oaks. Weed’s highly acclaimed, sensitive design was considered to be the most environmentally friendly in Texas. Rating: 6 out of 6