At the end of the 1990s, owner Jodi Lutz enlisted Jay Morrish and his son Carter to transform the old 9-hole Dogwood Trails layout into Pine Dunes Resort and Golf Club, one of the best daily fee 18-hole golf courses in Texas.
The 7,117-yard par 72 layout weaves through a dense pine forest dotted with dogwoods and around four small lakes. Dallas native Justin Leonard holds the course record of 69 and he’s a big fan of both the consistent bunker sand found at Pine Dunes and its tight fairways.Architect Morrish designed the course with a quartet of very strong short holes (at 3, 6, 12 and 16) and a pair of trademark short par fours (at the 2nd and 15th). Still, many regard the most memorable holes on the card to be the par fives at 11 (where a large sandy area crosses the fairway) and 18 (which doglegs right past water to the home green).
Set in the middle of nowhere Texas, I wanted to see what all the fuss was about (ranked #1 of courses you can play by Golfweek). This course is definitely deserving of the high praise, the fairways are in great shape, the holes have an interesting routing and there is a decidedly Carolina Pines feel to the whole endeavor.
Favorite hole has to be #5 a short par 5 but with an ultimate risk/reward with the fairway being split by pine trees. Go long and left over a huge waste area? Have an easy shot into the green. Go short and right? Have to contend with the trees in the middle of the fairway all the way down.
The course can stretch to 7,000 yards and most people will probably play from 6,500 but I actually think you should play this from 5,800 because the trouble, the bunkers, all come into play more the further up you tee the ball.
The only downside to the course when I played it is that the greens weren't in the best shape. It was the heart of winter and I hear they really firm up for the summer time crowds and this course is surely in its prime in the warmer months.
Definitely worth the trek!