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!
Date: May 01, 2016