Situated four miles south west of downtown Dallas, Stevens Park Golf Course was originally designed in 1924 by Jack Burke Senior, club professional at River Oaks Country Club in Houston and runner-up at the 1920 U.S. Open.
Colligan Golf Design breathed new life into Stevens Park in 2011, when twelve holes were rerouted, extra yardage added, tees, fairways, bunkers and greens were renovated and 900 new trees were planted.
A feature hole at Stevens Park is the 413-yard par four 15th which, from an elevated tee, there is perhaps the best view of “Big D” to be found in the city.
Stevens Park is municipal gem. Not a long course, but a pleasure to play with some super views of Dallas. The course opens with the longest par four that leans left. Fairway bunker right but trees right and the green is protected with a bunker right. Okay, now we can exhale. The 2nd is short par four that bends right and is a good birdie oppty. Favor the left off the tee for the best angle that should take the bunkers out of play. The 3rd is also a short par four and is a sharp dogleg right. You can drive thru the fairway, ideal tee shot is a power fade. Consider an extra club to this elevated green that is very small. The 4th is the shortest par three and is downhill. There is a large front bunker protecting a multi-tiered green. The fifth is a long uphill par four. The hole twists right and has fairway bunker protecting the bend. On your approach do not be intimidated by the large bunker as it is about 20 yards out. The first par five is only reachable by the select few. The rest of us should aim at the right fairway bunkers. Favor the right on your second shot to have an angle to take the trees out of play. The 7th is a mid-range par three with the green kissing a stream that runs in front and then down the left side. The 8th is an uphill par three, consider taking an extra club to take the right front bunkers out of play. The 9th is the longest hole and from the tips the carry over the creek is about 230 yards. This is a narrow fairway with an elevated green with a deep greenside bunker.
The back starts with another par five and this one leans left. The landing area is protected with three bunkers and the creek is about 120 yards out from an elevated two-tiered green. The 11th is a short par four with a contour left to right. Favor the left side as everything will roll right towards the fairway bunker and the creek. The 12th is a mid-yardage forgettable par three. The 13th is an interesting hole. Downhill tee shot over a stream for a dogleg left. Right is safe, there are three fairway bunkers and if you are really hungry it is possible to clear them to the left for a flip wedge. The 14th is the longest par three and it is uphill. You will have an awesome view of Dallas from the 15th tee box. Pay attention to make sure you carry the creek and avoid the right fairway bunker. The last par five, while not long, is the number one handicap. Favor the left off the tee. The 2nd shot is over a creek up an elevated fairway. This green is actually circular unlike the other rectangular ones. The last par three is slightly uphill. It has a front bunker protecting the narrow green. The 18th is a short uphill par four. The tee shot is kind of cool, it is out of chute, but it felt like I was in a tunnel as the trees formed a canopy. The two-tiered green is elevated with right bunkers.
Fun course, I would pay to play it again.
I played Stevens Park in the summer of 2017 and it was a pleasant surprise. It was in great shape for a muni and offered a great layout along with a couple great views of Dallas. The money that was spent on the restoration of this course was apparent. There are a number of narrow tee balls and trees in some odd places, however, it added to the experience. I would't say this is a can't miss if you are in the DFW area, however, if you have a day to fill, I would not hesitate at all in setting up a time to have a game here. It was well worth it.
Color me surprised, this course is FUN! Sure its a little short but from the back tees you will have more than your fair share of carries over creeks, the greens are square (but in great shape, which isn't often said about munis) and the course has enough strategically placed trees to make you start wondering whether the devil exists.
If I lived in Dallas, this would be a course I played a lot and you should too if you are in DFW.