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 were Dallas National and Whispering Pines, both of which opened their tees for play in the new millennium but their bid to top the state rankings came rather unstuck in 2016 when the new Tiger Woods and Beau Welling design at Bluejack National was unveiled.

Our Texas Best In State Rankings were last updated in May 2018. Click the link to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Texas

Bluejack National

1st Texas - Best in Area

The 18-hole layout at Bluejack National is the first headline design to open in the United States for Tiger Woods and architect Beau Welling.

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Description: The 18-hole layout at Bluejack National is the first headline design to open in the United States for Tiger Woods and architect Beau Welling. Rating: 5.5 out of 6

Whispering Pines

2nd 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: 5.6666666666667 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 many top Texan courses. Naturally, Fazio is the man behind 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 many top Texan courses. Naturally, Fazio is the man behind Dallas National Golf Club. Rating: 5 out of 6

Colonial

4th 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

Brook Hollow

5th 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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Austin Golf Club

6th 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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Preston Trail

7th 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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Cordillera Ranch

8th 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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Champions (Cypress Creek)

9th 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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Description: 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! Rating: 3 out of 6

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