The top 100 Texas golf courses, Nos. 1-50, ranked (2019) 

The rankings are determined by the average score of the ratings by The Dallas Morning News‘ Texas Golf panel. Panel members rated courses on a 1-10 scale. To be eligible for the Top 100, a course needed to be rated by 11 of the 88 panel members (13 percent).


Click here to see The News’ rankings, Nos. 51-100


Rk. Course Location Type Designer(s) Year Open Par Yards 2018 rank
1. Dallas National Golf Club Dallas Private Tom Fazio 2002 72 7,372 2
2. Whispering Pines Golf Club Trinity Private Chet Williams/Nicklaus Design 1999 72 7,330 1
3. Bluejack National Golf Club Montgomery Private Tiger Woods 2016 72 7,552 3
4. The Clubs at Houston Oaks Hockley Private Chet Williams 2017 71 7,007 22
5. Preston Trail Golf Club Dallas Private Byron Nelson, Ralph Plummer 1965 72 7,021 5
6. Escondido Golf and Lake Club Horseshoe Bay Private Tom Fazio 2006 71 7,165 7
7. Colonial Country Club Fort Worth Private Perry Maxwell, Ralph Plummer, John Bredemus 1936 70 7,054 6
8. Cordillera Ranch Boerne Private Jack Nicklaus 2007 72 7,464 4
9. Boot Ranch Fredericksburg Private Hal Sutton 2006 71 7,135 13
10. Brook Hollow Golf Club Dallas Private A.W. Tillinghast 1920 71 6,703 8
11. River Oaks Country Club Houston Private x-Donald Ross; y-Rees Jones 1923 72 6,865 23
12. Vaquero Club Westlake Private Tom Fazio 2001 71 7,064 9
13. Austin Country Club Austin Private Pete Dye 1984 72 6,906 12
14. Champions GC, Cypress Course Houston Private Ralph Plummer 1957 71 7,301 10
15. Shady Oaks Country Club Fort Worth Private Robert Trent Jones Sr. 1958 71 6,804 11
16. Carlton Woods, Fazio Course The Woodlands Private Tom Fazio 2005 72 7,358 21
17. Austin Golf Club Spicewood Private Bill Coore, Ben Crenshaw 2001 70 6,950 17
18. Summit Rock Golf Club Horseshoe Bay Private Jack Nicklaus 2012 72 7,200 16
19. Miramont Country Club Bryan Private Robert Trent Jones Jr. 2004 72 7,170 15
20. Carlton Woods, Nicklaus Course The Woodlands Private Jack Nicklaus 2001 72 7,402 19
21. Black Jack’s Crossing Lajitas Resort Lanny Wadkins 2011 72 7,413 20
22. Northwood Club Dallas Private x-William H. Diddel; y-Tripp Davis 1946 71 6,861 37
23. Trinity Forest Golf Club Dallas Private Bill Coore, Ben Crenshaw 2017 72 7,450 14
24. Maridoe Golf Club Carrollton Private Steve Smyers 2017 72 7,037 NR
25. Lochinvar Golf Club Houston Private Jack Nicklaus 1980 72 7,008 18
26. Omni Barton Creek Resort, Fazio Foothills Austin Resort Tom Fazio 1986 72 7,215 27
27. Royal Oaks Country Club Dallas Private x-Billy Martindale, Don January 1969 71 7,068 24
28. Shadow Hawk Golf Club Richmond Private Rees Jones 1999 72 7,207 29
29. Spanish Oaks Golf Club Bee Cave Private Bobby Weed 2006 71 6,954 25
30. Oak Hills Country Club San Antonio Private A.W. Tillinghast 1922 71 6,765 40
31. Pine Dunes Resort Frankston Resort Jay Morrish 2001 72 7,117 33
32. Houston Country Club Houston Private x-Robert Trent Jones Sr.; y-Coore-Crenshaw 1955 72 6,996 30
33. Woodlands CC, Tournament Course The Woodlands Private Robert von Hagge, Bruce Devlin 1978 72 7,018 39
34. Lakewood Country Club Dallas Private x-Tom Bendelow; y-Coore-Crenshaw 1912 71 6,742 31
35. TPC San Antonio, AT&T Oaks San Antonio Resort Greg Norman 2010 72 7,435 45
36. Walden on Lake Conroe Montgomery Private Bruce Devlin, Robert von Hagge 1976 72 6,756 36
37. Champions GC, Jackrabbit Course Houston Private x-George Fazio; y-Tom Fazio 1957 71 7,021 34
38. Deerwood Club Kingwood Private Joe Finger, Ken Dye, Byron Nelson 1982 72 7,108 26
39. Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery Public Steve Elkington 2001 72 6937 70
40. Traditions GC at Texas A&M Bryan Private Jack Nicklaus 2004 72 7,121 28
41. TPC Craig Ranch McKinney Private Tom Weiskopf 2004 71 7,438 35
42. Royal Oaks Country Club Houston Private Fred Couples, Brian Curley 2000 72 7,007 41
43. TPC San Antonio, AT&T Canyons San Antonio Resort Pete Dye 2010 72 7,106 58
44. University of Texas Golf Club Austin Private Roy Bechtol, Randy Russell 2003 71 7,412 44
45. Amarillo Country Club Amarillo Private x-William A. McConnell y-Weibring-Wolfard 1919 71 6,937 42
46. Briggs Ranch Golf Club San Antonio Private Tom Fazio 2002 72 7,247 38
47. Lakeside Country Club Houston Private x-Ralph Plummer; y-Ron Pritchard 1951 72 7,007 32
48. Rawls Course Lubbock Public Tom Doak 2003 71 7,334 60
49. Old American Golf Club The Colony Public Tripp Davis, Justin Leonard 2010 71 7,084 53
50. GC of Houston Tournament Course Humble Public Rees Jones, David Toms 2005 72 7,425 61

x — original design
y — redesign
NR — Not ranked


VERSATILITY: Does the course create a good mix for the high and low handicappers? Are better players challenged, while the high handicappers are able to enjoy play through the use of shorter teeing areas, alternate routes, location of hazards and accessible pins?

SHOTMAKING: Does it test accuracy, finesse, length and putting without putting too much emphasis on any of these skills?

DESIGN: Is there a good balance? Differing lengths? Doglegs right and left? Placement of hazards. Contours and shapes of greens?

AFTERTHOUGHTS: How much do you remember about the course? Do one or two holes stand out as great or bad?

BEAUTY: Do the scenic values add to the pleasure of a round? Trees, shrubs, hills, mounds, flowers, etc.?

MAINTENANCE: How would you rate the course conditions, factoring in all aspects — tees, greens, fairways, bunkers? Spring, summer, fall or winter when viewed?

ENJOYMENT: How do you feel about being at the course? What about the amenities? From arrival to departure, was it a good, bad or indifferent golf experience?


David Altemus, General manager/COO, Royal Oaks CC, Houston

Mike Bailey, Houston amateur, senior writer Golf Advisor/Golf Channel

Walt Barnes, Addison amateur

Kem Barrett, Waco amateur

Brent Blackburn, Director of Golf, Gentle Creek CC, Prosper

Philip Bleakney, Director of golf, Golf Club of Dallas

Curt Breaux, Montgomery amateur

John Brechin, Dallas amateur

Simon Buckle, Head professional, Brook Hollow Golf Club

Bruce Burger, Superintendent, The Quarry Golf Club

Dan Burkett, General manager, Bent Tree CC, Dallas

Ben Burns, Head golf professional Crown Colony CC

Mark Button, Senior director of communications, Texas Golf Association.

Tony Campagna, Golf course sands and materials consultant

Matt Carlson, Katy amateur

Jess Claiborne, Horseshoe Bay amateur

Greg Clark, Frisco amateur

Beth Cleckler, Austin amateur

John Colligan, Arlington-based golf course architect

Kyle Coody, Plano amateur

Brent Cooper, Dallas amateur

Jacque Cooper, Heath amateur

Robert Couture, Dallas amateur

Duff Cunningham, Head pro, Squaw Valley Golf Course, Glen Rose

Barry Denton, PGA professional, Cordillera Ranch, Boerne

Thomas Devanna, Assistant pro, Tangle Ridge GC, Arlington

Diane Dill, Montgomery amateur

Cameron Doan, Head professional, Preston Trail Golf Club, Dallas

Val D’Souza, VP-Operations KemperSports

Lou Duran, Frisco amateur

Bob Elliott, PGA Life Member, Dallas

Bill Euler, Southwest Texas director Links Players International

Gilbert Freeman, Director of golf, Lakewood CC, Dallas

Don Gafner, Dallas Golf Co. CEO, Sunnyvale amateur

Edward Gatlin, GM/director of golf, Van Zandt CC

Ronny Glanton, Head professional, Sherrill Park GC, Richardson

Kevin Gomillion, Golf division manager, city of Austin

Kenneth Gorzycki, Director of agronomy, Horseshoe Bay Resort

Bill Hanley, Past president of Texas Golf Association, Fort Worth amateur

Todd Harbour, Royal Oaks CC GM/COO

Mark Harrison, Executive director/CEO of the NTPGA

Malcolm Holland, Past president of Texas Golf Association, Dallas amateur

Darren Howard, Director of golf, The Clubs at Houston Oaks

Danny Jones, Head professional, Walden on Lake Conroe

Mark Kazlowski, Texas Golf editor, Cedar Hill amateur

Trey Kemp, Golf course architect, Dallas amateur

Keith Kirkendall, The Woodlands amateur

Ryan Kossick, Assistant executive director/COO of the NTPGA

Nancy Kromar, Austin amateur

Phyllis Kwedar, Fort Worth amateur

Cathy Marino, Jesuit golf coach, LPGA professional

Chris Martinez, General manager, The Lakes at Castle Hills

James McAfee, Knox County News-Courier editor

Mike McCabe, General manager, Old American Golf Club

Lindy Miller, PGA teaching professional, Shady Oaks CC, Fort Worth

Sam Morrow, Houston amateur

Bryan Nicholson, Director of golf, Northwood Club

Kelly O’Donnell, Director of golf operations, Wolfdancer GC Lost Pines Resort and Spa

Britt Patton, Director of golf, Vaquero Club

Mike Peterson, Tour rules official, Garland amateur

John Pierce, San Antonio amateur

George Priolo, GM of golf operations, Ross Rogers and Comanche Trail Golf Complexes, Amarillo

Jan Rapp, Dallas Amateur

Robert Rodriguez, San Antonio amateur

Chris Rowe, Head pro, Whispering Pines, Trinity

Adam Rubinson, Fort Worth amateur

Linda Sackett, Boerne amateur

Lee Sandlin, Dallas amateur

Carey Schulten, Texas Golf Associated president, Dallas amateur

Zach Sewill, President, BestGrips.Com; Conroe amateur

Bill Slade, Director of golf, Traditions Club

Marty Slade Perlman, Dallas amateur

Randy Smith, PGA professional emeritus, Royal Oaks CC, Dallas.

Mark Steinbauer, Director of golf, Bentwater Clubs and Grand Pines

Tom Strueber, Pro emiritus, Maridoe Golf Club, Carrollton

Eldon Tarver, Austin amateur

Steve Termeer, GM/COO, University of Texas Golf Club, Austin

Robert Thompson, Teaching professional, Whispering Pines Golf Club, Trinity

Brad Townsend, SportsDay writer, Flower Mound amateur

Matt Trevino, Director of golf, Riverhill CC, Kerrville

Casey Wade, Head professional, High Meadow Ranch Golf Club

Joseph JJ Wagner, COO/GM at Escondido Golf & Lake Club, Horseshoe Bay

Michael Wharton-Palmer, Texarkana, Ark., amateur

Nannette Wheelis, Waco amateur

Jim Whitten, Dallas amateur

Chris Winn, Houston amateur

Dell Wood, Head professional, Summit Rock GC, Horseshoe Bay

Alan Wooley, Director of golf, City of Fredericksburg

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