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Rawls Course at Texas Tech - 13th

In flat Lubbock, Texas Tech's Rawls Course is far from a featureless, wind-blown routing

In a city known for its flatness, The Rawls Course at Texas Tech University is far from a featureless, wind-blown routing. Set amid the "Caprock" -- where the high plains fall in elevation into the rolling plains east of Lubbock, this Tom Doak design is among the top university golf courses in the country.
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Mansfield National Golf Club - 11th

Mansfield National Golf Club is worth the drive south from Dallas-Fort Worth

Player-friendly Mansfield National Golf Club -- located just south of Arlington -- boasts wide fairways, large greens and naturally rolling terrain, making it a most enjoyable golf experience. It also happens to be one of the best deals in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
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The Alamo - San Antonio

Nine reasons for San Antonio golfers to be thankful

San Antonio golfers have plenty for which to be thankful this holiday season. And only a fraction of it involves golf. Yes, the Alamo City has burst on to the scene as a golf destination with the arrival of TPC San Antonio and other resort facilities. But the city offers so much more, including the famed River Walk, theme parks, the Spurs, Mexican food and great weather. And remember the Alamo.
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Texas Golf Destinations

  • Houston

    There's no denying the nation's fourth largest city has plenty to offer in terms of entertainment, restaurants and golf. In addition to three pro sports teams, thriving downtown theater and museum districts, loads of shopping and warm weather year-round, the Houston area boasts about 150 courses, the majority of which are public.

    The 18-hole Tournament Course at Golf Club of Houston in Humble, TX is a public golf course that opened in 2005. Designed by Rees Jones, Tournament Course at Golf Club of Houston measures 7342 yards from the longest tees. Greens and fairways are bermuda grass.
    This 6,949-yard Jay Riviere track now sports new Bermuda 419 fairways, Tifdwarf greens, and new trees to go along with the management's policy of offering customer service- oriented amenities to make this a first-class golf destination.
    Houston National Golf Club, located in the northwestern part of the city, definitely follows the old adage that "everything is bigger in Texas." This whopping course stretches to 7,578 yards from the back tees. It is a lengthy golf course no doubt, but it doesn't just favor those who can hit long. The layout has a unique links design, so long hitters will be pleased but they will have to be careful of the numerous pot bunkers and other strategically placed hazards.
  • San Antonio

    More than 26 million people visit San Antonio each year. And while most of them know that the Alamo City is indeed famous for its nickname mission that has inspired several movies, San Antonio offers so much more when it comes to tourism, not the least of which is its golf. With several first-rate golf resorts in and around the city, San Antonio just might be Texas' best golf destination, especially when you consider all the other things to do.

    Northern Hills opened in 1969 with a Joe Behlau design that plays to a par-71, 6,536-yards from the tips, featuring small, multi-level greens and tree-lined fairways. Behlau didn't have much room to work with on this centrally located facility, so you'll notice that the front side rolls to the right, while the back nine works back to the opposite direction.
    The Lakes features two memorable back-to-back par 4s. No. 5 plays 371 yards through a chute of trees off the tee down to a fairway at least 40 feet below, with Frederick Creek looming left.
    The original Resort Course is a Tom Weiskopf/Jay Morrish collaboration that is cut out of a limestone quarry, playing 7,001 yards from the tips but offering another four sets of tees for any sort of hack. White bunkers and majestic oaks dot the plush fairways, and streams weave in and out of the design.
  • West Texas

    As the old saying goes, the harder you have to work for something, the more you appreciate it. This is applicable to West Texas' golf scene. Although miles outside of many of Texas' metropolitan areas, West Texas offers some incredibly attractive golf courses that many casual visitors may overlook.

    After opening in November of 1998, Concho Springs Golf Course received rave reviews, particularly for its lush, green conditions -- a rarity for small-town courses that border drought-prone West Texas. This is a nine-hole country track with wide-open fairways and large, quick greens.
    Utopia Golf Course is tucked away in the scenic Sabinal Canyon. It is a popular nine-hole course in an idyllic location that served as the inspiration for a book, which then became the movie "Seven Days in Utopia," starring Robert Duvall.
    Located on the west side of town in a nice little Hill Country setting, Brady Municipal Golf Course offers a nine-hole layout that features narrow fairways, mature trees, small greens, and water hazards on a few holes.
  • The Dallas Metroplex

    The Dallas Metroplex area has never had a problem with attractiveness. The Oil Boom brought great wealth here and Yankees by the multitudes continue to move to Texas to escape the cold winters of the North. The Dallas area is now an amalgamation of classic Texas scenery and attitude with lavish consumerism.

    The Golf Club at Champions Circle has earned a reputation for its extreme difficulty, with one story stating that the designer himself, Greg Norman, rolled into town one day for a round and had trouble breaking par, even running out of balls in the process.
    Lost Creek Golf Club is located on the southwestern edge of Fort Worth and labels itself “the best golf value in Fort Worth.” The golf course, designed by Leon Howard in 1971, has changed ownership too many times to count and is now a public course. Howard’s design utilizes elevated tees and a tree-lined creek to add character to the course.
    Pushed as an affordable country club option, The Golf Club at McKinney is a newer 18-hole daily fee course that measures 6,980 yards from the tips. We mention “daily fee” with a bit of hesitation, as it’s clear the club would definitely prefer this to be a full-blown private facility.
  • Austin

    Austin is known for its legendary music scene and beautiful Hill Country terrain and natural resources, like the Colorado River and the lakes that were spawned from it. The topography makes for a great golf canvas, and the city and surrounding area certainly have great places to play, whether it's resort golf, muni or quality daily-fee plays.

    This is a 36-hole city-owned operation that features one of Austin’s newest and best muni track, the Roy Kizer Course, which complements the 1970s Jimmy Clay layout.
    Located inside the Rockin' J Ranch community deep in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, Vaaler Creek Golf Club is a Michael Lowry/J.R. Newman design that features breath-taking vistas of the rolling countryside and live oaks. Golfers who book tee times at Vaaler Creek G.C. can expect beautiful water features and expertly placed bunkers.
    The 18-hole Wolfdancer Golf Club in Lost Pines, TX is a public golf course that opened in 2006. Designed by Arthur Hills and Steve Forrest & Associates, Wolfdancer Golf Club measures 7205 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 137 and a 76 USGA rating.