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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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Evergreen Point Golf Course - 12th

Evergreen Point Golf Course in Baytown, Texas: An enjoyable golf battleground

Evergreen Point Golf Course, which sits some 30 minutes east of Houston, is basically an everyman's course. Conditions are always pretty good; it drains pretty well, especially considering the lack of altitude, and staff and owners are welcoming. If you're looking for a fair test at a fair price, you can't go wrong at Evergreen Point, Mike Bailey writes.
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Texas Golf Destinations

  • 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.

    The Canyon Course is the original layout at Meadowbrook G.C., with wide-open fairways and hardly any hazards. Designed more for the average golfer, the Canyon features less water than the Creek Course, but more bunkers.
    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.
    After opening in November of 1998, Concho Springs has received rave reviews, particularly for its lush, green condition–a rarity for small town courses that border drought-prone West Texas. This is a 9-hole country track with wide-open fairways and large, quick greens.
  • 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 environmentally friendly Blackhorse Golf Club in Cypress was designed by Peter Jacobsen and Jim Hardy, who teamed to build one of the best 36-hole, daily-fee facilities in Texas.
    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.
    The Clear Creek Golf Course is a flat, wide-open links-style track loaded with water and bunkers. The only sort of elevation changes you'll experience come from the ravines that route through the course and the undulating greens.
  • 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.

    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.
    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 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 the Resort is one of Fort Worth's finest golfing destinations. The course sprawls across the rolling hills of north Texas and wraps around the shores of Eagle Mountain Lake. Mature live oaks line the narrow fairways, providing some tight holes with difficult shot selections that demand accuracy, but there are also holes with open, more forgiving tees
    The Wildhorse Golf Club is the first of three planned courses for the Robson Ranch Community outside of Denton. Designed by architect Gary Stephenson, the course opened the second nine in October 2002.
    Press Maxwell came along in 1952 to mold this 171-acre tract highlighted by ancient oaks and Five Mile Creek into the Golf Club of Dallas. Maxwell’s design features small greens and a few of the toughest holes in Dallas.
  • 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.
    While it hasn't received as much publicity as the other Hill Country tracks since it opened around 1990, Crystal Falls Golf Club is definitely worthy of praise. Highlighted by one of the greatest par 3s in Texas and some outstanding topography, this is one of those courses you'll want to play at least once, if only for the views.
    Lions upstaged the prestigious sand-greened Austin Country Club when it opened with Bermuda greens in 1923, and has been Austin’s most beloved municipal ever since. Although no one knows for sure who officially designed this short, 6,000-yard classic, it appears that many members of Austin’s golf scene were involved, including Harvey and Tom Penick, and perhaps even the legendary John Bredemus.