Highlands Course at Tenison Park Golf Club
Dallas, Texas 75223
Phone(s): (214) 670-1402, (214) 670-8385
Fax: (214) 821-0070, (214) 821-3977
Built by Dallas banker E.O. Tenison after World War I as a memorial to his son who died in the war, Tenison Park has a storied history as Texas; most infamous hustlers course--the place where guys like Titanic Thompson and Lee Trevino earned their livings and their reputations. The original West course was laid out by Jack Burke and Syd Cooper in 1925, and was followed by the Ralph Plummer-designed East course in the 1950s. Yet over the years, like the neighborhood around it, the course fell victim to neglect and its conditions deteriorated significantly.
However, in the 1990s the city renovated the musty old clubhouse with a fitting rock-walled design. The practice range across the road from the clubhouse was upgraded, and more signs of improvement were on the horizon. Then Dallas hired D.A. Weibring’s design firm to replace the West course, which opened for play in 2000 with a completely different look and name.
Now known as the Highlands Course, this track is the upscale, modern alternative to the budget-minded Glens Course, which is the new name for the old East course that has not been updated. Though the course is still hilly like the old days, many of the old trees were knocked down, water was added, and the greens were replaced. Many of the new greens offer wicked multi-level three-jack opportunities (especially holes 9 and 14).
Bunkers were added to spice up the design as well--a much-needed update to the old, bunkerless track. One of those bunkers fronts the elevated par 3 No. 5 green, which usually plays as a long iron and is tricky because of the huge oak tree that guards looms left. Another good hole on the front side is the 332-yard No. 7, which is reachable for big hitters from the more forward tees but is lined by a lake on the left. The play on No. 7 is to hit a mid-iron past the 150-yard marker.
On the back, the best birdie opportunity is No. 13, a relatively short par 3 that plays over a pond. Nos. 14 plays straight up one of the steepest hills in Dallas--it’s tough because of its three-level green and blind approach. No. 15 goes back down the hill, offering the chance to get a few strokes back with a long drive and short iron approach.
The ender is a great hole as well, doglegging right as a longish par 4. You’ll need a good drive long and left to set up the approach over the massive swale to the green that is fronted by steep-sided bunkers.
Golf course details
- Holes: 18
- Designed by: D. A. Weibring, Steve Wolfard
- Public/Private: Public
- Year opened: 2001
- Golf Season: Year round
- Guest Policy: Open
- Tee times welcomed: Yes
- Fairways: 419 Bermuda Grass
- Greens: Tiff-Eagle Bermuda Grass
- Pro in house: Yes
- Driving range: Yes
- Rental clubs: Yes
- Rental carts: Yes
Green fees price ranges
- Week days: $35.00
- Weekends: $43.00
- Metal spikes allowed: No
- Dress code: Proper golf attire required.
- Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed
Length, slope and rating for each tee