Turtle Hill GC: #8Turtle Hills Golf Course

Turtle Hills Golf Course
7708 N FM 373
Muenster, Texas 76252
Cooke County

Phone(s): (940) 759-4896
Fax: (940) 759-4945
Website: www.playtheturtle.net

Former airline pilot and cattle rancher Dick Murphy turned his place eight miles north of Muenster, TX into one of the neatest 18-hole tracks in the state, and for around $30 on weekends, you can have the privilege of playing Murphy’s self-designed and self-built masterpiece.

Mr. Murphy’s design makes up for the lack of driving range by opening with several basic golf holes: the kind where you can relax, swing easy, and get into the flow of the round. Of those early holes No. 2 is the most challenging–it’s a mid-length par 4 that doglegs right and requires a blind approach into an elevated green.

The back side continues with a solid mixture of holes highlighted by the spectacular par 3 No. 11, which is considered by many to be the most beautiful par 3 in Texas. The hole plays down into an amazingly deep ravine, and requires a 2-3 club less than you would normally hit. If the tee shot isn’t perfect here–tough with the wind and drop in elevation–you’ll find yourself in the rugged Hill Country-like scrub that surrounds the green.
The bent-grass greens at Turtle Hill, surprising for a self-built ranch course, are large, roll true, and hold shots well.

You’ll wonder where the heck you’re going, and when you get there you’ll know to expect the basic amenities. But even though there’s no driving range, and the food and beverage service is limited, the Turtle Hill experience is definitely worth the trip.

Getting there : From Gainesville, take Hwy. 82 west to Muenster. Turn north on Hwy. 373 and drive 8.5 miles to the course. The entrance is on the left.

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A view of the 8th hole at Turtle Hill Golf CourseA view of green #6 at Turtle Hill Golf CourseA view of the 10th green at Turtle Hill Golf CourseA view of green #2 at Turtle Hill Golf CourseA view of hole #16 at Turtle Hill Golf Course

Golf course details

  • Holes: 18
  • Designed by: Dick Murphy
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Year opened: 1993
  • Golf Season: Year round
  • Guest Policy: Open
  • Tee times welcomed: Yes
  • Fairways:
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  • Pro in house: No
  • Driving range: Yes
  • Rental clubs: Yes
  • Rental carts: Yes

Green fees price ranges

  • Week days: $15
  • Weekends: $25

Course policies

  • Metal spikes allowed: No
  • Dress code:
  • Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard Welcomed

Length, slope and rating for each tee

Tee Par Yardage Slope Rating
Blue 72 6510 127 71.2
Red (W) 72 4821 154 64.9
White 72 6078 121 69.4
White (W) 72 6078 127 73.9

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