Holly Lake Ranch GCHolly Lake Ranch Colf Club

Holly Lake Ranch Colf Club
210 Golf Dr
Hawkins, Texas 75765
Upshur County

Phone(s): (903) 769-2397
Fax: (903) 769-5690
Website: www.hollylakeranch.com

Built by Leon Howard in the 1970s as the centerpiece of a rural residential community, Holy Lake is narrow course is loaded with trees and is known for its excellent greens. This 18-hole private course has a little bit of water, including the 425-yard No. 12 with a sharp dogleg left and a tee shot that must carry water.

The 13th hole is tough–a 560-yard dogleg left–and hole 16 is listed as the number one handicap at 423 yards. Most of the par 3s allow for a good chance at birdie, and are not too terribly long.

Getting there : From Tyler, take Hwy 14 north through Hawkins. Turn right on FM 2869 and drive 6 miles to the gate on the right side of the road.

Holly Lake Ranch Colf Club
3.5 stars out of 5 (based on 3 reviews)
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A view of a tee at Holly Lake Ranch Golf Course (Sandra S. Springer).

Golf course details

  • Holes: 18
  • Designed by: Leon Howard
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Year opened: 1971
  • Golf Season: Year round. Closed on Tuesdays.
  • Guest Policy: With member only
  • Tee times welcomed: Yes
  • Fairways: Bermuda Grass
  • Greens: Bermuda Grass


  • Pro in house: Yes
  • Driving range: Yes
  • Rental clubs: Yes
  • Rental carts: Yes

Green fees price ranges

  • Week days: $40 - $50
  • Weekends: $40 - $50

Course policies

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

Length, slope and rating for each tee

Tee Par Yardage Slope Rating
Blue 72 6784 122 72.9
Red (W) 72 5121 113 69.9
White 72 6302 116 70.8
Gold 72 5584 109 67.5
Gold (W) 72 5584 120 72.2
White (W) 72 6302 134 76.9

Reader Ratings / Reviews

  • Holly Lake Ranch Colf Club
    4.5 stars out of 5
    by Jackie
    on August 09th, 2016 10:41
    Very pretty course, friendly staff, visitors are welcomed, lots of local play. No need to worry about advance tee times, three shotgun starts a day during summer. Just call in about an hour before start time to secure a spot, everyone gets to play. There is not alot of sand, some water, lots of trees.
  • Holly Lake Ranch Colf Club
    4.5 stars out of 5
    by Ann
    on August 06th, 2016 19:18
    Pretty course, great condition, lots of trees, very little sand, some water, play it in the middle and you should stay out of trouble. Don't let the shotgun start scare you off from playing. Play goes fast even on the busiest days. Course gets lots of play from the homeowners, but visitors are made to feel welcome. Courteous and friendly staff. Restaurant adjacent to course has great food.
  • Holly Lake Ranch Colf Club
    1 stars out of 5
    by jray1988
    on June 27th, 2016 16:18
    The golf course experience at Holly Lake Golf Course was a nightmare. To begin with, tee times are not available. You only have two times daily in which to play a round of golf, in a shot gun format. One start time is at 8:45AM and the other start time is 1:15PM. You sign up for play the day of play, no sooner. This is not set up for visitors on vacation. Roughly 98% of the participants are retired people who reside there, who are in an extreme rush to return home to get back to their naps. They all had their own golf carts, some with Confederate Rebel Flags, and they all play speed golf. The course marshal harassed us constantly about the speed of play because of these retired people who constantly complained. The group playing behind us requested to play through, which we obliged without hesitation.
    The course marshal first harassed us about my 7 year old son hitting balls while the other group participants were looking for their stray balls. He informed me that we were the source of slow play, even though my ball was already on the green. Then the second time the course marshal questioned the group as to what location we were hitting from on the tee box. The course marshal returned a third time to attempt to make the group tee off from the color location of his choosing. The course marshal returned a fourth time to tell the group that we had until 1:00PM to complete our round, regardless of if we were finished with all 18 holes or not.
    When paying to play, it is an expectation to play at a reasonable pace, which was the case. Upon completion of the round, there were other groups still on the course playing from the morning start. When paying to play, it is an expectation to be able to choose the location to tee off from, as long as you are abiding by the rules. When paying to play, the round should be enjoyable, which it was not. I do not know for sure if the issue here was racial, or the fact that we were on vacation and not a resident. In summary, do not play Holly Lake Golf Course unless you are a retired resident of Caucasian descent.
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