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Dogwood at Garden Valley Golf Club
22049 Farm to Market 1995
Lindale, Texas 75771
Smith County

Phone(s): (903) 882-6107, (800) 443-8577
Fax: (903) 882-8589
Website: www.gardenvalleytx.com


The older Hummingbird Course, which has taken a back seat to the now-famous Dogwood Course, still offered some adequate golf even though the quality was not up to the standards of its more popular brethren. Highlighted by extreme elevation changes, the course’s signature hole was the 566-yard No. 2, which required two shots over a hill followed by a tricky approach back downhill to the green. Hummingbird course was closed recently and only the newer Dogwood course can be played.

In 1992 John Sanford was blessed with some amazing terrain for the Dogwood Course addition. Cut out of the thick East Texas forest with 100-foot-plus tall pines, this course is most often compared to the famed Augusta National because of the abundant crape myrtle, Carolina jasmine, hollies, and dogwoods–not to mention the more than 1,500 azaleas that bloom beautifully in the spring.

Although there are only two par 4s over 400 yards, the Dogwood is plenty difficult, playing to a 132 slope rating. Water is in play on 12 holes, the elevation changes are extremely confusing, and the bent-grass greens are lightning-fast.

The regulars know that a good start is imperative because the first four holes are the easiest on the course–two short par 4s and two easy par 3s over water. You’ll need that momentum as the holes grow increasingly more difficult.

The par 3 9th hole plays 212 yards with an intimidating body of water lurking left. Hole 11 features a lake to the left and behind the green. No. 13 is the most difficult, featuring a testy drive through the chute of trees off the tee and a massive lake that protects the green.

Getting there : From I-20, take Hwy. 110 (Exit 548) south. After .5 mile turn right at the sign for the golf course. Travel about 1.5 miles and turn on FM 1995.

Dogwood at Garden Valley Golf Club
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A view of the clubhouse at Garden Valley Golf ResortA view of fairway #10 at Garden Valley Golf Resort - Dogwood CourseA view of the 18th green at Garden Valley Golf Resort - Dogwood Course

Golf course details

  • Holes: 18
  • Designed by: John Sanford
  • Public/Private: Resort
  • Year opened: 1992
  • Golf Season: Year round
  • Guest Policy: Open
  • Tee times welcomed: Yes
  • Fairways:
  • Greens: Champion Bermuda

Facilities

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

Green fees price ranges

  • Week days: $20 - $45
  • Weekends: $25 - $69

Course policies

  • Metal spikes allowed: No
  • Dress code: Collared shirt, no cutoffs, denim OK
  • Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed

Length, slope and rating for each tee

Tee Par Yardage Slope Rating
Black 72 6754 132 72.4
Blue 72 6269 126 70.1
Green (W) 72 5832 130 72.5
Gold 72 6840 132 72.4
Red (W) 72 5532 130 72.5

Reader Ratings / Reviews

  • Dogwood at Garden Valley Golf Club
    4 stars out of 5
    by Jack Whitt
    on April 20th, 2015 07:56
    There's been a group of us from Rockwall making annual spring golf trips into east Texas since 1992.

    Since the Dogwood course has come on line, we've played almost every year. It's my favorite of all we play, and we've played quite a few, taking four day-trips.

    I'm looking forward to hitting it again in 2 weeks!
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