Shady Oaks GCShady Oaks Golf Course

Shady Oaks Golf Course
3542 County Road 268
Baird, TX 79504
Callahan County

Phone(s): (325) 854-1757
Fax: (325) 854-2498

Shady Oaks is an outstanding facility for a town of 1,600 residents. In 1969 Leon Howard and Dave Bennett built this course, and a new nine was added in 1992. Over the years water hazards, trees, and subtle mounding have been incorporated into the layout to make it more difficult. This is a great-looking course that continues to improve thanks to the constant work of the course staff.

No. 14 is the signature hole: a 430-yard par 4 that plays uphill into a tight fairway lined by oak trees. Your best chance for a hole-in-one is to knock your wedge into the short 13th hole that plays a little over 100 yards.
Be ready for the sometimes turtle-paced play of the locals. Then again, that’s part of the character of the course–you shouldn’t expect to experience a big-city round with low handicappers who are schooled in the proper etiquette of golf.

Getting there : From I-20 east, exit 303 turn south (right) on Union Hill Rd. Take the first available left about a half-mile down the road.

Shady Oaks Golf Course
3.5 stars out of 5 (based on 7 reviews)
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A view from Shady Oaks Golf CourseA view from a tee at Shady Oaks Golf CourseA view of the 11th green at Shady Oaks Golf Course

Golf course details

  • Holes: 18
  • Designed by: Dave Bennett, Leon Howard
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Year opened: 1968
  • Golf Season: Year round
  • Guest Policy: Open
  • Tee times welcomed: Yes
  • Fairways:
  • Greens:


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

Green fees price ranges

  • Week days: $28
  • Weekends: $37

Course policies

  • Metal spikes allowed: No
  • Dress code:
  • Credit cards accepted:

Length, slope and rating for each tee

Tee Par Yardage Slope Rating
Blue 70 5791 117 68.3
Red (W) 70 4587 114 67
Gold 70 6245 120 70.4
White 70 5337 108 66.3

Reader Ratings / Reviews

  • Shady Oaks Golf Course
    4.5 stars out of 5
    by MandoFresh
    on July 10th, 2020 10:54
    Very well manicured for a small city course. Greens were super soft, well-maintained, and deceptively fast at times. Very friendly small-town atmosphere. Great bang for the buck compared to a municipal course of similar price and less refinement. I don't mind making the drive out here once a week to play.

  • Shady Oaks Golf Course
    2.5 stars out of 5
    by James Davis
    on April 19th, 2019 14:52
    Great course in Baird TX! Course in great shape (April 2019) and staff is very friendly. Did het stuck behind a very slow foursome of older gentleman (50 yards max each whack) but that happens from time to time.

    My ONLY complaint is the price!! $48 for green fees & 1/2 a cart is highway robbery. I am a little spoiled living in Dallas/Ft. Worth area and rarely paying over $20-$25 a round. If you have deep pockets give this place a try.
  • Shady Oaks Golf Course
    4 stars out of 5
    by Bryan
    on April 15th, 2018 09:32
    the greens are back on this course, looking great and rolling smooth. The fairways are lush and the overall condition of this course is amazing if you haven’t played shady oaks in 2018 you are missing out.
  • Shady Oaks Golf Course
    2 stars out of 5
    by Hal Moore
    on August 28th, 2016 14:45
    Greens are terrible. The rest of the course was very nice but overall not worth the $45 green fees even for a Sunday

    The staff was very courteous
  • Shady Oaks Golf Course
    4 stars out of 5
    by Arthur Benson
    on May 25th, 2015 16:28
    One of the best kept secrets in West Texas. This course in an oasis in the desert so I highly recommend you stop by and enjoy a great round of golf. Amazing greens for such a small town facility. I promise you that you will go back if you ever play it once.
  • Shady Oaks Golf Course
    4.5 stars out of 5
    by phil higgins
    on October 22nd, 2012 11:16
    very nice staff. course was in great shape and play was very easy going. played 18 in 31/2 hours .
  • Shady Oaks Golf Course
    4.5 stars out of 5
    by Jason
    on October 16th, 2009 09:29
    This is a nice course in great condition. The rate of play that I experienced was not slow and the greens were in excellent condition after the hot summer. The pro shop staff was very friendly.

    I will definately be back to play this course again.
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