Gaines County GCGaines County Golf Course

Gaines County Golf Course
Seagrades Hwy 385
Seminole, Texas 79360
Gaines County

Phone(s): (432) 758-3808
Fax: (432) 758-1120

After you drive through this flat, barren region of cotton and oil production, you’ll be stunned when you stumble upon this hidden Panhandle gem that played host to Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer in a 1963 exhibition. Originally built as a 9-hole course by Jim Terry in 1953, the facility was updated with another nine holes in 1991.

The layout features good elevation and plenty of trees, especially considering the terrain. The most outstanding amenity is the greens, which are large, fast, and in excellent condition. Sometimes the fairways dry out and the condition is average, but that helps the ball roll and is definitely beneficial when the wind is blowing.

Every par 3 requires a long iron, but the demanding par 4s are the attention-getters. Two par 4s stand out among many that are above average in difficulty for courses in this remote area. The signature hole is No. 8: it’s only 340 yards but requires an approach shot over a pond to a well-bunkered green. Hole 5 also plays tough as a 435-yard dogleg right with an approach into an elevated green. This hole is particularly long into the wind.

Getting there : Drive through Seminole north on Hwy. 385 and look for the signs to the course. The course is set in a large grove of trees on the left side of the highway.

Gaines County Golf Course
4 stars out of 5 (based on 4 reviews)
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A sunny day view of a hole at Gaines County Golf Course.A view from a tee at Gaines County Golf Course.A view from tee #4 at Gaines County Golf Course.A sunset view of a hole at Gaines County Golf Course.A view over the water from Gaines County Golf Course.

Golf course details

  • Holes: 18
  • Designed by: Jim Terry, Warren Cantrell
  • Public/Private: Semi-Private
  • Year opened: 1958
  • Golf Season: Year round
  • Guest Policy: Open
  • Tee times welcomed: Yes
  • Fairways: Bermuda Grass
  • Greens: Bent Grass


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

Green fees price ranges

  • Week days: $12 - $26
  • Weekends: $16 - $31

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
Black 72 6615 121 72.1
Blue 72 6264 118 70.4
White 72 5706 115 67.4
White (W) 72 5706 113 73.7
Red 72 4960 104 64.2
Red (W) 72 4960 110 70

Reader Ratings / Reviews

  • Gaines County Golf Course
    4 stars out of 5
    by Zach Zimmerman
    on June 02nd, 2020 04:54
    This course puts the ones from back in ETX (home) to shame and competes with the likes of Pine Dunes and Garden Valley which are both in the vicinity of Tyler.
  • Gaines County Golf Course
    3.5 stars out of 5
    by Jacob Nicholson
    on June 10th, 2016 18:11
    I'm rating it 3.5 stars because it is one heck of a golf course, especially for where it's at. The drive there, if you're not from there may take off stars, but as it is, it is as good of a golf course, if not better (better, in my opinion) than any of the public courses in Lubbock not named Rawls. It's a well laid-out golf course with a certain West Texas beauty to it, with trees laid out in up and down the course (I noticed the cart paths near the tee boxes had some good shade trees) and some pretty good holes, especially on the front nine. Good rates, and great range ball fees (more places should have 20 balls for $2). It wasn't a blow my mind course, but certainly somewhere nice to go when you just want a casual day of golf. It isn't perfect, but it's a really neat course.
  • Gaines County Golf Course
    5 stars out of 5
    by Dash11
    on March 09th, 2015 09:14
    Amazing golf course
  • Gaines County Golf Course
    2.5 stars out of 5
    by J.V.
    on March 24th, 2011 13:22
    We drive from Lubbock one hour to play Gaines.It has some of the fastest greens in our area.The golf course is very challanging from tee to green.You have to play every shot,some cuts, some draws.Working the ball around some large elm trees.The fairways are lush even in the winter time.The course plays pretty long from the back tees,but from the front tees it is still a fair test.The price is about $25.00 during the week.The staff is always welcoming and helpful.The golf course is in a draw that runs east too west.The front nine is tree lined and sits down in the draw.The back nine has a few holes that are on top of the draw and if it is windy can play very long.(#12 driver,3wood,5iron,dead into the wind)Normally(driver,3wood)!There are three par fives on the back nine.The par threes are very challanging (180to200yards) no easy par threes on the back nine.It is my favorite course in our area by far!5 stars!
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