GolfNow Local Leaderboard: Top 10 in Dallas-Fort Worth

By Mike BaileyMay 16, 2013, 3:23 pm

With the PGA Tour in town for two weeks with the HP Byron Nelson at the TPC Las Colinas and Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, one thing is for certain: there's no shortage of good golf in Dallas-Fort Worth.

Of course, getting on the two host courses can be difficult for the rest of us, especially right now, so if you're in town, where should you play? We scanned the ratings at GolfNow to determine what courses area golfers like best. They don't include every public venue in the area, but they do give you a pretty good idea if you're looking for a great place to stick a tee in the ground. Here are our top ten -- according to the players who let us know what they thought:

The GolfNow Local Leaderboard: Dallas-Fort Worth

1. Twin Lakes Golf Course (4.82/5.0): It may be 55 minutes east of Dallas, but those who make the drive to Canton, Texas, will tell you it's well worth it. Surrounded by the 1,000-acre Twin Lakes Nursery tree farm, the course was designed by Robert Hays around two gorgeous lakes. It's serene, picturesque, in great condition and best of all, fun and challenging for all levels of players.

2. SugarTree Golf & Country Club (4.45/5.0):  This hidden gem, located in Lipan, is a 6,659-yard par-70 laid out along the banks of the Brazos River. With plenty of live oaks, pecan trees, hackberry trees and water on 13 holes, golfers who can work the ball will find success on this peaceful country track.

3. Cowboys Golf Club: (4.18/5.0): Even if you don't think the Cowboys are 'America's Team,' you'll still enjoy this over-the-top NFL-themed golf course once owned by Jerry Jones. Located in Grapevine, close to the DFW airport, the conditioning and layout of this excellent Jeff Brauer design shouldn't be underrated.

4. Tour 18 Dallas: (4.18/5.0): Like its sister course (and the original) near Houston, Tour 18 Dallas is fun roller coaster ride through America's most beloved holes, including the 17th at the TPC Sawgrass, Augusta's Amen Corner and holes from Oakmont and Winged Foot.

5. Country View Golf Course (4.16/5.0): Located just outside of Dallas in the town of Lancaster, Country View is considered on the area's best values. With terrific Champion Bermuda greens and excellent course conditions, this Ron Garl design is also one of the area's most improved in recent years.

6. Cleburne Golf Links (4.15/5.0): Opened in 2009 and designed by Colligan Golf Design, this nearly 7,100-yard course works its way around lake views. Excellent course conditions and outstanding Angus burgers and pulled pork in the clubhouse add to this enjoyable experience just outside the Metroplex.

7. Tierra Verde Golf Club (4.13/5.0): This outstanding Arlington muni is an Audubon Signature Sanctuary course designed by David Graham and Gary Panks, who routed it through natural setting of wetlands, trees and meadows. The Ventana Grille is particularly impressive, with an eclectic menu that offers an array of gourmet tapas, stuffed peppers and chicken empanadas.

8. The Bridges Golf Club (4.11/5.0): Located in Gunter, The Bridges Golf club is a Brauer/Fred Couples Signature golf course located on the legendary Double M Ranch. Opened in 2008, this links-looking course can play as long as 7,600 yards, but fortunately there are five sets of tees to make it reasonable for the mortal golfer.

9. Iron Horse Golf Course (4.10/5.0): Deceivingly difficult for a 6,700-yard golf course (it's a par 70), Iron Horse, which is located in North Richland Hills, is a favorite among locals for not only the course, but the atmosphere. Built around a train theme with a model railroad in the clubhouse and old rail cars on the course, players love the friendly vibe throughout.

10. Coyote Ridge Golf Club (4.07/5.0): Renovated in 2006, Coyote Ridge, located in Carrollton, makes use of an abandoned quarry on the back nine, while the front nine has sort of a links feel. Combined with a fairly new clubhouse and 19th Hole Grill, Coyote Ridge is one of the most popular daily fees in the DFW region.

Ratings based of golfer reviews of Dallas-Fort Worth golf courses between 9/20/12 and 5/12/13. Minimum 10 reviews needed to qualify.

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Fleetwood rallies to defend Abu Dhabi title

By Will GrayJanuary 21, 2018, 12:48 pm

The 2018 European Tour season has begun just as the 2017 one ended: with Tommy Fleetwood's name atop the standings.

Facing the most difficult conditions of the week, Fleetwood charged down the stretch to shoot a 7-under 65 in the final round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, good enough for a two-shot win and a successful title defense.

Abu Dhabi was the start of Fleetwood's resurgence a year ago, the first of two European Tour victories en route to the season-long Race to Dubai title. This time around the Englishman started the final round two shots off the lead but rallied with six birdies over his final nine holes to reclaim the trophy.

Fleetwood was five shots behind countryman Ross Fisher when he made the turn, but he birdied the par-5 10th and then added four birdies in a five-hole stretch from Nos. 12-16. The decisive shot came on the final hole, when his pitch from the left rough nestled within a few feet of the hole for a closing birdie.

Fleetwood's 22-under total left him two shots ahead of Fisher and four shots clear of Rory McIlroy and Matthew Fitzpatrick. After entering the week ranked No. 18, Fleetwood is expected to move to at least No. 12 in the world when the new rankings are published.

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Garcia cruises to five-shot win in Singapore

By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 12:10 pm

SINGAPORE - Sergio Garcia played 27 holes on the last day without dropping a shot to win the Singapore Open by five strokes Sunday in an ominous display of his newfound self-belief as he prepares to defend his Masters title.

Still brimming with confidence after claiming his first major title at Augusta National last year, Garcia started his new season with a runaway victory at the Sentosa Golf Club, finishing at 14-under 270.

Returning to the course just after dawn to complete his third round after play was suspended on Saturday because of lightning strikes, Garcia finished his last nine holes in 4 under for a round of 66 to take a one-shot lead into the final round.

With organizers desperate to avert the constant threat of more bad weather and finish the tournament on time, Garcia promptly returned to the first tee shortly after and fired a flawless 3-under 68, cruising to victory with 10 straight pars as his rivals floundered in the stifling humidity.

''It may have looked easy, but it wasn't easy. You still have to hit a lot of good shots out there,'' Garcia said. ''It's always great to start with a win, to do it here at this golf course against a good field in Asia on conditions that weren't easy. Hopefully I can ride on this momentum.''

Garcia's closest rivals at the end were Japan's Satoshi Kodaira (71) and South African Shaun Norris (70). Both birdied the last hole to share second spot but neither was ever close enough on the last day to challenge the leader.

Full-field scores from the Singapore Open

''I could not reach Sergio. I was thinking, 12 or 13 under for the win, but he went beyond that,'' Kodaira said.

Jazz Janewattananond (71) and his fellow Thai Danthai Bonnma (73) finished equal fourth at 8 under, earning themselves a spot in this year's British Open, while American Sean Crocker, who was given an invitation to the event after turning pro late last year, also won a place at Carnoustie by finishing in a tie for sixth.

Garcia made just three bogeys in 72 holes and his victory provided the 38-year-old with the 33rd title of his professional career and his sixth on the Asian Tour.

He has also won three titles in the last 12 months, including the Masters, and his game looks to be in better shape now than it was a year ago.

He credits the Singapore Open as having played a part in toughening him up for Augusta National because of the steamy conditions and the testing stop-start nature of the tournament, which is regularly stopped because of inclement weather.

Although he finished tied for 11th in Singapore a year ago, Garcia won the Dubai Desert Classic the next week and was in peak form when he won the Masters two months later.

"I'm extremely happy with how the week went. It was a tough day and a tough week, with the stopping and going. Fortunately, the weather held on. Still, it was hard to play 27 holes under this heat and I can't wait to get a cold shower,'' Garcia said. ''I came with some good confidence and wishing that I will play well. I hit the ball solid the whole week and didn't miss many shots.''

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Kelly beats Monty with two-shot swing on final hole

By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 3:21 am

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii – Jerry Kelly made an 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole, Colin Montgomerie missed a 6-footer for par and Kelly turned a one-shot deficit into a victory Saturday in the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

After Kelly drove it well right into lava rocks on the par-4 16th, leading to bogey and giving Montgomerie the lead, Montgomerie made a mistake with his tee shot on the last, finding a fairway bunker. Montgomerie's approach went over the green and after Kelly converted his birdie, the 54-year-old Scot jammed his par putt well past the hole.

Full-field scores from the Mitsubishi Electric Championship

It was the third win on the over-50 tour for the 51-year-old Kelly, who finished tied for 14th last week at the PGA Tour's Sony Open in Honolulu. That gave him confidence as he hopped over to the Big Island for his tournament debut at Hualalai. The limited-field event includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

Kelly closed with a 6-under 66 for a three-day total of 18-under 198. Montgomerie shot 69. David Toms shot 67 and finished two shots back, and Miguel Angel Jimenez was another stroke behind after a 66.

Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, closed with a 70 to finish at 10 under.

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Rahm manages frustration, two back at CareerBuilder

By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 1:21 am

Jon Rahm managed the winds and his frustrations Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge to give himself a chance to win his fourth worldwide title in the last year.

Rahm’s 2-under-par 70 on the PGA West Stadium Course left him two shots off the lead going into the final round.

“I wasn’t really dealing with the wind that much,” Rahm said of his frustrations. “I was dealing with not being as fluid as I was the last two days.”

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The world’s No. 3 ranked player opened with a 62 at La Quinta Country Club on Thursday and followed it up with a 67 on Friday at PGA West. He made six birdies and four bogeys on the Stadium Course on Saturday.

“The first day, everything was outstanding,” Rahm said. “Yesterday, my driver was a little shaky but my irons shots were perfect. Today, my driver was shaky and my irons shots were shaky. On a course like this, it’s punishing, but luckily on the holes where I found the fairway I was able to make birdies.”

Rahm is projected to move to No. 2 in the world rankings with a finish of sixth or better on Sunday.