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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What's in the bag: CareerBuilder winner Rahm

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 10:37 pm

Jon Rahm defeated Andrew Landry in a playoff to earn his second PGA Tour title at the CareerBuilder Challenge. Here's what's in his bag:

Driver: TaylorMade M4 (9.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

Fairway wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

Irons: TaylorMade P790 (3), P750 (4-PW), with Project X 6.5 shafts

Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (52, 56 degrees), Milled Grind Hi-Toe (60 degrees), with Project X 6.5 shafts

Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red

Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

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Strange irked by Rahm-Landry friendly playoff

By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 9:45 pm

Curtis Strange knows a thing or two about winning golf tournaments, and based on his reaction to the CareerBuilder Challenge playoff on Sunday, it’s safe to say he did things a little differently while picking up 17 PGA Tour victories in his Hall-of-Fame career.

While Jon Rahm and Andrew Landry were “battling” through four extra holes, Strange, 62, tweeted his issues with the duo’s constant chit-chat and friendly banter down the stretch at La Quinta Country Club, where Rahm eventually came out on top.

The two-time U.S. Open champ then engaged with some followers to explain his point a little more in depth.

So, yeah ... don't think he's changing his perspective on this topic anytime soon ever.

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Randall's Rant: The Euros won't just roll over

By Randall MellJanuary 22, 2018, 9:36 pm

The Ryder Cup may not be the King Kong of golf events yet, but you can hear the biennial international team event thumping its chest a full eight months out.

As anticipation for this year’s big events goes, there is more buzz about Europe’s bid to hold off a rejuvenated American effort in Paris in September than there is about the Masters coming up in April.

Thank Europe’s phenomenal success last weekend for that.

And Rory McIlroy’s impassioned remarks in Abu Dhabi.

And the provocative bulletin board material a certain Sports Illustrated writer provided the Europeans a couple months ago, with a stinging assault on the Euro chances that read like an obituary.

McIlroy was asked in a news conference before his 2018 debut last week what he was most excited about this year.

The Ryder Cup topped his list.

Though McIlroy will be trying to complete the career Grand Slam at Augusta National come April, he talked more about the Ryder Cup than he did any of the game’s major championships.

When asked a follow-up about the American team’s resurgence after a task-force overhaul and the injection of young, new star power, McIlroy nearly started breaking down the matchup. He talked about the young Americans and how good they are.

“Yeah, the Americans have been, obviously, very buoyant about their chances and whatever, but it’s never as easy as that. ... The Ryder Cup’s always close,” McIlroy said. “I think we’ll have a great team, and it definitely won’t be as easy as they think it’s going to be.”

McIlroy may have been talking about Alan Shipnuck’s bold prediction after the American Presidents Cup rout last fall.

Or similar assertions from TV analysts.

“The Ryder Cup is dead – you just don’t know it yet,” Shipnuck wrote. “One of the greatest events in sport is on the verge of irrelevancy. The young, talented, hungry golfers from the United States, benefitting from the cohesive leadership of the Task Force era, are going to roll to victory in 2018 in Paris.”

European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn won’t find words that will motivate the Euros more than that as he watches his prospective players jockey to make the team.

And, boy, did they jockey last weekend.

The Euros dominated across the planet, not that they did it with the Ryder Cup as some rallying cry, because they didn’t. But it was a heck of an encouraging start to the year for Bjorn to witness.

Spain’s Jon Rahm won the CareerBuilder Challenge on the PGA Tour, England’s Tommy Fleetwood started the week at Abu Dhabi paired with American and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and won the European Tour event, and Spain’s Sergio Garcia won the Singapore Open in a rout on the Asian Tour.

And McIlroy looked close to being in midseason form, tying for third in his first start in three months.

Yes, it’s only January, and the Ryder Cup is still a long way off, with so much still to unfold, but you got an early sense from McIlroy how much defending European turf will mean to him and the Euros in Paris in September.

The Masters is great theater, the U.S. Open a rigorous test, The Open and the PGA Championship historically important, too, but the Ryder Cup touches a nerve none of those do.

The Ryder Cup stokes more fervor, provokes more passion and incites more vitriol than any other event in golf.

More bulletin board material, too.

Yeah, it’s a long way off, but you can already hear the Ryder Cup’s King Kong like footsteps in its distant approach. Watching how the American and European teams come together will be an ongoing drama through spring and summer.

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Quail Hollow officials promise players easier conditions

By Rex HoggardJanuary 22, 2018, 9:14 pm

Quail Hollow Club - a staple on the PGA Tour since 2003 - debuted as a longer, tougher version of itself at last year’s PGA Championship, receiving mixed reviews from players.

The course played to a lengthened 7,600 yards at last year’s PGA and a 73.46 stroke average, the toughest course in relation to par on Tour in 2017. As a result, it left some players less than excited to return to the Charlotte, N.C.-area layout later this spring for the Wells Fargo Championship.

It’s that lack of enthusiasm that led officials at Quail Hollow to send a video to players saying, essentially, that the course players have lauded for years will be back in May.

The video, which includes Quail Hollow president Johnny Harris and runs nearly five minutes, begins with an explanation of how the first hole, which played as a 524-yard par 4 at the PGA, will play much shorter at the Wells Fargo Championship.

“I had a number of my friends who were playing in the tournament tell me that tee was better suited as a lemonade stand,” Harris joked of the new tee box on the fourth hole. “I doubt we’ll ever see that tee used again in competition.”

Harris also explained that the greens, which became too fast for some, will be “softer” for this year’s Wells Fargo Championship.