The "Texas Swing" isn't quite what it used to be on the PGA Tour. What used to be a month-long jaunt through the Texas Triangle is now split up into a few parts. The Valero Texas Open was held in March, while the Shell Houston Open was staged prior to the Masters.
But in May, back-to-back weeks put the spotlight on Dallas-Fort Worth, one of America's top golf towns and has choices from high-end privates to a reputable municipal golf scene throughout the Metroplex. GolfAdvisor.com has been showcasing many of the top courses and destinations to visit in the Lone Star State.
Just in time for the HP Byron Nelson Classic at the TPC Four Seasons, the Dallas Morning News released its comprehensive rankings of the top 100 golf courses in Texas. GolfAdvisor's Mike Bailey, a longtime resident of Texas, shares his thoughts on some snubs on the list, as well as what the panel got right.
The DMN did name a brand new #1 course in the state for 2014: Black Jack's Crossing at remote Lajitas Golf Resort near Big Bend National Park. Austin resident and GolfAdvisor Managing Editor Brandon Tucker files a dispatch from his recent trip there.
As for where to play around Dallas-Fort Worth? Mike Bailey names the five best courses you can play in the Metroplex. Also, Bailey stopped by Jordan Spieth's old home course, Brookhaven Country Club, and offers a photo tour.
The Texas Hill Country also has plenty of coverage as well. Bailey highlights golf along the Alamo City Golf Trail, a collection of municipal courses in San Antonio anchored by historic Brackenridge Park, designed by A.W. Tillinghast. Or, see how you can play golf in San Antonio on three budgets. Meanwhile, Tucker shares some of the top-rated courses in the Texas Hill Country as rated by GolfAdvisor reviewers.