TPC Four Seasons Resort has one of resort golfs toughest holes


It's no secret traveling golfers, whether scratch or hack, enjoy a good test. Why else would beasts Pinehurst No. 2 and TPC Sawgrass be two of the most sought-after resort courses in America?

While TPC Four Seasons Resort, host of this week's HP Byron Nelson Championship, may not make the short list of toughest resort courses, if we compiled a who’s who of tough individual holes, No. 3 at TPC Las Colinas would be a shoo-in.

At 464 yards from the second-longest set of tees (and a convention-defying 528 from the tips), No. 3 verges on par-5 yardage even though it’s a par 4. A narrow fairway is protected by a lake that lines the entire right side, with fairway bunkers along the left. At the 2009 HP Byron Nelson Championship it ranked as the toughest hole.

If you’re skilled enough to shimmy one down the fairway and then another one onto the green, don’t rest – the newly contoured green loves three-putts.

Beyond No. 3, TPC Four Seasons Resort remains a good challenge – particularly if the Texas winds are blowing. At par 70 birdies are at a premium, but if you play the right set of tees it’s definitely getable.

If you enjoy a good challenge – and a stiff breeze to boot – then TPC Four Seasons Resort should be on your golfing must-see list. The accommodations won’t disappoint either; it recently underwent a $60-million renovation and is the only AAA five diamond resort and club in Texas.