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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Storms halt Barbasol before Lincicome tees off

By Associated PressJuly 20, 2018, 11:29 pm

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - Brittany Lincicome will have to wait until the weekend to resume her bid to make the cut in a PGA Tour event.

Overnight storms delayed the start of the second round Friday in the Barbasol Championship, and an afternoon thunderstorm suspended competition for good. The round will resume Saturday morning with much of the field still to play.

The second stoppage at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came 20 minutes before Lincicome's scheduled tee time.

Lincicome was near the bottom of the field after opening with a 6-over 78 on Thursday. The first LPGA player since Michelle Wie in 2008 to start a PGA Tour event, she needs a huge rebound to join Babe Zaharias (1945) as the only female players to make the cut.

Troy Merritt had the clubhouse lead at 15 under, following an opening 62 with a 67.

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Third-round tee times for the 147th Open

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 9:05 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Eighteen major champions made the cut at The Open and will be playing the weekend at Carnoustie, including 60-year-old ageless wonder Bernhard Langer, and both major champs so far this year, Patrick Reed and Brooks Koepka.

Twenty-four-year-old Gavin Green will be first off solo Saturday at 4:15 a.m. ET. Reed and Rhys Enoch will follow along 10 minutes later.

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, both at even par for the tournament, six shots behind leaders Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner, are in consecutive groups. Mickelson is playing with Austin Cook at 8:05 a.m. and Woods is with South Africa’s Shaun Norris at 8:15 a.m.

Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler, both three shots off the lead, are also in consecutive groups. Fowler is at 10 a.m. with Thorbjorn Olesen and Spieth is 10 minutes later with Kevin Chappell. Rory McIlroy, looking to win his first major since the 2014 PGA Championship, is at 10:40 a.m. with Xander Schauffele. McIlroy is two shots behind.

Johnson and Kisner are last off at 11 a.m.

4:15AM ET: Gavin Green

4:25AM ET: Rhys Enoch, Patrick Reed

4:35AM ET: Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Justin Rose

4:45AM ET: Yusaku Miyazato, Tyrrell Hatton

4:55AM ET: Ross Fisher, Keegan Bradley

5:05AM ET: Ryan Fox, Jason Dufner

5:15AM ET: Bryson DeChambeau, Henrik Stenson

5:25AM ET: Tom Lewis, Sam Locke (a)

5:35AM ET: Paul Casey, Chris Wood

5:45AM ET: Bernhard Langer, Rafa Cabrera Bello

6:00AM ET: Paul Dunne, Brett Rumford

6:10AM ET: Masahiro Kawamura, Shubhankar Sharma

6:20AM ET: Cameron Smith, Brendan Steele

6:30AM ET: Marc Leishman, Lee Westwood

6:40AM ET: Byeong Hun An, Kevin Na

6:50AM ET: Julian Suri, Adam Hadwin

7:00AM ET: Gary Woodland, Si-Woo Kim

7:10AM ET: Yuta Ikeda, Satoshi Kodaira

7:20AM ET: Marcus Kinhult, Thomas Pieters

7:30AM ET: Beau Hossler, Haotong Li

7:45AM ET: Cameron Davis, Sean Crocker

7:55AM ET: Louis Oosthuizen, Stewart Cink

8:05AM ET: Phil Mickeslon, Austin Cook

8:15AM ET: Tiger Woods, Shaun Norris

8:25AM ET: Lucas Herbert, Michael Kim

8:35AM ET: Jason Day, Francesco Molinari

8:45AM ET: Sung Kang, Webb Simpson

8:55AM ET: Patrick Cantlay, Eddie Pepperell

9:05AM ET: Matthew Southgate, Brooks Koepka

9:15AM ET: Kyle Stanley, Adam Scott

9:30AM ET: Charley Hoffman, Alex Noren

9:40AM ET: Ryan Moore, Brandon Stone

9:50AM ET: Luke List, Danny Willett

10:00AM ET: Thorbjorn Olesen, Rickie Fowler

10:10AM ET: Jordan Spieth, Kevin Chappell

10:20AM ET: Zander Lombard, Tony Finau

10:30AM ET: Matt Kuchar, Erik Van Rooyen

10:40AM ET: Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele

10:50AM ET: Pat Perez, Tommy Fleetwood

11:00AM ET: Kevin Kisner, Zach Johnson

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Facial hair Fowler's new good-luck charm

By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 8:12 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Before, during and after the Fourth of July, Rickie Fowler missed a few appointments with his razor.

He arrived in the United Kingdom for last week’s Scottish Open still unshaved and he tied for sixth place. Fowler, like most golfers, can give in to superstition, so he's decided to keep the caveman look going for this week’s Open Championship.

“There could be some variations,” he smiled following his round on Friday at Carnoustie.

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

At this rate, he may never shave again. Fowler followed an opening 70 with a 69 on Friday to move into a tie for 11th place, just three strokes off the lead.

Fowler also has some friendly competition in the beard department, with his roommate this week Justin Thomas also going for the rugged look.

“I think he kind of followed my lead in a way. I think he ended up at home, and he had a little bit of scruff going. It's just fun,” Fowler said. “We mess around with it. Obviously, not taking it too seriously. But like I said, ended up playing halfway decent last week, so I couldn't really shave it off going into this week.”

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Spieth (67) rebounds from tough Round 1 finish

By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 7:55 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Guess whose putter is starting to heat up again at a major?

Even with a few wayward shots Friday at Carnoustie, Jordan Spieth made a significant climb up the leaderboard in the second round, firing a 4-under 67 to move just three shots off the lead.

Spieth showed his trademark grit in bouncing back from a rough finish Thursday, when he mis-clubbed on the 15th hole, leading to a double bogey, and ended up playing the last four holes in 4 over.

“I don’t know if I actually regrouped,” he said. “It more kind of fires me up a little.”

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

Spieth missed more than half of his fairways in the second round, but he was able to play his approach shots from the proper side of the hole. Sure, he “stole a few,” particularly with unlikely birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 after errant drives, but he took advantage and put himself in position to defend his claret jug.

Spieth needed only 25 putts in the second round, and he credited a post-round adjustment Thursday for the improvement. The tweak allows his arms to do more of the work in his stroke, and he said he felt more confident on the greens.

“It’s come a long way in the last few months, no doubt,” he said.

More than anything, Spieth was relieved not to have to play “cut-line golf” on Friday, like he’s done each start since his spirited run at the Masters.

“I know that my swing isn’t exactly where I want it to be; it’s nowhere near where it was at Birkdale,” he said. “But the short game is on point, and the swing is working in the right direction to get the confidence back.”