Pros: The epitome of beautiful Texas Golf on a farm ranch, mesquite, sun, sandy soil, tight lines, rough rough, a few bombers.
It's a pleasure to have a real Championship level course so close to DFW, a little drive outside of the city and on the course you feel like you're worlds away. Such a beautiful place of property and is a total treat at which to hang, play, and eat.
Front 9 plays mostly in the woods with some tight woods but clearly defined fairways. Rough can easily conquer your scorecard as you may need more than a few attempts to get back on the fairway depending on location. Holes 10 - 14 are out in the open, featuring 1 big boy water carry and two other holes where water comes in play long of the basket. These holes also have a bit of elevation which is a treat. Hole 14 asks you to drive into (or over!) the woods and then you're back in the trees for a few more holes before trying to punch out to the open on 18.
Short Yellows play 6500 feet and feature a decent amount of scoreable holes for your average AM. Nothing easy, but hit your lines and make your putts and you'll be having a good time. No impossible holes or poke and hope "gaps". 8 par 4s, 10 par 3s.
Long Blacks play 9000 and are challenging but again, not impossible if you stay clean. Longs bring in an additional water carry on Hole 8 if basket is in the long position. 9 par 4s, 9 par 3s.
Clear signage, hole maps, and pars throughout. I think the long tee box on Hole 8 is the only place where folks may have some confusion. The support amenities are coming along, as they're almost finished putting in beautiful solid woods benches made straight from some of the trees they've cut down on 7.
Discatcher Baskets in great shape, tee boxes are cement, plenty long, and grippy.
There's a restaurant here! The Hideaway grill! The food is delicious! Legit good! There's also a Pro Shop with a moderate selection. Next to the restaurant shop is about 10 practice baskets for warm up and putting competitions. You can practice your drives in the field next to the parking lot. Tables inside and picnic benches outside if you want to eat outside and a shaded pavilion if you bring a big group.
Basically no cons at all IMO, though perhaps a few things to comment on in terms of what could bring it to 5*:
Holes 11 and 13 are good holes but maybe not quite great? Pretty wide open straight shots will get you birdie looks, but there's not too much stress for either.
I wonder if there's a way to do some chainsaw work on Hole 8 for the longs where you tee off from the shorts but then cut out of the woods on the back of the short green and then have to throw across the lake for the long basket...just stray thoughts but could be a very special hole.
With all the wonderful wooded holes but the limited amount of elevation there maybe isn't any one hole that is that picturesque stunner of a shot from the tee box, though there are many signature holes to tease your strategic brain.
With it being a newer course it's not quite "beaten in" yet. The rough is very rough, and the mulch and tree refuse on some of the fairways is still a little raw. In six months or so it will be even a better course.
I have a total blast playing here and look forward to my next time out in Terrell. It's $8 for a day pass which feels quite reasonable having played a good share of pay to play courses.
Hole 2 is a par 4 straight ahead of you with a good sized fairway but big trees on either side that will eat your disc and add strokes in a hurry. If you can resist the urge to go long and play for par you can stay clean and pick up strokes.
Hole 8 is a birdie or bogie hole slightly uphill where a BH turnover through the tight gap can get you a look at a birdie but a kick is instant bogie for sure.
Hole 9 is maybe my favorite hole, a par 4 where you first must through straight down a wooded alley with OB fence lurking right. You'll try to land or fade left into one of two landing zones which provide long narrow downhill alleys to the green. If you don't hit that first landing zone you're in trouble as it's hard to pick a way downhill to the green. On your second shot the basket feels ages away but it's downhill so just try to float something through the many, many trees, that sticks somewhere near the basket as going long is probably a two-putt with all the branches around.
Hole 10 is a ferocious water carry where 300' of distance can get you right into a gap in the far tree line where you can hopefully skip up to birdie, but the water does bulge out soon the left side so early fading BHs may find trouble.
Hole 17 is a slow turning par 4 to the right across multiple ravines through some precise gaps. If you make it through the trees hopefully you land on top of the crests not between them, which makes your second shot much easier to get to the basket.
Is this the best course in Texas? It's certainly my favorite. It's clearly better than the Beast and it's much cheaper than Selah Ranch, and a bit more fun to play on the regular.
I do think Selah Ranch is objectively a more stunning design with more unique holes, and is more challenging for me. I'm grateful every time I get to make it out to either location.