-Holes 19-36 at Tyler State Park, the West Course plays through a more rugged, secluded section of the park. The course includes concrete tees, Mach V baskets, two practice baskets, and restrooms. With the exception of holes 25 and 34-36, every hole is heavily wooded.
Note: I’ve copied portions of my review of Tyler East which also apply to this course.
-If Tyler East is 10/10 difficulty, Tyler West is 9/10. The first seven holes are relatively short, clean, and better birdie opportunities, before the course becomes long, steep, and tough on the back nine. Hole names such as Heartbreak Ridge, Hellbent, Constant Sorrow, and Green Mile are appropriate descriptions.
-Holes 20 and 23 are fun downhill shots, but my personal favorite was #26 “Boulder,” playing down and then up a ridge to a precarious basket, a fitting introduction to the tough section of the course. The final hole is the only opportunity for a maximum distance drive.
--The QR code on the tee sign for a hole flyover video is a fantastic feature, especially if you’re playing all 36. The layout is easier to follow than the East — no pedestrian trail to cross half a dozen times.
-Each hole has three basket positions (A, B, and C), which add an incredible amount of variety to the course. Many holes can be short birdie opportunities one week; long, winding, and challenging the next. Only seven holes play as a par three in every position.
-The course has experienced substantial renovation in the last few years. While all the holes are finished and fully playable, it’s not completely broken in yet. The rough is thick in many spots, and several holes play near a low-lying area with bugs, frogs, and all sorts. Long pants are highly recommended.
-Both courses are long and rugged with long walks between holes. If you’re visiting, bring multiple bottles of water and plenty of snacks. I played all 36 in one day, which totaled 8 miles walking.
-Makes You Want To Come Back — to experience the different pin positions and figure out the trickier holes.
-Tyler West has always and will always live slightly in the shadow of the East course. It’s slightly shorter and does not feature the creek or quite as many memorable holes. Still, it’s a tough test and a whole lot of fun.