In 1995, architect Jeffrey Brauer cast a series of 18 holes across the hilly, forested acres adjacent to Ash Creek to form the Cross Timbers Golf Course. Mr. Brauer choreographed the layout?s turns and fairways to take advantage of the land?s natural attributes, such as its numerous changes in elevation and absolute lack of active volcanoes. Today, players cruise over the meticulously kept fairways en route to Champion bermuda greens. On the front nine, players must tackle the 484-yard, par 4 fifth hole and the course's signature ninth, where tee shots soar over a treacherous ravine onto a green teetering on the precipice of a cliff. At hole 18, a par 5 is reachable with calculated risk-taking and precise execution.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total length of 6,734 yards from the back tees
Nestled along the banks of Lake Bridgeport, The Golf Club at Runaway Bay spans 7,032 yards of tree-lined fairways and bent-grass greens. As players make their way through the course, they'll occasionally spot the sprawling lake from hillcrests or places where the trees have parted to dodge errant balls. Though there are challenging holes throughout the entire course, golfers should save their best swings for the turn. Both lengthy par-fours with a slightly bending fairway, the 9th and 10th holes are the course's most difficult. To prepare for their round, golfers can rehearse their swing at the driving range or get a feel for the putting surfaces with a picnic on the practice green.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par-72 course * Length of 7,032 yards from the tips * Course rating of 73.1 from the tips * Slope rating of 124 from the tips * Four tee options
The emerald easements of Hidden Valley's 18-hole miniature golf course encompass more than an acre of topsy-turvy terrain lined with rocky outcrops and windmills. Miniature golf posses engage in rapidly escalating one-upmanship as they traverse the scenic circuit, rolling colorful golf balls over multitiered greens that create breaking putts more difficult to read than ancient hieroglyphs projected onto a fun-house mirror. Putters lose their sense of direction with streams, waterfalls, and fountains that mist throughout the course. Hidden Valley also offers a game room and picnic area, along with refreshments to slake parched putters or create impromptu water hazards in front of their opponents' orbs.
More often than not, PGA Class A Professional Steven Pfeifer can be found doling out instruction to club-swinging students out on the practice range or on the course at Hawks Creek Golf Club. During lessons, Steven’s overarching aim is to find the mechanics that work best for each student; he believes that golfers too often overanalyze their swing when they simply need to relax and make contact with the ball. Private lessons include coaching them on every facet of the game, from tee, to green, to tiebreaking tugs of war with the 18th flagstick.
Golfers follow a Bermuda grass path as they smash golf balls over the 18-hole course at Lost Creek Golf Club. Taking aim for each fairway from one of four sets of tees, players must navigate elevation changes along rolling terrain and be careful to avoid water that comes into play on nine holes. An on-site driving range, putting green, and team of teaching professionals offer opportunities for swing improvements, while the course grill offers the chance to work on chewing mechanics with a menu of hot dogs, hamburgers, and other sandwiches.