Dramatic elevation changes, flowing creeks, and 2,000 rosebushes supply peeper-pleasing scenery to golfers as they traverse Stevens Park's recently renovated 18-hole golf course. One of The Golf Performance Institute of Dallas's professional instructors accompanies players through the first nine holes of their round, proffering helpful tips in real time, ranging from instruction on swing techniques to advice about course-management quandaries, such as when to hit driver, when to hit 3-wood, and how to motivate a lazy golf cart. After nine holes with their putt-putt pedagogue, solo golfers or divot-tearing duos take to the back nine on their own, where they summon recent on-course lessons to conquer testy holes such as the 519-yard, water-fortified, par 5 10th. Though trees and bunkers provide the bulk of the challenge throughout the round, the course makes deft use of the one narrow creek that winds throughout, forcing players to launch orbs over its burbling waters and trident-wielding mercaddies on 10 separate holes.
Experienced golfing professionals and computers who’ve sworn allegiance to argyle socks fill each of GolfTEC's locations with more expert swings than a playground at recess. Motion sensors and high-speed cameras monitor your swing and break down your form on a high-definition video display. GolfTEC’s PGA specialists point out your flaws and strengths, and coach you on how to permanently improve your game from tee to green. Sensors chirp with approval when you’ve executed a perfect stroke or cracked an especially witty golfing joke.
Players attempt to control shots down narrow, zigzagging fairways and carefully sidestep water hazards on 9 of 18 holes as they traverse the challenging layout of Twin Wells Golf Club. The 18-hole course guides play across several branches of a winding river and alongside an elongated lake on the par-5 13th hole, which hugs the edge of the fairway for most of the hole's length. From the time golfers tee off on the 1st hole until they hole out on the 18th, the Dallas skyline stands visible in the distance, stealing the spotlight from amphibious golf carts practicing belly flops.
Course at a Glance:
A love for gulf pulses through the veins of the Mims family, owners of Sunset Golf Club. In the age when the jeep was invented, Mount Rushmore received its finishing touches, and the first paper airplane flew into outer space, C.B. Mims's professional golf career was blazing a trail through such PGA tournaments as the 1941 U.S. Open. While her brother slammed tee shots with the fellas, Bettye Mims Danoff, a touring professional, set out to create a brand-new league for the opposite sex, and in 1950, became 1 of the 11 founding members of the LPGA. Their passion for golf and C.B.'s passion for architecting playing grounds led to the birth of Sunset Golf Club.
Greens management and club selection eventually infused in the Mims DNA, filtering through two subsequent generations that continue to own and operate the nine-hole course to this day. Fifty years of course management saturated with passed down know-how gifts the clan with comprehensive golfing knowledge used to maintain 3,350 yards of bunkers, water hazards, and bermuda-grass greens.