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.
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 golf-training ground replete with an expansive driving range and a 36-hole miniature-golf course, Golf Center of Arlington helps golfletes foster control of dimpled orbs in both aerial and earthbound shots. Saunter up to the smooth, undulated surface of the putting course for a lesson in the kinetic dynamics of rolling spheres. The refreshing mist of seven waterfalls and the gentle burble of intervening canals provide an elysian setting for a fruitful bonding session between player, bearded alter ego, and putter.
Designed by PGA champion Mark Brooks with the classic layout of Scottish and early American links in mind, Southern Oaks Golf Club organically incorporates the natural landscape into a challenging 72 par course. Ideal for average to advanced players, the course keeps haphazard whackers in check with bunkers lurking on nearly every hole and talkative teens waiting to distract on each green. Rented carts come in handy as the peaceful grounds encompass 300 acres and yardage per hole ranges between 5,350 and 6,650 yards from front and middle tees and 7,100 from the back.
Featuring 6,516 yards of impeccably manicured landscape, Oakridge Country Club is a par 71 golf course designed to challenge everyone from first-time clubbers to full-time swingers. Conquer tight fairways, emerald greens, and challenging roughage while roaming among the scenic terrain and picturesque Duck Creek during your 18 holes of golf ($50 on weekends, $40 on weekdays). Water comes into play on several holes, along with more than 50 strategically placed bunkers—use a golf cart to travel to and around the obstacles. Before hitting the links, golfers can practice their swing and take aim at target greens with a bucket of balls ($7) at the driving range. While not included in this deal, Oakridge Country Club also boasts an onsite restaurant, offering daily lunch specials and a fully stocked bar. You can reserve your space seven days in advance, so call ahead to schedule your tee time.