A lush tapestry of Bermuda grass unfurls across 6,532 yards of rolling hills to form Stone River Golf Club's 18-hole course. A relatively open layout, the course lulls golfers into a comfortable rhythm before surprising them with the occasional fairway-side pond, strategically placed tree lines, or undercover course rangers that work as process servers. The par-5 16th—the course's hardest-rated hole—requires a long tee shot and a long-iron or short-wood approach shot to reach the green in two, which sits 590 yards from the tee box. Golfers can prepare for rounds by taking cuts at the irons-only driving range, getting a feel for the putting surface on the practice green, or passive aggressively introducing clubs to their potential replacements at the pro shop.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par 72 course
Length of 6,432 yards from the farthest tees
Course rating of 69.4 from the farthest tees
Slope rating of 114 from the farthest tees
Three tee options
Ensconced by dense woodlands, The Golf Club at McKinney's 18-hole layout undulates through a rural landscape that feels far away from the hustle and bustle of civilization. The combination of tree-lined fairways, water hazards, hills, and considerable length?the course measures 6,807 yards from the tips?make the par 72 layout a real challenge for golfers of all abilities. To help level the playing field, the Club offers a grass-tee driving range and two greens, one dedicated to putting practice and the other to chipping.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Length of 6,807 yards from the tips * Course rating of 73.7 from the tips * Slope rating of 140 from the tips * Four tee options * Scorecard
Commended for its preservation of the natural Texas landscape, Twin Creeks Golf Club features an 18-hole course that seamlessly integrates native trees and two flowing creeks into a pristine, 6,840-yard layout. All of the picturesque par 72’s difficulties are brought to bear on the par 4 13th hole, where a strong headwind may nudge rightward drives into a rippling creek and an immense green makes any two-putt a tricky proposition. Golf carts glide across the immaculate meadows, occasionally spinning their wheels and wailing their reverse alert in distress as passengers approach the hidden lake of the 17th hole, called the “Devil’s Elbow.” Golfers can calibrate their swings at the course's practice center, which includes a driving range, bunker, chipping area, and putting green, an ideal spot to covertly test any remote-controlled balls. After a day spent making sand angels in every bunker, guests can recess to the rustic confines of the Elkhorn Bar & Grill, where Southwestern fare sates diners resting at patio tables or under the 50-inch flat-screen TV located indoors.
At Spring Creek Golf Learning Center, there's a noticeable emphasis on quality. For instance, the facility keeps its turf in pristine condition, and every year, it receives a shipment of 60,000 new range balls right after they've been laid by PGA-approved chickens. Visitors can take note of this attention to detail while practicing in Spring Creek's various areas, including the 10,000-square-foot putting green and a driving range with more than 50 grass hitting stations. The center's staff, meanwhile, relies on more than a century's worth of combined experience while teaching lessons, clinics, and manning the fully stocked pro shop, complete with club-fitting services and gear from some of the industry's top manufacturers.
Massive sandtraps and wetland hazards pinch the fairways along the 6,800 yards of The Trails of Frisco Golf Club's 18-hole course. The par-71 course also pits players against large, well-contoured greens that test players' skills with their putter or a sandwedge that was run over by a steamroller. PGA instructor Russel Orth roams the course and its practice facilities, where he shares tips for honing swings during lessons and clinics.
Course architect Tripp Davis drew inspiration from both classic Scottish links and California’s famous Monterey Peninsula courses when crafting Stewart Peninsula Golf Course, an 18-hole layout touched on all sides by the waters of Lake Lewisville. Much like the conditions found at Stewart Peninsula’s high-profile muses, ever-shifting winds play a large factor in course play, challenging golfers who struggle to keep balls low or prefer to steer their carts with massive sails. The course also features two terraced par 5s—holes 9 and 18—that recall seaside holes at Harbour Town and Pebble Beach and end both 9s in dramatic fashion. Before taking to the first tee, clubbers can head to the driving range, where warm-up sessions will help prevent them from losing their balls in the abyss of Lake Lewisville or the neighboring ruptures in the fabric of space time.