After being ranked 19th on Golfweek's "Best New Courses" list in 2011, the course at Vaaler Creek Golf Club has been stacking up acolytes for its challenging play and picturesque Texas Hill Country setting. The Michael Lowry and JR Newman design stretches through oak forests as well as rocky outcroppings, encountering water on nine holes. Throughout each round, players steer new E-Z-GO golf carts over Bermuda 419 and TifSport grasses, taking advantage of the carts’ automatic braking systems as they stop to smell the flowers or the glorious scent of victory over manual controls.
Though the varied layout presents all manner of challenges, the par 3 12th hole requires a particularly cautious approach. Players must exhibit firm control over iron play as they aim for a peninsula green—discipline that must be then be duplicated four holes later to keep drives dry and on the isthmus fairway. Finally, players round out the round by facing a daunting approach over water, made even more difficult by the tree in the center of the fairway that obstructs flight paths and distracts would-be winners with its self-contained, elf-operated cookie factory.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par 72 course
Total length of 6,864 yards from the back tees
Course rating of 73 from the back tees
Course slope of 140 from the back tees
Four sets of tees per hole
Lakeside Golf Club's 18-hole layout flows across 6,582 yards of parkland terrain wafted by cool breezes that drift from Canyon Lake, which rests just northeast of the course. Towering oak trees loom over the course's open fairways, impeding the passage of errant golf balls while trumpeting their unrivaled, bird's-eye views of the surrounding topography. Bookended by two 500-yard par 5s, the par 72 invites golfers to brandish their drivers or modified T-shirt cannons and begin and end the round with massive tee shots. An outdoor swimming pool and tennis courts foster alternative forms of recreation, whereas multifaceted dining facilities host all varieties of social gatherings at the club.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par 72 course
Length of 6,528 yards from the farthest tees
Course rating of 71.6 from the farthest tees
Slope rating of 127 from the farthest tees
Four tee options
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River City Range presents golfers with plenty of space to send their golf balls soaring. The multi-faceted operation ensures a well-rounded practice with driving range, putting green, chipping green, and sand trap for well-rounded practice. It's not just about serious golfers, though—River City also entertains the entire the family with mini golf and sand volleyball courts. When visitors finally find the bottom of their range-ball buckets or finish un-shrinking themselves after a round of mini golf, the range's bar awaits with ice-cold domestic, Texas, and Mexican beers, as well as non-alcoholic drinks.