The best golf courses in Texas
For a state of its size and population, Texas underperforms when it comes to great courses. At present, only four courses reside in the 100 Greatest and Second 100 Greatest ranking. Sixteen other states boast more, including California (21), New York (17), Florida (12), New Jersey and North Carolina (10), and South Carolina (9).
But what it lacks in greatness, Texas makes up in depth with 40 qualifying courses earning cumulative scores of over 53.16 in Golf Digest's scoring categories. The top end is about to get stronger as well, with the East and West Fields Ranch courses at PGA Frisco opening earlier this year and The Covey at Big Easy Ranch (by Whispering Pines architect Chet Williams) opening later in 2023, plus Red Feather, by Rob Collins and Tad King, coming online later.
A handful of proposed new courses and major remodels from architects like Tom Doak and Andrew Green should also elevate the trajectory of great golf in the Lone Star State down the road.
Below you'll find our 2023-'24 ranking of the Best Golf Courses in Texas. If you're interested in the best public options, check out our collection of the best courses you can play in Texas.
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Many who’ve played Bluejack National have commented on its resemblance to Augusta National, particularly at the par-3 12th, which plays over water to a shallow diagonal green backed by a pair of bunkers. While some suspect this is Tiger’s homage to the 12th at Augusta National, where he has won five Masters, it could be based on the 12th at Muirfield Village, where Tiger has won eight times. Nonetheless, Bluejack is most likely an ode to Augusta. At the course opening, Tiger told reporters, “When I visited the site for the first time, I was blown away. It’s definitely not the kind of site that comes to mind when you think of Houston. The terrain features a number of elevation changes and lots of tall, mature trees, more like something you would find in Georgia.”
Fort Worth, TX
The Woodlands, TX
Fort Worth, TX
Located in the dry Hill Country south of Austin, Driftwood is another collaboration between the team of Tom Fazio and Discovery Land Company. Though located within an communitiy of large properties and luxury homes, the design feels spacious and part of the rugged, windswept prairies of southeast Texas. The fairways and greens are large and accomodating, with holes punctuated by large specimen oaks.
San Antonio, TX
TPC San Antonio’s Oaks course has hosted the Valero Texas Open since 2010. Playing through the dry outlands north of the city, the Greg Norman design is one of the most strategically compelling courses on tour with aggressive bunkering, some wonderful short par 4s and several uniquely demanding par 5s, including the 18th, one of the most underrated and frustrating closing holes the professionals play.
The 36-hole Champions Golf Club is one of the most appropriately named clubs in America. It was founded by Texans Jackie Burke, Jr. (who turned 100 in 2023) and Jimmy Demaret, and the two hold five major championships between them, including four Masters green jackets. A procession of the game's best professionals have tested their games at the vaunted Cypress Creek course (the club's second course, Jackrabbit, actually scored higher in our Best in State rankings), which has played host to the 1969 U.S. Open, a Ryder Cup, several PGA Tour tournaments including the TOUR Championship, and the 2020 U.S. Women's Open. When Cypress Creek opened in 1957, it was regarded as one of the finest new courses of the post-World War II era, ranked among the 100 Greaters courses from 1966 to 1988. It's a tight, treelined shotmaker's course with treelined fairways and big, well-protected greens--the fourth, bending around a crook of Cypress Creek, was long considered one of the toughest par 3s in the country. A 2018 renovation by Texan Chet Williams, designer of Whispering Pines, kept the features and shot demands updated and sharp without straying fromm Cypress Creek's noble heritage.
Horseshoe Bay, TX
From Golf Digest Architecture Editor emeritus Ron Whitten: A story about the late country music superstar Waylon Jennings comes to mind—when he was asked once to watch a tribute artist’s performance. The young singer looked like Waylon, sang like Waylon, had Waylon's mannerisms and stage presence. After the show, the kid asked the legend what he thought. You’re good, Waylon told him, but you’ll always be one hit behind.
So it is with The Tribute Golf Links, a Tripp Davis design on the eastern shore of Lake Lewisville, north of Dallas. It’s one of the best replica courses in the country, replicating 18 of Great Britain’s most iconic golf holes, as good a links experience as one could expect on Bermuda turf.
Some holes are more homage than duplicates. The par-3 fifth is Royal Troon’s Postage Stamp, and while architect Davis nailed the topography, the green is far bigger than the original, a grudging concession, I suppose, to the demands of public golf. Conspicuously absent from The Tribute is North Berwick’s par-3 Redan hole.
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