A Quick Nine: The best Texas courses for every golfer

The Golf Club at Fossil Creek in Fort Worth, Texas
The Golf Club at Fossil Creek
The 15th hole at The Golf Club at Fossil Creek in Fort Worth, Texas, is stunning. So too is the rest of it, according to our readers, who gave it the nod as the best public golf course in Texas.
By
T.J. Auclair, Interactive Producer
PGA.com

Series: A Quick Nine

Published: Wednesday, March 28, 2012 | 10:26 a.m.

Every now and again, we like to call on our friends in certain states -- or friends who have visited those certain states -- to help us find the best golf courses available to the public.

This time around, the spotlight is on Texas, the Lone Star State and the largest of the 48 contiguous United States. Don't worry; we realize everything is bigger in Texas -- including its place in the annals of golf history.

So, which are the best public golf courses in the state of Texas? Check them out below, as told to us by our trusty PGA.com Facebook friends. Agree? Disagree? Leave a comment at the bottom of the page and tell us why.

Editor's note: If you see a course on this list that you've played, please click its name and leave a review on the PGA.com course page.

9. Brackenbridge Park Golf Course, San Antonio, Texas. Brackenridge Park Golf Course is the oldest public golf course in Texas and the first ever host to the Texas Open Golf Tournament in 1922. This historic golf course has the honor of being the first inductee into the Texas Golf Hall of Fame. A round of golf at Brackenbridge can be had for less than $50.

Facebook fan quote:

"None better than the oldest public course in Texas, Brackenbridge Park. A great history of Texas public golf." -- Joe Black

8. Barton Creek Resort & Spa, Fazio Foothills in Austin, Texas. According to its website:

"Barton Creek Resort & Spa's signature golf course is an astonishingly beautiful design masterpiece by Tom Fazio. The architectural layout features dramatic cliff-lined fairways, natural limestone caves, waterfalls, and superb TiffEagle Bermuda greens, which gives golfers 18 holes of pure pleasure with no lack of challenge. This unforgettable golfing experience provides plenty of elevation change and visual impact... The Fazio Foothills course, established in 1986, ranks at the top of all experts' lists. Golfweek Magazine rates the Foothills No. 4 among America's 50 Best Resort Courses. The course is also named the Best Resort Course in Texas and has the distinction of consistently having several holes listed among the State's Best or Most Beautiful Holes (hole Nos. 12, 4, 9, 16, 10, 18) recognized by the Dallas Morning News."

Facebook fan quotes:

"Barton Creek is beautiful." -- Russ Corwin

"Have to go with Barton Creek Fazio Course." -- Britt Chapman

"Both Fazio Canyons and Fazio Foothills at Barton Creek." -- Kathi Cambre Kelly

7. Wildcat Golf Club in Houston, Texas. A favorite amongst local professional athletes, Wildcat features two courses -- the Highlands and the Lakes -- and provides incredible panoramic views of the city.

Facebook fan quote:

"Wildcat in Houston!" -- Justin Gould

6. Old American Golf Club in The Colony, Texas. Co-designed by Justin Leonard and Tripp Davis, the course sits along the shores of Lake Lewisville. Not surprisingly -- seeing as Leonard is one of the designers -- this is truly a strategic, shot-maker's course.

Facebook fan quote:

"Old American Golf Club in The Colony." -- Damon Harlan

5. Tour 18 in Humble, Texas. Very interesting place here, folks. The people at Tour 18 have reproduced the most renowned holes in golf for its course. The incredible attention to detail allows you to play holes you could only dream of playing otherwise -- Nos. 11, 12 and 13, Amen Corner, at Augusta National; No. 17 at Sawgrass; No. 3 at Oakmont; No. 8 at Shinnecock Hills; etc. Awesome concept.

Facebook fan quotes:

"Tour 18!" -- Brenny Moreno

"TOUR 18." -- Chris Hammond

4. The Rawls Course at Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas. Recent accolades for The Rawls Course: Golfweek's No. 2 Best Course that you can play in Texas for 2012; Golfweek's No. 3 University Golf Course in America; and Golf Digest's No. 2 New Affordable Public Golf Course in the U.S. Those seem like three good reasons to play.

Facebook fan quotes:

"Rawls Course. Lubbock, Texas." -- Cullen Michael Kohutek

"Rawls Golf course, Lubbock Texas. Great track!" -- Thomas Glisson

"The Rawls Course Lubbock, Texas. Great links-style challenge with massive wind exposure." -- Spencer Reynolds

3. Texas Star Golf Course in Euless, Texas. This from the description on its website: "Texas Star is well-known for world-class golf that is secluded in the midst of the bustling Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. This challenging course has been highly ranked by Golf Digest, Golfweek, the Dallas Morning News and T&L Golf. This serene public golf course has a private feel with 275 acres of plush fairways, magnificent views, stacked rock ponds, waterfalls and natural woodlands."

Facebook fan quotes:

"Texas Star!" -- Rick Hasty

"Texas Star by far." -- Mike Hepler

"Texas Star in Euless, lots of elevation changes." -- Brice Brown

"Texas Star, it's as good as any private course and it's really close to me." -- Mike Hepler

2. Diamondback Golf Club in Abilene, Texas. Built and operated by 1971 Masters Champion Charles Coody, this West Texas course opened in 1999. When we looked at Diamondback's website, we saw tee times available for as little as $18 per player -- that's $1 per hole!

Facebook fan quotes:

"Diamondback Golf Club in Abilene. Designed by Masters Champion Charles Coody. Or Ironhorse in Ft. Worth. Also Squall Valley in Glen Rose." -- Cody Dezern

"Diamondback Golf Course, Abilene, Texas. Charles Coody founded and operates it." -- Kelly Steele Heller

1. The Golf Club at Fossil Creek in Fort Worth, Texas. How about this for a deal? On Fridays -- Pro V1 Fridays -- you can play The Golf Club at Fossil Creek for $79 plus tax. That price includes: greens fee, cart fee, GPS, range balls and one dozen Titleist Pro V1 golf balls. That's one heck of a bargain.

Facebook fan quotes:

"The Golf Club at Fossil Creek in Fort Worth." -- Larry Lee

"Fossil Creek by far the best... In great condition and the lay out is not for the beginners." -- Shanra Chak

"The Golf Club at Fossil Creek in Fort Worth!" -- Eric Yates

"The Golf Club at Fossil Creek. Affordable and designed by Arnold Palmer." -- Steven Scuba Stults

"Big fan of Fossil Creek. The layout is fantastic, as it changes its look about every four holes or so. I've had my best and worst rounds out there and still enjoyed the hell out of it! A great course... and I play them all." -- Carl LaBove

"The Golf Club at Fossil Creek designed by Arnold Palmer. The course has plush fairways, greens are in good shape, and the staff will go out of their way to help you. The course challenges players of all levels, from low handicap to high handicap. Regardless of your golf game, I bet you will enjoy your experience at Fossil Creek." -- Prisela Campbell

"The Golf Club at Fossil Creek is a great place to play with reasonable rate, great staff and Championship Golf Course." -- Michael Furrh 


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Texas is obviously a big state, here's a map and guide to the better public access golf courses wherever you're traveling in Texas:
http://forelinksters.com/browse/cities/TX