Best Golf Courses In Texas
Best Texas Golf Courses
With hill country, river plains, arid deserts and miles of pristine coastline, Texas has proven to be the perfect piece of clay for renowned golf designers like Doak, Jones, Palmer, Tillinghast and Hills to sculpt a vast variety of world-class golf courses. The 10 best Texas courses listed below run the gamut from Golden Age gems to modern masterpieces, coastal links courses and even an NFL-themed track. The golf scene in Texas truly has it all, and while we can’t advise “messing with Texas,” we strongly recommend that you mess with every course on this list!
- Austin, Texas
- Located in the heart of Texas Hill Country, Falconhead Golf Club is a Chris Gray design that rises and falls with the natural undulations of land. Falconhead is a great example of Texas parkland golf with fairways lined by gnarled trees and streams crisscrossing around every corner. But just when you think Falconhead is just another parkland track in Central Texas, you arrive at the signature 8th hole and a limestone-shelf green perched 30 feet above a creek.
- Yantis, Texas
- Situated on the northern shores of Lake Fork, The Links at Land’s End might be the most unsuspecting delight of the Texas golf scene. With 13 holes on a peninsula in the center of Lake Fork, pristine Bermuda grass from tee to green and newly renovated bunkers with Arkansas Premier white sand, The Links at Land’s End plays more like a coastal course of South Carolina than a track 80 miles east of Dallas.
- Lufkin, Texas
- Nestled in a dense timberland landscape, Crown Colony Country Club is one of the few true parkland tracks in the Lone Star State. Artfully routed by Robert von Hagge and Bruce Devlin, Crown Colony weaves through majestic, mature trees to create a truly engaging layout. Adding to the challenge—and beauty—is the strategic bunkering and vast water hazards. This is especially true on the par 5 3rd hole, a 583-yard dogleg left with water running up the left side that leads to a small peninsula green, making it one of the toughest tests in the state.
- Grapevine, Texas
- Recognized as the only NFL-themed golf course in the world, Cowboys Golf Club is a stunning track that pays homage to the rich history of the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys Golf Club is an exciting layout with doglegs reminiscent of a Michael Irvin post route and strategically placed bunkers that closely shadow landing areas like Deion Sanders in lockdown coverage. Any football fan needs to pencil in Cowboys Golf Club at the top of their must-play list.
- Cypress, Texas
- One of the most unique layouts in Texas, BlackHorse Golf Club - South is a Jacobsen Hardy design routed through a variety of landscapes, including a former sand quarry turned wetland. The South Course’s wetland setting makes for some of the most exciting holes in the Houston area, including the 213-yard, par 3 17th hole that features a lengthy wooden bridge from the tee to the green where golfers can slow down and admire BlackHorse’s miraculous setting.
- San Antonio, Texas
- Designer Keith Foster has a knack for taking an unconventional setting and transforming it into a championship golf course, and that’s exactly what he did with The Quarry Golf Club. Built in the 100-year-old quarry of the abandoned Alamo Cement plant, The Quarry features numerous holes routed around the limestone rock pit with 100-foot-tall walls. The Quarry’s dramatic setting creates a plethora of exciting shots over large expanses, including on the signature 17th hole that requires a precise shot over a deep ravine framed by a 40-foot waterfall.
- Lubbock, Texas
- One of the Best College Courses in the country, the Rawls Course at Texas Tech is a Tom Doak masterpiece with a plethora of thrilling tests that could all be considered Rawls’ signature hole. But the par 5, 18th hole at the Rawls Course takes the cake with a 4.5-acre lake running along the right side and a myriad of bunkers protecting every landing zone imaginable—it will surely be one of the most difficult closing holes you ever play.
- San Antonio, Texas
- Everything is big in Texas, and La Cantera Golf Club - Palmer is no exception. Big elevation changes. Big views. Big clubhouse. Made by a king, fit for a king, La Cantera Golf Club - Palmer is an Arnold Palmer design that stacks up with the best of the best. The Palmer Course starts strong and finishes even stronger with a closing hole that features a tee box perched some 80 feet above the fairway and vistas of a stately clubhouse and pristine lake that will take your breath away.
- Humble, Texas
- Host of the PGA TOUR’s Houston Open, the Golf Club of Houston - Tournament Course offers golfers the opportunity to tee it up where players such as Adam Scott and Phil Mickelson have hoisted a trophy. Designed by Rees Jones and David Toms, the Tournament Course boasts perfectly manicured fairways surrounded by towering cypress trees, capturing the feeling of complete serenity despite its close proximity to downtown Houston.
- Lost Pines, Texas
- Expertly sculpted by Arthur Hills around the Lower Colorado River, Wolfdancer Golf Club boasts a dynamic layout with three different terrains: open prairies, rolling hills and dense forestry. Wolfdancer is famous for its great collection of par 3s, including one of the Best Par 3s in the country, the signature 12th hole dubbed “Top of the World.” Perched well above its surroundings, the tee box on Wolfdancer’s 12th hole presents golfers with stunning vistas of the horizon before calling for a difficult shot into a well-protected green.