Best of 2016: Top 25 golf courses in Texas



This is our biggest best-of-state list, at least in terms of miles covered. We compiled the top 25 courses in Texas using your ratings and reviews submitted throughout the past year. We used a similar model to the national Top 50, which takes the combined score of a course's overall rating plus their average subcategory ratings. Active reviewers on our platform have more weight to their reviews than those without a lot of reviews.The best golf courses in Texas range from daily fee and semi-privates in the Dallas and Houston metro areas to top resorts around Austin and San Antonio.

This year's Texas top 25 has been shuffled pretty good compared to the 2015 list. It demonstrates you can find value in many corners of the Lone Star State, particularly if you're willing to put on a few miles (something most Texans are quite used to). In fact, three Texas courses made our Top 25 U.S. courses for value this year, and four made the overall Top 50.

But there are also plenty of splurges to be had, and some of the state's most well known resort courses also dazzled reviewers enough to make the ranking. You can view the full list below, and if you don't see your favorite course, leave a review here.

Top courses by subcategory in Texas in 2016

Course layout: The Resort Course at La Cantera Hill Country Resort, San Antonio
Course conditions: Moody Gardens, Galveston
Value: Twin Lakes Golf Course, Canton
Off-course amenities: Wolfdancer Golf Club at Hyatt Regency, Lost Pines
Pace of play: Apache Links at Squaw Valley, Glen Rose
Staff friendliness: Twin Lakes Golf Course, Canton
Most improved
: Harvey Penick Golf Course, Austin

Top 25 courses in Texas in 2016

25. Lighthouse Country Club

Kingsland


24. Delaware Springs Golf Course

Burnet


23. The Quarry Golf Club

San Antonio


22. Cowboys Golf Club

Grapevine


21. La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa

Montgomery
No. 25 for Value, No. 11 for Pace of play in the U.S.


20. The Golf Club At Star Ranch

Hutto


19. Hill Country Golf Club

San Antonio


18. Pine Dunes Resort and Golf Club

Frankston


17. Comanche Lakes at Squaw Valley Golf Course

Glen Rose


16. Cedar Creek Country Club

Kemp


15. Pinnacle Golf & Boat Club

Mabank


14. Wolfdancer Golf Club at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines

Lost Pines
No. 11 off-course amenities in 2016 in the U.S.


13.Tierra Verde Golf Club

Arlington


12. The Resort Course at La Cantera Hill Country Resort

San Antonio
No. 10 course layout in the U.S. in 2016


11. The Palmer Course at La Cantera Hill Country Resort

San Antonio
No. 22 for pace of play in the U.S. in 2016


10. Tapatio Springs Country Club & Resort

Boerne
No. 12 for Value in the U.S. in 2016


9. Canyon West Golf & Sports Club

Weatherford


8. Eagle Pointe Golf Club

Mont Belvieu


7. The Rawls Course at Texas Tech

Lubbock


6. Vaaler Creek Golf Club

Blanco


5. Twin Lakes Golf Course

Canton
No. 21 Friendliest, No. 6 value and No. 10 Pace of play in the U.S.


4. Moody Gardens Golf Course

Galveston
No. 46 overall in the U.S. in 2016


3. Apache Links at Squaw Valley Golf Course

Glen Rose
No. 36 overall in the U.S. in 2016


2. Wilderness Golf Course

Lake Jackson
No. 29 overall in the U.S. in 2016


1. Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club

Fairview
No. 16 overall in the U.S. in 2016


Feb 02, 2017



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Brandon Tucker is the Managing Editor for Golf Advisor. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and over 500 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at BrandonTuckerGC.