Dallas-area golf course tops Power Rankings for the first half of September, 2016

As fall approaches, this week's top 10 features a few golf courses in Northern climes, where the golf days are getting shorter and fewer. While in the South, courses are prepping for more comfortable weather and busier tee sheets.

The week's No. 1 course is a new entry on the Power Rankings: Heritage Ranch , located in the north of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. It's a course that is clearly trending upward, 100 percent of reviews in the last six months recommend the course, and 16 of 20 reviews are five stars, with the other four being four stars. Designed by Arthur Hills , players seem to particularly like the value, while "course layout" and "staff friendliness" marks are also very high.

Some top destination courses like TPC Tampa Bay , Sedona's Oakcreek and Monterey's Black Horse at Bayonet/Black Horse also made the list.

You can view the full top 10 below, determined by rankings over the first half of the month, and click on each course to see what golfers are saying about the experience.

Top 10 golf courses of the week

Fairview, Texas


Lutz, Fla.


Seaside, Calif.


Championsgate, Fla.


Bluffton, S.C.


Gladstone, Mich.


Palm Springs, Calif.


Dickson, Tenn.


Lancaster, S.C.


Sedona, Ariz.


Photo of the week

Reviewer RDelbo11 shows off the desert beauty of Pete Dye-designed Mountain Course at La Quinta Resort in the Palm Springs area:

Michael McPhie pours out some Scotch, then an appetizer of fresh shellfish after the round.


Review of the week

Our Michigan Local Golf Advisor, BallCrusher62 , reviewed one of the state's most highly regarded courses, Arcadia Bluffs :

Second time I played and it was great. If you more on budget for golf play on the Memorial, 4th of July or Labor day. Price goes down to $110. Nothing like being on the this course in the morning. Greens are very fast (we played after being top dressed very recently). When I say fast, like putting on hard wood floor. Make sure not to leave your chips or approach shots just on the green many false fronts and the ball will roll off. The only thing worst is to be in one the sand traps, especially one of those high wall ones. Also when you get to the 12th tee, tee one up and hit into the lake. Also the in the plans to build another course and more lodging.

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.
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Generous fairways, superb conditioning and a layout that doesn't bring homes into play make for a winning formula at Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club in Fairview, Texas. For good players, going low isn't a given. While this isn't your typical Arthur Hills course -- risk-reward on every shot -- the greens can be tricky to read.
Golf course designer Arthur Hills, based in Toledo, Ohio, has built an international footprint both in the U.S. and abroad.
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