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4.4
57 Reviews (57)
5 Stars
36
4 Stars
17
3 Stars
4
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.4
Value
4.4
Layout
4.9
Friendliness
4.3
Pace
4.4
Amenities
3.4
99.8%
Recommend this course
56 out of 57 reviews
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4.3
3 Reviews (3)
5 Stars
2
4 Stars
0
3 Stars
1
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.7
Value
4.7
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.0
Amenities
3.3
StaffFriendliness
4.7
100.0%
Recommend this course
3 out of 3 reviews
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4.6
5 Reviews (5)
5 Stars
4
4 Stars
0
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1
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Conditions
4.6
Value
4.6
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.0
Amenities
3.6
StaffFriendliness
4.6
100.0%
Recommend this course
5 out of 5 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public/Resort
Par 72
Length 7117 yards
Slope 131
Rating 74.4

Course Details

Year Built 2001
Golf Season Year round
Architect Jay Morrish (2001) Carter Morrish (2001)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No

Food & Beverage

Snacks, Restaurant, Beverage Carts

Available Facilities

Clubhouse

Accolades

Reviews

4.4
57 Reviews (57)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 7
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 14
Forced Carries 9
Undulating Greens 8
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 10
A Bucket list/Top 100 Pick 9
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 9
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 15

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Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Outstanding Golf, Average Amenities

If you've done your research on Pine Dunes, you'll know that the golf is spectacular. The course itself is in great shape, the pace of play was solid, and the difficulty rewards shot shape and accuracy.

But what you probably don't know is what the amenities look like. If you're like me, you're puzzled why there are no pictures of the few condos and rooms PD offers. Here's the lowdown:

- The few condos/rooms are all motel style (think the front of a Motel 6). Each room walks directly out to a small cement courtyard with a charcoal grill in the middle, a firepit, and a few chairs. Was a fun place to congregate each night, and would be even nicer as the weather cools off.
- Our group brought steaks to grill out our first night, and didn't have any issues sharing space with another group. It's large enough to fit 8ish burgers, for the record. Make sure to bring your own charcoal and grilling utensils.
- The rooms got the job done. The main areas were much bigger than I expected. Could easily have fit 8 guys between the 2 bedrooms (2 doubles and 1 double), the futon in the main living room, and floor space with a couple air mattresses.
- Bathrooms are very small. No real issues there, but worth noting.
- There are no full size fridges, only the mini-fridges you'd see in a college dorm room, although each condo has a cutout where a full size fridge should be. Be sure to bring coolers (they have an ice machine on-site that we used often). They do have a microwave and coffee maker, as well.
- Each condo has A/C, so no worries there, although in hindsight I would've brought a fan, as the bedrooms can get a little stuffy.
- Food at the grill was fine. Exactly what you would expect for a small clubhouse.

The course easily makes up for the amenities. The practice facilities are immaculate, and the course is so secluded and quiet. For the price, as well as the distance from DFW/Austin/Houston, it's absolutely worth your time to check it out and stay a night or two.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

1st Hole in one!

Today was my first time playing Pine Dunes, and let me tell you, it really is a hidden gem. The course was in immaculate shape and the greens were perfect! I’m a weekend mid to high 70’s player but was able to score well and get my 1st Hole In 1 on #16! August first in Texas and it didn’t break 90! I say today was a huge win! I’ll be back many times.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 235
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Birmingham Advisor
Top 10 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Pine Dunes demands high-quality shotmaking

In researching the Texas public golf scene, Pine Dunes in Frankston kept popping up. Decided to see for myself.

The first thing you notice is that this place is TIGHT off the tee. You must either hit very precise straight tee shots or be able to work your ball here. It is truly a ball-strikers playground and shotmakers will excel.

Pine Dunes reminded me an awful lot of World Woods Pine Barrens course. The bunkering is threatening and large sandy waste areas confuse your eye. Not overly long. The greens were very good and the complexes weren’t tricked up. Relied on slope more than contouring.

I really liked some of the short par 4s that are sprinkled in, particularly the 15th. Great use of the cross bunker on the left side.

A yardage guide would be very helpful in navigating this course for the first time. And the pro shop sells one. Unfortunately, they cost $40! That is absurd, and and a trend I am seeing more frequently. Instead of the spiral bound artist-rendering course guides that I love, more places are going to the GolfLogix or Straka guides that are akin to the green-reading books tour pros use each week. I saw the same thing the day before at Mystic Creek in El Dorado, AR. They were selling the guides used by the Symetra Tour players for $29. No thanks.

If I have any criticism, it is that the bunkers were needing attention. They were washed out in many places and had not been conditioned. This should not be the case at a course with such a lofty reputation.

All in all, while I enjoyed the course and the shots it demanded, I have to say that I am a little surprised that Pine Dunes is at the top of some public Texas lists, and among the top 3 in others. I only have played one other public course in Texas, but it is hard for me to believe that a state of that size doesn’t have something to challenge PD. At the end of the day, rankings are highly subjective, and PD was a joyful loop. At $59, certainly the value is there.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 38
Handicap 15-19
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

An Absolute Gem

We had a guys trip planned for a Ryder Cup style weekend and we picked Pine Dunes as the location for our first rendition of the guys trip, with the intention of picking a new place every year. We quickly changed our minds and have decided this will be where we come every year. We played 5 rounds over the weekend and never ran into any pace of play issues, the greens and fairways were in terrific shape, and the course is just downright fun to play. We had 8 people, next year we booked for 12 people and can't wait to continue growing the weekend. The staff and the layout are amazing, not too hard but it even gave our best golfers fits. Driving Range and putting green are spectacular. Choice between cabins and townhome type lodging. For a course that charges upwards of $100 a round, we played 5 rounds and stayed 2 nights for around $400, an absolute steal. The only issue that I can think of is that the sitting area outside of the clubhouse isn't lit up at night, it is very dark and makes it hard to hangout as a group after the golf is over. We are all so stoked to head back in August!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Piney Woods!

Nice course, greens in great shape. Fairways too. Traps ok. A little pricey on weekends ($96). Staff limited. Love the sound of hitting driver through these towering pines.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great Experience

First time playing this course that has been on my list for a few years. The course was in fantastic shape except for the bunkers, which were quite inconsistent. Some bunkers were very hard with minimal groomed sand, which kept me from giving an overall excellent rating. The greens were in superb condition. Well worth the drive for anyone willing to drive a few hours to play a great course.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 123
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Texas Advisor
Top 50 Contributor

Pine Dunes

Possibly my favorite course to play in Texas. I would play here every week if I could. Course is currently in fantastic shape! From tee to green it was hard to find things wrong with the course. Massive pine trees and natural waste areas make this course seem like you are not playing in Texas. The rough is long and will punish wayward shots. There is not much around this course so I would recommend eating at the course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

BEAUTIFUL COURSE!!

Got a tip from a buddy to play this on my way down to houston from chicago. I have played tpc deere run, cog hill, medinah, erin hills, whistling straits. This course is better than two of those names and can hang with the others, but for $39 dollars it takes the cake.. Tipped it out, and it was very challenging. Saw herds of deer on 6 of the 18 holes. Well kept, and i am sure its not easy with all of the nature. If you have a natural draw you will play well. Will be back and would recommend to anyone.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Great Course, but over priced

This is a great course, out in the middle of "nowhere East Texas". Great course, but greens fees are way to high for the effort it takes to get there.

We stayed in a condo on the course for 3 days; over priced, but there is nothing else within 45 minutes.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Stay and Play

Just finished a 3 day stay and play at Pine Dunes. This is the nicest course you will find at this time of the year. I've never seen a course so green in mid July in Texas. From tee to green this course is in absolutely perfect shape. There is not a single flaw I could pick out. The cabins are perfect for guests that are looking for a clean place to sleep and play the next day. I could not say enough nice things about the course, the condos or the staff. Everything was absolutely perfect. Greens are 10/10 minus a few divots people didn't fill in. Absolutely perfect weekend. I'm looking forward to staying again next year.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Probably the best course I have ever played!!!

My overview experience with the course was great. The course was in almost perfect condition. It had rained the night before but you could tell it had because the course drain very well. Challenging course. Only complaint I had was that the club attendant gave our tee time away to someone that rescheduled from an hour earlier. He acted like I didn't have a tee time and when I showed him my email confirmation he acted oh well. He told us that the was an opening 45 minutes later he could have. Funny thing was that we were the first ones on the course at almost 9 due to others being afraid of the rain, but we could have our schedule tee time. Anyways we got to play and it was a great course, a little overpriced for a 3 hour drive from dallas area.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Fair
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 25
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

Great Golf Course

Pine Dunes has received a lot of praise and for the most part it is well deserved. The layout is beautiful and the course itself is isolated, peaceful and surrounded by raw wilderness. The greens are firm and fast and roll true. It is not a luxury facility and there are few paved cart paths. That lends to part of the mystique. However, the conditions are spotty in many areas and you can see that the maintenance has been suffering, maybe to a lack of funds. The stay and play facilities are very plain and not really on the same level as the course would indicate. Overall, it is a great place to get away and enjoy pure golf. When you start to rate a course as "one of the best in Texas" the quality of the conditioning will need to be factored in and Pine Dunes does not feature some of the great tour quality conditions of hundreds of Texas tracts.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 7
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

A challenge

Course easier to those players who draw their tee shot. Greens are very large so practice your long lag putts before teeing off. Back nine a little easier then front.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Very nice

This is a very nice course and very much worth the effort! Be prepared it will test you in every area of your game. The proshop and sandwich shop are small but a very nice place.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Best course in East Texas

This course is one of the best public courses in East Texas. It has something for everyone. It can be one of the more challenging courses and the layout is one of the nicest in the area!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Terrific

Very simply one of the best golf courses I've played for the money anywhere in the country. Just a gem. This place is no frills when it comes to the pro shop and clubhouse but I came to play golf. Such a great experience I got a hotel room in Tyler and played it again the next day. Will be back at least once a year. From out of State.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Hmmm course conditions should reflect price

Normally I enjoy the course just not today. Water was in most of the bunkers, debris covered majority of the tee boxes and tree limbs & debris scattered through out the fairways. I understand weather caused this but like the title states.. course conditions should reflect pricing. I shouldn't have to search under branches tree limbs etc on the fairway to locate my ball. I'd still recommend playing just maybe not after poor weather.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Pine Dunes

Course is being upgraded somewhat. More care of hazards and removal of brush. On course bathroom facilities have yet to be addressed.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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