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Old American Golf Club

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4.1
Value
2.5
Layout
3.6
Friendliness
4.4
Pace
3.4
Amenities
2.4
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About

Holes 18
Type Semi-Private
Par 72
Length 7127 yards
Slope 0
Rating 0.0
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Leonard 72 7127 yards
Tourney 72 6898 yards
Back 72 6728 yards
Middle 72 6347 yards
Up 72 5774 yards
Forward 72 5215 yards
Scorecard for The Old American Golf Club
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Leonard M: 75.9/145 442 487 580 175 475 206 506 217 371 3459 452 484 232 409 588 488 351 158 553 3715 7174
Green M: 74.7/143 442 419 554 175 452 185 506 192 371 3296 429 471 212 409 566 475 351 158 553 3624 6920
Blue M: 73.9/141 420 419 554 163 452 185 496 192 351 3232 429 471 189 398 566 475 335 148 517 3528 6760
White M: 71.8/132 393 408 531 153 423 174 476 166 325 3049 407 437 171 380 538 451 305 139 489 3317 6366
Gold W: 75.6/139 355 361 508 147 384 166 439 142 310 2812 360 387 161 344 500 392 290 112 423 2969 5781
Red W: 72.8/131 328 342 413 137 336 157 410 129 274 2526 323 365 135 301 465 344 272 105 390 2700 5226
Handicap 4 8 14 16 2 6 18 12 10 5 3 7 11 9 1 15 13 17
Par 4 4 5 3 4 3 5 3 4 35 4 4 3 4 5 4 4 3 5 36 71
Handicap (W) 4 8 14 16 2 10 12 18 6 5 1 11 9 7 3 17 15 13

Course Details

Year Built 2010

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy No
Teaching Pro Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Major credit cards are accepted.
Metal Spikes Allowed No

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Local Gem Losing Its Luster

For the local golf scene, Old American has even one of those quiet gems for years with a unique and challenging experience with a taste of old world charm with the quaint clubhouse to the crushed rock cart paths. And in recent years, Old American has tried to position itself as worthy of hosting top-class golf with LPGA, PGA Professional, AJGA and other events. While the intent is genuine, I’m here to tell you that the delivery is falling woefully short.

In my last few rounds there, the course itself has been in generally decent condition. The greens are smooth, fairways lush and overall appearance on the surface is ok. But when you get on the course and really experience it, you realize just how appearances can be deceiving.

Let’s start with the bunkers. I’ve never experienced a course with such inconsistent bunkers than Old American. Raked? Yes. But that’s where any positive marks end. In several cases, my footing gave me ample confidence that there was a nice amount of sand under the ball, only to have my club bounce off of clay/hard mud or even the underlying canvas layer. And then other times when I took precautions with a shot I’d find out that there was a good 6-8 inches of soft sand. Did I mention inconsistent? Someone needs to tell the staff that just because they rake the bunkers to make them look nice, it doesn't mean that they are in good playing condition.

One last comment regarding the course and it's setup is the Rough and natural growth areas. While I understand the concept of the course and it's setup, several items seem to show a general lack of maintenance rather than course setup. For instance, on the Par 5 7th hole, you have a choice to hit your tee shot straight away, or try to carry the corner for a relatively short approach to the green. In this instance, the corner to carry includes several large bunkers with some very high grass. And when I mention very high, I mean 'lose your golf ball' high. Should there be a penalty for missing the shot? Yes. Should you lose your ball? No. And many other areas around the course, particularly around bunkers, have grass/weeds so unkempt that a shot that you clearly see land in a specific area is lost, if not unplayable. Agian, is this good course design/setup, or just lack of proper maintenance? I obviously lean towards the latter in this instance.

And now to the next concern: the cart paths. Old American outwardly tries to deliver an experience of early century golf with the rustic clubhouse and crushed rock cart paths. The problem is that those cart paths are nothing but a collection of washed out holes that force you to bounce your way through them, or drive around them on the grass. So what's the point of having paths anyway? When you have to take a 1/2 mile ride to the driving range on such a path, and basically bounce and jar your way there and back, you wonder if it was worth it in the first place. I was in need of a chiropractor before I ever hit the first tee!

Then there's the 'clubhouse', a quaint old woodframe building that houses the Pro Shop, Bathrooms, and Dining. If you noticed something in that last statement that didn't seem to align to a top-notch golf course, you'd be correct: I stated 'bathrooms' and not 'locker rooms'. That's right, the nearest Locker Room is down the street at the Tribute Golf Course. Somehow Old American is hosting a LPGA event and only has a small bathroom with 3 stalls each. No space to change your clothes, clean up or stretch and relax.

Some additional context and feedback from the members that I played with showed that the experience is beginning to wear on their patience as well. Each of them have been members for several years and live nearby, therefore it being relatively logical to join Old American. But each of them made comments implying that they are considering leaving as they just don't enjoy the course anymore and are frustrated with the lack of investment and progress. They mentioned playing The Tribute more frequently as the new greens have improved dramatically and the overall course and clubhouse experience surpasses that of Old American.

Old American has the potential for being a top-notch course and experience, but simply isn't delivering. My instinct tells me that the owner/developer is too concerned with profit from the surrounding real estate growth and using the course as a tool to attract home buyers. Not a bad strategy, but only if the course is actually an attraction and not a deterrent. This potential gem is in dire need of investment, and it's beginning to show. Will I return to play Old American again? Sure, but only if someone else is paying for it or I receive some feedback that changes have been made.

Old American can and should do better.

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
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Commented On 2018-11-13T21:56:42.000+00:00

Thank you so much for providing feedback on your recent experience at our club. I’m sorry to hear that it didn’t live up to your expectations! I would like the opportunity to learn more about what you experienced and gather additional feedback so we can continue to improve and grow as a Golf Club. I can be reached at 972-370-4653 or info@oldamericangolfclub.com. Thanks again for your time and I look forward to visiting with you.
Thanks! Mike

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Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Local Gem Losing Its Luster

Old American Reviews

Golf Advisor

For the local golf scene, Old American has even one of those quiet gems for years with a unique and challenging experience with a taste of old world charm with the quaint clubhouse to the crushed rock cartpaths. And in recent years, Old American has tried to position itself as worthy of hosting top-class golf with LPGA, PGA Professional, AJGA and other events. While the intent is genuine, I’m here to tell you that the delivery is falling woefully short.

In my last few rounds there, the course itself has been in generally decent condition. The greens are smooth, fairways lush and overall appearance on the surface is ok. But when you get on the course and really experience it, you realize just how appearances can be deceiving.

Let’s start with the bunkers. I’ve never experienced a course with such inconsistent bunkers than Old American. Raked? Yes. But that’s where any positive marks end. In several cases, my footing gave me ample confidence that there was a nice amount of sand under the ball, only to have my club bounce off of clay/hard mud or even the underlying canvas layer. And then other times when I took precautions with a shot I’d find out that there was a good 6-8 inches of soft sand. Did I mention inconsistent? Someone needs to tell the staff that just because they rake the bunkers to make them look nice, it doesn't mean that they are in good playing condition.

One last comment regarding the course and it's setup is the Rough and natural growth areas. While I understand the concept of the course and it's setup, several items seem to show a general lack of maintenance rather than course setup. For instance, on the Par 5 7th hole, you have a choice to hit your tee shot straight away, or try to carry the corner for a relatively short approach to the green. In this instance, the corner to carry includes several large bunkers with some very high grass. And when I mention very high, I mean 'lose your golf ball' high. Should there be a penalty for missing the shot? Yes. Should you lose your ball? No. And many other areas around the course, particularly around bunkers, have grass/weeds so unkempt that a shot that you clearly see land in a specific area is lost, if not unplayable. Agian, is this good course design/setup, or just lack of proper maintenance? I obviously lean towards the latter in this instance.

And now to the next concern: the cart paths. Old American outwardly tries to deliver an experience of early century golf with the rustic clubhouse and crushed rock cart paths. The problem is that those cart paths are nothing but a collection of washed out holes that force you to bounce your way through them, or drive around them on the grass. So what's the point of having paths anyway? When you have to take a 1/2 mile ride to the driving range on such a path, and basically bounce and jar your way there and back, you wonder if it was worth it in the first place. I was in need of a chiropractor before I ever hit the first tee!

Then there's the 'clubhouse', a quaint old woodframe building that houses the Pro Shop, Bathrooms, and Dining. If you noticed something in that last statement that didn't seem to align to a top-notch golf course, you'd be correct: I stated 'bathrooms' and not 'locker rooms'. That's right, the nearest Locker Room is down the street at the Tribute Golf Course. Somehow Old American is hosting a LPGA event and only has a small bathroom with 3 stalls each. No space to change your clothes, clean up or stretch and relax.

Some additional context and feedback from the members that I played with showed that the experience is beginning to wear on their patience as well. Each of them have been members for several years and live nearby, therefore it being relatively logical to join Old American. But each of them made comments implying that they are considering leaving as they just don't enjoy the course anymore and are frustrated with the lack of investment and progress. They mentioned playing The Tribute more frequently as the new greens have improved dramatically and the overall course and clubhouse experience surpasses that of Old American.

Old American has the potential for being a top-notch course and experience, but simply isn't delivering. My instinct tells me that the owner/developer is too concerned with profit from the surrounding real estate growth and using the course as a tool to attract home buyers. Not a bad strategy, but only if the course is actually an attraction and not a deterrent. This potential gem is in dire need of investment, and it's beginning to show. Will I return to play Old American again? Sure, but only if someone else is paying for it or I receive some feedback that changes have been made.

Old American can and should do better.

Conditions Average
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Poor
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Great Layout and Links style

It was my first time playing golf in the Dallas area, picked this course on a nice Tuesday afternoon weather afternoon.
Great course and layout, well maintained and overall staff were very nice. I scheduled the twilight tee time - 2pm which was around $108 which included the driving range, drinks, snacks et all. Usually a bit more than which I am used to pay for golf but considering the course and ameneties it is worth it. I will definitely play again here during my next visit.
Is bit difficult for intermediate players like me but playing from the blue tees helped, will do better next time :)

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

Just have to say I was amazed at how beautiful this course is. Very difficult but in such great shape. The people who work there are top notch as well.

What I loved the most is the gravel cart path vs. concrete. Definitely gave it that Old feel. I will definitely be back and I strongly suggest playing here, you will not be disappointed.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Dallas Advisor
Top 100 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather

Old American

This is still my favorite course in DFW! The course has been renovated since the flood, including downsizing some of the bunkers making the course more playable. With that being said I believe this is the most challenging golf course open to the public in the metroplex. The greens are small and very undulating making ball placement key. Sitting on Lake Lewisville makes for great views and major headaches when the wind is blowing.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

Interesting course worth playing once

First time at Old American. Have played it's neighbor The Tribute many times. Overall it's a very nice course with many views of the lake that are scenic. Seemed like they had many "redan" style greens, less the slope element, in that they were narrow, long, and often angled. Greens generally rolled nice even in the dead of winter. Bunkers were terrible perhaps due to the recent rains but no excuse for that condition on a course like this. "Signature snacks" were granola bars, cheez its, and bags of trail mix to go with the included soda, water, and gatorade. No cart girl on the course so that aspect pails in comparison to Cowboys, which is about the only other area course that dares to charge as much as Old American. Worth playing once if you get a deal but not rushing back to spend $150 in the summer no matter the views.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Golf at its purest!

This course has long been on my ‘must play’ list as it’s consistently ranked one of the top facilities to play in the DFW area. I’m thrilled to say it lived up to the hype and my only regret was not getting out to play it sooner.

Nestled along the shores of Lake Lewisville the architects did a great job of creating a true links golf experience by incorporating many unaltered features the terrain had to offer. I personally loved the bunkers and the challenge they provided in their ‘natural’ state. We played from the middle tees and at around 6,400 yards the course offered a perfect blend of play-ability and challenge. For those brave enough to play the back tees this course tips out at right under 7,000 yards and provides a challenge to the best of players.

Course conditions were immaculate and I loved the greens – they rolled smooth and fast.

Prior to the round we ate breakfast in the grill room and everyone enjoyed their meals. I recommend the 3 egg omelet that was complimented with a dynamite fresh homemade salsa on the side.

I can’t say enough good things about this facility and the experience it offers. If you happen to be in the DFW area make sure to add this to the list, you won’t be disappointed.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Dallas Advisor
Top 100 Contributor
First Time Playing
Excellent weather

A new favorite course

This links style course is a gem in the Metroplex. The greens are in superb shape, fast but still fair. Bunkers dot the fairways so accuracy is key on this track as well. Golf purist will love the stone/dirt cart paths and smaller flags. Playing here you actually forget that you are in the Dallas area. The staff is extremely helpful and friendly, especially Matt. He took the time to give us a tour of the area and answered all our questions. If I lived in The Colony I would join The Old American in a second!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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