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4.5
66 Reviews (66)
5 Stars
40
4 Stars
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3 Stars
5
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.2
Value
4.4
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.8
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.4
98.9%
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65 out of 66 reviews
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4.6
23 Reviews (23)
5 Stars
15
4 Stars
6
3 Stars
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Conditions
4.3
Value
4.1
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.2
StaffFriendliness
4.7
100.0%
Recommend this course
23 out of 23 reviews
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4.6
32 Reviews (32)
5 Stars
22
4 Stars
7
3 Stars
3
2 Stars
0
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Conditions
4.3
Value
4.3
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.8
100.0%
Recommend this course
32 out of 32 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Semi-Private
Par 72
Length 7229 yards
Slope 120
Rating 73.7

Formerly known as Southern Hills Golf Club and Shallow Creek RV Park.

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Course Details

Year Built 1989
Golf Season Year round
Architect Bill Webb Jeff Brauer (2018)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Appropriate golf attire.

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Showers

Available Activities

Swimming, Billiards

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in Texas (2019 #7)

Reviews

4.5
66 Reviews (66)
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Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Sanded greens

Greens are currently heavy sanded and on the weekend it was almost a 5 hour round.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
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Commented on 10/22/2020

Thanks so much for the rating. We apologize if they are too heavily sanded.. and about the length of the rounds. During weekends, we can be very full with guests who are not accustomed to our greens. This can make the rounds much longer than normal. Please visit us again!

Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played

Wet/tough/slow

This is not the first time I have played here. This course will humble you no matter what tee box you play from. There are a lot of pros such as the course layout, price and difficulty. Cons: the fairways or edges of the greens are Never Dry! Always pick clean and place. They are improving the course such as the driving range opening at the end of the month and putting more drainage in but it still needs a lot more. Prepare to get your tail whipped and play a 5 hr round. They are notorious for booking a tournament and tee times over lapping.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
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Commented on 10/22/2020

Thank you so much for the contructive critism and feedback! we are steady moving to improve Tempest and make her the best she can be. We are working hard to fit all of our guests in and our tournaments. Please visit us again soon!

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Excellent layout with challenging greens that are in great condition.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

beautiful course

Extremely beautiful course in every way. If you're an average golfer don't expect to shoot average golf. It is not all that amateur friendly so you better be ready for higher scores. The greens are very fast and the only strait putt you will have is when you're about a foot away. It's long even from the white tees (if you're a senior like me). The pins are put in very difficult positions and if you miss, get ready for possibly and even longer putt coming back. I do like the course very much and do recommend it if you want to see what it's like to play a course like the pros play. Give it a try, it is a great course.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Could be a lot better

Rating based on driving from DFW. Would be higher if without the road trip. Got the feeling that they've pulled back this year or are using the pandemic to make changes.

Lots of potential, but wasn't quite worth the road trip. If I lived in the area, then I'd love this place.

Conditions Average
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 10/22/2020

Thanks so much, Milton! The pandemic has affected us all, but we are striving to make Tempest be the best it can be.
Please come back and see us again- since your visit we have put up East Texas' biggest flag pole, finished our newly designed driving range and we are almost done completing our new course restrooms.
Thank you for supporting Tempest!

Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Awesome

I found this course on Golfnow, if I lived in the Tyler, Tx area I would be a regular at this awesome golf course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Tough Course, Decent shape for August

Very narrow and lots of undulation, bring a few extra balls. It is a fun track, good greens that rolled true and fast. It looks like they are trying their best to improve the course and facilities. The range was closed under construction so I some what understand the steep $75 rate for a weekend round.
Ps the carts are badass!

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 10/22/2020

Thanks so much for the feedback!
We are steady moving forward to make Tempest be the best she can be. Since your visit, we have opened our custom driving range, added course restrooms and installed East Texas' biggest flag and flagpole. Our fees reflect what we are trying to offer our guests, and that's playing at Texas #2 golf course and East Texas' #1 course. Please visit us again! We appreciate you!

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Super duper

Awsome in many ways! Challenges galore! If you are good at playing on pasture courses, take some extra balls and an extra towel to wipe your tears as this is a real course with real pro layouts. Get well randy!!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 16
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

well worth drive

Been waiting to play this course for awhile. visiting in-laws at Holly Lake Ranch and got a great deal on golf now. Morning time for $35.75 booked with 3 others. got there hour early and driving range was closed but they have a great practice putting green. Ended up going out early by myself with few open holes ahead of me. Was fine since never played the course took little extra time trying to figure landing areas and approach yardages. Lot of elevation even when it doesn't look that much. Take extra club even good strikes came up short. Greens and bunkers were excellant and a few blind tee shots but great challenge. The white tees at 6000 yards played more like 6300 - 6400. Joined a twosome on the back but we all had to wait for a couple of fivesomes.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 10/22/2020

Thanks so much for your feedback! Our custom driving range has been under construction- expect it to open within a few days!
Please come visit us again soon.

Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 20
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Hidden Gem

Do yourself a favor and make a trip to Tempest. Fantastic layout. Great elevation changes. Condition was 4.4 out of 5. Friendly staff. I will be back soon.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great course

Layout is great. Beautiful course. Lots of undulations. Pretty difficult but fun.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great Course

Great experience. This was the first time to visit Tempest but it will not be our last. Course was beautiful and the customer service was excellent.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Great Local Course

I have played this course pretty often since the major reno back in 2018. They have done really great work with the new layout and course conditions. Several very interesting multi tier greens that roll true and pretty quick. Lots of challenging holes, but several tee options for all skill levels. Highly recommend.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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