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2.7
Value
3.2
Layout
4.0
Friendliness
4.0
Pace
3.8
Amenities
3.5
60.8%
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9 out of 13 reviews
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2.0
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Pace
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Amenities
2.6
StaffFriendliness
3.3
33.3%
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Conditions
1.7
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About

Holes 18
Type Resort
Par 72
Length 6840 yards
Slope 132
Rating 72.4
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Garden Valley Resort and Golf Club
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Gold 72 6840 yards 72.4 132
Black 72 6754 yards 72.4 132
Blue 72 6269 yards 70.1 126
Green (W) 72 5832 yards 72.5 130
Red (W) 72 5532 yards 72.5 130
Scorecard for The Dogwood
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Blue M: 71.9/130 370 190 452 165 526 379 376 456 595 3509 512 407 212 388 355 183 362 393 519 3331 6840
White M: 69.7/124 W: 75.9/134 347 171 329 149 507 363 342 422 514 3144 490 382 186 374 334 160 333 372 494 3125 6269
Red M: 67.2/115 W: 71.5/121 305 128 290 119 468 311 322 380 481 2804 449 345 126 331 280 136 286 329 446 2728 5532
Handicap 9 7 13 17 1 3 11 15 5 4 8 14 10 2 18 12 16 6
Par 4 3 4 3 5 4 4 4 5 36 5 4 3 4 4 3 4 4 5 36 72

Course Details

Year Built 1992
Greens Champion Bermuda
Golf Season Year round
Architect John Sanford

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Collared shirt, no cutoffs, denim OK

Reviews

3.2
13 Reviews (13)
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Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
1.0
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Sad to see

This course used to be one of the best in all of East Texas and was once dubbed "the Augusta of East Texas". I have played it at least 35 times since it was built. But this past weekend I played 3 holes and quit because the greens are absolutely unplayable. Some grass, some dirt. And where there was grass, it was so bumpy that putts would not stay on line. Tee boxes and fairways are fine but the greens are deplorable at best. Golf Now should remove this from their list. I encourage you to save your money to avoid disappointment. Even a hot deal is overpriced which is what I had.
It is sad to see such a nice track waste away. I hope either the current ownership or a new owner will put some money into this place and get it back where it was once before.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

GV

Always a beautiful course with panoramic views. The greens are pretty horrible this year. That is not normally the case though. Fairways, tee boxes, and approach areas are on good shape. The greens are better than a month ago, but don’t know if they will make it back to normal standards this year.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Not so good

Greens were really bad. Lots of sands and grass not coming in. Maybe next month it might be better?? Pace of play pretty slow. Sad to see this course in this shape.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Sad, Sad, Sad!!!

I should have known something was a miss when the putting green was horrible. Every green on the course was bad, not just because they were recently sanded but like a wasteland bad. The bunkers were full of water, however, the fairways were in decent shape. I understand that East Texas has received lots of rain over the past few weeks but having played Garden Valley in the past, this was a real let down! Don’t waste the money, or at least give them a month or so to get the course back in shape.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Poor
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
2.0
Previously Played

Only play if you got a “Hot Deal”

Starting from the get-go here, they booked us as a 5-some and I was a single, not complaining but a heads up would’ve been nice. If it hadn’t been for the Hot Deal it would’ve cost me over $70 to play and that would’ve been highway robbery for this course. The greens are just flat out awful, the cart paths are destroyed, the fairways are OK at best, and the pace of play is absolutely horrendous. I wouldn’t waste your money playing here.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Fair
Pace Poor
Played On
I Recommend This Course
3.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Texas Advisor
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing

Pleasantly Surprised

Snuck out to this course when a friend mentioned it to me. You won’t find it on GolfNow or really any advertisements. It’s a nice hidden gem. I hit literally every club on my bag today on this course and pulled 2I just as many times as I hit driver. This course is a total ballstrikers paradise and is a nice change from the bomb and gouge tracks that are littered across Texas. Some bald spots on the outer lying edges of greens but they were in otherwise phenomenal condition.

Would definitely come back out and play as this course was a great architectural achievement with the intertwined pine trees and lake views. Really nice track.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Handicap 15-19
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Great stay & Play

Stayed with a fairly large group just beyond the 18th green looking out at the lake. The course was great, would play again!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser

great course

easy to get to using gps
but needs more signage
will play again

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor

Greens were smooth, back 9 holes are have great views

Fairways were dormant but very playable. Greens were the best part of the course. Front nine holes were nice but were mostly straight and easier than the back 9. Back nine were more tree lined with elavation changes and more course management needed to score well. Will definitely come out again during April or May.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser

Nothing short of amazing year round

I played this course on a cool afternoon in mid-December and could not have been more pleased with the conditions. The greens were flawless, the fairways (dormant) provided perfect lies, and the scenery was beautiful. The course features rolling hills, giant Texas pines and great views. I drove from Dallas and once on the property, knew the hour or so drive was so worth it. Garden Valley is immediately off of I-20 and with the raised speed limits, an effortless drive.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser

great Course

The course was in great shape when we played there

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Verified Purchaser

This is the best course for the money in the area.

I have played Garden Valley numerous times and have always found it to be in excellent shape.The greens are always smooth and the bunkers and fairways are in perfect shape as well.I have heard that it is referred to as the Augusta of East Texas,and that is a pretty good description.Overall ,I highly recommend a trip from Dallas or any area about the same distance to give this course a try.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair

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