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Bosque Valley Golf Club Review

Texas Outside Rating: 7.1

Golf - Public Course · 9 Holes · Par 72
Meridian
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Date Last Played: October 06, 2007

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Bosque Valley Golf Club Review

Bosque Valley Golf Course is somewhat of a hidden gem somewhere in the middle of Texas. You'll find this nine hole course about 4 miles north east of Meridian. The course was originally designed by its members in 1970 and the first hole-in-one was March 1971. The terrain is flat to gently rolling hills and the majority of the fairways are tree lined.

There are 4 sets of tees which means you should play a different set for each nine and from the back tees the course is a little more difficult. The course has 3 par 3s and 3 par 5s and is 6100 yards from the tips. Five out of the 9 holes are very tight and require some target golf. The sharp dog legs and trees can make some of the holes very hard if you can't hit the ball close to where you aim. The first time you play this course you may struggle due to the narrow fairways and trees that seem to always be in the path between your ball and the hole.

Don't despair, the good news is that Bosque Valley only has water on two holes and no traps to catch your ball. So to score well you really need to employ some very good course management, back off the driver and use a club you can hit straight and accurate. In a lot of cases you need to know how to keep the ball low to get under the trees that line the dog legs and fairways.

The greens are all cookie cutter round and smaller than normal, but they were in above average condition. Some of the greens have very minor slope. They seemed to be fair and a little fast.

Bottom line, Bosque Valley is a pretty good value, a fun and challenging 9 holes, and worth a stop if you're in the area. We love to play this course when we camp at Meridian State Park or attend Tommy Alverson's Family Gathering Country Music Festival in October or any of the other events held in Meridian.

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
White 6,108 68.8 112
Red 5,190 66.2 109

Course Information

Greens Condition
6.5
Greens Difficulty
5.0
GPS:
No
Walkable:
Easy
Beware of water on 2 holes and the 0 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
7.1 out of 10
Beauty:
7.5
Difficulty:
7.5
Variety:
7.5
Fun to Play:
7.0
Value:
7.0
Condition:
6.0
Front Nine Rating:
7.0
Back Nine Rating:
7.0
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FEES & AMENITIES

Approximate Weekend
Rates:
$23.00 to $23.00

 

Here's How Texas Outside Determines the Scorecard Rating

The Texas Outside rating scale ranges from 1 to 10 – a perfect 10 course would be something like this:  links along a cliff overlooking the Pacific ocean and bordered by tall trees; lush fairways on rolling hills with lots of natural hazards; water (which is crystal clear) on most of the holes; immaculate greens (but they are undulating and tough); lots of variety and character (each hole is completely different and includes blind shots, elevation changes, doglegs, and significant challenges); perfectly manicured traps with the whitest and prettiest sand you’ve ever seen; a nice club house with great food and a 19th hole; a GPS; plenty of beverage carts or your own cooler and ice; and it only costs $40 bucks! What this means is that you probably won’t find any 10s in Texas – try Cabo San Lucas, Pebble Beach, or some of the Hawaii courses! 
Texas Outside rates courses on the following:

  • Beauty – tall trees, rolling hills, beautiful houses, waterfalls, and similar stuff would score high; a 1 would be flat, bushes or cactus instead of trees, and some grass but mostly weeds
  • Difficulty – a straight, 300 yard par 4 with no traps or hazards, no out of bounds or water would probably get a 1; if it is a 460 yard par 4 over two ravines, with water along one side, natural hazards on the other, strategically placed traps or that dreaded tree right in the middle of the fairway, we are talking a 10. 
  • Variety – what would you give a course where all the holes looked and played exactly the same (“I thought we just played that hole!”); were side-by-side, which is good for finding or dodging other people’s balls, but not much fun; and you can see the flag from every tee box?  That’s right, it gets a 1.
  • Fun Scale – a 10 is where you walk off the course and say “now that was fun” and you can’t wait to get back, or you immediately turn around and play another 18 holes
  • Value – a 5 is $50 to $60, a 10 is $20 to $30, and 1 is $200 or so – of course all of this is dependent upon how you liked the course.  For example, if a run down, boring municipal course, with six players on each hole was only $10; it would still get a value rating of 1.
  • Condition – this one’s pretty easy – what condition are the fairways. A 10 commands very lush perfectly manicured fairways, compared to a 1, which has fire ants, weeds, and more dirt than grass!
  • Condition of Greens and Difficulty – very hard to read greens with lots of undulation and tough pin placement, rate very high on the difficulty scale.  Condition is self-explanatory.  

All of the above determines the overall score for the golf course.  In other words, we like courses that are pretty, fun, very challenging with a lot of variety, and fairways and greens in excellent condition – all for $40.  We also tend to play the courses that are affordable for the masses, which means in the $30 to $80 range. We rate hard and we haven’t found a 10 in Texas yet – don’t worry we haven’t given up and we’re still looking.