Canyon Creek Country Club Review

Texas Outside Rating: 8.3

Golf - Private Course · 18 Holes · Par 70
Richardson
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Date Last Played: December 22, 2009

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Canyon Creek Country Club Review

Designed over thirty-seven years ago by Pres Maxwell, Canyon Creek Country Club offers it's members a fun, somewhat challenging round of golf with good variety and excellent conditions. You'll find the greens to be some of the most challenging in Dallas - fast, elevated, all shapes and sizes, and true but with lots of slope and undulation. When we played they were in excellent condition but weren't that soft and getting your ball to hold was difficult - bump and runs worked ok if the green wasn't real elevated.

The fairways were also in very good condition, most were tree lined, and they ranged from tight to open, and flat to rolling including some deep valleys. There are a few hidden surprises that will cause you a problem the first time you play the course.

The front seems much easier and much more straight forward - if you can hit 'um straight and putt, you'll have a good round. The back is a little more difficult, has some elevation changes, some tight fairways, and some very fun holes. Number 11 for example is a 404 yard dog leg left with hidden water that cuts about three fourths of the way across the fairway that heads to the uphill green.

 

Canyon Creek Country Club is a good track that once you get to know it you'll have a fun and enjoyable round.

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Blue 6,567 72.4 132
White 6,163 70.5 130
Red 5,504 72.8 134

Course Information

Course Architect:
Press Maxwell
Greens Type:
Bermuda
Greens Condition
9.5
Greens Difficulty
9.0
GPS:
No
Walkable:
Easy
Beware of water on 6 holes and the 47 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
8.3 out of 10
Beauty:
8.0
Difficulty:
7.5
Variety:
8.0
Fun to Play:
8.5
Value:
8.5
Condition:
9.0
Front Nine Rating:
8.0
Back Nine Rating:
8.5
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FEES & AMENITIES

Initiation Fees: Under $10,000
Monthly Dues: $201 to $400

Service is very good, the practice range is adequate, and the clubhouse is great.

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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. 

 

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