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Flying L Ranch Golf Course Review

Texas Outside Rating: 7.9

Golf - Public Course · 18 Holes · Par 72
Bandera
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Date Last Played: May 18, 2009

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Flying L Ranch Golf Course Review

Just outside of Bandera, Flying L Guest Ranch Golf Course is a very fun and somewhat challenging 18 holes of golf. The course meanders through some of the 772 acres on Flying L Guest Ranch, through a scattering of homes on the back nine, and up and down the beautiful rolling hill countryside. Some of the holes offer fantastic panoramic views of the surrounding hill country.

The front nine is fantastic - scenic, lots of variety, challenging, and some very fun holes. This nine leverages the rolling terrain, huge stately oaks, and the natural vistas to make it a memorable 9 holes. Number 3 is a good example - it's a 403 yard par 4 #7 handicap with a sharp dogleg left that requires a precise drive off the elevated tee box. The drive needs to be accurate to miss the tall oaks on the left and right and a humongous oak in the middle of the fairway about where my ball wants to land - long hitters may want to keep the driver in the bag. If you have a good shot off the tee box, your next shot is uphill to a small sloping green protected by a trap on the left and water on the right. This hole sets the stage for #5 - another fun and challenging hole that requires a precise drive and a good second shot. This is one of those holes where you are tempted to go-for-it and try to carry the trees to cut off the dog - but don't miss. Great nine holes.

The back nine is a little more open, more traditional, and less challenging. This is a nine where you can score well and have a relaxing and enjoyable finish. You'll find some dog legs, 4 of the 6 water holes to contend with, and some bunkers to keep you on your toes.

When we played in May, the greens and fairways were in very good condition. A couple of the greens had some rough spots and most were about average size and speed. The fairways were fairly generous and the rough was very playable.

The Spike and Spur grill and patio at the pro shop is an excellent place for lunch or drinks after a fun round of golf - the patio is great and overlooks the 1st and 18th holes. Make your trip to play Flying L a weekend or longer adventure and enjoy the waterpark, tennis courts, horseback riding, excellent accommodations, and more at Flying L Guest Ranch. Read our Review of Flying L Guest Ranch and Fun Things to See & do in Bandera

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Blue 6,646 71.4 122
White 6,273 69.9 119
Red 5,442 71.6 119

Course Information

Greens Condition
7.5
Greens Difficulty
8.0
GPS:
Yes
Walkable:
Yes
Beware of water on 6 holes and the 25 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
7.9 out of 10
Beauty:
7.5
Difficulty:
7.0
Variety:
8.0
Fun to Play:
9.0
Value:
8.0
Condition:
8.0
Front Nine Rating:
8.5
Back Nine Rating:
7.5
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FEES & AMENITIES

Approximate Weekend
Rates:
$37.00 to $47.00

Service is good. You'll find a putting green and driving range over by the Flying L Guest Ranch Lodge

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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.