Golf Club At Frisco Lakes Review

Texas Outside Rating: 8.5

Golf - Public Course · 18 Holes · Par 72
Frisco
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Date Last Played: October 10, 2009

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Golf Club At Frisco Lakes Review

The Golf Club At Frisco Lakes is within the Del Web development in west Frisco and is managed by Palmer Golf. The course opened in August of 2008. A new club house has broken ground (10-09) and is under construction between the 9th and 18th holes. In the meantime, the pro shop is is still operating out of a temporary club house and some of the amenities had not yet been completed including a grill. For a new course, the greens and fairways are maturing nicely and the condition of both is very good.

The front nine meanders through the trees, gently rolling terrain, and along the shore of Lake Lewisville. The back nine traverses through the Del Web community and most of the holes are lined with moderately priced homes. You'll find a little bit of everything on this fun track - dog legs, some risk reward opportunities, blind shots, narrow and tight approaches, water, thick white sand bunkers, and even an island green. #18 is a good example: a 556 yard par five which is uphill off the tee box, then turns right and heads downhill to a well protected tough green that has water and a huge bunker half way around it.

The five sets of tee boxes can accommodate any level of player and most of the holes are open and forgiving off the tee box. What you see is typically what you get and you won't find a lot of trouble, until you reach the green. The approach shots put a premium on accuracy - you'll encounter bunkers, water, and turtle top greens which are hard to hold. The greens are what can prevent you from scoring well - they are fast, in good condition, fairly large, and run true but they are well protected with plenty of slope, undulation, and some spines. Take a hard look at both the approach shot to the green and then study each putt carefully if you want to score well.

 

We loved the front nine - it seems to have more variety and some very fun, scenic, and challenging holes as it plays through the trees with no homes. A couple examples include: #4 is a short, 347 yard, hole that offers a good risk reward opportunity off the tee box - play it safe to the left side or try to land in the small fairway between a large sloping back bunker and the huge 100 yard long bunker staring you in the face and challenging you to "go for it." #7 offers a good risk reward opportunity off the tee box - should you play it safe or try to carry the ravine and trees to make this 436 yard par four a little shorter - but beware, too far right and a couple trees may block your approach to the green. #9 is a fantastic hole but I don't want to spoil it for you because words won't do it justice.

The back fairways are lined by homes taking away some of the serenity and beauty but the last three holes will make you want to come back - two risk reward opportunities, lots of water, ups and downs, bunkers, rolling terrain, and an island green.

 

Bottom line, Frisco Lakes provides an excellent and very enjoyable round of golf - you're going to love it! Note: when we played in October, it had been raining cats and dogs for weeks which had an impact on the fairways and bunkers, which you can see from the pictures. Normally, the bunkers would be in excellent condition with soft, thick, white sand.

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Black 7,099 74.3 131
Gold 6,670 72.3 127
Blue 6,234 70.4 123
White 5,648 67.8 114
Red 5,157 70.6 120

Course Information

Course Architect:
Gary Stevenson
Greens Type:
Mini-Verde Bermuda
Greens Condition
10.0
Greens Difficulty
8.5
GPS:
No
Walkable:
Yes
Beware of water on 6 holes and the 41 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
8.5 out of 10
Beauty:
8.0
Difficulty:
7.0
Variety:
9.0
Fun to Play:
10.0
Value:
8.0
Condition:
9.0
Front Nine Rating:
9.0
Back Nine Rating:
8.5
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FEES & AMENITIES

Approximate Weekend
Rates:
$49.00 to $70.00

The staff is excellent - very friendly and helpful. A new clubhouse is under construction. Pace of play is good.

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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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