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Grand Oaks Golf Club Review

Texas Outside Rating: 7.6

Golf - Public Course · 18 Holes · Par 71
Grand Prairie
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Date Last Played: October 02, 2009

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Grand Oaks Golf Club Review

Grand Oaks, formally Grand Prairie Country Club, was designed by Don January in 1972 and recently became semi-private. The terrain is flat, the fairways are lined with century old oak trees, and the layout is pretty straight forward. The fairways are generally straight and what you see is what you get. In most cases you can pull out the driver and let her rip - the fairways range from wide and forgiving to a tad tight.

Two meandering creeks and 11 ponds give you plenty of opportunity to feed the fish and turtles and if you don't look at the score card, they can present some hidden surprises. There are only 6 bunkers on 4 holes, all of which are green-side and the trees can be avoided unless you really spray the ball. There are 5 tee boxes with yardages ranging from 5038 to 6953 on this par 71 course. The front nine has 3 par 3s and 3 par fives which favors short hitters. Bottom line, if you pick the right set of tee boxes (the card lists the recommended handicap for each tee box which helps), this is a course where you can score well and have a very relaxing and enjoyable round at a reasonable rate - how often do you find all of that?

The greens were large, fairly flat, about average speed, in great condition, true, and easy to read - birdy putts are very possible. A few greens at Grand Oak Golf Club are elevated and you may encounter some run-offs. The fairways were in a about average condition and due to a lot of recent rain, there were a few rough spots.

 

Number 18 is a fun hole - a 406 yard dog leg left with a creek you need to carry off the box, a semi-hidden pond that infringes on the right side about 120 yards out, and an approach to a small circular turtle top green protected by two bunkers. Number 6 is another good hole which requires a carry over the creek to a fairway that narrows on the way to the small round green.

 

Bottom, we liked Grand Oaks and had a relaxing, enjoyable, and near record round.

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Black 6,953 73.1 125
Gold 6,497 71.0 122
Blue 5,951 69.0 118
White 5,436 66.3 110
Red 5,038 69.1 122

Course Information

Course Architect:
Don January
Greens Condition
8.0
Greens Difficulty
7.0
GPS:
No
Walkable:
Very
Scorecard
Course Map
Beware of water on 14 holes and the 6 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
7.6 out of 10
Beauty:
8.0
Difficulty:
7.5
Variety:
7.0
Fun to Play:
8.5
Value:
8.5
Condition:
7.5
Front Nine Rating:
7.5
Back Nine Rating:
7.7
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FEES & AMENITIES

Approximate Weekend
Rates:
$25.00 to $41.00

Service is friendly, the pro shop has the basics, and there is a driving range and putting green. We didn't have a chance to sample the food or enjoy a round at the 19th hole after the round.

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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.