Grapevine Golf Course - Bluebonnet Course Review
Grapevine Golf Course - Bluebonnet Course Review
Grapevine Golf Course has 27 holes of some very good golf. The Dallas Morning News rated it #19 of the "Top 25 Best Daily Fee Courses" and Avid Golfer rated it in the "Top 50 Public Courses" as well as a "Best Value Under $50." On the weekends all three nines are in play and the pro shop determines with two nines you'll play during your round. During the week, one of the nines is out of play for maintenance.
Byron Nelson and Joe Finger designed the original 18 (Mockingbird and Pecan) which opened in 1979. D. A. Weibring was hired for a major expansion and modernization renovation project for the original 18 and to add an additional 9 holes which opened as Bluebonnet in the fall of 1999.
Each nine has its own unique personality and characteristics but common to all three are excellent conditions, white soft sand bunkers, memorable and fun holes, reasonable rates, and low flying aircraft on their approach to DFW. Each nine has 4 sets of tee boxes and regardless of which nines you play, the course is a little short at 6983 yards. Mockingbird is the flattest, Bluebonnet has surprising elevation changes, and Pecan is the hardest and demands accuracy off the tee box and on a number of the approach shots.
Of the three nines at Grapevine Golf Course, Bluebonnet was the most fun to play - good variety, scenic, somewhat challenging, and memorable holes. Each of the holes offers something to force you to pay attention if you want to score well - you'll find uphill as well as downhill shots, tough approaches, fairways ranging from ample to tight, water, dog legs, and blind shots.
Holes 5, 6, and 7 have surprising elevation changes and are a blast to play:
- #5 is a beautiful uphill shot to a rolling and contoured fairway and a roller coaster ride to a dog leg left green that is 506 yards away from the tee box
- #6 gives you an opportunity to pull out the big dog and see how far you can drive it from a dramatic elevated tee box - but you better be accurate and miss the two fairway bunkers and nail the somewhat tight fairway
- #7 is a short but tough uphill 303 yard par 4 followed by #8 which is a downhill 178 yard par 3
What a ride! Bluebonnet and Pecan together are the toughest and longest when played together - 7060 yards, 136 slope, and 74.5 rating.
Bluebonnet's fairways seem a little tight and they were in very good condition when we played. The greens on Bluebonnet are about average size and a wide variety of different shapes. The greens held well, rolled true, and were fairly easy to read. You'll need to manage both slope and undulation and pin placement could be a killer.
The scorecard shows water on 5 of nine holes, but it only comes into play on three holes. There are only 14 bunkers to contend with, 8 of which are guarding the greens. All of the traps are about average size and filled with thick soft white sand.
If you can pick the right club to manage the elevation changes and keep the ball fairly straight, you may be should be able to turn in a very good round on this nine. And a fantastic round of 18 if you play Bluebonnet and Mockingbird together.
The slope and rating are based on playing the combo of the Grapevine Golf Course's Pecan and Bluebonnet nines.
Course Slope & Ratings
- Course Architect:
- Redesigned by D.A. Weibring
- Greens Type:
- TIF Eagle
- Greens Condition
- Greens Difficulty
- Yes - little hard
- Beware of water on 5 holes and the 14 sand traps.
Texas Outside Rating
- Overall Rating:
- 8.8 out of 10
- Fun to Play:
- Front Nine Rating:
- Back Nine Rating:
FEES & AMENITIES
Rates: $36.00 to $50.00
The pro shop has the basics, the grill has a good menu, service is okay, and the practice facilities are more than adequate.
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!
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.