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Hawks Creek Review

Texas Outside Rating: 8.4

Golf - Public Course · 18 Holes · Par 72
Ft. Worth
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Date Last Played: May 07, 2007

Hawks Creek Review

In 2002 the old Carswell Air Force Base golf course was redesigned by the City of Westworth and reopened as Hawks Creek Golf Club. It wasn't long before this great facility started to receive the recognition that it deserves - the Dallas Morning News rated Hawks Creek #5 in the State of Texas for mid-priced golf courses ($46-$70). From the minute you drive up to Hawks Creek, you know you are in for a treat. The club house and multi-tiered undulating circular putting green in front of the pro shop are very impressive, as is the golf course itself.

The fairways were in very good condition and the course is defined by mature trees, a couple lakes, a meandering stream that you have to cross on a number of holes, and strategically placed traps. Which means that even though the course is relatively short, there are plenty of challenges. To score well, you need some good course management. The front nine is tight and demands accuracy off the tee - you may consider leaving the driver in bag until you get to the back nine which is more open.

The Bent Grass greens were in very condition, about average size, very smooth, and true - and very fast. In fact, Hawks Creek claims the greens are some of fastest around and most of the time rolling at speeds of over 10.5 on the Stimpmeter. Make sure you practice putting before you head out for a great round on one of the best courses in the Metroplex. Enjoy!

Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Gold 6,847 73.5 133
Blue 6,482 71.8 125
White 5,997 69.5 115
Red 5,394

Course Information

Greens Type:
Bent
Greens Condition
8.5
Greens Difficulty
8.0
GPS:
No
Walkable:
Yes
Beware of water on 9 holes and the 36 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
8.4 out of 10
Beauty:
8.0
Difficulty:
8.0
Variety:
8.0
Fun to Play:
9.0
Value:
9.0
Condition:
8.5
Front Nine Rating:
8.8
Back Nine Rating:
8.5

FEES & AMENITIES

Approximate Weekend
Rates:
$40.00 to $60.00

 

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.