Iron Horse, designed by Dick Phelps and named after the railroad that crosses the creek, is a fun and enjoyable round of golf. In 2007, Avid Golfer rated Iron Horse in it's top five "Value Priced Courses." The layout traverses through a solid hardwood forest across meandering creeks and under a railroad trestle. The course builds upon the railroad theme by deploying 3 authentic vintage railroad cars as restrooms, a snackbar and an office for the teaching staff. According to the Iron Horse website, "Iron Horse is considered a 'thinker’s course' by many because of its fantastic variety of holes and the requirement for draws, fades, "boomers" and lay-up shots off the tees and strategic plays into slick, undulating greens, that are well bunkered."
Iron Horse is a little short form all the tee boxes and only has 2 par fives and par is 70. However, the well protected greens and the dog legs require good club selection and course management. Each time we've played Iron Horse it has been in very good condition. The greens are large, fast, and gently rolling. The fairways were in above average condition.
Although there is nothing unusual or exceptionally memorable about Iron Horse, it is a good value, in above average condition, and a fun and enjoyable round of golf.
Rates: $26.00 to $52.00
The club house is great, the pro shop is well stocked, and the food and bar are good. Iron Horse seems committed to providing you with a great round of golf.
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.