Northern Challenge is located about 10 minutes west of Sherman and the first nine holes opened in 2002. The back nine opened in 2005 making Northern Challenge a fun and enjoyable round of golf with an excellent starting and finishing hole which is an island green surrounded by white sand traps. The terrain is gently rolling to flat and the fairways are tree lined. Northern Challenge offers a little bit of everything to challenge your game - dog legs, bunkers, water on 11 holes, narrow fairways with deep rough, and some table top greens. From the tips, this course requires your A game with a rating of 74.7 and slope of 142. With that said, if you can hit the ball fairly straight and employ good course management, you should score well.
When we played the fairways were in very good shape and the greens were well above average. The greens were about average size, speed and challenge. A recent storm destroyed the bunkers and the sand had not yet been replaced on the front nine - the back nine bunkers had soft white sand. The bunkers are strategically placed requiring you to think about your drives and approach shots.
Bottom line - Northern Challenge is an excellent course in great condition, with the right amount of challenge, some memorable and fun holes, and a outstanding value. It's worth going a little out of your way to play this course.
Rates: $29.00 to $43.00
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!
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.