Tascosa Country Club - Tascosa Course Review

Texas Outside Rating: 8.6

Golf - Private Course · 18 Holes · Par 72
Amarillo
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Date Last Played: August 18, 2013

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Tascosa Country Club - Tascosa Course Review

Review of Tascosa Golf Club Tascosa Course

Tascosa Golf Club in northwestern Amarillo is the premier residential and golf community in the Panhandle and its home to some huge beautiful homes, a resort style clubhouse, pool complex, tennis center, and two outstanding private 18 hole golf courses - La Paloma and Tascosa. Each of two courses are a little different and each has it's own unique personality and characteristics:

  • La Paloma was redesigned by Jeff Blume has a links style feel to it and is the longer of the two courses with lots of mounding and contoured fairways - it's rated a little tougher than Tascosa and provides a better opportunity to turn in a higher score and loose more golf balls
  • Tascosa is short and is a more traditional Parkland style course with tree lined fairways

Tascosa Golf Club’s Tascosa Course was built in the 1950’s and is typical of most older courses – it’s short at 6538 yards and very traditional and straight forward with generous tree lined fairways, no surprises, 21 bunkers most of which guard the greens, and several dog legs.  What defines Tascosa is good service, very good conditions, and excellent fast greens with subtle breaks.

Some of the holes that we enjoyed included:

  • #1 is a 480 yard par 4 with a wide slightly sloping tree lined fairway that turns right and heads downhill to a green with a pond about 60 yards out on both the left and right as well as a left and right side bunker protecting the front of the green
  • #6 is a fun 402 yard par 4 that requires some good shots to par – you’ll need a very accurate drive to stay in the narrow fairway and be in a position to see the pin for your approach shot
  • #8 is a downhill tee shot followed by a carry over a ditch fronting a sloping green
  • The par 3’s are long and challenging at 192, 204, 179, and 232 yards
  • You'll need to manage the water that crosses the fairway about 120 out on the 540 yard par 5 17th
  • 18 is a good finishing hole which is uphill and turns right close to three large side by side fairway bunkers plus another bunker guarding the green

The fairways at Tascosa Golf Course are lined by tall mature trees – a surprise for us and not expected in the dry Panhandle Plains – and some huge beautiful homes on the back nine, which shouldn’t come into play unless you really spray the ball. The fairways, with a couple of exceptions, are generous from tee to pin and were in very good condition when we played.  As you might expect during the Texas drought, the rough had a few bare spots and it was cut thin and playable.  Position off the tee box on all of the dog legs is critical for a par.

The Tascosa greens were near perfect – smooth as velvet, excellent condition, soft, and fast at around 10 to 11.  All have some very subtle breaks as well as some not so subtle slope – to score well on Tascosa you’ll need to master these challenging greens.  The greens are average to large and all shapes and sizes and all of them have a 2’ to 4’ puttable fringe.

There aren’t a lot of bunkers to contend with and we found it relatively easy to avoid them.  The vast majority of the bunkers are guarding the greens.  The sand is soft and deep and fun to hit out of. 

Bottom line - the Tascosa 18 is a good playable 18 that offers an opportunity to turn in a good score if you can putt.

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Gold 6,538 71.9 128
Blue 6,088 69.8 121
White 5,401 66.3 110
Red 5,200 70.9 124

Course Information

Greens Type:
Bent
Greens Condition
9.0
Greens Difficulty
9.0
Fairway Condition
8.0
Bunker Condition
8.0
GPS:
No
Walkable:
Yes
Scorecard
Beware of water on 4 holes and the 21 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
8.6 out of 10
Beauty:
8.3
Difficulty:
8.0
Variety:
8.8
Fun to Play:
8.5
Value:
9.0
Condition:
8.7
Front Nine Rating:
8.7
Back Nine Rating:
8.5
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FEES & AMENITIES

Initiation Fees: Under $10,000
Monthly Dues: $201 to $400

Service is top notch and a cart boy will meet you in the parking lot to load and unload your clubs. The clubhouse at the Tascosa course is limited and there is a grill that serves burgers, dogs, and more. The main clubhouse and proshop are at the La Paloma course. There is a range and putting green.

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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. 

 

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