Tejas Golf Course Review

Texas Outside Rating: 6.0

Golf - Public Course · 9 Holes · Par 36
Stephenville
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Date Last Played: May 27, 2011

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Tejas Golf Course Review

Review of Tejas Golf Course Stephenville Texas

Tejas Golf Course opened for play in the eary 1960's and like most older courses it's short, traditional, and fairly easy.  There are 4 sets of tee boxes and on the second nine you should play from a different set to make that nine a little different. 

All of but two of the holes are straight ahead on flat fairways with what you see is what you get.  The conditions when we played in September 2014 were not good but what makes playing this course fun is that there are a couple holes that will test your shot making skills:

  • from the back two tee boxes, the green on #4 (198 yard par 3) is blocked by trees on the left and right side meaning if you want to go for the green you'll most likely need to fly the trees on the left as well as carry the pond sitting in front of the green
  • #9 is a fun 338 yard sharp dog leg left par 4 that requires an accurate tee shot to avoid a sprawling tree in the middle of the fairway that will block your shot to an uphill green - off the tee it's a great risk reward shot to try to carry the trees and stick it in the fairway or on the green
  • on one of the other holes you'll need a precise tee shot to fly the left and right trees or you'll need to be deadly accurate to go between them and on a couple holes trees can block your approach shot to the green

The fairways at Tejas Golf Course are tree lined and range from ample to tight off the tee box.  Three holes are side by side and if you spray it, you might have a shot from the other fairway.  Spray on the other holes and you're lost in the dense underbrush and trees or in a graveyard on one hole.  The fairways were in very bad condition - a mix of grasses, dirt, weeds, ant piles, and rocks.  The rough was the same! 

The greens are small (requiring a precise approach shot) and most of them are oval, some are raised, and all have a little bit of slope or contour.  They were soft and held the ball well but bumpy, very slow, and in below average condition.

The only two bunkers, both of which guard the front of the green on #7, were more weeds than sand. 

Green fees allow you to play all day.

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Gold 3,177 70.0 113
Blue 2,987
White 2,720
Red 2,452

Course Information

Greens Type:
Bermuda
Greens Condition
5.0
Greens Difficulty
6.0
Fairway Condition
4.0
Bunker Condition
3.0
GPS:
No
Walkable:
Very Easy
Beware of water on 3 holes and the 2 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
6.0 out of 10
Beauty:
7.5
Difficulty:
7.8
Variety:
6.0
Fun to Play:
6.0
Value:
5.0
Condition:
4.0
Front Nine Rating:
Back Nine Rating:
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FEES & AMENITIES

Approximate Weekend
Rates:
$25.00 to $27.00

The pro shop is very dated and doesn't have any golf equipment. Food is limited to snack bards, beer, and sodas. I didn't see a driving range or 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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