The Bridges Golf Club Review

Texas Outside Rating: 8.5

Golf - Public Course · 18 Holes · Par 72
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Date Last Played: November 18, 2008

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The Bridges Golf Club Review

The Bridges Golf Club is a Fred Couples Signature Golf Course that opened for public play in October 2008. This 18 hole, 7612 yard links course, was designed by Jeffrey Brauer (designer of Cowboys, Trials of Frisco, and others) to take advantage of the natural contours and features of the legendary Double M Ranch. The course is now part of a 1580 acre community - The Bridges at Preston Crossing. As you drive into the community, you will immediately notice a new beautiful clubhouse that overlooks the pond and the outstanding 18th hole - you immediately sense that you are in for a fun day of golf.

From my perspective, the front nine of The Bridges is one of the best and truest "links" courses in Texas. With that said, I looked up the definition of a links course and here is what I found: "a traditional links course will have many - perhaps all - of the following features:

  • The course is built along the seaside - this is not happin' in North Texas
  • The soil is sandy and drains easily - very true at The Bridges
  • The course is laid out naturally, so that unusual bumps and slopes in the fairways and greens remain, rather than being smoothed over - you'll find plenty of bumps, slopes, and ups and downs at The Bridges
  • The rough features natural seaside grasses - there is plenty of natural Texas (not seaside) grass on both sides of the fairways and on a number of holes you'll need to carry a lot of natural grass areas from the tee box as well as on some of the approach shots
  • Bunkers are numerous, very small and very deep (to keep the seaside breezes from blowing the sand away)- The Bridges fairways have plenty of huge bunkers, which seem to be strategically placed about where my ball wants to land and they are fairly deep, and you'll most likely play in some wind
  • Fairways are rarely (if ever) watered and play firm and fast - when we played in October the fairways were very fast and firm resulting in some excellent roll
  • Links courses usually have few if any trees - on the front nine, you'll encounter two trees, the back nine has a few more

 

If you like a links course you're going to love the front nine and will cherish the back, which seems a little more traditional but still has a links feel. The back nine also has a couple very fun holes. The number 2 handicap #14 for example is a 626 yard (don't fear, that's from the tips!) par 5 downhiller that requires some strategic shot making and decisions from the tee box. For the long straight hitters this may not be that tough, but for the rest of us, you need to decide on which of the split fairways to take keeping in mind the left one will require you carry a pond and then need a great second shot to the left side of the green and high and far enough to avoid the the trees protecting the green. If you take what appears to be the safer right fairway and head straight to the hole, you'll face a huge bunker and numerous tall berms/mounds on the way to the green. This is the kind of fun and challenging hole that you want to play again and try the other route to the green. #18 is another fantastic hole - it's fun and challenging and will make your round memorable - it may also eat a couple of your balls.

 

Most of the fairways seemed narrow with a somewhat thick rough followed by the natural grass and don't even think about looking for your ball in the natural grass, take your stroke and move on. The fairways were dormant when we played but in near perfect condition and in the summer I imagine that they would be lush and green. The greens are something else - perfect condition, all shapes and sizes, lots of slope and undulation, and fast. The greens are truly unique and something you won't easily forget - practice putting before you head out for your round. Pin placement can be a killer so make sure you try to study the green's slope and undulation before you hit your chip up.

 

The course is pretty long at 7612 from the tips, but with 5 tee boxes, you can find something that will fit your game and experience. The slope and rating have not yet been determined.

 

The Bridges is a great course and one we can't wait to go back and play again. The pictures were taken when the fairways and greens were dormant and don't do the course justice - in the summer the course would be lush and green and the contrast between the green fairways and the brown natural grass will be dramatic and beautiful.

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Black 7,612 0.0 0
Gold 7,021 0.0 0
Blue 6,487 0.0 0
White 5,991 0.0 0
Red 5,193 0.0 0

Course Information

Course Architect:
Fred Couples
Greens Type:
Mini Verde
Greens Condition
10.0
Greens Difficulty
10.0
GPS:
No
Walkable:
Hard
Beware of water on 2 holes and the 45 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
8.5 out of 10
Beauty:
6.0
Difficulty:
9.0
Variety:
8.5
Fun to Play:
9.5
Value:
8.0
Condition:
10.0
Front Nine Rating:
8.0
Back Nine Rating:
9.5
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FEES & AMENITIES

Approximate Weekend
Rates:
$35.00 to $65.00

The new clubhouse is fantastic with a great deck overlooking the scenic 18th hole. Service is courteous and friendly.

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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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