Formally Doral Tesoro, The Golf Club at Champions Circle is an excellent course that takes advantage of the natural terrain to make it difficult and very scenic. The course was redesigned by Jay Morrish in 2002 because the original Greg Norman design was too challenging for most golfers, yet it still remains very challenging - so bring your A game to score well here. The Golf Club at Champions Circle offers a lot of variety and none of the holes are similar which helps make this a fun course to play. The course is short and relatively easy from the White tees but very difficult from the Gold and Black tees.
When we last played The Golf Club at Champions Circle it was in near perfect condition - lush and green. The greens are large, undulating, a little slow, and in very good condition. Part of the challenge at The Golf Club at Champions Circle is that some of the greens are table top and if your ball doesn't hold on the green you'll shake your head in frustration as it rolls into trouble or makes a tough chip shot.
There aren't a lot of bunkers and we didn't have much trouble avoiding them, however, there are plenty of other hazards that will test your game and require good course management. A stream meanders through the course and it has a tendency to swallow some balls and the natural grass hazards can be challenging, plus the trees, narrow fairways, and tough approaches are some of the challenges that make this a very memorable and fun course to play.
The Golf Club at Champions Circle also has a very good Stay & Play package, so treat yourself, your better half or significant other, and your friends to a fun evening and round of golf. Read our review of the Stay & Play offering. Great course - you will want to play it again.
Rates: $39.00 to $69.00
Service was prompt and attentive and the pro shop and practice facilities are good.
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.