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The Village Golf Club - Winged Foot Nine Review

Texas Outside Rating: 8.0

Golf - Public Course · 27 Holes · Par 36
Panorama Village
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Date Last Played: May 27, 2012

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The Village Golf Club - Winged Foot Nine Review

The Village Golf Club is owned by the City of Panorama Village and managed by Billy Casper Golf.  With five sets of tee boxes and yardages ranging from 2629 to 3443 yards, each of the nines is suitable for all levels of play.  The tips are demanding for the low handicappers and the forward tees are great for beginners, seniors, or ladies. 

The Village Golf Club is home to three different nine hole layouts which meander throughout the quiet and quaint community:

  • Winged Foot is the longest and the toughest of the three nines with a formidable slope of 73.5 and rating of 143
  • Thunderbird is regarded as the easiest and is much more traditional and straightforward - read our review of Thunderbird
  • Rolling Hills is the middle of the roader and no walk in the park - 3426 yards, slope of 74.1, and rating of 137 - we haven't had a chance to play Rolling Hills

Winged Foot is characterized by tight tee lined fairways and bunkers guarding the greens, most of which have some pretty significant slope.  This nine has a little bit of everything to keep you focused but still offers a fair and fun round.  Some of what you'll need to manage includes: some uphill and downhill shots, risk reward opportunities, tight approaches, dog legs left and right, water on 3 holes, plus raised and guarded greens.

Some of our favorite holes included:

  • #1 is a 574 yard par 5 and the #1 handicap with a long straight uphill shot then a tough approach thanks to water, sand and a tree blocking the shot to a boomerang shaped green
  • the par 3s are about average length (167 and 179 yards) but leave little room for error thanks to water, raised greens, bunkers, and no room in back of the green
  • #3 has a good risk reward opportunity to try and fly the trees and go for the green on this 387 yard par 4 - but don't miss
  • #9 is fun and the approach to a slightly uphill green demands some accuracy

The fairways were still transitioning from a tough year with record temperatures and little rain.  They were thin and spotty which resulted in some extra roll.  All the fairways are tight and lined by trees and some homes that can come into play.  The roughs were rough and indistinguishable from the fairways. You'll run into some slope, contour, and dog legs that you need to manage.

The Village Golf Club greens were in surprisingly good shape, ran fairly true, and most had plenty of slope.  They ranged in shape and size from small to about average.  Try to stay in front of the pin or you'll face a demanding downhill putt.  Most of the greens were raised and all have at least one bunker.  This nine demands some accurate approach shots to score well.

The bunkers were average size and all 12 traps are around the greens.  The sand was firm and thin and the lips ranged from 3 to 8 inches, meaning don't plan on hitting the bunker and rolling out - and if you land up against the lip, you're in for a tough out. 

Bottom line - a pretty good nine with some fun holes and a very good value.

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Black 3,443 73.5 143
Gold 3,324 72.0 140
Blue 3,200 70.7 138
White 2,934 68.1 126
Red 2,906 72.6 126

Course Information

Greens Type:
Mini Verde
Greens Condition
8.0
Greens Difficulty
7.5
Fairway Condition
7.0
Bunker Condition
7.8
GPS:
No
Walkable:
Yes
Beware of water on 3 holes and the 12 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
8.0 out of 10
Beauty:
8.0
Difficulty:
8.5
Variety:
7.5
Fun to Play:
8.3
Value:
9.0
Condition:
7.0
Front Nine Rating:
8.0
Back Nine Rating:
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FEES & AMENITIES

Approximate Weekend
Rates:
$29.00 to $32.00

Service is good and the cart lady shows up just in time. The range and putting greens are adequate and the pro shop has the basics. The clubhouse has a bar and restaurant serving some good fun for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

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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.