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TimberCreek Golf Club - Dogwood Nine Review

Texas Outside Rating: 9.2

Golf - Public Course · 9 Holes · Par 36
Daphne, AL
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Date Last Played: February 12, 2012

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TimberCreek Golf Club - Dogwood Nine Review

Review of TimberCreek Golf Club's Dogwood Nine

Just off of Interstate 10 and a few miles from the eastern shore of Mobile Bay is a fabulous golf course with 27 holes that you'll really enjoy playing.  TimberCreeek Golf Club was designed by Earl Stone and the first eighteen (Dogwood and Magnolia) opened for play in 1993 with the Pine nine holes opening a few months later. 

Earl sculptured 27 fantastic holes through the rolling hills and tall forests of dogwoods, magnolias, and pines.  Surprising elevation changes, wetland preserves, and bountiful wildlife accentuate this incredible flowing terrain creating a golfing experience truly unique from other courses in the Gulf Coast Region.  Earl seemed to design the course to be demanding but fair and very fun for players of all skill levels.  

TimberCreek Golf Club's courses are enjoyable and not just because they have the ability to massage your ego and offer an opportunity for you to turn in a great score - on Dogwood, I was close to a new record low until the 9th hole and I still ended up 3 over par!  The conditions are excellent, the price is right, and the holes are great - and even though you can score well here, you still have to make shots.  All of this is part of the reason that Golf Digest awarded TimberCreek Golf Club a 4 Star Best Places To Play award. 

Each of the nines holes at TimberCreek Golf Club has its own unique personality and characteristics, for example:

  • The Magnolia nine has the most elevation changes and wetland areas, with little residential development and it's the toughest thanks to the hilly terrain and tight fairways - read our review of TimberCreek Golf Club's Magnolia Nine to learn more about why this was our favorite nine
  • The Dogwood nine is the shortest at 3450 yards and it rolls through bumpy terrain and an outstanding signature hole that's a blast to try and par
  • The Pines nine is considered the easiest of the nines and gives you two reachable par 5s and perhaps the best hole on the course, which is # 7. 
  • Dogwood is an absolute blast to play, and not just because I came close to having a record round of 1 over par.  Dogwood offers lots of variety with each hole being a little different from the others and it has a little bit of everything that makes golf fun (or frustrating, depending on how you're playing).  For example:
  • there are five sets of tee boxes so you should be able to pick one that fits your game and offers an opportunity for a good score
  • several tee boxes are elevated and offer both uphill as well as some downhill tee shots to ample fairways where in most cases you can let the big dog go for it
  • each hole is different from the previous hole and offers some challenge to keep you on your game
  • from tee box to pin the conditions are well above average
  • you'll need to manage some huge bunkers, rolling and contoured fairways, mounding, water, dense forest that will devour your sprayed golf balls, uphill and downhill shots, dog legs, and more
  • the greens are well guarded and raised requiring a precise approach and the putting surfaces are demanding with slope, undulation, and tiers

All of the holes are outstanding, but the #2 handicap #7 takes the prize.  It's a 534 yard par 5 with a slight uphill shot off the tee, then downhill toward a pinched fairway (thanks to a retaining wall, long skinny bunker, and marsh and lake) that dog legs left to a smallish green with plenty of slope, undulation, and a tier on the back.  That's a hole that I would love to play 5 or 6 more times.

The course conditions from tee to pin at TimberCreek were excellent when we played.  The Dogwood fairways are all tree lined (with a scattering of homes set back on one side of some holes), rolling, and contoured.  Some are a tad tight but most are ample with a wide playable rough. 

The Dogwood greens were also in very good condition and ranged from about average to a tad small.  Slope, undulation, and tiers come into play and pin placement can be very challenging.  They were running a little slow, around an 8 to 9, but true.

The bunkers also range in size and shape from small pot bunkers to some real monsters.  The sand is inconsistent between bunkers - some have soft thick fine sand and others have gritty thin and firmer sand.   We understand that the bunkers are being upgraded to the better softer sand.  The lips are thin, from one to four inches tall, which means you might get lucky and roll out or you may be able to pitch your way to the pin. 

The slope and rating are based on playing the Magnolia and Dogwood Nines.

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Black 3,450 73.6 130
Gold 3,174 70.4 125
Blue 3,091 68.0 116
White 2,890 67.2 112
Red 2,403 66.7 114

Course Information

Course Architect:
Earl Stone
Greens Type:
TIF Dwarf
Greens Condition
9.0
Greens Difficulty
8.5
Fairway Condition
9.0
Bunker Condition
7.5
GPS:
No
Walkable:
Hilly
Course Map
Beware of water on 1 holes and the 26 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
9.2 out of 10
Beauty:
9.0
Difficulty:
8.5
Variety:
9.0
Fun to Play:
10.0
Value:
9.5
Condition:
9.0
Front Nine Rating:
9.2
Back Nine Rating:
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FEES & AMENITIES

Approximate Weekend
Rates:
$39.00 to $59.00

Service is ok, the pro shop is jam packed with everything you can imagine, the grill has a great selection of some tasty food, and the practice facilities are ok.

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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.