Turtle Hill Golf Club is a little out of the way, but if you're looking for a fun and inexpensive round of golf and some excellent German food, then head to Muenster and play "The Turtle". The Dallas Morning News named Turtle Hill "a diamond in the rough" in 1998 and #18 in the State's "Most Economical Courses" in 2008.
The front nine is fairly traditional with a couple fun holes and a couple that will challenge you - so you should score well on this nine. You'll find one par three with an elevated tee box, a few holes that require some course management, and some straight traditional easy holes where what you see is what you get.
The back nine is really fun and offers lots of variety including dog legs, blind shots, up and down holes, narrow approach shots, and elevated tee boxes. #13 is one of the best par threes in Texas and similar to #4 with a dramatic elevated tee box, well protected green, and panoramic views of the rolling hills and into Oklahoma - save your mulligan and an extra ball for this hole. On some holes you need to study the hole before you tee off because you may want to leave the driver in the bag.
Turtle Hill is a fun and inexpensive round of golf, so take the time to play it. It is also next to a new wind farm - a unique sight to see.
Rates: $28.00 to $37.00
The club house is small and dated with limited food and gear. The staff is friendly and down home.
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.