Van Zandt Country Club Review

Texas Outside Rating: 5.5

Golf - Semi Private Course · 18 Holes · Par 72
Canton
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Date Last Played: November 05, 2006

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Van Zandt Country Club Review

Van Zandt Country Club is an average course winding through the pine trees of east Texas. Just north of Canton, along the frontage road of I-20, Van Zandt has some fairly narrow holes, lots of dog legs, and some side by side holes. Most of the holes are flat and start to look similar after awhile. Water comes into play on 7 or so holes, but only causes a challenge on a couple holes. There aren't a lot of bunkers (good sand), but they are strategically placed around the green making the approach shots difficult. On this visit the fairways were in average condition and Van Zandt had just recently lost most of the greens (they are working on replacing them). The greens are about average size and had minor slope. We felt Van Zandt is a little pricey at $46, particularly since the greens were in such bad condition.

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Gold 6,975 72.1 124
Blue 6,745 70.0 123
White 5,624 67.1 115
Red 5,312 71.3 116

Course Information

Greens Condition
3.0
Greens Difficulty
6.0
GPS:
No
Walkable:
Very
Beware of water on 7 holes and the 17 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
5.5 out of 10
Beauty:
6.0
Difficulty:
5.0
Variety:
7.0
Fun to Play:
5.0
Value:
5.0
Condition:
5.0
Front Nine Rating:
5.0
Back Nine Rating:
6.0
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FEES & AMENITIES

Approximate Weekend
Rates:
$46.00 to $46.00

 

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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