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Squaw Valley - Apache Links Course Review

Texas Outside Rating: 8.6

Golf - Public Course · 18 Holes · Par 72
Glen Rose
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Date Last Played: September 19, 2015

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Squaw Valley - Apache Links Course Review

Review and Rating of Squaw Valley’s Apache Links in Glen Rose Texas

Squaw Valley Golf Club is home to two very different and very good 18 hole courses –Apache Links and Comanche Lakes.  The Comanche Lakes course is a traditional 18 hole course that opened in 2001 and has 7 holes where one of two lakes can come into play – read our review of Comanche Lakes to learn more.

Apache Links is a mixture of a links style course for the first nine holes and a more traditional back nine.  If you like a links style course then you’ll love the front nine!  Like most links style courses you’ll find tall berms, small pot bunkers, and wide sweeping fairways. 

The back nine is more traditional and has some excellent holes where Squaw Creek cuts across the fairway.  In addition to some great holes, what makes Squaw Valley a must play are reasonable rates, very good conditions, and excellent friendly service.  As such, it’s not surprising that Squaw Valley has one a number of awards and accolades, some of which include:

  • The Dallas Morning News named both courses as the "#1 and #4 Best Municipal Courses in Texas"
  • Golf Digest gave them 4.5 stars

On the front nine of Apache Links on most holes the pin is straight ahead and it’s easy to see what you’re up against which is typically wide but heavily contoured fairways, 23 pot bunkers that you’ll need to avoid, and lots of tall mounds leading to big greens.  Some of the holes that we liked on the front nine include:

  • #3 is a 428 yard par 4 with a straight ahead roller coaster fairway that plays through lots of berms on both sides plus a fairway bunker on the way to a green guarded by berms, swales, and 3 pot bunkers
  • #7 is a fun 362 yard par 4 that horseshoes around a lake – off the tee brave long and straight hitters can try to carry the lake to a small landing zone which is a longer and risker shot than it appears or you can play it safe and stay right for an easy second shot into the green

The back nine of Apache Links is outstanding with a mixture of a couple links style holes and some more traditional holes several of which require you to carry Squaw Creek off the tee box or on your approach shot to the green.  For example:

  • #11 is a 415 yard par 4 that heads slightly downhill to the creek and then up to a huge green with a left side bunker – trees on both sides of the fairway at the creek make the approach shot a little tight
  • #14 is a beautiful and challenging 182 yard par 3 with an elevated tee shot, a wide stretch of Squaw Creek to cross, and a raised oblong green with a steep drop off to the creek plus mounds and swales on the back and sides
  • #15 offers an excellent risk reward shot to try and carry some trees to make this dog right 462 yard par 4 a little shorter – 15 also has an elevated tee box, an intimidating carry across the creek, and a tough approach into a green tucked off on the right side with a large horseshoe bunker, trees, and a slope to the creek

Every time we have played Apache Links the conditions have been very good and that was the case when we played this time.  The fairways were near perfect – a tad dry and firm but it’s summer time in Texas and that’s expected.  The Apache Links fairways are wide and berm or tree lined – no homes, no barking dogs, and no windows to worry about!  The rough is wide and covered with berms with a variety of sizes but it was cut thin and playable.  A lot of the fairways are heavily contoured.

The greens at Apache Links are huge but contoured with slope, tiers, or ridges that require some study before you putt.  They were in great shape when we played, ran true and at a good speed of between 9 to 10, and held the ball well.  Most are raised and guarded with some mixture of bunkers, swales, or berms.

The bunkers range in size from average to small steep and deep pot bunkers that can be very challenging.  The sand was soft and thick.  They need some TLC – several had grass infringing into the sand along the edges.

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Black 7,063 73.6 130
Gold 6,731 71.9 125
Blue 6,284 69.6 119
White 5,194 68.0 116
Red 5,009 70.0 117

Course Information

Greens Type:
Greens Condition
Greens Difficulty
Fairway Condition
Bunker Condition
Beware of water on 5 holes and the 37 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
8.6 out of 10
Fun to Play:
Front Nine Rating:
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Approximate Weekend
$43.00 to $57.00

The pro shop has the basics, the practice facilities are good, and the grill servers dog, burgers, and sandwiches



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.