Cliffs at Possum Kingdom Review
Cliffs at Possum Kingdom Review
Wow, this course needs to be on your bucket list! The Cliffs Golf Course is a Texas Outside Favorite because few courses in Texas can match it's scenic beauty, variety and layout, challenges, and excellent value. The Cliffs Resort, Spa, and Golf Course sit on a tall bluff high above beautiful Possum Kingdom Lake and several of the golf holes play close to the bluff which provides magnificent panoramic views of the lake. I'll be very surprised if you can resist teeing up a couple old balls and blasting them from the top of the bluff and into the lake a good 200 feet below!
When you visit The Cliffs, bring plenty of balls and your "A" game because this is one of the most challenging courses in Texas (slope of 143) thanks to strategically placed bunkers, natural landscape hazards, sloping/rolling and contoured fairways, forced carries over ravines and valleys, berms, blind shots, water, elevation changes, and rock outcroppings. In addition, you will face some tough approaches to well protected smaller than average greens. The good news - when you do hit the greens, they are small, pretty flat, and easy to putt! Course management, risk taking, strategic shot making, lots of golf balls and patience is what it takes to score well here. The secret to having fun playing The Cliffs is to forget about your scores and the cost of golf balls, move up a set of tee boxes, and just relax, enjoy the scenery, and have a good time - if you want to score well go to your local boring muni course. Do not let the challenging reputation of The Cliffs discourage you from playing it - this 4 and a half star Golf Digest rated course is a must play.
In addition to some of the most scenic holes in Texas, The Cliffs is also home to some of the best par 3's. For example, number 15 is a 162 yard par 3 with elevated tee boxes 40 to 100 feet above a postage stamp green next to a small pond - all of which sits in a deep tree covered ravine. What makes The Cliffs fun is the wide variety of holes, each of which has it's own personality and characteristics - no two holes are the same and 17 is the only hole where you can see the pin and have a straight ahead shot to the green. You won't forget most of the holes at The Cliffs. For example, #8 is a 555 yard beauty that horseshoes around a very deep ravine on it's way to a oblong green overlooking the bluffs and lake. On the way to the green you'll have to nail the tee shot as well as the approach shot, avoid a couple strategically placed bunkers and lots of berms, manage the rolling and sloping fairways, and make a tough decision on a couple risk reward shots - "how much of that ravine can I carry?" "do I lay up or go for the green?" In fact, the eighth hole is my favorite hole of the courses we have played in Texas - very challenging and unique, visually stunning, a fantastic risk reward opportunity, and fun to try and master.
Conditions at The Cliffs can be a little variable - the fairways and greens are consistently in very good but not great condition. However, when we played in June 2010, The Cliffs was in near perfect condition - the greens and fairways were lush and thick, the sand was soft, the rough was cut think in some places and playable in other, and the course was well manicured - near perfect and a real pleasure to play. The greens are very small, relatively flat, average speed, pretty easy to read, and true - putting isn't the challenge here.
The Cliffs Resort is about 45 north west of Fort Worth and our recommendation is to make your trip to play The Cliffs a weekend adventure. You'll want to play this course twice! The Cliffs Resort has Stay & Play packages that include golf and a stay in the Inn or the Villas. When you're done with golf you can enjoy the bar, restaurant, pool, fitness center, or rent a boat at The Cliff's marina and enjoy one of the best lakes in Texas. After all that, stop by the Spa for a massage. To learn more about why we like The Cliffs, read our review of The Cliffs Stay & Play.
The Cliffs Resort is one of the best resorts in Texas and the golf course is a must play. You'll really enjoy a weekend stay here. Have fun.
Head Pro's Corner
Course Slope & Ratings
- Course Architect:
- Robert Von Hagge & Bruce Devlin
- Greens Type:
- Bent Grass
- Greens Condition
- Greens Difficulty
- Beware of water on 4 holes and the 38 sand traps.
Texas Outside Rating
- Overall Rating:
- 9.5 out of 10
- Fun to Play:
- Front Nine Rating:
- Back Nine Rating:
FEES & AMENITIES
Rates: $45.00 to $85.00
Service is very good and country friendly. The pro shop has all the basics. The practice facilities are adequate. And the Resort amenities are excellent.