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Best Private Golf Courses In Texas

Throughout the great State of Texas you will find some fantastic private golf courses. Below is a list of the best Texas private courses that we have played in Dallas, Houston, the Hill Country, Austin, and other parts of Texas. If you are looking for a private membership based golf club, these are some of the best in Texas. We have also included the Best Private Courses in Texas according to other sources like Avid Golfer, Golf Digest, and others. You should also check out our Golf Communities Page and our Featured Texas Golf Communities, both of which have a list of some outstanding private Texas Golf Course Communities

It's not fair to consider public, private, and resort courses in one category, as such, we rated each one separately and here is a link to the Best Public Courses in Texas and Best Resort Courses in Texas.

Texas Outside's Top Rated Private Golf Courses In Texas


Avid Golfer 2015 - Best Dallas Private Country Clubs

Best Overall Country Club - The Vaquero Club

Best Overall Golf Club - The Dallas National Golf Club

First Class Category (Initiation over $60,000)
Elite Category (Initiation $25,001-$59,999)
Mid-Priced (Initiation $10,001-$25,000)
Value-Priced (Initiation $10,000 & Under)
Shady Oaks Country Club
The Sports Club
Dallas Athletic Club Trophy Club Country Club
Royal Oaks Country Club
Stonebriar Country Club
Mira Vista Country Club
Brookhaven Country Club
Dallas Country Club
Bent Tree Country Club
Ridglea Country Club
The Clubs of Prestonwood
Brook Hollow Golf Club
Gleneagles Country Club
Las Colinas Country Club
Canyon Creek Country Club
Lakewood Country Club
The Lakes at Castle Hills
Stonebridge Ranch Country Club (dual membership) Hackberry Creek Country Club
Best Golf Club (Over $20,000)
Best Golf Club (Under $20,000)
Best Overall Value
Preston Trail Golf Club Timarron Country Club
Stonebriar Country Club
TPC Craig Ranch Lantana Golf Club
Ridglea Country Club
  The Retreat Golf Club
Stonebridge Ranch CC - Both
Gentle Creek Golf Club
Trophy Club Country Club
The Retreat Golf Club


Barton Creek - Fazio CourseThe RetreatRiverplace Country ClubBrookhaven Country Club

Avid Golfer 2014

Best Dallas Private Golf Courses

Cowboys Golf Club
The Vaquero Club
The Old American Golf Club
The Sports Club
The Tribute Golf Club
Shady Oaks Country Club
Texas Star Golf Course
Brook Hollow Golf Club
Heritage Ranch Golf & CC Dallas Country Club
Bridlewood Golf Club The Northwood Club
Tierra Verde Golf Club Stonebriar Country Club
Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club Colonial Country Club
The Golf Club at Fossil Creek Gleneagles Country Club
Coyote Ridge Golf Club

Avid Golfer 2014

Best Hill Country Private Golf Courses

The University of Texas Golf Club
Austin Country Club
The Hills of Lakeway - Hills Course
Summit Rock Golf Club
Twin Creeks Country Club
Spanish Oaks Golf Club
Austin Golf Club s
Cimarron Hills Golf and Country Club
The Hills Country Club - Flintrock Falls

Avid Golfer 2013

Best San Antonio Country Clubs

Best Overall Country Club - The Clubs of Cordillera

Luxury Class Over $30,000
Mid-Priced Under $30,000
Boot Ranch Oak Hills Country Club
Dominion Country Club Fair Oaks Ranch Golf & CC
Club at Commanche Trace The Club at Sonterra


Avid Golfer 2010 - Best Houston Private Clubs

Best Overall Country Club - The Club at Carlton Woods
Best Overall Golf Club - Whispering Pines Golf Club

First Class Category (Initiation over $50,000-$99,000)
Elite Category (Initiation $20,001-$49,000)
Mid-Priced (Initiation $10,001-$20,000)
Best Private Club -Over $100,000
Miramont Country Club Houstonian Golf Club The Clubs at Kingwood River Oaks C C
Royal Oaks Country Club Champions Golf Club Bay Oaks Country Club Shadow Hawk G C
Lochinvar Golf Club

Bentwater Yacht & Country Club

Walden on Lake Conroe

Houston Country Club
Lakeside Country Club Woodlands Country Club Deerwood Golf Club  
  Redstone Golf Club Northgate Country Club
Best Golf Experience
Best Family Club
Whispering Pines Golf Club The Clubs at Kingwood
The Club at Carlton Woods - Nicklaus Course The Woodlands Country Club
Champions Golf Club - Cypress Course Northgate Country Club
Shadow Hawk Golf Club Sweetwater Country Club
Bentwater - Grand Pines Course Hearthstone Country Club

Best Private Golf Courses in The Houston Area

1. Whispering Pines Golf Club 11. Lochinvar Golf Club
2. The Club at Carlton Woods-Nicklaus Course 12. Bentwater Yacht & Country Club-Grand Pines Course
3. Champions Golf Club-Cypress Course 13. Champions Golf Club-Jack Rabbit
4. Miramont Country Club 14. Houston Country Club
5. The Club at Carlton Woods-Fazio Creekside Course 15. Deerwood Golf Club
6. River Oaks Country Club 16. Traditions Club at Texas A&M
7. Shadow Hawk Golf Club 17. Royal Oaks Country Club
8. Walden on Lake Conroe 18. Woodlands Country Club-Tournament Course
9. Houstonian Golf & Country Club 19. Bentwater Yacht & Country Club-Miller Course
10. Redstone Golf Club-Members Course 20.Lakeside Country Club


Dallas Morning News

Top Ten Private Golf Courses Texas

Whispering Pines Golf Club Trinity
Dallas National Golf Club Dallas
Colonial Country Club Fort Worth
Preston Trail Golf Club Dallas
Cordillera Ranch Boerne
Vaquero Westlake
Escondido Horseshoe Bay
Shady Oaks Country Club Fort Worth
Carlton Woods - Fazio Course The Woodlands
Boot Ranch Fredericksburg


Golf Digest Recognizes --Best Private & Public Golf Courses in Texas - 2009/2010

* 100 Greatest Golf Courses /+ Open to the Public

Dallas National Golf Club * Dallas The Hills C.C.-Flintrock Falls Austin
Spanish Oaks Golf Club Austin River Oaks Country Club Houston
Champions Golf Club Houston The Tribute Golf Club + * The Colony
Whispering Pines Golf Club Trinity Pecan Valley Golf Club + San Antonio
Colonial Country Club Fort Worth The Rowls Cse + Lubbock
Briggs Ranch Golf Club San Antonio Boot Ranch Golf Club Fredericksburg
The Club at Carlton Woods (Nicklaus) The Woodlands Brook Hollow Golf Club Dallas
The Club at Carlton Woods (Fazio) The Woodlands Escondido Golf Club Horseshoe Bay
Miramon Country Club Bryan The Clubs of Cordilera Ranch Boerne
Barton Creek Resort & Country Club Austin Lochinvar Golf Club Houston
Walden on Lake Conroe Golf Club Montgomery Texarkana Golf Ranch + Texarkana
The Vaquero Club Westlake Horseshoe Bay Resort (Ram Rock) + Austin
Cimarron Hill Country Club Georgetown La Cantera Golf Club (Palmer) + San Antonio
River Oaks Country Club Houston Austin Country Club Austin
TPC Craig Ranch McKinney Traditions Club at Texas A&M Bryan


How Texas Outside Rates Texas Golf Courses

Below is our list of criteria that we use to rate a golf course:

    • Beauty – tall trees, rolling hills, beautiful houses, waterfalls, and similar stuff would score high; a 1 would be a flat course with dead bushes instead of trees, power plants instead of multi million dollar homes, and some grass but mostly weeds. The pictures on this page are from courses that score high on the beauty scale.
    • 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 bunkers, plus that dreaded tree right in the middle of the fairway protecting your approach to a elevated well protected small green, we are talking a 10. This is a tough one because the harder they are, the more we like and as such rate them higher. This may be contrary to how you like to play.
    • 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 other people’s balls, but not much fun; and you could 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 “wow, now that was a great track and a lot of fun” and you can’t wait to get back, or you immediately turn around and play another 18 holes. We try to factor out how we played and our score - both of which can significantly impact how much fun you had on the course.
    • Value – a 7 might $50 to $60, a 10 is $20 to $40, 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 flat course, with six players on each hole was only $10; it would still get a value rating of 1. A courses that scores 9s and 10s on all the other categories, but costs $150 would most likely get a 7 to 9 on the value scale.
    • Overall Course Condition – this one’s pretty easy – what condition are the fairways, roughs, bunkers, and greens. A 10 means very lush perfectly manicured fairways, soft fluffy sand in the bunkers, roughs that aren't dirt or rocks, and fantastic greens. Compared to a rating of 1, which has fire ants, weeds, and more dirt than grass!

We also rate the green condition independently of the six above criteria that form the course rating. Very hard to read greens with lots of undulation, slope, and spine rate very high on the difficulty scale. Condition is self-explanatory.

At some courses each nine differs in a number of ways and we’ve found courses where the front nine is ugly and boring, but the back nine was fantastic – as such, we have provided an individual rating for each nine holes which does considers all of the above rating criteria but excludes value.