Bear Creek Golf Club - East Course Review

Texas Outside Rating: 8.2

Golf - Public Course · 18 Holes · Par 72
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Bear Creek Golf Club - East Course Review

Review & Rating of Bear Creek East Course in

Conveniently located less than a half mile from DFW airport, Bear Creek Golf Club offers 36 holes of very good golf. In addition to offering exceptional golf, Bear Creek is a perfect place to host a corporate event.

Bear Creek has been named among the "Top 50 Resort Courses in America" by Golf Digest and one of the "10 Great Places to Golf" by The Wall Street Journal which validates the challenge, allure, and shot values found on the two distinct layouts - the West and East Courses. Bear Creek has been the host to the PGA Tour Qualifiers, the Texas State Open, the AJGA National Tournament, the PGA National Golf Series, and NTPGA Sectional Tournaments.

We played the East course and really enjoyed it, particularly the front nine. It offered a little bit of everything that makes golf fun - great condition, good variety, blind shots, some good risk reward choices, dog legs, ups and downs, and pretty scenery. The course is relatively short at 6670 from the tips, but still requires good club selection from the tee box and precise approach shots to well protected greens.

When we played both the greens and fairways were in excellent condition and the course itself is very well maintained. The greens are about average size, average speed, and didn't seem that difficult to read. The back nine is more traditional, a little easier, and not quite as fun as the front. Avoid the traps, the sand is not the best on the back nine. We haven't played Bear Creek in awhile and in April 2016 a visitor send us this email: "I suggest you take another look at the condition of Bear Creek Golf Course in Dallas, Texas. Neither course is being well maintained. I play out here regularly. Traps need sand. The greens are inconsistent, rarely aerated and several have large areas of sand and no grass. Many of the tee boxes are so hard you can't get a tee in them. Also there are a lot of washed out areas with holes that need dirt and grass."

This is a fun course to play, an excellent value with a coupon or at twilight, and a course to add to your list. Make sure you check Bear Creek's website for some specials before you head out to play. In 2009 they had a fantastic Player Development Program - for example, for $29 a month you get unlimited use of the practice facilities, free participation in instructional clinics, 25% off merchandise, 10% off personalized instruction, and only have to pay for the cart fee when you play - can't beat that for a great deal on an outstanding course.

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Blue 6,670 73.4 138
White 6,282 71.7 133
Red 5,620 69.1 123

Course Information

Course Architect:
Ted Robinson
Greens Condition
Greens Difficulty
Beware of water on 7 holes and the 53 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
8.2 out of 10
Fun to Play:
Front Nine Rating:
Back Nine Rating:


Approximate Weekend
$35.00 to $69.00

On our recent visit we found the service lacking - the staff wasn't very friendly, and the cart service was slow and had no food.



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.