Review of Canyon West Golf Course, Weatherford, TX
Canyon West is a one-of-a-kind course and well worth the drive to Weatherford for 18 holes of fun golf. The golf course winds through 6,653 yards of the foothills of Parker County just 28 minutes west of Fort Worth. Canyon West features elevated tee boxes extending over 1000 feet in elevation, rolling fairways, eight lakes, and a magnificent panoramic view of four different counties. Adding to the majestic vistas are beautiful cascading waterfalls, streams, fountains, and limestone walls and jutting limestone stabs along the fairways. Rustic fences constructed out of cedar posts protect the native prairie grasses and wildflowers bordering the course.
You'll also find numerous wild west scenes from life in Texas in the 1800's (tee-pees, wagons, skeletons with arrows, old lanterns, plus iron sculptures of porcupines, coyotes, armadillos, boar and more) along some of the fairways plus prickly pear cactus (don't even think about trying to retrieve your ball from one of these dudes - leave that to a professional), mesquite and live oak trees to contend with, and wildlife - keep an eye out for the occasional skunk, he's there to tell you your last shot stunk.
Some of what we liked about playing Canyon West includes:
It's not surprising that Canyon West Golf Club was named one of the "Top Five New Golf Courses in the Southwest" by the Dallas Morning News and has received rave reviews from Golf Digest, Par Fore Magazine, Acer Internet Golfer, Southwest Golf Magazine, Texas Monthly, The Arlington Morning News, and Scratch Golfer Magazine. Canyon West's website says: "Challenge your game, awaken your senses, and have fun" and you'll do all of those when you play this course.
And there are some really fun holes like:
When we played in late April, the fairways were in very good condition and firm offering extra roll you'll need to manage. Most of the fairways are sloping and contoured and some are like a roller coaster ride. They are ample with a generous rough that's playable, but miss both and you'll lost in the water, natural areas, or dense trees. By todays standards the course is short from the tips and about average from the other tee boxes.
The Canyon West greens were also in very good condition, soft and held the ball well, and very true. The greens are all shapes and sizes from oval, to oblong, to 3 leaf clovers, to figure eight, and more. And they range in size from small to a little above average. They are gently sloping and some have some minor contour or in one case a ridge to contend with. The ran true at a speed of around 9 or so but they were a little bumpy,
The bunkers were a disappointment and needed work. The sand was thick and heavy, wet thanks to drainage issues, and some where thin thanks to the wind and rain damage. New sand has arrived and plans are under way to improve the bunkers.
Bottom line - this is a fun and scenic course with an excellent layout that is well worth going out of your way to play.
Rates: $35.00 to $65.00
Service is great - very friendly and helpful. The 7200 square foot native limestone clubhouse is impressive - it sits on a tall knoll with stunning 360 degree views of the course and four counties from an upscale wrap around bar and restaurant area. The pro shop has the basics and the putting area and driving range are adequate.
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!
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.