Cedar Crest Golf Course Review

Texas Outside Rating: 8.3

Golf - Public Course · 18 Holes · Par 72
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Cedar Crest Golf Course Review

This is a great course, particularly for the price. Cedar Crest opened as a country club in 1919 was home of the 1927 PGA championship. The City of Dallas purchased Cedar Crest in 1946. In 2004, D. A. Weibring renovated the course by regrassing the fairways, greens and tees with hybrid Bermuda turf, adding new sand bunkers, construction of a new golf practice range, plus the addition of a new clubhouse and banquet facility.

Cedar Crest offers a great variety of playing conditions with no two holes the same. Taking advantage of the rolling hills of South Dallas, you'll find plenty of elevation changes as the fairways go up and down the hills. Nine holes are doglegs adding a lot of variety and some challenges. Water can come into play on 10 holes and trees line all of the fairways. Most of the traps are on both sides of the green, requiring a more precise approach shot.

The fairways and greens were both in very good shape. Greens were about average size, some are table top (a number of times we watched our ball roll off the green, requiring a chip back up the hill) and gently sloping - a couple greens had some minor undulation. The greens seems true and fast and we had a tough time reading the breaks.

Par is 71 with 6 par 3s and 5 par 5s. The staff was very friendly and courteous. The views are fantastic, one hole has a great view of the Dallas skyline. Cedar Crest is well worth playing

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Blue 6,130 69.3 128
White 5,651 67.6 123
Gold 6,532 71.7 133
Red 4,969

Course Information

Course Architect:
A. W. Tillinghast/D. A. Weibring
Greens Condition
Greens Difficulty
Hard walk
Beware of water on 10 holes and the 36 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
8.3 out of 10
Fun to Play:
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Approximate Weekend
$30.00 to $38.00


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.