Denton Country Club Review

Texas Outside Rating: 9.0

Golf - Private Course · 18 Holes · Par 71
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Denton Country Club Review

Review and Rating of Denton Country Club in Denton Texas

Denton Country Club is a private country club with tennis courts, a swimming pool, fitness center, dining services, and an excellent 18 hole golf course.  The Ralph Plummer designed golf course has been around since 1922 yet Denton Country Club remains a hidden gem.  This member owned golf course is spectacular with a whole lot of everything that keeps us coming back to play this tough and frustrating game.  During your round you'll encounter surprising elevation changes with beautiful views of the country side, water on 9 different holes, perfect sand bunkers, some unique and fun holes, a meandering creek that can cause some problems, and excellent greens plus a variety of shot making opportunities as well as some risk reward shots. 

Some of the holes at Denton Country Club that we really liked include:

  • #1 was a huge surprise - an elevated tee box with a dramatic view and 440 yards down a tight tree lined fairway with a big bunker in your landing zone and a slight left to a green with water on it's right side
  • #6 is a fun 341 yard par 4 with a risk reward opportunity off the tee box if you think you can carry a pond, trees, and bunker and stuff it on the fairway for a shorter approach shot
  • #10 has a elevated tee shot, a hill to climb and then back down toward to an oblong green with a long bunker covering the entire front of the green
  • #18 is a great finishing hole with an uphill dogleg right climb past some grass bunkers and 3 sand bunkers to a green set off to the right side

When we played in February the bent grass greens at Denton Country Club were in near perfect condition.  They were rolling fast at around 11 or more, ran true, and held the ball well.  The greens are a variety of shapes and sizes, some are raised, and all but one are guarded by one to three bunkers.  The greens don't have any dramatic contour or slope but they have plenty of subtle breaks that can surprise you. 

The bunkers were perfect - soft, fluffy, thick sand that was a joy to hit out of.  The bunker lips aren't real tall but tall enough to stop your ball from rolling out!  They were very well maintained and in excellent condition.

The fairways at Denton Country Club were also in very good condition.  They are all tree lined, some are tight, and most have some slope or contour.  The rough was dormant but looks like it would normally be thick and challenging.

Bottom - a great 18 that you should try to use some reciprocal rights to play!

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Black 6,718 72.4 135
Blue 5,554 68.0 120
White 5,054 70.0 129
Gold 6,330 71.0 133

Course Information

Course Architect:
Ralph Plummer
Greens Type:
Greens Condition
Greens Difficulty
Fairway Condition
Bunker Condition
Course Map
Beware of water on 9 holes and the 32 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
9.0 out of 10
Fun to Play:
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Initiation Fees: Under $10,000
Monthly Dues: $401 to $600

Service is excellent, the pro shop has a good supply of everything, the paractice facilities are great, and the club amenities are outstanding.



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.