Golf - Public Course · 18 Holes · Par 72
Devil's Thumb is a unique, remote and beautiful course. I played it again on day 2 of a 5 day golf road trip. The greens were in super shape in spite of the very dry winter. They'd actually hauled truckloads of water to the course in the winter to keep it in good shape.
Taking the gravel road entry to Devil's Thumb made us wonder if there really could be a golf course in this remote area years ago but it's paved now. But indeed there is and it's a real treat. The surrounding landscape looks like something one might expect on the moon.........or the mesa of Western Colorado.
Rick Phelps did a great job of carving a fun 18 hole track through some deep valleys and ravines. Lucky hole 13 is a classic. I liked the risk/reward off the tee but the pin was set on the crest of a ridge on the green that made the approach almost impossible to hold.
The 10th hole is a great driving hole dogleg right. Bite off as much as you dare by flying the pond and cattails. And 18 is a nice par 5 finishing hole.....as long as you avoid the pond on your right and in front of the green.
The fairways are lush and fairly wide. The roughs are very dry and rocky but recovery shots aren't too difficult in most cases.
The Devil's Thumb is visible on several of the holes.
I look forward to playing it again.
Writer, Recreation Travel Reviews
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.