Duck Creek Golf Course Review

Texas Outside Rating: 7.6

Golf - Public Course · 18 Holes · Par 71
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Duck Creek Golf Course Review

Review of Duck Creek Golf Club in Garland

In 2013, On Course Strategies acquired what was known as Oak Ridge Golf Course.  When On Course Strategies took over, the course and facilities were in very poor condition and On Course Strategies is to be commended for doing a fantastic job of improving the playability and conditions (i.e., they added all new greens, removed over 40 bunkers) of the course as well as the facilities. 

Michael Hurdzan designed the par 71 6523 yard course to leverage the towering trees and the meandering Duck Creek to create a round of golf that is fun for beginners as well as advanced golfers.  The course has a lot of character, requires some shot making to avoid the hazards, and calls for an equal application of power and finesse.  You’ll find some tight fairways, water on 14 holes, several forced carries, and some dog legs. 

Some of the holes that we liked include:

·        #3 a 475 yard par 5 is fun – a pond on the right and creek along half of the left side can catch your ball if you spray it and you need to manage the creek when it crosses the fairway at 190 out and then cuts back to narrow the fairway and make for a tough approach to a raised green  guarded by trees, the creek, and bunker

·        #14 is a 394 yard par 4 that requires accuracy all the way – off the tee you need to avoid the creek crossing the middle of the fairway and position your drive for a second shot to the dog leg left green with a big left side bunker

·        #18 is a hole you’ll want to play again – the creek cuts in front of the tee box to form a pond that lines the entire left side than cuts across the front of the green with a bunker on the left back side – you’ve got a good risk reward shot off the tee if you want to try and shorten the hole by carrying more of the pond

Most of the fairways at Duck Creek are lined by homes on one or both sides and lots of  trees.  The trees are spaced apart which makes it much easier to find your ball and get back to the fairway.  When we played the fairways were in pretty good shape and significantly improved over what they were before On Course Strategies took over.  The rough was thick, primarily due to all of the recent rain, and demanding.  The fairways are flat to very gently rolling and range from wide open let-er-rip to fairly tight and you better leave the big dog in the bag.

The greens are a variety of shapes and sizes with gentle to no slope or contour.  Some are raised and others are great for bump and run.  Because the greens are relatively new and the weather over the previous six months had been horrible, there were some rough and damaged spots.  The greens held the ball well, ran true, and were a tad slow which may have been due to the rain.

The Duck Creek Golf Club bunkers were in very good condition with soft and deep fluffy sand.  The lips are manageable and not real steep.  Some of the bunkers are surrounded with a thick cut of grass that may stop your ball from rolling in the bunker but the bad news is that you’ll most likely have a very demanding shot because of the thick grass. 

The pro shop has all the basics, the practice facilities are adequate, and the grill serves burgers, sandwiches, and dogs plus free coffee and bagels in the morning!

Head Pro's Corner


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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Blue 6,523 71.3 125
White 6,097 69.2 119
Red 5,103 70.7 118

Course Information

Course Architect:
Jack Kidwell & Mike Hurdzan
Greens Type:
Emerald Bermuda
Greens Condition
Greens Difficulty
Fairway Condition
Bunker Condition
Beware of water on 14 holes and the 8 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

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


Approximate Weekend
$15.00 to $42.00

Service is ok, the pro shop has the basics, and there is a range and grill with a limited breakfast and burgers, sandwiches and more for lunch. Practice facilities are ok.



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.