Review and Rating of Firewheel's Old Course in Garland
Firewheel Golf Park, which is owned and operated by the City of Garland, has 63 holes of very good golf. The Bridges is the newest course and has 27 holes that are consistently rated as some of the best in the Dallas area. In 2013 the Bridges Course ranked #2 in Avid Golfer's List of the Best Mid-Priced Courses ($50-$59) jn the Dallas area. The Bridges is also a little more expensive than the Old Course and the Lakes Course.
The Old Course hasn't changed much since opening but the Lakes Course was substantially redesigned in 2001 and the bunkers were being redone in 2015. Here are links to our reviews of the Lakes Course, Bridges Champion Course, and the Bridges Masters Course.
The Old Course at Firewheel opened in 1983 and it's tree lined fairways play through gently rolling terrain, across a meandering creek, and around 65 bunkers. The front nine is a little longer, offers some good variety, and seems a little easier. A couple of the holes that we liked on the front included:
The back nine at Firewheel's Old Course is a little shorter than the front and it's a par 35 with 3 par 3s, 4 par 4s, and 3 par 5s. I think the back is a little tougher thanks to the creek that crosses every hole, strategically placed bunkers, and small greens with more undulation and slope. We liked:
The fairways are gently rolling creating some uphill and downhill shots and they range from wide open to tight and tree lined. Some homes line three or four fairways. The front nine fairways seemed to be in a little better condition but both nines fairways were dry and thin - which means some extra roll. The rough varied quite a bit - from thick and dense, to dry and thin, to a mixture of grass and dirt.
The greens at the Old Course at Firewheel range in size from small to about average and are a variety of shapes. They were in pretty good condition, held the ball well, and ran true but a little bumpy. Some are raised, others are flat, and all but three are guarded by one to three bunkers.
The bunkers need some sand and some TLC - the sand was very thin and in some cases very gritty and some weeds were starting to encroach into the bunkers. They range in size from small to about average and the lips are 1 to 6 inches - easy to hit over. The back nine greens seemed to have more slope and undulation.
Rates: $35.00 to $47.00
The pro shop is very well stocked, the practice facilities are good, and the grill serves some good food. Service is good.
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.