Fossil Creek, The Golf Club At Review

Texas Outside Rating: 8.5

Golf - Public Course · 18 Holes · Par 72
Ft. Worth
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Fossil Creek, The Golf Club At Review

In 2006 the Dallas Morning News rated Fossil Creek as #16 in their Top 25 Best Daily Fee courses. Fossil Creek is a great course with lots of: water (14 holes, which can cause a lot of trouble); creeks and ravines to cross; hazards including sand; variety and doglegs (13); rolling hills with minor elevation changes; and tricky greens - now that's what makes a course fun, challenging, yet fair!

You may want to leave your driver at home on this relatively short course that requires excellent club selection and course management. Although the course is not real narrow, if you get in the rough you will have some more trouble. Did all of that scare you away, I hope not because if you play this course I know you will really like it. Fossil Creek is very pretty, in good condition, and very reasonable. In the November 2003 issue, Avid Golfer rated the Golf Club at Fossil Creek number 1 of the Best Golf Club with green fees of $40 to $60 and #1 of the best Bermuda greens

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Blue 6,457 71.1 121
White 6,006 68.7 115
Gold 6,865 73.6 131
Red 5,066 68.5 111

Course Information

Greens Type:
Tiff Eagle
Greens Condition
Greens Difficulty
Beware of water on 14 holes and the 47 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

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


Approximate Weekend
$33.00 to $65.00


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.