Hidden Creek Golf Course Review

Texas Outside Rating: 8.0

Golf - Public Course · 18 Holes · Par 72
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Hidden Creek Golf Course Review

Owned and operated by the City of Burleson, Hidden Creek is a fun and challenging 18 holes of golf. At 6829 yards from the tips and with a slope of 139 and rating of 73.8, it is no wonder that for two years running, the Ft. Worth Business Press rated Hidden Creek the "Toughest public golf course" in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex. In addition, the Dallas Business Journal has voted Hidden Creek in the "top five public golf courses in the state." With 2009 weekend rates ranging from $20 to $38, it is also one of the best values in the metroplex.

To get you comfortable with the challenges you'll encounter, the first hole sets the stage. It is a par 4 409 yard down hill run to a dog leg right green. The fairway is a little tight and the approach needs to be precise - and this is only the 8th toughest hole. Here are a few other examples of what makes this a fun and challenging course: #5 is a par five where your drive needs to be precise to avoid the trees and native area and give you a shot at the jog right and then jog left up to the green - a good risk reward opportunity here; #18 will make you want to come back to try and play this tough little hole again - 404 yards with a sharp dog leg left uphill to a well protected green - your shot off the tee box needs to be precise to make the turn and avoid the trees, ravine, or end of the fairway; or #4 which has a split fairway with the right side looking shorter and easier but it is full of berms and ups and downs while the left side is longer plus your drive needs to be positioned for the second shot to fly the trees to the green or long enough to have a clear shot to the dog leg right green.

When we played in August 2009, the greens had just been airated and were sandy, held very well, and were a little fast. The greens are about average size, with some slope and undulation, and were in very good condition. The fairways were a little rough in spots, dry (after all it was August and 100 degrees and little rain!), and provided lots of roll. The fairways are tree lined and range from wide and forgiving "let-er-rip" to a little tight and challenging. All of the fairways had some mounding, berms, and contour or slope. You'll encounter both fairway and green-side bunkers with pretty good sand and some water comes into play on a few holes. Lack of rain had dried up a couple of the ponds the were showing on the map.

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Blue 6,369 70.9 133
White 5,734 67.8 120
Gold 6,829 73.8 139
Red 5,003 66.7 110

Course Information

Course Architect:
Steven Plumer
Greens Type:
Champion Bermuda
Greens Condition
Greens Difficulty
Course Map
Beware of water on 8 holes and the 32 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
8.0 out of 10
Fun to Play:
Front Nine Rating:
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Approximate Weekend
$20.00 to $38.00

Service is good and there is a range and putting green. Food is ok with burgers, dogs, and sandwiches at reasonable prices.



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.