Indian Creek - Creek Course Review

Texas Outside Rating: 7.7

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

Indian Creek has 36 holes of great golf at very reasonable prices, particularly if you are a Carrollton resident or can find a coupon. The Creeks Course was built in 1984 and redesigned and renovated by Jeff Brauer in 1999. The course is consistently rated as one of the "Best Mid-Priced" and "Best City Owned" courses in Texas.

The course fairways meander through thousands of trees, across Indian Creek, and along the Trinity River. The fairways are wide, rolling, loaded with berms, and in very good condition. The approach shots and greens will test the best golfers. The greens are well protected and challenging to hit due to some narrow approaches, the shape of the green, water or trees, or the steep faced bunkers with soft fluffy sand. The green sizes vary from huge to oblong and all have some dramatic slope and undulation - pin placement can be a killer on some holes. We found the greens fast, in excellent condition, and requiring a lot of study due to the slope and undulation.

In addition to its great value, scenic beauty, and good condition, the Creeks Course offers lots of dog legs and variety, water on most of the holes, split fairways, some risk/reward shots, and some of the most challenging greens in town. This is a very fun course to play. The bad news is that it is also very popular, so the pace of play can be very slow - but don't let that stop you from playing the Creeks Course.

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Blue 6,775 73.7 136
White 6,217 70.6 134
Gold 7,235 75.6 139
Red 5,038 66.1 116

Course Information

Course Architect:
Jeff Brauer
Greens Condition
Greens Difficulty
Beware of water on 15 holes and the 70 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
7.7 out of 10
Fun to Play:
Front Nine Rating:
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Approximate Weekend
$33.00 to $63.00

The Pro Shop is well staffed, the staff is friendly, and you'll see the cart ladies frequently


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.