Review of the Legends Country Club in Stephenville
The Legends Country Club in Stephenville opened for play in 1979 and over the years has hosted several University Interscholastic League events. The course changed ownership in 2014 and they hired a new superintendent in late 2016. When we played the course in 2006, the conditions were not the best and we gave the course a very low rating. During our round in 2019 we were amazed at the transition from 2006 to 2019 - the conditions were much better and we found the course much more fun to play.
Part of what makes playing the Legends Country Club interesting and worth playing is that there are some challenging holes that require accuracy off the tee box, the greens are small which puts a premium on your approach shots, and each of the nines is very different.
The front nine is the best of the two nines and it meanders through a medium-priced community with most holes lined by homes and trees on each side. On this nine you'll find 7 doglegs, a fun par three over water, small raised greens, and some tight fairways.
The back nine plays through what was most likely some farmland - it's flat and very open with a few trees on several holes that can block your shot, six doglegs, and water on three holes. The fairways are tight to ample but miss them and you're most likely lost in some tall thick native grass. The greens on this nine are also small, most are raised, and they are much harder than the front nine thanks to tiers and a lot more contour and slope.
Some of the holes that we really liked included:
The greens a Legends Country Club are small, mostly oval, and raised - a couple are like the back of a small turtle. When we played they were in good condition and they normally run around an 8. The front nine greens have some minor slope and the back has more slope and undulation.
The fairways range from tight to below-average width and the rough was wide and playable - but miss the rough and you're in a back yard on the front or in dense tall native grass on the back. The fairways and rough were in fair condition considering that the summer had record heat and no rain - as such, they were dry, mostly brown, and firm.
There is only one bunker and it's overrun with some weeds and dirt.
Rates: $30.00 to $35.00
Service if country friendly but there is no cart service. The facilities are a bit dated but clean and functional. The driving range and putting green are adequate and pro shop has a limited supply of the basics. The bar and grill are good with a variety of breakfast and lunch choices.
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.