About 15 minutes from Ft Worth and just off I-30 is the fun and challenging Lost Creek Golf Club. The course meanders through gently rolling terrain within the Lost Creek housing development and with four holes playing along Lost Creek. Par is 71, the back nine has 3 par 3s and 2 par 5s, and yardage from the three sets of tee boxes is short with ranges from 5057 to 6388. Don't let the yardage be deceiving, Lost Creek has plenty of challenges to make up for the yardage and the slope from the tips is 126.
Some of what makes this course very challenging include: narrow tree lined slots off the tee box as well as some narrow approaches to the greens; water on 9 holes that can come into play; some blind shots; dog legs that require a precise landing to make the turn; elevated tee boxes and greens; and lots of trees and some houses to contend with. Take number nine for example - a 526 yard dogleg right par 5 with a relatively narrow tree lined fairway that requires a good drive, a precise second shot to avoid the ravine and creek about 100 yards out from the green, and an accurate chip to a downhill green protected with a trap in the front and back. The 16 traps are in above average condition and most are protecting the greens.
The fairways are a little rough and patchy and could use some work - part of this could be the fact that they were still in transition from winter to summer when we played. You'll find some fairways have slope that needs to be managed and hard fairways result in lots of roll and some wild bounces which at times seems like your ball hit the cart path or a trampoline! The greens are a tad smaller than normal, about average condition, and have slope typically back to the fairway. When we played they were very slow and a little bumpy.
What makes Lost Creek fun to play, in addition to the variety of challenges, is the course's character and layout with no two holes the same. Not only is the course fun and challenging, it is an excellent bargain, particularly with some of the specials offered on the Lost Creek website.
Rates: $21.00 to $38.00
Service is good. The beverage cart shows up frequently and the club house facilities are very good. You'll find a driving range, putting green, and chipping green to help you get ready to play this fun 18.
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.