Just south of Tyler, is Oak Hurst, a fun and challenging course that was designed by Carlton Gipson and opened for play in 1993. Carlton has designed a number of courses throughout the United States and over the years Oak Hurst has been recognized as "Diamonds in the Rough" by Dallas Morning News and it was awarded "Best Public Golf Course" by the readers of B-Scene magazine. Oak Hurst is an enjoyable course to play and a must play in you're in the area.
Oak Hurst Golf Course meanders through stately tall east Texas pines and leverages the natural terrain to create some enjoyable holes. During your round you'll encounter a little bit of everything that makes golf fun and challenging, for example:
The fairways are tree lined except for three or four holes that have some homes well back from the fairway. When we played the fairways were in near perfect condition (Darrell Chase, the head pro gives them a 10 when compared to any other fairways in East Texas) and a little dry with a few brown spots thanks to several days of 100 degree weather. A few fairways are tight but most are ample and some are wide and forgiving where you can let-er-rip from the tee box. If you miss the fairway, the first cut is very playable except for a few spots near the bunkers where it's a little thicker. Land under the trees and you'll most likely be on playable dirt or a bed of pine needles.
There are only 16 bunkers, most of which are guarding the greens, and all were in very good condition when we played. The sand is soft and the lips are not that tall.
The Oak Hurst Golf Course greens vary in size and shape but a lot of them are oblong which can be a little challenging to hit. They have minor slope and some undulation. Since they are Dwarf Tif the greens are never very fast (usually a 6 to 7) which took some time to get used to. They were true, rolled well, and easy to read.
Oak Hurst is a very fun course and an excellent value. Adjacent to Oak Hurst is it's sister course, Peach Tree Golf Course, which is an executive length, beginner friendly course favored by seniors, juniors, and those that are new to the game of golf. This shorter, more open links style golf course makes scoring much easier.
Rates: $28.00 to $37.00
Service is very good and country friendly. The pro shop has the basics and the practice facilities are adequate. The grill has sandwiches, burgers, fries, and more.
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.