Old Brickyard Golf Course in Ferris is about 20 miles south of Dallas on Interstate 45 and is well worth the drive - this is a fantastic course. The course leverages the natural terrain to create lots of elevation changes and ups and downs. Old Brickyard is also on the site of the old Ferris Brick Company and the course was designed around three quarries that were dug out by the brick company. Coupled together, the quarries and the elevation changes make Old Brickyard a very fun, unique, and interesting 18 holes of golf.
Old Brickyard is short by today's standards - three tee boxes with yardages from 4478 to 6280 - but it's still no walk in the park. The front nine is outstanding - it's challenging, unique, and every hole is different from the others. This nine is the hardest of the nines and is probably a little longer than the scorecard claims thanks to elevation changes and uphill shots. You'll encounter several elevation changes, blind shots, lots of ups and downs, ravines and valleys, water, pinched fairways, and elevated greens. The bad news is that three of the holes play along busy Interstate 45 which can be a little distracting, but the good news is that those few holes demand focus and you may not even notice the cars and trucks buzzing by. A very fun nine.
The back nine of Old Brickyard is a little flatter and more traditional but has several interesting and demanding holes as it plays around the three old quarries. This nine may be easier of the nines but it still ate three of my golf balls and caused me to get some sand in my hair!
Some of our favorite holes include:
We played in the middle of August when all of Texas was suffering from a harsh winter and a severe drought and 99% of the Texas courses were in pretty poor condition. That was also the case with Old Brickyard Golf Course - the fairways were dry and cracked and hard and firm. The rough was the same with a sprinkling of weeds and dirt. The lack of rain also meant that they were pumping from the quarries which were down 5 to 7 feet.
The greens on the other hand were near perfect with little to no browning or damage. They held the ball well, ran true, but were a little slow and bumpy. They ranged in size from average to large and all had some gentle to severe slope. Some were raised, some well guarded, and some difficult thanks to tiers and slope.
The bunkers were average with hard firm sand.
Bottom line - Old Brickyard Golf Course is a blast to play with some very fun and unique holes, lots of variety, and some demanding holes. It is also a great deal and they have lots of coupons and specials available to save you even more money.
Rates: $20.00 to $45.00
Service is ok, the proshop has the basics, and the range and putting green are adequate. The bar and grill has hot dogs and pre-made sandwiches, chips, and candy bars only.
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.