Pecan Ridge Golf Course is located in Scurry about 45 miles southeast of Dallas. This one of those country courses that was carved out of the trees and pastures and designed by a local farmer trying to make a little more money off his land than he could by grazing cattle. It’s also one of those good news bad news kind of courses.
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The front nine is not real exciting with several holes that run side by side and holes that are fairly traditional and straightforward. With side by side fairways, you’ve got lots of room for spraying the ball and if you land in another fairway you'll most likely you’ll be able to easily hit straight toward your green. The front nine has a couple dog legs, blind shots, downhill approaches, and water that can come into play on three holes.
The front is short with yardages of 2860, 3035, and 3225 and there are three par 5s for a total par of 37. Number 8 is a fun hole with an uphill blind shot to a kiddie roller coaster fairway leading to a tough approach shot (thanks to water on the left and trees on the right that pinch the fairway) to a downhill but slightly elevated green.
The greens and fairways on the back nine seemed to be in a little better condition and this nine has a little more character. The back nine is a par 35 and even shorter at 2250, 2415, and 2525 yards but it’s a lot more fun and has some interesting and challenging holes. For example:
The fairways at Pecan Ridge Golf Club were dry and parched when we played in June. Like most courses they were struggling thanks to a drought that was causing problems at most Texas courses. On the front the fairways are wide and forgiving but a little tighter and more challenging on the back. The fairways are gently rolling and some are contoured and sloping.
The greens were also struggling and in very bad condition with lots of damage thanks to the drought as well as snow and freezing conditions during the winter. Most of the greens are oval and a tad smaller than normal. They hold the ball fairly well but are slow and bumpy. Most have some minor slope.
Bottom line - very affordable rates but not the best of conditions when we played during the drought in 2011 but a good course to play with family and beginners and practice a variety of shots - much more fun than the range!
Rates: $14.00 to $25.00
Service ok but don't expect cart service. The pro shop has some snacks, gold drinks (no alcohol), and microwave burgers. There are no practice facilities.
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.