Review of Pecan Valley Hills Course
Avid Golfer (11-03) rated Pecan Valley #4 in "Hidden Gems" of the Best Public Courses. This is a typical municipal course - low prices, not a lot of variety, and aging facilities. The front nine is not real exciting and most of the holes are similar - straight, tree lined, and bunkers. You won't encounter any real trouble on the front nine. The back nine is much nicer with some doglegs, water and ravines to cross, and in general it is much prettier and a little harder. The course was in ok condition for March and the greens were in good shape. The greens are large but hard to read due to a lot of undulation - study your putts carefully. Pecan Valley was named #23 in the Dallas Morning News 2006 Top 25 Economy Courses ($44 and below).
Rates: $22.00 to $35.00
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.