Along the shoreline of Lake Lewisville is unequivocally one of the best nine hole course in Texas - Stewart Peninsula. Avid Golfer agrees with us and Dallas Morning News rated it the 2nd best in Texas in 2008 (everyone is wrong at least once!). Inspired by the architecture of both Scotland's classic links courses and California's Monterrey Peninsula coastal courses, this Tripp Davis design presents unique challenges on every hole which forces you to play smart if you want to score well.
Stewart Peninsula has a huge common green with two different flags, so each nine you play from a different tee box to a different side of a common green. My ball seemed to always land on the wrong side of the green and close to the wrong pin. Golf is a mental game and part of the mental game here is to remember which color flag to shoot for - and you know your partner/opponent is not going to tell you! There are three gold tee boxes and three red, which means you have plenty of choices with varying yardages - for example, you might choose to play the back red tee box the first nine and the back golds the second nine. The choices make the each nine play differently from the approach shots through putting.
Stewart Peninsula has a lot character and each hole is unique and offers it own set of challenges which might include: water, traps, natural grass areas, blind shots, dog legs, sloping and rolling fairways - making club selection critical. This course also puts a premium on target golf from the tee box through the approach. Traditionally, the wind is blowing at Lake Lewisville but the good news is that the wind factor changes every two holes as the course changes direction. Par is 66 and from the tips the total yardage is only 5325 (4 par 3s and 1 par 5) but you will still find this course very fun and challenging. For example, take the #1 handicap hole which is 432 yards and requires a precise drive to carry the ravine and land on a narrow uphill fairway - miss left or right and you're history, overshoot and you're in the trees or trap. Survive that with an excellent landing and you just might be able to see and risk a shot to the dog right uphill well protected green. Most likely, you'll have to layup with a precise shot that needs to roll down a hill and stop before the wetlands, leaving up a dramatic uphill shot to the green. A very fun but challenging hole that will test your drive, approach shot, and your go-for-it attitude!
When we last played, the fairways and greens were not in as good condition as when we played before, but the course was still in transition from winter to summer. The greens are huge, but your side of the green can be small so your iron shots are extremely important to score well.
We enjoy camping on Lake Lewisville and then boating over to the courtesy dock which is a short nine iron away from the clubhouse. Check out Texas Outside's Coupons for a great deal at Stewart Peninsula.
Rates: $25.00 to $39.00
Service is good, the food is limited to snacks and dogs, and there is no driving range. The pro shop has a limited supply of equipment and gear.
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.