Tanglewood Golf Course Review

Texas Outside Rating: 7.4

Golf - Resort Public Course · 18 Holes · Par 72
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Tanglewood Golf Course Review

Tanglewood Golf course is part of the Tanglewood Resort and Conference Center on beautiful Lake Texoma. The course was designed by Arnold Palmer and renowned architect Ralph Plummer and was completed in 1973. The course is tree lined and flat to gently rolling terrain with a couple holes that take advantage of the hills.

The fairways were in very good condition and fairly narrow - miss them and you are in some deep rough, so play the clubs that you hit straight and you should score well. Water comes into play on 7 holes and except for a couple of tough approach shots, you should be able to avoid getting wet. In general the course is not that challenging - there is no real tree trouble, on most holes you can see the pin, and the majority of the bunkers are around the green. Depending on how the rough is cut, it can be a challenge.

The greens were replaced in 2007 with a new type of grass - Diamond Zoysia and when we played they were still maturing and should be in excellent condition within another month. The greens are above average size, have minor undulation, and seemed slow and true.

There are a couple memorable holes, but most of the holes are straightforward with a similar look and play. Tanglewood is a typical resort course designed to ensure that you have a good and enjoyable round so you'll come back and play it again. Don't misinterpret this review, Tanglewood is an excellent course, at a reasonable value, and very enjoyable to play. Tanglewood Resort is fantastic and offers great accommodations, very good food, lots of amenities and fun things to do, and a very attractive Stay & Play package - so what are you waiting for, grab the family and some friends and head up to Tanglewood.

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Black 6,993 73.5 128
Blue 5,986 68.3 118
White 5,423 67.1 111
Gold 6,536 71.1 125
Red 4,925 70.5 123

Course Information

Greens Type:
Diamond Zoysia
Greens Condition
Greens Difficulty
Beware of water on 7 holes and the 37 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
7.4 out of 10
Fun to Play:
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Approximate Weekend
$36.00 to $60.00


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! 
Texas Outside rates courses on the following:

  • Beauty – tall trees, rolling hills, beautiful houses, waterfalls, and similar stuff would score high; a 1 would be flat, bushes or cactus instead of trees, and some grass but mostly weeds
  • Difficulty – a straight, 300 yard par 4 with no traps or hazards, no out of bounds or water would probably get a 1; if it is a 460 yard par 4 over two ravines, with water along one side, natural hazards on the other, strategically placed traps or that dreaded tree right in the middle of the fairway, we are talking a 10. 
  • Variety – what would you give a course where all the holes looked and played exactly the same (“I thought we just played that hole!”); were side-by-side, which is good for finding or dodging other people’s balls, but not much fun; and you can see the flag from every tee box?  That’s right, it gets a 1.
  • Fun Scale – a 10 is where you walk off the course and say “now that was fun” and you can’t wait to get back, or you immediately turn around and play another 18 holes
  • Value – a 5 is $50 to $60, a 10 is $20 to $30, and 1 is $200 or so – of course all of this is dependent upon how you liked the course.  For example, if a run down, boring municipal course, with six players on each hole was only $10; it would still get a value rating of 1.
  • Condition – this one’s pretty easy – what condition are the fairways. A 10 commands very lush perfectly manicured fairways, compared to a 1, which has fire ants, weeds, and more dirt than grass!
  • Condition of Greens and Difficulty – very hard to read greens with lots of undulation and tough pin placement, rate very high on the difficulty scale.  Condition is self-explanatory.  

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.