Review of Tascosa Golf Club Tascosa Course
Tascosa Golf Club in northwestern Amarillo is the premier residential and golf community in the Panhandle and its home to some huge beautiful homes, a resort style clubhouse, pool complex, tennis center, and two outstanding private 18 hole golf courses - La Paloma and Tascosa. Each of two courses are a little different and each has it's own unique personality and characteristics:
Tascosa Golf Club’s Tascosa Course was built in the 1950’s and is typical of most older courses – it’s short at 6538 yards and very traditional and straight forward with generous tree lined fairways, no surprises, 21 bunkers most of which guard the greens, and several dog legs. What defines Tascosa is good service, very good conditions, and excellent fast greens with subtle breaks.
Some of the holes that we enjoyed included:
The fairways at Tascosa Golf Course are lined by tall mature trees – a surprise for us and not expected in the dry Panhandle Plains – and some huge beautiful homes on the back nine, which shouldn’t come into play unless you really spray the ball. The fairways, with a couple of exceptions, are generous from tee to pin and were in very good condition when we played. As you might expect during the Texas drought, the rough had a few bare spots and it was cut thin and playable. Position off the tee box on all of the dog legs is critical for a par.
The Tascosa greens were near perfect – smooth as velvet, excellent condition, soft, and fast at around 10 to 11. All have some very subtle breaks as well as some not so subtle slope – to score well on Tascosa you’ll need to master these challenging greens. The greens are average to large and all shapes and sizes and all of them have a 2’ to 4’ puttable fringe.
There aren’t a lot of bunkers to contend with and we found it relatively easy to avoid them. The vast majority of the bunkers are guarding the greens. The sand is soft and deep and fun to hit out of.
Bottom line - the Tascosa 18 is a good playable 18 that offers an opportunity to turn in a good score if you can putt.
Initiation Fees: Under $10,000
Monthly Dues: $201 to $400
Service is top notch and a cart boy will meet you in the parking lot to load and unload your clubs. The clubhouse at the Tascosa course is limited and there is a grill that serves burgers, dogs, and more. The main clubhouse and proshop are at the La Paloma course. There is a range and putting green.
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.