The Bridges Golf Club is a Fred Couples Signature Golf Course that opened for public play in October 2008. This 18 hole, 7612 yard links course, was designed by Jeffrey Brauer (designer of Cowboys, Trials of Frisco, and others) to take advantage of the natural contours and features of the legendary Double M Ranch. The course is now part of a 1580 acre community - The Bridges at Preston Crossing. As you drive into the community, you will immediately notice a new beautiful clubhouse that overlooks the pond and the outstanding 18th hole - you immediately sense that you are in for a fun day of golf.
From my perspective, the front nine of The Bridges is one of the best and truest "links" courses in Texas. With that said, I looked up the definition of a links course and here is what I found: "a traditional links course will have many - perhaps all - of the following features:
If you like a links course you're going to love the front nine and will cherish the back, which seems a little more traditional but still has a links feel. The back nine also has a couple very fun holes. The number 2 handicap #14 for example is a 626 yard (don't fear, that's from the tips!) par 5 downhiller that requires some strategic shot making and decisions from the tee box. For the long straight hitters this may not be that tough, but for the rest of us, you need to decide on which of the split fairways to take keeping in mind the left one will require you carry a pond and then need a great second shot to the left side of the green and high and far enough to avoid the the trees protecting the green. If you take what appears to be the safer right fairway and head straight to the hole, you'll face a huge bunker and numerous tall berms/mounds on the way to the green. This is the kind of fun and challenging hole that you want to play again and try the other route to the green. #18 is another fantastic hole - it's fun and challenging and will make your round memorable - it may also eat a couple of your balls.
Most of the fairways seemed narrow with a somewhat thick rough followed by the natural grass and don't even think about looking for your ball in the natural grass, take your stroke and move on. The fairways were dormant when we played but in near perfect condition and in the summer I imagine that they would be lush and green. The greens are something else - perfect condition, all shapes and sizes, lots of slope and undulation, and fast. The greens are truly unique and something you won't easily forget - practice putting before you head out for your round. Pin placement can be a killer so make sure you try to study the green's slope and undulation before you hit your chip up.
The course is pretty long at 7612 from the tips, but with 5 tee boxes, you can find something that will fit your game and experience. The slope and rating have not yet been determined.
The Bridges is a great course and one we can't wait to go back and play again. The pictures were taken when the fairways and greens were dormant and don't do the course justice - in the summer the course would be lush and green and the contrast between the green fairways and the brown natural grass will be dramatic and beautiful.
Rates: $35.00 to $65.00
The new clubhouse is fantastic with a great deck overlooking the scenic 18th hole. Service is courteous and friendly.
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.