Review of The Courses at Watters Creek Futures Course in Allen Texas
Owned and operated by the City of Allen, The Courses at Watters Creek offer a unique combination of three courses and 33 holes of golf that are a perfect fit with golfers of all skill levels - from young beginners to scratch golfers. The Traditions Course is an 18 hole 4979 yard to 7015 yard layout that has a little bit of everything to test your game - read our review of The Traditions Course to learn more. The Players Course is a nine hole 1941 yard course with 6 par 3s and 3 par 4s. There is also a 9 hole FootGolf course which is a mix of soccer and golf played with a soccer ball on a shortened course with a 21" diameter cups. .
The Futures Course at The Courses at Watters Creek is a 6 hole par three course with two sets of tee boxes and yardages of 397 yards to 451 yards. The holes range from 51 to 104 yards making The Futures Course perfect for practicing your short game or for young or beginning golfers. The course is walking only, it's lighted, and your green fee includes unlimited play.
We played with our two grandkids (5 and 8) and they had a blast, as did I - and I almost got beat! Some of what makes playing The Futures Course fun includes:
Every hole is fun but a couple that stand out include:
When we played the conditions were excellent from the tee box to the pin. The greens are small, ran a little slow and bumpy, but soft and held the ball well. They have some very gentle slope and contour.
The fairways are tight and bordered by a rough that was cut thick but held the ball up, making for an easy recovery shot. Both were in very good shape.
The bunkers at The Futures Course had soft, fluffy, and thick white sand. They are small and the faces are fairly steep.
Rates: $7.00 to $14.00
Service is good, the pro shop is well stocked, the practice facilites, are excellent, and the grill has some good food.
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.