The Golf Club at Twin Creeks opened in 1995 and it was designed and built by Arnold Palmer and is one of his signature courses. Arnold describes Twin Creek as follows: "The Golf Club at Twin Creeks could be one of the best courses in the State of Texas and the most peaceful 18 hole course I have ever designed. The golf course is of a traditional nature and is very much in harmony with the natural landscape." Like most Arnold Palmer courses, Twin Creeks is very playable and fair to all levels of play and a pretty traditional and straightforward layout with no tricks or surprises - in most cases you can see the pin and what you're up against and plan your strategy accordingly.
Palmer designed Twin Creeks around two creeks and several ponds. The course plays through a beautiful golf community with several huge beautiful homes set well back off the fairways, they shouldn't come into play unless you really spray the ball. You'll also encounter water on 10 holes including six ponds waiting for your golf ball, a blind shot, an uphill as well as downhill hole, dog legs, forced carries, some risk reward opportunities, and several strategically placed bunkers. Some examples include:
Twin Creeks has a links feel to it - fairly open, generally flat, but with lots of berms and mounds, and contour to the fairway. The twin creeks line 4 holes but the dense tee line and underbrush will most likely devour your ball before it finds it's water for a drink.
As you can tell from the pictures, when we played in November the fairways were dormant, but still in near perfect condition. In the summer, the course would be pretty with trees, creeks, homes, and the contrast been the lush fairways and rough. Most of the fairways have ample landing zones and when we played in December, the wide rough was very playable allowing us to play some of the holes a little different then we play them would during the summer. In the summer, the rough is much thicker and much tougher.
The greens are what make Twin Creeks challenging. They range in shape as well as size - from oval to oblong and from huge to small. Most are well guarded with water or one to six bunkers and all of the greens have some slope and undulation - some of which is very severe. And they typically run pretty fast - about a 10 or 11 when we played. The greens were in near perfect condition, held the ball well, and were smooth and true - if you could read the breaks. Two and three putts were common for us.
The bunkers also range in size from pot sized to some real monsters. And most are steep faced. When we played the sand was gritty, very thin, and challenging to hit out of - it felt more like playing on dirt! I talked to the General Manager and he told me that they are planning to redo all the bunkers with new sand in the near future.
The Golf Club at Twin Creeks is short from all of the tee boxes and it's very fair, which means it gives you an opportunity to head to the 19th hole with a record scoring low round. You can usually find a discounted tee time or a special that will make Twin Creeks an excellent value for such a quality and fun course.
Rates: $39.00 to $70.00
Twin Creek stays pretty busy on the weekends and the pace of play can be a little slow. Service is ok, the pro shop has all the basics, the grill is very good, and the practice facilities are adequate. On a busy Saturday when we played there was no cart service.
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.