Van Zandt Country Club is an average course winding through the pine trees of east Texas. Just north of Canton, along the frontage road of I-20, Van Zandt has some fairly narrow holes, lots of dog legs, and some side by side holes. Most of the holes are flat and start to look similar after awhile. Water comes into play on 7 or so holes, but only causes a challenge on a couple holes. There aren't a lot of bunkers (good sand), but they are strategically placed around the green making the approach shots difficult. On this visit the fairways were in average condition and Van Zandt had just recently lost most of the greens (they are working on replacing them). The greens are about average size and had minor slope. We felt Van Zandt is a little pricey at $46, particularly since the greens were in such bad condition.
Rates: $46.00 to $46.00
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!
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.