When I knew I was going to visit Cowboys Golf Club in Grapevine, Texas, just Northwest of Dallas, I started to gather expectations of what might be waiting for me based on the reputation of legendary Dallas Cowboys Owner, Jerry Jones. Over the top was the first thought that came to mind.
I was extremely impressed when I drove up to drop off my golf bag. A quiet play by play call from a Cowboys game was in the background, cool touch considering it is a Football themed golf club. Superbowl Replica Trophies and Memorabilia in the lobby, also a very cool compliment to the theme. My favorite touch was the server, bartender and beverage cart staff in their own personalized Dallas Cowboys jerseys.
Once you take in the football theme, the golf experience takes over and delivers on all expectations. I was hoping Jerry and the team would focus on golf more than facilities and while the clubhouse is great, the golf course delivers. Every hole was right there in front of you, no tricks just an extremely well maintained and really fun golf course to enjoy. Many of the holes provided ample room off the tee and I found the true test to the course to be the greens. Less than severe undulations, but rarely was there a simple pin location, causing you to have to focus throughout.
The first hole is a spacious par-5 that is reachable in two with a long tee shot but played in three shots should provide a good look at birdie on the enormous opening green.
The signature hole is the par-4, 4th hole, a short hole with an extremely elevated tee box overlooking the famous Cowboys ‘Star’ painted in the middle of the fairway.
It is very difficult to pick out a favorite hole on the course because there are so many stunning and good golf holes, but my favorite golf hole was the par-5, 13th. A long hole requiring a good tee shot, followed by a strategic layup as the fairway narrows close to the ravine that separates the fairway and green. A sloped green that has several challenging potential hole locations including the one in the back middle, we encountered.
As far as beauty goes it is hard to argue with the short par-5, 18th but I will go with the short par-4 14th. After a monster hole at 13, it is a beautiful reprieve with an elevated tee and bunkers down the left side you have to avoid off the tee. But at only 320 yards or so, an iron is the smart play to just get it in the fairway. Framed by the woods on both the right and left and a hill behind the green, it is one of the many beautifully sculpted holes at Cowboys Golf Club.
Now I forgot to mention that when you visit Cowboys Golf Club, your food and non-alcoholic beverages are included with your greens fee so get there early and stay late to take advantage and do not forget to tip the staff as you never know if a real Cowboys player is sitting in the back ready to make a tackle if needed. This is a must visit, unique experience next time you are looking to play in Dallas.
To learn more about Dallas Cowboys Golf Club, visit www.cowboysgolfclub.com