Best of 2016: Top 25 golf courses in Texas

Outside of Houston, The Wilderness Golf Course is a favorite among Texas golfers on Golf Advisor. (Courtesy of The Wilderness)
Just east of Austin, Wolfdancer Golf Club was designed by Arthur Hills/Steve Forrest and Associates and opened in 2006. (Courtesy of Wolfdancer G.C.)
North Texas has a must-play in the Tom Doak-designed Rawls Golf Course at Texas Tech. (Courtesy of Dick Durrance II/The Rawls Course)
Vaaler Creek is a top-rated course between Austin and San Antonio. (Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor)
The Palmer Course at La Cantera Hill Country Resort in San Antonio is a top Hill Country resort course. (Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor)
Red granite can be found in spots throughout the Hill Country, such as Lighthouse Country Club's front nine. (Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor)
Tierra Verde Golf Course in Arlington, Texas sits amid natural wetlands. (Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor)
Pine Dunes Golf Resort is located in east Texas, just two hours from Dallas. (Courtesy of Pine Dunes)
With water on the majority of holes, Moody Gardens Golf Course in Galveston can be a pretty good test, especially with wind. (Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor)
Tapatio Springs, an affordable resort course in Boerne, recently renovated its routing. (Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor)
The signature hole at the Quarry Golf Club, "Reload" demands a carry over the quarry wall. (Brandon Tucker/TravelGolf)
The 27-hole, Arthur Hills-designed Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort is a quick escape from downtown San Antonio. (Courtesy of
The Resort Course at La Cantera hosted the Texas Open from 1995-2009. (Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor)
One of the prettiest holes is the short, par-3 13th hole. (Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor)

This is our biggest best-of-state list, at least in terms of miles covered. We compiled the top 25 courses in Texas using your ratings and reviews submitted throughout the past year. We used a similar model to the national Top 50, which takes the combined score of a course's overall rating plus their average subcategory ratings. Active reviewers on our platform have more weight to their reviews than those without a lot of reviews.The best golf courses in Texas range from daily fee and semi-privates in the Dallas and Houston metro areas to top resorts around Austin and San Antonio.

This year's Texas top 25 has been shuffled pretty good compared to the 2015 list. It demonstrates you can find value in many corners of the Lone Star State, particularly if you're willing to put on a few miles (something most Texans are quite used to). In fact, three Texas courses made our Top 25 U.S. courses for value this year, and four made the overall Top 50.

But there are also plenty of splurges to be had, and some of the state's most well known resort courses also dazzled reviewers enough to make the ranking. You can view the full list below, and if you don't see your favorite course, leave a review here.


Top courses by subcategory in Texas in 2016

Course layout: The Resort Course at La Cantera Hill Country Resort, San Antonio
Course conditions: Moody Gardens, Galveston
Value: Twin Lakes Golf Course, Canton
Off-course amenities: Wolfdancer Golf Club at Hyatt Regency, Lost Pines
Pace of play: Apache Links at Squaw Valley, Glen Rose
Staff friendliness: Twin Lakes Golf Course, Canton
Most improved
: Harvey Penick Golf Course, Austin

Top 25 courses in Texas in 2016

25. Lighthouse Country Club


24. Delaware Springs Golf Course


23. The Quarry Golf Club

San Antonio

22. Cowboys Golf Club


21. La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa

No. 25 for Value, No. 11 for Pace of play in the U.S.

20. The Golf Club At Star Ranch


19. Hill Country Golf Club

San Antonio

18. Pine Dunes Resort and Golf Club


17. Comanche Lakes at Squaw Valley Golf Course

Glen Rose

16. Cedar Creek Country Club


15. Pinnacle Golf & Boat Club


14. Wolfdancer Golf Club at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines

Lost Pines
No. 11 off-course amenities in 2016 in the U.S.

13.Tierra Verde Golf Club


12. The Resort Course at La Cantera Hill Country Resort

San Antonio
No. 10 course layout in the U.S. in 2016

11. The Palmer Course at La Cantera Hill Country Resort

San Antonio
No. 22 for pace of play in the U.S. in 2016

10. Tapatio Springs Country Club & Resort

No. 12 for Value in the U.S. in 2016

9. Canyon West Golf & Sports Club


8. Eagle Pointe Golf Club

Mont Belvieu

7. The Rawls Course at Texas Tech


6. Vaaler Creek Golf Club


5. Twin Lakes Golf Course

No. 21 Friendliest, No. 6 value and No. 10 Pace of play in the U.S.

4. Moody Gardens Golf Course

No. 46 overall in the U.S. in 2016

3. Apache Links at Squaw Valley Golf Course

Glen Rose
No. 36 overall in the U.S. in 2016

2. Wilderness Golf Course

Lake Jackson
No. 29 overall in the U.S. in 2016

1. Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club

No. 16 overall in the U.S. in 2016

Feb 02, 2017

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Brandon Tucker

Managing Editor

Brandon Tucker is the Managing Editor for Golf Advisor. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and over 500 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at BrandonTuckerGC.

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