Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Texas Star Golf Review
Texas is a big state with a lot of golf courses. One of the courses I have seen consistently pop up on Top 20 public courses in Texas is the aptly named Texas Star. Close to Fort Worth, I had to check out TS on one of my latest trips to Texas.
The course really has 2 modes. The first mode is straight ahead of you. The lines are readily apparent, the trouble clearly marked and it is up to you whether to hit a straight shot or not (when is it not?).
The second mode are severe blind shots. Both off the tee and even for second shots.
This course would be fantastic and worthy of the Top 20 ranking if it mix these two elements together. Partial disguises and straight ahead shots to give you a break should do hand in hand with a good golf course (to me at least).
Design philosophy aside, there are some great looks that the course shows you including its use of bunkers which are strategically placed in landing areas which force you to take the ball high.
If you do land your ball on the green, TS gives you a lot to think about as a lot of the greens are rather table-top-esque and your ball can fall of the side or get caught in the many undulations.
The greens were really slick deep in the heart of winter which was a big surprise. Kudos to the grounds crew for keeping those greens as crazy quick as they were.
The star of Texas Star is the 18th hole, a long par 5 with a stream causing trouble down the left and crossing over right at a perfect landing zone.
I made one of the craziest pars of all on time on this. Duck hooked it over the creek but playable. Hit my second shot to just short of the creek as it crosses the fairway. Third shot short of the green. Fourth shot put to within 15 feet. Fifth shot in.
Great vibes coming off Texas Star for sure. However, I couldn't help but think that if this course was redesigned it truly would be one of the best of Texas.
For more info on Texas Star, check out the link: http://www.texasstargolf.com/