You are surely familiar with the old cliché – everything’s bigger in Texas. It certainly applies to the state’s golf scene. Depending on where you are headed to, you might be playing golf near desert, mountain or ocean, and get a superb taste of the game. Those seeking a dash of urban experience can hop to any of the 200 Fort-Worth-Dallas area golf courses or the ones that dot the state capital. In short, you get a little bit of everything in the desert state. With 400 golf courses including a good variety of public courses and golf resorts, the ‘Lone Star’ state can be a one-stop destination for all levels of golfers. If you’ve never been there before, yet trying to plan an unforgettable trip, here are a few tips to help you make the most of your golfing recess:
Stay Prepared to Play against the Wind
Whether you are playing in the mountain or desert, in the oceanfront or in the city golf courses, there is a lot of wind to encounter throughout the year. So how do you outsmart the strong wind to control your trajectory and play your best shots? Swinging extra hard in an attempt to overpower the wind is obviously not an option, simply because it is an herculean proposition. Your trump card in windy Texas will be to use less loft and less swing. Another trick is to use a 7-iron or even 6 for what is normally an 8-iron shot. This will give you multiple trajectory options, helping you cover the same distance at a lower trajectory. Try to maintain a middle stance while striking the balls. Additionally, tee the ball a bit lower than normal.
Choose the Right Season
Although Texas is an all-weather golfing destination, spring and fall would be your best choice as the golf courses are in their optimal condition during these two seasons. However, there are both pros and cons of hitting a golfing destination in the peak season — you will find the courses at their greenest and finest best, which also means you will have to compete with hundreds and thousands of players to secure an accommodation in your preferred golf resort in the state. Book your room well in advance to avoid the peak-season rush.
Thinking of budget? Then head to Texas during summer, between June and August. The courses offer lower rates also during the months between December and February.
If you want a good dose of Texan music, culture, drama and adventure on top of golf, then visit the state of cowboys either between September and November or March and May. This is the festival time out here.
When You Are Not Golfing
When you’re not teeing off, there are several off-course activities to indulge in. For example, every golf lover must visit the Texas Golf Hall of Fame at Brackenridge Park Golf Course in San Antonio. The hall features 24 plaques of famous golf personalities including Ben Crenshaw, Ben Hogan, Tom Kite, Byron Nelson and Lee Trevino. The hall also houses a life-sized sculpture of famous golf coach of Texan origin, Harvey Penick, which is also a must-see for any golfer.
If you happen to be a history buff, a visit to the famous Stockyards in Fort Worth and the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza are highly recommended. The latter is themed on the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
The Borglum Conference Center and Studio is ideal for movie buffs. The site was used in the 1930s by sculptor Gutzon Borglum for the initial rendering of Mt. Rushmore.
Championship golf, unique layouts, tree-lined fairways, beach-front courses, rolling hills — you name it and you will find it in Texas. Those seeking a taste of city golfing can explore the Dallas area golf courses or the ones located near the city of Austin and St Antonio. Be it mountain, beach, desert or city golfing, Texas can well be your landing ground for a memorable golf escapade.