List of top Texas public golf courses needs more munis
Having played 19 of the top 20 courses on Golf.com’s recently released top public golf courses in Texas, I feel compelled to share my observations on the list.
Two Barton Creek Resort courses top the list, the Fazio Canyons course and the Fazio Foothills course. I can’t argue against any Barton Creek courses. No matter what opens in Texas, Barton Creek golf will always be the benchmark from which everything else is measured.
But I can make the case for several municipal courses that didn’t make the list or were ranked too low.
First off, Houston’s Memorial Park should be on the list. If San Antonio’s Brackenridge Park made it ? which it deserves (see my review) – the 7,200-yard 1936 John Bredemus Memorial Park should be on there as well, and it should probably be higher than No. 20.
Annually the site of the Houston City Amateur, Memorial Park was also the longtime home of the Houston Open, and you can play this gem for under $50 on the weekend. Plus, it’s walkable, a rarity among Texas golf courses.
One muni that did make the list, Butterfield Trail in El Paso, came in at No. 10, which is too low. This incredible Tom Fazio design built next to the El Paso International Airport is easily one of the best golf courses in the state, private or public. In fact, according to the latest list of top 50 municipal courses by Golfweek Magazine, Butterfield Trail just made its debut at No. 3 behind U.S. Open courses Bethpage Black in New York and Chambers Bay (2015) in Tacoma, Wash. (You can read my review on Butterfield Trail here, and also check out a photo gallery I did on the course.)
I was also struck by the high debut of Old American on the list at No. 5, especially considering it’s only been open for limited public play for a short time. You can read my review on Old American here.
To check out the complete Texas list on Golf.com, click here.
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