Golf News for Wednesday, December 31, 1969 | Courses

Golf Channel's GolfNow golfers rank Southwest courses; Favorites chosen in Austin, Dallas, Houston, Phoenix and Tucson

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Golfers who book their tee times on GolfNow, the world’s largest online tee time service operated by Golf Channel, recently ranked their favorite courses in five Southwest markets.

Golfers who reserve a tee time using GolfNow have an opportunity to review a course and provide feedback based on their experience. Golfers can rate a course with one to five stars, write a review and read reviews from other golfers. There are more than two million registered GolfNow users.

Vaaler Creek Golf Club in Austin features spectacular panoramic views of the Texas Hill Country, an abundance of live oaks and rolling topography.

“The course is short, but it’s not without its challenges. Each hole has an interesting individual characteristic. Worth the drive to the Hill Country,” Kathleen Bohn wrote in her review of Vaaler Creek.

SugarTree Golf and Country Club in Dallas is known as a shotmaker’s course with water coming in to play on 13 of 18 holes.

“Love the course, love the easy drive out there, and the bang for buck I got with GolfNow is almost surreal,” Tyler Holland of Irving wrote in his review.

The Falls Golf Club outside Houston winds through beautiful cedar and pine forests with a series of lakes and cascading waterfalls adding visual interest and a sense of serenity to this hidden gem.

“We had a great experience on the course, which was in excellent shape,” John Matthys wrote in his review after playing The Falls. “Challenging, rewarding good shots and penalizing poor choices and shots. Beautiful setting with all the water and trees. I have never been treated as well by any staff.”

Situated on the eastern edge of the Phoenix metropolitan area at the foot of the majestic Superstition Mountains, two Jack Nicklaus-designed courses (Prospector and Lost Gold), tour-quality conditioning, jaw-dropping views and a spectacular clubhouse give golfers playing Superstition Mountain a resort-style experience.

“We got a killer deal at this course in December. Chatted with the golf pro for a few minutes before teeing off. I mentioned that I had a funny stance. He actually showed up at the 8th hole and gave me some excellent pointers,” Sabrina Lepore of Fort Collins, Colo., wrote in a review of the course.

Designed by Jack Nicklaus, the Golf Club at Dove Mountain integrates strategy, variety and beauty into 27 holes that weave through the saguaro-covered foothills of the Tortolita Mountains in the lush Sonoran desert. Dove Mountain annually hosts the World Golf Championships Accenture Match Play Championship on the PGA TOUR.

“This course is easily the nicest desert course I've played in southern Arizona,” Mark Jackson wrote in his review of Dove Mountain. “The fairways and greens are immaculate, the layout is challenging yet fair; overall a great golf experience. Expensive for this region, but you get what you pay for.”

The top-10 rankings by market are compiled using GolfNow’s star rating system and are calculated based on the number of recommendations a course receives from reviewing golfers.

The ratings-and-reviews feature not only highlights a course’s overall star rating, but also provides the latest information on course conditions and difficulty, staff friendliness, pace of play and value as rated by other golfers. Since the GolfNow ratings and reviews service was launched in October, more than 33,000 golfers have submitted a course review. More information on these and other courses that are part of the GolfNow network is at

About GolfNow
GolfNow is the Internet’s largest and most comprehensive online tee time reservation service. Using leading-edge technology, offers golfers more ways to stay connected to their favorite courses and tee times through the web, e-mail and iPhone and Android mobile apps. Golfers can go online 24/7, choose a course and pick a tee-time deal that fits their schedule and budget and book the tee time. Founded in 2001, GolfNow has expanded to more than 80 markets in North America, Ireland, Scotland, Mexico and Bermuda, providing tee-time access to more than 4,000 courses for more than 1.1 million registered users. GolfNow is powered by Golf Channel, which is seen in more than 120 million homes worldwide through cable, satellite and wireless companies, as well as by, a leading golf destination on the Internet. GolfNow is part of’s online platform of Internet sites designed to help the recreational player enjoy every aspect of the game. For more information, go to GolfNow and Golf Channel.

Bill Bryant, Bryant Marketing Communications, 678-366-3232

David Schaefer, Golf Channel, 407-355-4542