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Course Review – Winstar GC, Thackerville, OK

The Winstar Golf Course is located right next to the Winstar Casino that’s sitting on Native America territories right off I-35 and just north of the Red River that divides Texas and Oklahoma. Depending on what part of Dallas you’re in it’s one to two hours drive, sitting 67 miles north of DFW airport. It’s about two hours south of Oklahoma City.

The course has 27 holes, with 18 being in play at any given time. The par 72 course was designed by DA Weibring and Steve Wolfard, and with five tees on each holes it can play anywhere from 4,900 to 7,300 yards in length.  The course is owned and operated by the Chickasaw Nation.

I played here last weekend for the first time, and I have rarely had such an overwhelmingly positive impression of a course after just one round. All four of us in my usual foursome agreed that everything about this place is just right.

Even in the middle of a drought and three weeks of temperatures in the triple digits both fairways and greens were in great shape. The Mini Verde Bermuda greens in particular were fast but true and consistent.

The course as a whole looked great, and each individual hole was very appealing to the eye on its own. Sometimes accents were created by elaborate bunkering, and at other times the dramatic effects were increased by vegetation. Around the greens you often found a lot of different kinds of lies that challenged all parts of your short game.

The holes were challenging without being overly punitive; and there was a great sense of variety as we worked our way through the course. From the blue tees Par 5 holes range from 530 yards to 597; Par 4s range from 310 to 444, and Par 3s range from 149 to 212 yards. It’s truly a course for all levels of golfers.

The weekend green fees were only $69, and included a cart, range balls and a cooler pre stocked with water. This is a great value for anywhere close to the Dallas area.

There’s a true Golf Academy, and the facilities include a large putting green as well as a short game green.

The people were friendly and they had a great clubhouse that served an absolutely kick-ass Philly Steak-n-Egg sandwich.

Location-wise you’re less than a mile off I-35 and less than a mile from the Winstar Casino, but it’s very quiet in spite if it’s convenience.

In short, I can’t wait to go back.

Keep’em in the short stuff.

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2 thoughts on “Course Review – Winstar GC, Thackerville, OK

  1. Just reading this makes want to take off work and start heading that way from Houston.Next time ya’ll are thinking of going shoot me an email and hopefully I can get away and come up.

    Posted by motorman_mp3 | August 2, 2011, 3:05 PM
  2. It was a great of golf on a great golf course despite the heat. There is a lot of land around the course that looks like it will be developed. I hope they build some townhomes or condos with golf course views. I would consider purchasing one as a second home as a golf getaway retreat from Dallas then some gambling in the casino at night. Very impressed with the people and the course.

    Posted by BogeyJo | July 28, 2011, 3:33 PM

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