Best of 2016: Top 25 golf courses in Texas

This is our biggest best-of-state list, at least in terms of miles covered. We compiled the top 25 courses in Texas using your ratings and reviews submitted throughout the past year. We used a similar model to the national Top 50, which takes the combined score of a course's overall rating plus their average subcategory ratings. Active reviewers on our platform have more weight to their reviews than those without a lot of reviews.The best golf courses in Texas range from daily fee and semi-privates in the Dallas and Houston metro areas to top resorts around Austin and San Antonio.

This year's Texas top 25 has been shuffled pretty good compared to the 2015 list. It demonstrates you can find value in many corners of the Lone Star State, particularly if you're willing to put on a few miles (something most Texans are quite used to). In fact, three Texas courses made our Top 25 U.S. courses for value this year, and four made the overall Top 50.

But there are also plenty of splurges to be had, and some of the state's most well known resort courses also dazzled reviewers enough to make the ranking. You can view the full list below, and if you don't see your favorite course, leave a review here.

Top courses by subcategory in Texas in 2016

Course layout: The Resort Course at La Cantera Hill Country Resort, San Antonio
Course conditions: Moody Gardens, Galveston
Value: Twin Lakes Golf Course, Canton
Off-course amenities: Wolfdancer Golf Club at Hyatt Regency, Lost Pines
Pace of play: Apache Links at Squaw Valley, Glen Rose
Staff friendliness: Twin Lakes Golf Course, Canton
Most improved
: Harvey Penick Golf Course, Austin

Top 25 courses in Texas in 2016



San Antonio


No. 25 for Value, No. 11 for Pace of play in the U.S.


San Antonio


Glen Rose



Lost Pines
No. 11 off-course amenities in 2016 in the U.S.


San Antonio
No. 10 course layout in the U.S. in 2016

San Antonio
No. 22 for pace of play in the U.S. in 2016

No. 12 for Value in the U.S. in 2016


Mont Belvieu



No. 21 Friendliest, No. 6 value and No. 10 Pace of play in the U.S.

No. 46 overall in the U.S. in 2016

Glen Rose
No. 36 overall in the U.S. in 2016

Lake Jackson
No. 29 overall in the U.S. in 2016

No. 16 overall in the U.S. in 2016

Brandon Tucker is the Sr. Managing Editor for GolfPass and was the founding editor of Golf Advisor in 2014, he was the managing editor for Golf Channel Digital's Courses & Travel. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and nearly 600 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at @btuck34.

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