Heritage Ranch Golf & C.C. in Fairview, Texas has a winning formula
Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club - hole 16
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Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club - hole 16
Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club, north of Dallas, is among the most player-friendly Arthur Hills designs. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club - 1st
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Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club - 1st
The short par-4 first at Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club is typical Arthur Hills risk-reward. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club - hole 2
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Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club - hole 2
A tree carving adorns the par-4 second hole at Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club in Fairview, Texas. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club - hole 3
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Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club - hole 3
There's a ton of room to hit the ball on the par-5 third at Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club, but three bunkers protect the green. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
Heritage Ranch golf course - 5th
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Heritage Ranch golf course - 5th
The dogleg-right par-4 fifth at Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club can play as long as 443 yards. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club - hole 7
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Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club - hole 7
One of the more challenging holes at Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club is the 388-yard par-4 seventh, a sharp dogleg left over a hazard. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club - hole 10
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Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club - hole 10
A couple of fairway bunkers and a tree guard the green on the par-4 10th at Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club in Fairview, Texas. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
Heritage Ranch GC - 12th
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Heritage Ranch GC - 12th
Golfers can play around the hazard on the par-3 12th at Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club north of Dallas. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club - hole 15
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Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club - hole 15
The par-4 15th is among the easiest holes at Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club in Fairview, Texas. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club - hole 16
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Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club - hole 16
The signature par-3 16th hole at Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club plays alongside a creek. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club - hole 17
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Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club - hole 17
Three bunkers and a tree guard the entrance to the green on the par-5 17th at Heritage Ranch Golf & C.C. in Fairview, Texas. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
Heritage Ranch Golf & C.C. - 18th hole
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Heritage Ranch Golf & C.C. - 18th hole
Bunkers guard the green at the par-4 18th at Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club in Fairview, Texas. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
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Heritage Ranch near Dallas: Not your typical Arthur Hills golf course

FAIRVIEW, Texas -- Generous fairways, superb conditioning and a layout that doesn't bring homes into play make for a winning formula at Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club, located north of Dallas.

The nearly 7,000-yard, par-72 golf course has six sets of tees, all the way down to 4,000 yards, making it playable for every level of golfer. No forced carries and fairways that seem as wide as they are long make this course very forgiving, perfect for the retirement community that surrounds this daily-fee golf course.

But for good players, going low isn't necessarily a given. While this isn't your typical Arthur Hills golf course -- risk-reward on every shot -- the greens can be tricky to read, making it difficult to sink a lot of putts, especially 5- to 6-footers. But the par 5s, especially with the wide fairways and lack of overwhelming length, definitely provide scoring opportunities. In short, Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club is fun.

Mike Bailey is a senior staff writer based in Houston. Focusing primarily on golf in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America with an occasional trip to Europe and beyond, he contributes course reviews, travel stories and features as well as the occasional equipment review. An award-winning writer and past president of Texas Golf Writers Association, he has more than 25 years in the golf industry. Before accepting his current position in 2008, he was on staff at PGA Magazine, The Golfweek Group and AvidGolfer Magazine. Follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeBaileyGA and Instagram at @MikeStefanBailey.

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Heritage Ranch near Dallas: Not your typical Arthur Hills golf course