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Texas Star Golf: A Top Ten Muni

By David R. Holland

EULESS, Tx – When Texas Star opened 25 years ago in the Pipeline Industrial Area of this mid-cities town between Dallas and Fort Worth there were lots of questions about just how popular and financially successful it would be.

A landfill is within a driver’s distance, although you will never see it.

Texas Star was a gem, designed by Keith Foster, when it opened and it is even better today thanks to more than $500,000 in upgrades and improvements.

Make a list of Texas’ Top Ten municipals and I’d put it ahead of many, including El Paso’s Butterfield Trail and Dallas’ Stevens Park. I’d rather play Texas Star any day than daily-fee layouts like LaCantera Palmer in San Antonio and PGA Tour stop TPC Las Colinas in Irving.

“This is just a beautiful piece of property with hills and elevation changes,” said Scott Boven, superintendent. “During construction they kept as many trees as possible so on most holes you don’t even see adjacent holes.

“Golfers always tell me this is a municipal that gives a country club feel – from the minute you drive into the parking lot until an attendant takes you back to your car. Service and conditions are a No. 1 priority.”

The Improvements of Texas Star

Major upgrades included replacing the 17-year-old bentgrass greens with ultra-dwarf Bermuda mini-verde which is recommended by experts for the D-FW Metroplex.  Bentgrass is a cool weather grass; Bermuda thrives in the heat of August.

Also the 50 bunkers were rebuilt and filled with premier-white sand made from crushed quartz, known to be easier to hit out of for players of all skill levels. Add 80 new golf carts with GPS that includes lightning warning, a rework on tee box leveling and a cleanup of the pond on No. 16 and you have a today’s technology golf experience.

Texas Star: The Layout

This par-71 test of 6,936 yards has targets and options in abundance. Foster sculpted it out of 275 acres of rolling terrain with 100-year old oaks and natural woodlands, tall native grasses and Hurricane Creek traversing through it. No homes infringe on the course.

Instead of a walk through an industrial park you have a Texas Hill Country feel with many star quality holes less than 30 minutes for D-FW International Airport.

No. 9, a par-4, 422 yards, is the No. 2 handicap hole. It’s named Devil’s Point and requires thought for the long hitters. There’s water crossing the fairway about 100 yards out.

In fact, you must contend with water on holes 2, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 18. Other obstacles include ridges, grass bunkers, sand and Scottish-links style eyebrows — which are basically protrusions and upheavals of turf right there in the middle of the fairways or spots you wouldn’t imagine.

Johnson’s Crossing opens the back nine with an uphill tee shot on a 539-yard par-5 that slopes left. The tee shot must clear two large fairway bunkers, then you have to negotiate the creek which crosses in front of the green.

Double Barrel on 11 gives you the option of going low left or high right on the tee shot. It’s only a 337-yard par-4, but there are three bunkers surrounded by thick grass on a ridge in the middle of the fairway.

On 13, Coyote Bluff, you have a blind tee shot that doglegs slightly left. Hit a good one and you can see the green well below you on this 414-yarder. Battle Cry, the 370-yard par-4 15 is the best-looking hole with a waterfall centerpiece. You have the option of hitting it long and right over the creek to have the best angle to the green. You can also hit it straight and short of the creek, dodging a bunker, to have an uphill shorter second shot.

Presidio, the short and scenic 179-yard downhill par-3, follows as No. 16. The hole spotlights a stacked rock wall edging the creek on the right.

The finale, named Deguello, is a par-5, 535-yarder filled with target options. There’s water on the first and second shots and average players will have to hit a shorter second shot because the creek crosses the fairway. You will also have to steer clear of a fairway bunker right near the 150-yard pole. Big hitters going for the green in two have to watch out for hanging the shot right, because the creek passes to the right of the green.

Texas Star is owned by the City of Euless. The golf course was completed in 1997 as part of the 321-acre Texas Star Sports Centre complex in Euless. It is an amateur athlete’s dream, the overall complex also includes Parks at Texas Star baseball, tee-ball and soccer fields, batting cages, softball fields and partnership with the Children’s Health StarCenter.

Texas Star is a winner. The clubhouse looks like a Hill Country ranch house. The practice facilities are impressive and the restaurant named Raven’s Grille is a favorite of locals, not just golfers.  Don’t miss the chicken-fried steak.

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