Golfweek's annual "America's Best" golf course rankings are out, and Texas does better in these rankings that it does in just about any other. That's due in part to the nature of these rankings - which are actually two rankings, one for "Classic" courses (built prior to 1960) and one for "Modern" courses (built 1960 and after) - and in other part due to a new arrival.
Two Texas courses make the Classic Top 100: Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth is at No. 50, and the Cypress Creek course at Champions Golf Club in Houston at No. 92.
Three Texas courses make the Modern Top 100: Dallas National Golf Club at No. 24, Briggs Ranch Golf Club in San Antonio at No. 39, and Crown Colony Country Club in Lufkin at No. 87.
Briggs Ranch is the newcomer to the list. Briggs Ranch and Dallas National are two of three Tom Fazio-designed courses to open in Texas during 2002, the third being The Vaquero Club in Westlake. Fazio made no secret at the time that he expected all three courses to wind up on Top 100 lists. The Vaquero Club is the one of the three with the celebrity membership. Every professional golfer in the Metroplex is a member, along with just about every golfing celebrity in the Metroplex. But that's probably a result of the fact that Vaquero is in the suburbs while Dallas National is downtown.
The Golfweek rankings also include a state-by-state listing of the best public-access courses. Here is Golfweek's list of the Top 15 such courses in Texas:
1. Crown Colony, Lufkin
2. Rawls Course at Texas Tech, Lubbock
3. Barton Creek, Fazio Canyons Course, Austin
4. Pine Dunes Resort, Frankston
5. Barton Creek, Fazio Foothills Course, Austin
6. Memorial Park, Houston
7. The Bandit, New Braunfels
8. Waterwood National, Hunstville
9. Cowboys Golf Club, Grapevine
10. Horseshoe Bay Resort, Ram Rock Course, Horseshoe Bay
11. La Cantera Golf Club, Resort Course, San Antonio
12. TPC at Las Colinas, Irving
13. Texas Star, Euless
14. Horseshoe Bay Resort, Applerock Course, Horseshoe Bay
15. The Quarry, San Antonio