Texas doesn't get much love in the various golf publications' annual best courses rankings. But perhaps there's hope on the horizon for better showings in the future. Golfweek's rankings emerged this week, and six Texas courses are sprinkled among the 200 listed in the magazine's 100 Best Classic Courses and 100 Best Modern Courses lists. Don't laugh. That's better than we usually do.
Here are the Texas tracks that made the lists:
Best Classic Courses
53. Colonial Country Club, Fort Worth
90. Champions Golf Club (Cypress Creek Course), Houston
92. Brook Hollow Country Club, Dallas
Best Modern Courses
23. Dallas National Golf Club, Dallas
36. Briggs Ranch Golf Club, San Antonio
93. Crown Colony Golf Club, Lufkin
It's especially encouraging to see Dallas National and Briggs Ranch, courses that opened this decade, climbing so high. Both clubs have aspirations to host major tournaments. And while the PGA of America and the USGA don't base decisions on where to place events on a magazine's course rankings, it certainly doesn't hurt to have this arrow in your quiver. Especially taking into account how far ahead of some major championship venues these courses placed: Valhalla at No. 96, Oak Tree at No. 83, Crooked Stick at No. 77, Shoal Creek at No. 70.
As I write this, the rankings do not appear to be posted yet on the Golfweek Web site. Check back in a few days.