Lake Arlington Golf Course in Arlington, TX
By Zac Saathoff
Author: Spencer Davis (Chaparral Golf Co. Ambassador)
Just a short drive from my normal “tracks”, this was my first time playing this course. A turn into the parking lot features an upper and lower set of parking spaces that were packed for a Sunday afternoon at 99 degrees. After finding a spot in the upper lot, our walk to the clubhouse was much shorter than the lower lot would have been.
We were running late, so there was no time between strapping the clubs on cart to swinging away on the first tee. Although it wouldn’t have mattered since this course has no driving range and hosts a small short range area with putting green. Whether it was the lack of warm-up or the three month layoff since my last round, I started double-double and figured it would be a long day.
The course has a variety of tee box options that range from 6600 yards at Blue, 6200 yards at White, 5600 yards at Gold, and 5300 yards at Red. Each seem to offer different challenges, especially with the tree lined fairways and small targets for the greens. For a mid-August round in the middle of a drought, the course is in amazing condition from tee box to greens. Fun fact: There are zero, I repeat, zero bunkers or sand on the entire property. This helped me settle into the round and we were off and running for the rest of the day.
The front nine was flat, straight, and only featured one par-5. Nothing too difficult or easy, just a run of holes that seemed the same one after the other. After making the turn, it felt like a different course with sloping hills and blind shots on almost every hole. Course knowledge of landing zones and target lines would be beneficial for this side, but my GPS watch was the next best thing to get me around.
The last hole funnels you back into the flat, tree lined topography that the front nine boasts, but is nothing special as a “finishing hole”. An up-and-down secured an under par back-nine, and a solid 3-over, 74 finish.
What We Liked:
- No bunkers
- Greens are soft, receptive, and roll true
- Fairways are good and I only had a few hard-pan lies
- Multiple sightings of beverage cart
- Pace of play was decent
Pictured Chaparral Bayside and Texas Chap Snapback Cap
Overall, this will not become my favorite course, but I would play again in a scramble tournament to see how far the line can be pushed on certain shots. I’ll bank away the course knowledge I gained for another day and use it the next time I go for a round at Lake Arlington.
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