Nestled between Joe Pool Lake and the Mountain Creek Escarpment lies one of the state’s top public championship golf courses … Tangle Ridge Golf Club.

The layout has the feel of a Hill Country course with elevation changes of more than fifty feet, gently rolling hills and trees guarding every hole. The magnificent panoramic views differentiate the course from any other in the D/FW area.

The 18-hole course was designed by Jeff Brauer of GolfScapes in Arlington, Texas. “The City of Grand Prairie wanted an upscale course with the emphasis on fun as much as difficulty,” said Brauer. “The other driving force was the aesthetics of one of the prettiest sites in D/FW.”

image006Hole 5

The par-five, 545-yard Hole #5 doglegs right to a slightly elevated green protected by deep bunkers.




Hole 8

The demanding par-five 575-yard Hole #8 plays into the prevailing wind. A creek, which crosses the middle of the fairway, generally can’t be reached on the downhill tee shot without a north wind. The creek also meanders down the left side of the uphill second shot, while trees, native grasses and the driving range are on the right. Since the landing area gets smaller, players will want to get as close as possible to the uphill green for their approach shots.

image008A steep bank which drops into a pond guards the front of the green, while a cluster of trees and native grasses is on the right. The severe slopes behind the green, reminiscent of the “punch bowl style” of early American designers, may allow the ball to roll back onto the putting surface.

Reaching the putting surface of the challenging par-five eighth hole is only half of the battle – two large berms divide the slick green into three sections.

The green is divided into three sections by two large berms. Land in the wrong section and you’ll face a tough roller-coaster putt – and be glad to three-putt.


Hole 13image010

The 501-yard, par-five Hole #13 features a downhill tee shot over rolling terrain to a dogleg left. The upper level of the left fairway allows accurate second shots to roll safely onto the semi-blind green.


Hole 18

image012The finishing hole is a 521-yard par-five with a “challenge fairway.” A solid tee shot, which must carry a pond and avoid a large beach bunker, that lands safely on a small peninsula on the right will shorten the hole by about thirty yards, making the green more reachable in two.

Hole 1

hole1The opening shot of the day is played on a downhill, downwind par four measuring 469 yards which doglegs to the left. Fairway bunkers and a creek run along the left side.


Hole 2

hol2Demanding tee shot requires shot to be hit down left side.  Prevailing wind pushes ball right into native area.  Precise second shot is a must.  Wayward shots will leave you with a blind recovery shot to this elevated green.


Hole 3

hole3Short hole.  Play safe down the left or carry the bunkers for an short wedge second shot.  Large undulating green makes club selection a must.


Hole 6

hole6The fun 313-yard sixth hole is usually downwind allowing many golfers to shoot for the putting surface. Anything short will likely be swallowed up by one of the large bunkers. The sixth hole is reachable from the tee, but an awkward second shot may result.


Hole 7

hole7Distance off the tee is a necessity to tame the 444 yard Hole #7.  The right side of the fairway is the preferred angle into the large green.


Hole 10

hole10Aim tee shot to bunkers on left.  Stay out of hazard on right.  Sloped fairway and prevailing wind has a tendency to move ball left to right.  Two-tiered green awaits a long second shot.


Hole 11

hole11Easiest par-four on golf course.  Ego builder or buster here.  Any tee shot that remains out of the bunkers on the let will set you up for as short shot to this relatively flat unguarded green.


Hole 14

hole14The fourteenth hole is a picturesque 384 yard par four which doglegs to the right into a green that is tucked into a grove of trees, protected by water.  Right side of hole heavily guarded by water.

The scenic dogleg-right par 4 14th.


Hole 15

hole15What you see is what you get.  Plays long to the prevailing wind.  Requires a long Tee shot which sets you up to another long shot into a large green.  Keep your drive out of the right bunker or you’ll face a 200+ yard shot to the green.


Hole 16

hole16Straight Tee ball toward the middle of the fairway.  This two-tiered fairway is guarded by a cluster of trees and a pond on the right side.

Hole 4

hole4The fourth hole is the shortest at 132 yards. A ridge runs across the middle of this kidney shaped green which is protected on the front by a large bunker with an island of rough grass in the middle.


Hole 9

hole9Accuracy is the key on the 152 yard Hole #9. The huge three tiered putting surface slopes significantly from back to front.


Hole 12

hole12Big tiered green.  Club selection and accuracy a must.  Hit the middle of the green, two putt for your par.


Hole 17

hole17The longest three-par Tangle Ridge offers is the 189-yard Hole #17, which is downwind and open in the front. Anything hit left is trouble.