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.”
The par-five, 545-yard Hole #5 doglegs right to a slightly elevated green protected by deep bunkers.
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.
A 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.
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.
The 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.
Demanding 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.
The 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.
The scenic dogleg-right par 4 14th.
What 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.