Start talking to people about municipal services and you will often get an unfavorable response. Fortunately for the good citizens of Allen and golfers all over Collin Country, there is one service in town that will take great pleasure: the city-owned clubs in Waters Creek, which straddles the Allen-Plano border, offer public golf to all with a wide variety of options.
Watters Creek, originally designed by Bruce Devlin in the early 1990s, began life at Chase Oaks Golf Course, but the city closed the course in 2011. A year later, it reopened. There has been a wonderful new design by local architect PGA Tour player DA Weibring and Steve Wolford that has transformed the course into a bright new facility, The Clubs at Watters Creek.
As the name suggests, there are actually three different courses next to Interstate 75, just north of Plano, with a huge Allen flag visible from the highway.
What used to be a very friendly 27-hole, no-player golf course now has a Legends 18-hole course that can play from 7,015 yards from the back tees and give any good player all the challenge they can handle.
There is also a two player course, a nine hole layout with a six player par 3 and par 4s – an excellent test for anyone who is new to the game or hasn’t hit the ball far. There’s also the 6-hole Future Course which is floodlit and playable with a 9 iron, wedge and putt – and the willingness to work on your short game in the best of conditions.
“We have golf for everyone,” says Jeff Holt, longtime director of golf and golf services. local profile. “We have a six-hole course, a nine-hole course and an 18-hole championship course. Something for all types of golfers.”
Watters Creek has been nominated for a nationwide municipal golf award for excellent green lawn options for taxpayers and everyone else.
The idea was to take a 27-hole course that many people, especially less than elite golfers, consider too challenging, Wolfhard said, and turn it into something more player friendly and attractive.
“We always try to protect the positive aspects of the courses we are renewing as we have done with the new clubs at Waters Creek,” he added. “The courses will invite your eye to the updated feature that provides the ability to bounce the ball onto the green on all three courses while choosing the level of challenge to match your game with a variety of tees and angles of play.”
“We were striving for a clean, traditional look that was highlighted by white-sand bunkers that guide you around the track,” said Wolfhard. Dredging and reshaping the nine lakes on an area of 250 acres.
But just because a course is more player-friendly doesn’t mean it’s easy. After a good opening 4 in Legends tournament, players cross the street and the fun really begins. There are plenty of tree lined fairways which take a premium to keep the ball in the fairways.
As the name suggests, there is water in at least half of the holes with large lakes and ponds adjoining fairways and putting greens.
A good example of this is the par-3 ninth hole that is played 205 yards from the back tee, but forces golfers to hit a large puddle to find the green. Many of the front nines can either sink or swim here which is why it’s so good that cool drinks and snacks at the halfway point are just steps from the ninth green.
The par-4 10th hole is a sharp doogee to a well guarded green with a creek to the front and bunkers on either side. The back nine plays through neighborhood homers with more water (especially the par-3 16th hole) and two big finishing holes including the par-5 18th with more water to the left.
The practice facilities are as good as anything in the Dallas area, public or private, with a six-hole futures course, a floodlit great range, two putting greens, a par putt green, and even a Flying Fact Education Center headed by master instructor Chris O’Connell, where from Famously, PGA Tour star Matt Kucher stopped by for a lesson.
It’s a city service done right to all of Allen and Collin County and any other golfer who wants to come and experience The Clubs at Watters Creek.
yardage from 7,015 to 5,636 yards
The ball is required to be counted: 2 sleeves here. Because the name suggests lots of water and lots of trees.
The hardest hole: The par-4 sixth hole is unique. Players have to try to lie in a very narrow corridor with OB right, water and brush left. Then a long approach was launched over a large bank with water at the bottom of the bank. Take a heroic foot and an easy bogey and run, don’t walk to the next tee.
Bonus: Among the best practice facilities, public or private, in the Dallas area, with a lighted range and short course, chipping and putting greens. Plus Allen residents get a discount.
Clubs in Waters Creek
7201 Chase Oaks Blvd
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