Begin speaking to folks about municipal companies and you may usually get a less-than-favorable response. Fortunately for the great residents of Allen and golfers throughout Collin Nation, there may be one metropolis service most will probably be proud of: Town-owned Golf equipment at Watters Creek, which straddles the Allen – Plano border, gives public golf for everybody with quite a lot of choices.
Initially designed by Bruce Devlin within the early Nineteen Nineties, Watters Creek started life as Chase Oaks Golf Course, however the metropolis closed the course in 2011. A yr later, it reopened. There was a superb new design by native architect PGA Tour participant DA Weibring and Steve Wolford which turned the course right into a shining new facility, the Golf equipment at Watters Creek.
Because the title would counsel, there are literally three totally different programs adjoining to Freeway 75, simply north of Plano, with an enormous metropolis of Allen flag seen from the freeway.
What was as soon as a 27-hole very un-player-friendly playout now has an 18-hole legends course which may play from 7,015 yards from the again tees and provides any good participant all of the problem they will deal with.
There’s additionally the gamers’ course, a nine-hole structure with six par 3s and three par 4s — a wonderful check for anybody new to the sport or who would not hit the ball as far. There’s additionally the 6-hole future’s course which is lit and may be performed with a 9-iron, wedge and a putter — and a willingness to work in your quick sport in top-notch situations.
“We’ve got golf for everybody,’” longtime Director of Golf and Golf Companies Supervisor Jeff Holt tells Native Profile. “We’ve got a six-hole course, a nine-hole course and an 18-hole championship course. One thing for every type of golfers.”
Watters Creek has even been nominated for a nationwide municipal golf award for its wonderful inexperienced grass choices for taxpayers and everybody else.
Wolfard stated the concept was to take a 27-hole course that many individuals, particularly lower than top-notch golfers, thought of too arduous and switch it into one thing extra participant pleasant and welcoming.
“We at all times attempt to defend the constructive elements of programs we renovate as we did with the brand new golf equipment at Watters Creek,” he added. “The programs will invite your eye into the refreshed property offering the flexibility to bounce the ball on the inexperienced on all the three programs whereas selecting the extent of problem to match your sport with the number of tees and angles of play.”
“We had been striving for a standard clear look highlighted with the white sand bunker areas guiding you across the course,” stated Wolfard ”An enormous effort was made to prune the under-brush the tree-lined fairway corridors to refresh the location together with the dredging and reshaping of the 9 lakes on the 250 acres.”
However simply because the course is extra participant pleasant, it does not imply simple. After an excellent opening par 4 on the legends course, gamers cross the road and the enjoyable actually begins. There are many tree-lined fairways that require a premium on maintaining the ball within the fairways.
Because the title would counsel, there may be water on no less than half the holes with lakes and huge ponds adjoining to the fairways and greens.
A working example is the par-3 ninth gap that performs 205 yards from the again tee, however forces golfers to hit over a big pond to search out the inexperienced. Many entrance 9 rounds can sink or swim right here which is why it is a good factor the chilled drinks and snacks midway home are simply steps away from the ninth inexperienced.
The par-4 tenth gap is a pointy dogleg proper to a well-guarded inexperienced with a creek in entrance and bunkers on either side. The again 9 performs by way of neighborhood homes with extra water (particularly the par-3 sixteenth gap) and two nice ending holes together with the par-5 18th with extra water to the left.
The observe amenities are nearly as good as something within the Dallas space, public or personal, with the six-hole futures course, a big lighted vary, two giant placing greens, a chipping inexperienced, and even the Airplane Reality Instructing Heart headed by Grasp instructor Chris O’Connell, the place PGA Tour celebrity Matt Kucher has been recognized to cease by for a lesson.
It is metropolis service completed proper for all of Allen, Collin County and every other golfer who needs to return by and expertise The Golf equipment at Watters Creek.
yardage 7.015 to five.636 yards
Ball Depend Wanted: 2 sleeves right here. Because the title would counsel numerous water and many bushes.
Hardest Gap: The par-4 sixth gap is one in all a sort. Gamers need to attempt to lay as much as a really slim fairway with OB proper and water and brush left. Then an extended strategy shot over a big financial institution with water on the backside of the financial institution. Take a heroic par and simple bogey and run, do not stroll to the subsequent tee.
Bonuses: Among the many finest observe amenities, public or personal within the Dallas space, with a lighted vary and quick course, chipping and placing greens. Plus Allen residents get a reduction.
The Golf equipment at Watters Creek
7201 Chase Oaks Blvd
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