Golfing is tremendous fun and packs a punch when it comes to a golfer’s overall health. Active adults who golf get to enjoy quality time with friends and loved ones, soak up vitamin D from the sun, and may even add years to their life. Due to the sport’s cardiovascular, respiratory, metabolic, and mental health benefits, golf can increase life expectancy by five years, according to research featured in Golf Digest.
Golfing enthusiasts who reside in a 55+ community in Dallas can explore a range of world-class golf courses open to the public. Here are five of the best golf courses in North Texas, as deemed by The Dallas Morning News’ Texas Golf Panel. Each of the courses below landed in the top 100.
1. TPC Four Seasons – Las Colinas
At the TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas, golfers can experience a spectacular course coupled with world-class amenities at this award-winning golf resort. Newly redesigned, the 18-hole, par-70 course measures 7,166 yards and offers exciting challenges for golfers of all levels. Active adults who live in the Dallas area can take advantage of the resort’s driving range, sand bunker practice area, and putting and chipping greens. They can also hone their game through private instruction with certified PGA golf instructors.
2. Old American Golf Club – The Colony
Situated along the shores of Lake Lewisville in The Colony, the Old American Golf Club sparkles with natural beauty. This semi-private club boasts several challenging water hazards against a spectacular backdrop of native grasses, trees, and plants. Active adults who head to Old American might even see wildlife such as wild turkey, deer, and birds on the course, as plenty of local wildlife call the area home.
3. Cowboys Golf Club – Grapevine
Situated on 159 acres in a peaceful natural setting in Grapevine, Cowboys Golf Club stands out as the world’s first and only NFL-themed golf club. When active adults meet friends for a day on the course at Cowboys Golf Club, they can relive a bit of Dallas Cowboys history at every turn. This championship golf course features stone markers highlighting Dallas Cowboys history along with a clubhouse featuring Super Bowl trophies, rings, and other special Cowboys memorabilia. The club also boasts a golf practice facility where active adults can work on their game.
4. Texas Star Golf Course – Euless
No matter where active adults reside in Dallas-Fort Worth, they’re never far from Texas Star Golf Course. This championship course in Euless is conveniently located in the heart of the Metroplex, giving golfers easy access to the club’s 275 acres of lush fairways, stellar views, stacked rock ponds, streaming waterfalls, and natural woodland. This walking-friendly, par-71 course spans nearly 7,000 yards.
5. Stevens Park Golf Course – Dallas
Often called the “Little Augusta” of North Texas, Stevens Park Golf Course offers active adult golfers an unparalleled experience. Completely redesigned in 2011 by renowned Colligan Golf Design, this 18-hole course features new tee boxes, fairways, greens, and 38 new sand bunkers. Active adults can enjoy the shade and spectacular scenery—the golf course features nearly 900 new trees and 2,000 knock-out rose bushes.