Golf remains an integral aspect of an East Texas staycation (or an extended weekend away), mainly because the weather and pace of play are typically idyllic. While Mill Creek Ranch Resort features a fun, nine-hole disc golf course, we know that avid golfers cannot resist the allure of an 18-hole diversion. There are over a dozen quintessential East Texas golf courses within 40 minutes of our cottages, tiny houses, and RV sites. However, we’ve hand-selected three favorite course designs that provide uncrowded tees, ample natural beauty, and unparalleled rates.
The Best East Texas Golf Courses
One might classify these three East Texas golf courses as “hidden gems.” Regardless, you’re in for a visually-appealing, semi-challenging treat! Fervent and novice golfers alike will be pleasantly surprised to discover a diverse array of course designs in Canton, Hideaway, and Mineola, respectively. Unlike many other American golf meccas, there are dozens upon dozens of public golf courses near Dallas—all are welcome to experience the beauty of East Texas.
Less than two miles from Mill Creek’s 200-acre ranch-style estate lies Van Zandt Country Club, an oft-overlooked gem between Dallas and Tyler. Rates range from $25 to $60. There’s no need to break the bank at Van Zandt! As Van Zandt nears its 50th anniversary, the course is only just coming out of its shell. As the years roll by, the trees continue to play a more substantial factor. Golfers can take pleasure in the still ponds, wide fairways, and well-groomed bermudagrass.
Tucked between Hideaway Lake and Interstate 20 rests a semi-private, 27-hole marvel in touch with the community’s inhabitants. Golf communities like Hide-A-Way Lake Club are hard to find in Texas. As the neighborhood continues to flourish, the course itself becomes even more enticing and visually appealing. Hide-A-Way Lake consists of three distinctive nine-hole courses, combining to make up a 27-hole mecca worth revisiting time and time again. The club has noticeably spent thousands of dollars on cosmetic alterations, such as rock piles, tree implementation, flowery, and water hazards. There’s plenty of curb appeal at Hide-A-Way—that much is for sure.
Mineola Country Club sits along the western rim of town in the densely-thicketed backcountry. Although the town’s high school and airfield lie just beyond the forestry, Mineola feels distinctly remote and undeniably quiet. Woodland critters often scurry across the landscape, and morning fog typically blankets the course around first light. The nine-hole design is among the prettiest in the region. However, due to its size, Minneola is mostly frequented by beginners. Regardless, it’s one of our three favorite East Texas golf courses.
The Finest RV Parks in Texas: Mill Creek Ranch
Combine 18 holes at one of the best East Texas golf courses with a flight of craft beer, a shopping spree, a backcountry hike, and a late-night campfire. Truth be told, guests rarely feel the desire to leave Mill Creek Ranch Resort’s acreage, primarily because of the on-site pool, hiking trails, fishing ponds, and children’s treehouse. Unlike your typical resort, we boast an array of accommodation types, including a yurt, tiny house rentals, monthly RV sites, and an eclectic mix of cottages.
Although we’re living in unique times, the overall experience at Mill Creek has not changed. We still offer a remote location, a friendly atmosphere, a bevy of free amenities, and over 200 acres of backland glory. Please give us a call today at 866-488-6020 to book a long-awaited golf getaway (or check availability online).