Featured Guest: Jay Reynolds, Top Texas Golf Courses
By: Jay Reynolds, Guest Contributor*
As a competitive golfer for many years I’ve been lucky enough to get to play many of Texas’s most famous courses. In my last piece, I listed the top ten courses I’ve played in Texas. Despite the fact that I have played competitive golf, and I have been golfing my entire life, there are still numerous Texas golf courses that I have yet to play. There is an even shorter list of courses in Texas that I have not played but want to. As a part of my series on Texas’ best golf courses, here are the top ten golf courses in the state that I have not yet played, but want to play in the coming months.
10. Newport Dunes – This linksy-style course down in Port Aransas just looks amazing from every picture I’ve seen of it and any course with Arnold Palmer’s name on it has to be awesome.
9. Shady Oaks Country Club – This is another course over flowing with Ben Hogan history…designed by the great Robert Trent Jones, this has always been on my list of must-play courses in Texas.
8. White Bluffs Resort – Ever since Kelly O’donnel took the help at White Bluffs a couple years ago I’ve wanted to get up and visit and see the fantaistic golf experience they have to offer. They have 36 holes and from what I hear, 36 good ones!
7. Lochinvar Country Club – Just the name alone makes me salivate. I’ve never heard anything but amazing things about this Jack Nicklaus design.
6. The Cascades – Tyler TX – They hosted the Texas State Open out at Cascades for several years and I never had the opportunity to play it! But the players report to me was that it was a top-notch facility, with a great staff, and the condition was absolutely superb.
5. Miramont Country Club – Bryan TX – I know I grew up in Austin and I’m not supposed to enjoy anything that happens anywhere near College Station…but Miramont just looks incredible. I’ve heard all the superlatives for this one, and my dad is actually playing a qualifier for the US Senior Open later this fall here, so hopefully I’ll get to cross this one off my list!
4. Pine Dunes – Franklin TX – anything that has the look of Pinehurst is a “go” in my book. Plus, I love Jay Morrish designs. There’s just something sort of magical about these great courses tucked out in the middle of nowhere. You know that these folks have a true passion for the game and I’m sure that comes through the experience.
3. Briggs Ranch Golf Club – Boerne TX – I know a numerous pros who call this course home and I would love to find out why. The photos of Briggs don’t do it justice from what I hear.
2. Dallas National Golf Club – Dallas TX – “Decadence in action” is the best way I can imagine Dallas National. Tony Romo frequents this collection of 18 awesome holes, and maybe one day I will to!
1. Shadow Hawk Golf Club – Richmond TX – My dad, Peach, qualified and played in the US Mid-Amateur Championship at Shadow Hawk last summer and I was so bummed I wasn’t available to caddy for him! He reported that this was one of his favorite courses he’d ever played and I’ll take him at his word, and hopefully I’ll get the chance sometime soon.
*About Jay Reynolds: Born and raised in Austin, Jay graduated from Austin High School in 2001, rising to No. 3 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Junior Rankings, before accepting a golf scholarship to play at the University of New Mexico. Jay graduated with a BA in Communications and Journalism in 2005, and earned Academic All-American Honors for the 2003-04 season. He then turned professional, competing on the Canadian Tour in 2006 and the Hooters Tour in 2007-2008.
Off the tour, Jay and his father, Peach Reynolds (pictured together above), were featured contestants on the first season of The Golf Channel’s reality series, “Highway 18.” He is president of Scoring Solutions Golf, an on course approach to golf instruction, which calls the beautiful Wolfdancer Golf Club in Bastrop its home. Jay recently filed for reinstatement as an amateur golfer and will pursue a full amateur playing schedule in 2014 at the highest amateur level.
However, Jay is more than just a golfer. A well rounded Texan, Jay is currently traveling the state with Texas country star, Monte Montgomery and has appeared on an episode of MTV’s True Life.
We at the Texan Post are proud to have Jay Reynolds as a featured contributor.