Classic, old-architecture style that demands proper shot placement.
Designed by Gary Koch and built in 1992, Las Colinas (Spanish for “the hills”) is an 18-hole championship course that offers quite a different challenge from El Campeón. It is an inland links design with generous, wide-open fairways, gentle rolling hills and large, undulating greens. Play a Top power ranked U.S. course on GolfAdvisor – Las Colinas (#3) – April 2017.
Las Colinas was nominated as “Best New Resort Course” by Golf Digest in 1992, named “Best Places to Play – 4 stars” by Golf Digest, and has received “Top Fairways” recognition by Golf for Women. Its signature hole is “Alligator Alley”, the par 5, 12th hole that spans 493 yards along a tree-lined fairway and requires absolute accuracy from tee-to-green.
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Hole 1 “Lakeside”
396 Yards, Par 4
The course starts with this gentle par 4 with views of the resort. A wide fairway and fairly flat green gives you the opportunity to start the round with par or better. But beware, a poor drive left leaves you in the fairway bunker and too far right puts you in the lake.
Hole 2 “Howey’s Redan”
206 Yards, Par 3
This par 3 requires a medium to long iron approach to a long but shallow green. Too short and you’re in the lake, too long and you’re in the back bunkers hitting back towards the lake. The miss on this hole is left of the green which gives the best chance for an up and down par.
Hole 3 “Far and Away”
445 Yards, Par 4
A long par 4 with a slight dogleg right requires a big drive down the left side for a good view to the green. However, don’t go too left or you’ll be in the fairway bunker, or worse, out of bounds. The fairway opens a bit to the right, but woods and an obstructed view to the green can mean big numbers. This green slopes strongly from back to front.
Hole 4 “Sand Dunes”
432 Yards, Par 4
With a tee box that points you towards the woods, this dogleg left has bunkers all the way down the left side of the fairway looking to snag any wayward tee shots. But don’t over-adjust right or you’ll end up in the hills along the fairway or worse, in the woods. The green has some subtle undulations and you surely don’t want to miss deep on your approach shot.
Hole 5 “Reward”
500 Yards, Par 5
The fairway doglegs right with bunkers protecting the left side while heavy forest guards the right. A long drive in the fairway will set up a second shot with a chance of reaching the green in two, but a pond in the front of the green collects shots falling short. Ensure your approach lands on the right level of this three tiered green or a three putt is likely.
Hole 6 “Little Hills”
194 Yards, Par 3
This slightly uphill par 3 to a back to front sloping green makes this hole appear simple, but ensure you hit the green as anything short falls back towards the lake in the front left of the green while right leaves you below the green and amongst the small hills with a tough chance for up and down.
Hole 7 “Free Fall”
398 Yards, Par 4
A fairly short par 4 begins with a slightly uphill fairway that drops off about 125 yards out to a wide green that’s short in depth. Pine trees protect both sides of the fairway and bunkers protect the front of the elevated green. Approaches from the top of the hill will usually require one less club and missing the green long is a tough up and down.
Hole 8 “Bunker Hill”
441 Yards, Par 4
With an uphill tee shot, this par 4 plays longer than the yardage. Tee shots should favor the right side of the fairway but avoid the large bunker and the tree even further right. With a good tee shot you are then looking at a downhill approach to a left to right sloping green protected by bunkers on the left and a lake on the right. Par is a great score on this hole.
Hole 9 “Wetlands”
380 Yards, Par 4
A short par 4 demands accuracy over length off the tee. For many players, a driver is not necessary. A tee shot that finds the fairway and avoids the fairway bunkers right and hazard left will set up a short iron into a green that slopes back to front. The miss here is short, anything deep of the green ends up in the hazard behind it.
Hole 10 “Elbow”
415 Yards, Par 5
This dogleg right requires a strong drive favoring the middle to left side of the fairway, anything too far right is blocked out by the pines. The approach is fairly straight forward but misses left will usually leave making par a tough score.
Hole 11 “Gator Bait”
216 Yards, Par 3
Over a pond, this strong par 3 has a bailout short left, anything right of the pin will usually end up in the pond that extends further right than left or the greenside bunkers on the right.
Hole 12 “Alligator Alley”
493 Yards, Par 5
Definitely a risk/reward hole you have two options: Lay back short of the pine on the left and make this a three shot par 5, or pull out the driver and try to hit to the narrowest part of the fairway to give yourself a chance of reaching in two. With either option if you’re not accurate off the tee big numbers await. The short hole is offset by a tree hanging over the right edge of the green and bunker in front ready to punish any out of position golfers.
Hole 13 “Long Way Out”
584 Yards, Par 5
The second of back to back par 5’s this hole could not be any more different than the previous. A wide open tee shot with only a large waste area left, driver off the tee is the play. The longest of hitters may have a chance of reaching the green in two but the approach shot is blind and trees left and right of the green and short can lead to bogey or worse. The green is elevated with a lot of subtle breaks.
Hole 14 “Due Left”
497 Yards, Par 4
This strong dogleg left is shaped like the letter L. Longer drivers can try and hit over the big tree which juts out on the left side to allow a shorter approach but if you miss left you’ll be in the woods. The green plays downhill from the approach shot and thus a little shorter than the yardage would indicate and the green and surrounding terrain slopes from left to right.
Hole 15 “The Big Tree”
236 Yards, Par 3
Not only do you have to compete with a long tee shot but a giant tree overhangs the right edge of the green and can leave shots that seem good off the tee in bad locations around the green. The miss here is left of the green and a little long so to not end up in the greenside bunker. Coming out of the last four holes at even par is an impressive feat.
Hole 16 “The Chute”
420 Yards, Par 4
After the last four holes, this fair par 4 gives a good chance at birdie with a drive avoiding the bunkers left. The fairway opens a bit more on the right and an approach shot from the fairway should be straightforward, just don’t miss long as an up and down from the back bunker is not a given.
Hole 17 “Welcome”
416 Yards, Par 4
Off the tee this hole has one of the widest fairways on the course, but tee shots too far off line will either catch the fairway bunkers right or the trees left. A pond protects the left side of the fairway and green and a bunker protects short approaches. The two tiered green is lower on the left side than the right so try and land the ball on the same level as the pin.
Hole 18 “Home”
561 Yards, Par 5
The finishing hole offers a good chance to close with a par or better. The tee shot must stay short of the hazard that bisects the fairway and from here a well placed second leaves a wedge or short iron into a big green that does have a second level on the far right. For your best chance at making a birdie, stay left of the hole and short as the green slopes from right to left and back to front.