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Pros: Great Layout, Greens in Good Shape, Nice staff

Cons: Can't walk this course

The Firewheel complex is owned by the City of Garland.  Don't let that scare you off...all of tracts are great!


The Bridges course is approximentally ten years old.  It is made up of three nine hole tracts.  We played on the Champions and Masters in an Fraternity Alumni tournament.  Both nine's are in great shape. 


The Champions is slightly easier of the two.  It has great closing hole, #9 which we were lucky enough to Eagle and a great little par 3 #5 which is a 110 yard hole but but be above the cup...


The Masters is a little more of a shot makers course.  Favorite holes include, #3 a great risk/reward hole and #7 a great par 5. 


In addition, the Branding Iron has pretty decent burgers and some cold adult beverages when you are done.  In short, if you want a great place for an above average layout at a decent cost, then come to Firewheel.





Pros: Good condition, good design

Cons: Carts only

Firewheel has three courses, the newest of which is The Bridges. Within The Bridges, there are three sets of 9 holes, two of which are active at a time. These sets of 9 are named "The Champion", "The Tradition", and "The Masters". I played The Champion and The Masters.

The Champion is a slightly easier course. The par-3s are on the shorter side and the gap between the fairway and real trouble is fairly large, so fairway misses aren't punished too badly. The rough is grown a couple inches long though, so I had to club down on most fairway misses. The fairways did tend to be a bit tighter, so even though greens looked get-able from the teebox, a poor drive would change that. The greens played on the slower side for me. The memorable hole here was the closing par-5 9th, where the fairway is choked down in between two large bunkers, and either you need to aim between them (they're maybe 25 yards apart), carry them, or aim across the rough on the side.

The Masters had slightly wider fairways, more trees, and faster greens. It required more shot making decisions and used doglegs and fairway bunkers more aggressively. When I played it also had a few tightly tucked pin locations. The closing 9th hole has a teebox that overlooks a down-sloping fairway. The green has a couple of large bunkers on both flanks, and the fairway also has a couple of large bunkers that are trouble for aggressive drives. The decision is between fighting the urge to smash the ball down the fairway between the bunkers or to to lay up. As an aside, the Masters course's greens were not very conveniently reachable from the cart path.

Both courses have a lot of bunkers, both green-side and in the fairway. I don't think any of the holes didn't have green-side bunkers, and probably a third of the fairways have one or more bunkers. The bunkers everywhere were in great condition - the sand was clean and soft - and they were reasonably large.

The greens were in good condition, with the exception of a lot of ball marks. They had been fixed, but there were a lot of them and they weren't always properly fixed. I think there were so many noticeable ball marks because the greens are kind of soft, I had a couple of wedge approaches that must have created 1/4 inch deep ball marks. While not a big deal, I did have a couple of putts effected by old marks.

Carts are mandatory, but have built-in GPS with distances to fairway boundaries, bunkers, water, the green, and the flag. It also has a course map to guide you between holes, not that it was confusing.

For practice, it had a large putting green and a grass driving range.

Overall, it's a very nice course and is fun to play.


Pros: three courses, practice facilities

Cons: separate clubhouse for Bridges course confusing for first timers

Three courses:  The Old Course, The Lakes, and The Bridges.  Largest public golf (non resort) complex in Texas.  Excellent practice facilities.  The Old Course is more traditional with narrower fairways and more trees.  The Lakes is the most challenging of the three courses.  The Bridges is the newest and has 27 holes (3 different nines)


Can't go wrong booking a tee time at Firewheel.  I believe they have finished with the drainage improvement project on The Old Course.


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