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Rankings:  26th

The Takeaway:  In general, TPC courses leave me wanting more. The facilities are always great but the individual holes and terrain often lack the creativity I desire. TPC courses are designed for tournament play which often leads to straight forward architecture rather than featuring compelling design elements. While I thought Weiskopf did well with what he was handed, the relatively flat terrain and focus on residential development keeps TPC Craig Ranch from being a top tier course in the Lone Star State though it manages to be one of the better offerings in the greater Dallas area.  Grade B-

Designer:  Tom Weiskopf in 2004

Cost:  Private

Phone Number:  (972) 747-9005

Course Website:  Official Website - Visit TPC Craig Ranch's official website by clicking on the link provided.

Directions:  Get here! - 8000 Collin McKinney, McKinney, Texas  75070 – UNITED STATES

Photos:  See additional photos of TPC Craig Ranch

What to Expect:  TPC Craig Ranch is located in the suburb of McKinney northeast of Dallas. The course features an impressive 63,000 square foot clubhouse and one of the finest practice facilities around with a double sided driving range and a short game area; staple features at a TPC facility. Conditions are superb throughout the course though the fairways and rough tend to give off a monotone green shade that blends with the surrounding trees. The front nine can get a bit noisy due to the property abutting the freeway and the housing located on much of the back nine is a quick reminder of the course's residential setting. One of my favorite aspects of Tom Weiskopf's designs is the implementation of a driveable par four however I found his effort at TPC Craig Ranch to be a bit forgettable compared to his other efforts. Weiskopf did a commendable job for the relatively flat property he had to work with here, but his design style is clearly better suited for mountainous terrain. The course offers a nice walk though electric carts are available.

Signature Hole:  14th Hole – 330/302 Yard Par 4 – The staple feature at every Tom Weiskopf designed course is a driveable par four and the TPC Craig Ranch it emerges as the 14th hole. Players are presented with a slightly downhill tee shot that boasts water on the left and a half dozen bunkers around the green. In Dallas' heavy air and low elevation it will be difficult for most players to reach the green, but there is a good chance someone is your foursome will walk away with a birdie.

Best Par 3:  15th Hole – 216/197 Yards – The pond that was on your left for the 14th hole is on your left again for the 15th but is a bigger factor to contend with. The only bailout is short right since the left is flanked by water and the right protected by sand. Finishing in one of the bunkers on the right leaves you a dreaded sand shot back towards the water.

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