May 10th 2014
- If The Dallas Morning News gave a trophy for the course ranked No. 1 in Texas, Whispering Pines would have certainly retired it by now.
For an unprecedented ninth year in a row, the course created by Corby Robertson, a Houston energy mogul and philanthropist, and designed by Chet Williams was voted No. 1 by a statewide panel of 90 golf professionals, top amateurs, architects and others involved in the golf industry.
For the eighth year in a row, Dallas National Golf Club was second.
Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Cordillera Ranch in Boerne and Preston Trail round out the top five.
"It is an honor to be selected as the No. 1 course in Texas," head professional Chris Rowe said by email. "Corby Robertson had an incredible vision and a piece of land that was God ordained for Whispering Pines."
For the record, The News does not have a trophy to retire. And Rowe and the Whispering Pines crew won't rest on their laurels.
"I tell my staff every year we have to keep improving and always keep getting better in every area to stay at the top" Rowe said. "We have an incredible superintendent and a wonderful staff that all buy into the Whispering Pines philosophy and we are blessed to be part of Corby Robertson's masterpiece."
Private courses once again dominated the rankings. The top course open to the public was Crown Colony Country Club in Lufkin at No. 27. Pine Dunes Resort in Frankston was No. 32. Votes from a minimum of 13 panel members were required to be ranked in the top 100 best courses in Texas. Further Resources: