Robson Ranch has been open for about four years and the grill has been around for more than three. It caters mostly to residents of the active adult communities, but the outside public has found it, too (and not only the golfers who stop by during and after rounds). It's only open 11 a.m. 'til 3 (11 'til 2 on Sunday for brunch) and 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. But the burgers, Cobb salads, quesadillas, nachos, Southwest salads and steaks are better than most any other golf-course grill around. The Sunday brunch is $16 and is the only meal you'll need that day. It's a big hit on holidays . . . but you'll need reservations on those days.
I've had lots of friends complain about the scenery (or lack of same) around Twin Wells. I like courses that look good . . . but I don't mind some of warts here. It's one of the few courses that I've managed at least one birdie on every hole (I used to play it a LOT), and the par 5's all offer a "chance" to get it on for eagle putts. There are a couple of short 4's that can be reach off the tee box (and a few that lure you into giving it a try and then steal your ball). Only complaints: Par 3's all kind of play the same and if you're walking, there are several long hikes between holes.
Most of the Dallas-owned courses are fun and well-maintained (some are going upscale and getting a big expensive); so far, I haven't heard of any plans to make big changes and hike the price at Stevens. There are a a couple of oddball holes (you can't shoot over the trees and go for the green on No.3 . . . that's a penalty, though a lot of folks could reach it) and if you're on the wrong level on the final green, you might be facing a 4- or 5-putt experience (I speak from experience). But overall Stevens is fun, easy to walk (there are some elevation changes but it's not bad) and loaded with birdie chances. In fact, two good shots on the first par 5 will give you an easy shot at eagle . . . if you can hold the tiny green. Lots of par 4's where driver just isn't necessary or ever the best idea. Play for position!
This course (which is home to the North Texas Chapter of the PGA) got off to a running start. Most courses have growing pains, but this was a good one from day one. Unfortunately for me, it seems to be getting harder (my fault, not the course's). Three of the par 3's are downright tough (and rated so on the card) and the first par 5 is a bear: I still can't figure how far to hit the drive and where to lay up for best results. But what's fun is the eighth hole on each side. If you can shape a shot left to right, you can be putting for eagle on both No. 8 (278 yards from the second-longest set of tees) and No. 17 (262 from the blues). Another nice thing here: There are discounted rates for military, firemen, police officers, women, juniors and seniors. And even without a discount, it's extremeley affordable
It's not like a Coulter's or Spring Creek, but I've been here several times and enjoyed the food. The baked potato is good and the bbq sausage compares to some of the others. The kids working here are friendly, too (like the one in Waco) and it won't cost an arm and a leg. If you're looking for ribs or a huge meal it's probably not the place . . . but for a quick sandwich it's convenient.
I wouldn't recommend driving from North Dallas to downtown just to visit Los Lupes. But if you're in the area (I used to work about 4 miles away) stop by for the all-you-can-eat lunch. Bring about $5.50 . . . and be prepared to take a nap when you get back to work! It is truly an all-you-can-eat deal, there's good variety and you hate to stop 'til you just can't go another bite. I've never had any of the invidual plates; the buffet is my vice. It would probably be more than four stars, but the area and parking problems don't help. This is the original in a chain, so some of the other locations are probably in better neighborhoods.
I used to rent with Alamo (I lived in Irving and by showing my local license I was able to avoid airport taxes). I looked around for the best deal from the other guys after I moved to Denton (I always rent for vacation) and found Budget to be the best. There are always specials available (I usually use Passbook coupons but there are internet specials, too) and they're very helpgul at this location. They're open some hourse on Sunday, too, so this helps. And Budget, unlike some of the others, doesn't have as many restrictions on where you can and can't go. The unlimited mileage deal is usually the best.
I don't think there's a gas station here (I've never noticed) and haven't had to use the towing service. But the repair part is great! We learned about the place from a friend (it's out of the way in downtown Denton) and have used them several times. One day one of the guys (probably the owner!) fixed a battery problem while I waited and charged me $10 (you can't even roll into most places for less than $40). Only time we had a problem it turned out the parts were bad and he replaced them and sent them back to the company. Hard to find a mechanic you can trust but so far, so good!
They renovated this one a few years ago and it's a lot of fun! I went with an assistant pro who used to work there and a group of seniors who had been used to playing the same (almost tree-less) course for several months. They really got a kick out of the mature trees on this one and the opening hole, a shot down the hill, was quite interesting. At least half the holes are new and there's pretty good length to this one. Neighborhood's still the same, a little rough looking, but like most of the Fort Worth muny's this one's worth the price.
In the old days, Grand Prairie muny deserved a 3-star rating. Maybe when all the work is done this will be up to four; it's pretty close now! Best time to play it is early in the morning; get out with the rest of the old guys and walk 18 . . . then play the other nine in a cart and you're home within 5 hours! They're reworking a nine at a time (it's a 27-hole layout, in case you didn't guess) and though the Red got a little easier in spots, it's still a good test. Give the renovation a little more time and you won't recognize it from the old days (this was the first course I played in the area, probably about 32 years ago).