Don’t Mind the Noise at Silver Dollar Golf Club

Silver Dollar - Bobcat: 8th hole

The 8th hole on the Bobcat 9 is a medium-length par 3 with a tee shot over water.

The past two Mondays I played Silver Dollar Golf Club. Located in the rural county of Odessa, you would expect peace and quiet. Unless you golf on a weekend.  It’s not unusual to hear the sounds of gun shots  from the next door Silver Dollar Trap Club at any time, but especially on weekends. If you can block that out, you’re good to go.

Silver Dollar has three really pretty nines to play, the Bobcat, the Gator and the Panther that can be played individually or consecutively. We played the Gator and Panther last week and the Gator and Bobcat this week. The Gator takes you away from the clubhouse and the other courses (and noise distractions) offering a good variety of dog-legs, straight holes both short and long, and even a tricky dog-leg right and then left on the 8th.

The Panther also has a couple of dog-legs, but is more notable for its long par threes and fours, depending on your tee selection. The noise from the Gun Club is most noticeable on the back-side of this nine, holes 14, 17, and 18.

The Gator and Panther nines play to just under 6500 yards from the tips, to 4500 yards from the short tees, but with a few tight fairways and water that can come into play, tee selection is key to how well you will enjoy this course. These two nines are the most used for an 18-hole round.

The Bobcat nine plays from just over 2900 yards to just under 2300 yards. It’s not real long, the starting 1st par is a tough hole which dog-legs right just past the driving range (another distraction), leaving you a long second with trees getting in the way. Other than that, it is a fairly straightforward nine with some holes that are driveable, but trouble lurking keeps you deciding on the smart play.

The conditions of all three nines was good. The tees and fairways were in good shape. The greens, also nice, but a little slow. Maybe because it was later in the afternoon. They don’t have as many sand traps as your average course, but the few they had were raked and in nice condition.

Silver Dollar has a complete practice area with a driving range, two putting greens and a chipping area. The staff  was friendly and the Pro Shop is small but adequate.  The clubhouse bar was busy both days we visited and the atmosphere was very welcoming. 

We played both games at 2:30 in the afternoon and got the twi-light rate of $25 including tax but their rates are pretty good anytime. We finished the Gator and Panther in three hours which is a good pace. When we played the Gator and Bobcat we finished in just under four hours. 

If you can put up with some noise and are looking for some variety and value for your money, Silver Dollar Golf Club is a good choice. For more information www.silverdollargolf.com

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  1. [...] on our Sunday afternoon round. Silver Dollar has three nines (see my previous post for details: Don’t Mind the Noise at Silver Dollar Golf Club) It had rained the day before and we had early morning intermittent showers on Sunday, so I [...]

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