The Cliffs Resort Golf Course
One of the gems of Texas, The Cliffs Resort Golf Course on Possum Kingdom is perched alongside the scenic Possum Kingdom Lake with its “18 signature holes” highlighted by 100-foot elevation changes, massive rock outcroppings, narrow, tree-lined fairways, and an infinite number of ways to destroy your golf round. Remove your expectations when “enjoying” The Cliffs Possum Kingdom, because it is a totally different golf experience. Hazard after hazard awaits from every angle, sometimes making it difficult to “enjoy” your golf vacation. Canyons, creeks, cedar and oak groves–everything imaginable gets in the way while you’re hacking it toward the immaculate bent-grass greens.
The signature of signatures is the terrifying No. 15, a dicey par 3 that drops 100 feet over a cliff down to a minuscule green that is surrounded by the cliff wall to the left, water right, and sand in front.
Once you have reached the smooth-rolling bent grass you might be faced with some big breaks on sloping greens. For certain you will have innumerable photo opportunities that will take away your golf concentration.
For a novice these cliffs, canyons and ridges can present a scary carry. But if you pick the right tee box for your game and just concentrate on the swing, The Cliffs Resort Possum Kingdom won’t defeat you.
“We’ve had several writers come in here and talk about how tough this golf course is,” said Darrell Eshelman, The Cliffs Possum Kingdom’s PGA Professional. “But it just isn’t that difficult.”
No. 3 is an all-carry par-3 hole, 196 yards from the back tees. If you are short of the stacked rock putting surface there’s no recovery. The very next hole has another ravine carry to the green on a 548-yard par-5.
No. 8 is almost a horseshoe-shaped dogleg right, a par-5 at 555 yards. The second shot is a long carry over a deep ravine. No. 9 is the signature hole with its Pebble Beach-like view of the water and cliffs. It’s a 195-yard par-3 with a 150-foot cliff drop to the lake far below. But it’s not the only great par-3 on this layout. When you get to the 15th, you face a 162-yard downhill shot with wilderness and a cliff wall on the left and a lake on the right. The green is long and narrow and looks like a postage stamp from the perch above. Because you are hitting down to an enclosed hole in the rocky terrain, the wind can swirl.
The Cliffs Resort Possum Kingdom may have the most spectacular terrain of any golf course in Texas. If you come here thinking about the flatness and vastness of the Staked Plains or typical West Texas nothingness, you will be stunned.
Written By David R. Holland, GolfTexas.com, Senior Writer.
160 Cliffs Drive
Graford, Texas 76449
(940) 779-4040 Main