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6200 Skylark Cir
North Richland Hills, TX  76180-7847
United States
P: (817) 485-6666
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Iron Horse Course

18 hole regulation length course

Municipal golf course

70 par | 6,580 yards | 130 slope

71.8 rating

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Iron Horse Golf Course

The 18-hole "Iron Horse" course at the Iron Horse Golf Course facility in North Richland Hills, Texas features 6,580 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 70. The course rating is 71.8 and it has a slope rating of 130. Designed by Richard M. Phelps, ASGCA, the Iron Horse golf course opened in 1990. Arcis Golf manages this facility, with Jerred Gibson as the General Manager.


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Reviewed May 14, 2012

First off, I will echo what a few of these previous reviews have said. If you hit this course during peak hours, be prepared for a 6-hour round of golf. The place could definitely use a few more marshalls to monitor pace, as the four- and five-somes drag faster players.

The course itself is well-kept, but has it's rough spots. The main complaint I have for this course is the spacing between holes. The middle of the course feels like it is literally hole on top of hole. Definitely playable, but gets a little nerve-racking, especially during busy times.

Overall, a nice course to play, but maybe not during peak hours. The weekend fees are probably a little steep for the type of course you are playing, but a decent deal at other times. Difficulty is moderate, but playable for all levels.

Reviewed May 05, 2011

This course is in great shape,greens are fast,fairways are green and the staff is great also. Weekends at prime time will have slow play .One of the top courses around fort worth.

Reviewed March 06, 2011

A nice challenging course. The problem with this course is the pace of play on the weekends. I played on a Sunday with a 1:45 tee time, after
4 1/2 hours we had played 12 holes. I think they should raise the price and space out the tee times. I really like this course, but until something is done I will not play it again.

Reviewed June 17, 2009

Reviewed May 01, 2009

I played Iron Horse again at the end of March 2009. As stated often here, the pace of play can be a real problem. The course has a few long distances between tee boxes, which takes extra time for walkers. Other factors contribute, as well. This spring, the fairways are in good shape. Unfortunately, the greens are still very hard. I am a low-handicapper, and it is very frustrating to hit good approach shots only to see them go off the back of the green. For this reason, I do not plan to play this course again this year; may try it again next year.

Reviewed April 14, 2009

Played today for the first time. This is a great course. The staff are very accomodating and friendly. The pace of play was acceptable and the staff try to keep it moving. For a public course I would give it a nine out of ten. I will play this course every chance I get.

Reviewed March 24, 2009

good course.

Reviewed August 07, 2008

The greens were just aerated in mid- to late-July, so they weren't in the best shape, but in a few weeks, they will be fine. I kinda like the sand that is laid down after aeration, as then you know for sure if you are 'on' due to the significant "splash" of sand.

Overall, the beverage carts were running regularly, although not continuously, but better than most FTW area courses. The food in the clubhouse was good, although average price. The staff wasn't falling over to help out, but they were pleasant and efficient enough. Basically, I have no complaints about the service here.

I liked the course. I've been playing golf since late August 2007 (yes, just one year), and my handicap is still 25+ range, but I was never intimidated by any holes at this course. There have been other courses where I didn't like a hole here or there due to difficulty, but at Iron Horse, there are some challenging, but not overwhelming holes. The course is maintained very well - I did not notice any problem areas from tee to green. I think that lesser skilled players can play well here, and those with a better skill set can still enjoy their round due to a few tees where your driver stays put, and a few greens that have some challenge, as well.

Overall, this was a good experience.

Most people would have an enjoyable round at Iron Horse.

Reviewed July 01, 2008

For my skill level, this course was very difficult. The fairways can be very narrow and there are many doglegs that force you to leave the driver in the bag. You must know your club distances to play this course effectively.

The greens seemed to be in good condition, but did not play the way I thought they would. Putts that I thought would break didn't and putts looked straight broke on me. It could just be me though....

Reviewed April 12, 2008

Reviewed April 10, 2008

Pace of play can be slow. Good value, and good test.

Reviewed February 27, 2008

Reviewed December 08, 2007

Pace has been a constant problem for 5 years and will not change. The marshalls come by, but do not enforce speed up play. No worse than Fossil Creek when it comes to time.

Reviewed July 27, 2007

7/26/07 - Played again today. The greens are currently being aeriated probably about a week ago. This makes putting difficult, but glad to see them taking care of the place. I have played on courses that do not take care of the greens and the penality for not doing so is high.

The thing I would say I notice most about this course is the pace of play. Being the analyst that I am, I began thinking what type of managment it would take to help ensure the pace of play was at a moderate pace. To me, this would be a foursome gets to a tee box as the group in front of them gets to the green, or has hit their second shot and is moving to the next shot. This would be all the way through the course, at that rate you could support 144 players at any given time (once the course fills up after 4.5 hours of openning). If you take into consideration the par fives, you could put one group of 4 over the 144 count for every par 5 you have. Then if you pace of play is 15 minutes per hole, you can allow a new group to enter every 10 minutes (because it takes about 5 minutes for every one to stretch, practice swing and hit if they are realitively quick). Take the average golfer (myslef included), keeping the 15 minute pace is not too difficult if one does not take 5 practice swings before hitting into the woods. Speaking of woods, also not taking 5 minutes looking for a ball would help out. Take the drop when you cannot find the ball in couple of minutes. With the model of 15 minutes per hole, you end up with a 4.5 hour round. Shaving off the 4.5 hours in the beginning of the day a course can expect to service around 444 golfers each day (during summer hours) if the tee times are solid.

As a member of the PDP at Iron Horse I go regularly to the range, sometimes with the hope I can get in 9 holes for practice. No matter when I go, I pass the 1st tee (which is actually the 10th I will get on that in a minute) and there are no less than 4 carts sitting there waiting to hit, with 2 more carts in the fairway waiting to hit, with 2 more carts on the green trying to make it to the next hole. I see this when I get there to work on the range, and when I leave (usually 2 hours later). This tells me that the pace of play here is always slow. I played 15 holes today and it took 4.75 hours, I waited on every hole most of the time getting the tee box watching the group in front of me waiting on the group in front of them waiting on the group in front of them and so on. This is the worst thing about this course. The course is in good enough shape, a little tough, kind of short, but the pace is a major kill joy and frustrating for all.

For this one reason, I avoid play here. I like the cheap green fees I enjoy as a PDP member, but I would rather be able to get in a round in 4 hours, especially during the week. Just not possible here.

Now the other thing about this course that is ok once you get used to it, is they switched the 9's. The old front 9 is now the back 9, but they seem to always start on the back 9. The score cards are right unless you look at the over all layout, that is still the old sequence. This becomes very confusing once you get to the 3rd hole. You see the 3rd hole is actually the 12th hole, and it is across the creek to the left as you exit the 2nd green which is really the 11th green. There are no signs telling you this and the next hole you see logically is 15th tee which is really hole number 6. This is how I only got 15 holes in, I missed the 3 holes across the creek to the left. I have only played this course twice due to the congested conditions they seem to always have so it is easy for me to get lost. But, I am here to tell you, if you go by the card's overall layout, you need to follow the 1,2,3 holes, not the 10,11,12 holes cause that layout is still the old layout. All the holes have new signs on them with the right numbers, but if you are like me starting out on 10, unless you are really paying attention when you see the 15th hole it may not resonate on first glance. I think I realized what happened about hole 17. LOL. The course was really backed up by then cause I was not the only group that did this. Funny now, frustrating then. Oh well.

To me this course is all about management, and not just the facility but the pace of play and layout signage. If you are going to switch up your 9's and start everyone on the 10th which used to be the 1st, there should be ample direction signs so one does not get lost. I got it now, but I can garuantee you, I am not the only one that will get confused by this and suddenly appear in front of your already slow pace. To make things even funnier (to me), I was with a couple from out of town that wanted to walk the course. The "player's assistant" told them to pick up the pace, because they were walking. We were WAITING on every hole. DUH!

So, if you play this course be ready to wait, and wait, and wait; and for the players behind you to get frustrated and agravated and maybe even hit into you. Playing this course is not just a "thinking" man's game, but an total exercise in patience, and swinging cold. I will not be playing it that much.

Reviewed June 16, 2007

Old and Rundown

This course is old and poorly maintained. For the price you pay to play there its not worth it

Reviewed March 19, 2007

Reviewed March 08, 2007


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Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
1 Jason W. 2 43 41 12/01/11
2 alan N. 25 88 63 03/20/09
3 Tray H. 20 87 67 09/06/07
4 robert C. 24 91 67 08/15/10
5 Ivory D. 15 83 68 11/15/07
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About Iron Horse

Iron Horse Golf Course

Golf Only facility

Managed by Arcis Golf

30 tees driving range

18 regulation holes

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Course Staff

Jerred Gibson, General Manager
Chris Miles, Golf Professional
Kevin Lindsey, Superintendent