How Can I Play TPC Craig Ranch?

The host venue for the AT&T Byron Nelson is one of the trickier PGA Tour courses to arrange a round

A view of the 14th green during the 2021 AT&T Byron Nelson at TPC Craig Ranch
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TPC Craig Ranch, located in Dallas suburb McKinney, was designed by 1973 Open Champion Tom Weiskopf and opened in 2004. 

After hosting the Nationwide Tour Championship in 2008 and the 2012 Tour Championship, 2021 saw TPC Craig Ranch's PGA Tour debut as the venue for the AT&T Byron Nelson. Lush fairways on rolling hills beside mature woods are the order of the day. Meanwhile, Rowlett Creek criss-crosses the course and is a feature on no fewer than 14 of its holes. If players stray from the fairway, they're likely to hit substantial rough. 

The par-72, 7,438-yard course is regarded as one of the toughest in Texas and sure to challenge any player. However, if you're a big hitter, it is more likely to work in your favour. That's because the course has seven par 4s over 450 yards, including the 12th, which requires a second shot over the creek. There are also three par 5s over 500 yards, including the 18th.

Anyone playing the course will not only face a challenging round, but a very beautiful one too. TPC Craig Ranch is certified as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary System by Audubon International - a scheme that helps golf courses protect the environment and preserve the game's heritage. In other words, it's a fitting environment for the PGA Tour, but how easy is it to play?

The 15th hole at TPC Craig Ranch

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Like another Texan PGA Tour course, Austin Country Club, TPC Craig Ranch is a private course, meaning your best chance of playing it is to become a member or play as a guest. There are several membership options – charter, patron, social and corporate. 

Anyone interested in becoming a member is invited to fill out a form on the course’s official website. Meanwhile, membership fees are undisclosed, but they reportedly range between approximately $25,000 and $50,000, with monthly dues of around $1,025.

Can The Public Play TPC Craig Ranch?

TPC Craig Ranch is a private course, meaning only members and their guests can play it. Initiation fees are reportedly between $25,000 and $50,000, with monthly dues of around $1,025.

Who Designed TPC Craig Ranch?

Former player and course designer Tom Weiskopf designed the course, which opened in 2004 with the vision of one day hosting the AT&T Byron Nelson. It achieved that aim in 2021. The par 72 course features rolling hills, mature woods, and the almost ever-present Rowlett Creek.

Mike Hall
News Writer

Mike has over 25 years of experience in journalism, including writing on a range of sports throughout that time, such as golf, football and cricket. Now a freelance staff writer for Golf Monthly, he is dedicated to covering the game's most newsworthy stories. 

He has written hundreds of articles on the game, from features offering insights into how members of the public can play some of the world's most revered courses, to breaking news stories affecting everything from the PGA Tour and LIV Golf to developmental Tours and the amateur game. 

Mike grew up in East Yorkshire and began his career in journalism in 1997. He then moved to London in 2003 as his career flourished, and nowadays resides in New Brunswick, Canada, where he and his wife raise their young family less than a mile from his local course. 

Kevin Cook’s acclaimed 2007 biography, Tommy’s Honour, about golf’s founding father and son, remains one of his all-time favourite sports books.