How did Andrew Green transform the Vaquero Club’s golf course to make it exciting?

By: November 16, 2023

The Vaquero Club is an exclusive private club located in the affluent Westlake community on former ranch land west of the DFW airport.

Established in 2001, Vaquero Club occupies 525 acres of what was once the Hunt brothers’ Circle T Ranch in Westlake, Texas. Discovery Land Company purchased and developed the Ranch into
an intimate, utterly private Club community.

The 18-hole PAR 71 championship golf course at Vaquero Club, designed by the legendary Tom Fazio and redesigned by Andrew Green, confidently promises a thrilling and challenging experience that is very likely to impress even the most discerning of golfers.

The Vaquero Club
Photo by Bill Hornstein

Here are the reasons why:

Vaquero Club’s redesign incorporates its unique landforms, including a majestic hill on the front nine that offers unparalleled vistas of the surrounding area, making it a distinct focal point of the course:

  • The 3rd and 7th greens and the 4th and 8th tees showcase these views.
  • The remainder of the layout features rolling terrain with dramatic edges and slopes, adding variety and a distinctive character to each hole.

Green aimed to make it enjoyable for a wider range of players, challenging the many low handicappers who’ve made it a local favorite while welcoming beginners, higher handicapped, and experienced golfers.

The redesign has introduced more variety off the tees, added width, and rerouted some holes to increase flexibility.

The acreage of the bunkers was reduced from 6.95 acres to 2.58 acres, but the total number of bunkers was increased from 61 to 92. These changes will encourage players to consider shot placement and strategy for each hole carefully.

Vaquero Club golf course

The greens have been entirely redesigned, adding unique contours and shapes that give each putting surface a distinct personality. Most of the greens are now accessible along the ground, allowing players to bounce the ball on and recover by putting, chipping, and using a hybrid or other clubs.

Among the notable hole changes are an entirely new 1st hole, playing in the opposite direction from its previous design. Golfers are welcomed by a wide fairway with a challenging line down the right side, significantly shortening the hole. The left side offers more room but extends the approach.

The par-4 fourth hole, at around 330 yards from the back tees, is drivable for those who can carry the ball over a series of bunkers and use the rolling fairway to push it onto the putting surface.

Approximately 70% of the existing sand has been removed on the par-5 7th hole. The remaining bunkers have been strategically relocated, providing a more visually appealing and challenging experience.

Vaquero Club golf course at sunset

The all-new short par-3, 16th hole—labeled “devilish” by Green—is only around 130 yards or less for most players. But it plays slightly uphill between two post oaks, with a green featuring different levels and contours, offering a challenge for those who aim for the flag.