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The Big Easy Ranch

Best New Course to Top 10 in Texas

From Best New Course to Top 10 in Texas, The Covey at Big Easy Shines in Statewide Poll

     COLUMBUS, Texas – Big Easy Ranch, the Covey Course, a Chet Williams designed golfing masterpiece in Southeast Texas, was recently named the Big New Golf Course in Texas in the prestigious Dallas Morning News annual statewide survey.

It was also named the 10th best course in the state, the first new course to debut in the top ten statewide in more than a decade.

“We are very appreciative of The Dallas Morning News naming The Covey at Big Easy Ranch the best new course in Texas as well as the 10th overall in our first year in operation. We will continue to strive to be the best in Texas,” said course owner Billy Brown

            The par 72 course opened in spring 2023 and has quickly draw wide acclaim for its scenic Texas landscape, natural ponds, streams and native trees along with its challenging adjacent Par 3 short course, The Antler.

            “The golf course property at The Covey is blessed with as many interesting natural features of any property I have ever worked on, and we have incorporated them all into the design of the course, said architect Chet Williams, who designed three of the top 10 courses in the Dallas Morning News annual survey.

            A two-story halfway house, Eagles Nest, complete with 10,000 square foot putting green, is scheduled to open this year on the course. There is also an extensive golf practice area at Big Easy with large practice range, practice greens and bunkers, putting green and a golf academy, led by Director of Golf Casey Russell.

            “The ridges and valleys with 90 degrees of elevation change, creeks, ponds, and specimen trees all contribute to making it a very special place.” Williams added   

            Adjacent to the award-winning golf at the 2,000 acre facility is a large hunting area, luxury overnight cabins, and dining in the large clubhouse, truly making it a sporting club like no other

            “We especially want to thank Chet Williams for his incredible vision and talent and congratulate him on having 3 golf courses in the top 10 in Texas,” added Brown.

            For more information on Big Easy Ranch, contact Nicole Scarbrough, or 979-733-8685 or


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