Northern Challenge is located about 10 minutes west of Sherman and the first nine holes opened in 2002. The back nine opened in 2005 making Northern Challenge a fun and enjoyable round of golf with an excellent starting and finishing hole which is an island green surrounded by white sand traps. The terrain is gently rolling to flat and the fairways are tree lined. Northern Challenge offers a little bit of everything to challenge your game – dog legs, bunkers, water on 11 holes, narrow fairways with deep rough, and some table top greens. From the tips, this course requires your A game with a rating of 74.7 and slope of 142. With that said, if you can hit the ball fairly straight and employ good course management, you should score well.
When we played the fairways were in very good shape and the greens were well above average. The greens were about average size, speed and challenge. A recent storm destroyed the bunkers and the sand had not yet been replaced on the front nine – the back nine bunkers had soft white sand. The bunkers are strategically placed requiring you to think about your drives and approach shots.
Bottom line – Northern Challenge is an excellent course in great condition, with the right amount of challenge, some memorable and fun holes, and a outstanding value. It's worth going a little out of your way to play this course.