As a part of the course design, many natural features are advantaged. Mature mesquite and hardwood stands gently remind the player that short and straight is better than long and off-center. The course lets you use every tool in your bag as many holes utilize multiple landing zones that depend on careful shot selection. The tees are generous, offering a new look at the fairway each day. Yardage is marked in standard increments down each fairway and specific measurements are available from several sprinkler heads along the way as well. The greens can require a careful approach shot. Their featured bent grass surfaces cause a player to think each putt through carefully. Pin placements with yardage are provided each day, but even with all that information, a player must choose carefully. Hidden Creek was voted the "toughest public golf course" in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex two years running by the Ft. Worth Business Press. Ratings were determined by Championship slope and course rating. In addition, the Dallas Business Journal has voted Hidden Creek in the "top five public golf courses in the state" according to slope and course rating.