Where to Play Golf in Austin

By Ginny Rohlich, Gayle Carver, Carol Cotton, Laurie Eyting, Nancy Guttman, Sherry Horan, Teresa Phillips, Emelda Sanchez, and Jacque Ward – March 1, 2014
Photo by Jeff W . Spencer

City of Austin/Municipal Courses


Jimmy Clay
Par 72 (6,857 yards)
5400 Jimmy Clay Drive
Austin, TX 78744
This is a nice, walkable course, priced just right. With a tight layout, straight shots will be rewarded. Hole No. 6 has a rare “island” green, which is challenging and fun. Some of the water features may seem to come out of nowhere, so it helps to play with someone who has course knowledge.

Joe Balander Short Course
5400 Jimmy Clay Drive
This short course (four holes ranging from 80-200 yards) is located adjacent to the Roy Kizer Course. It is a nice for beginners and kids or if you just want to get out and play a few holes. There is a great sand bunker and putting green for practice.

Lions Municipal
Par 71 (6,001 yards)
2901 Enfield Road
Austin, TX 78703
Lions Municipal “Muny” is a true Austin treasure. It was Austin's first public golf course (1934) and has some of the most beautiful old live oak trees in town. Many of the area’s finest golfers grew up playing at Muny, and you are bound to meet old-timers who will tell you they have played there for 50 or 60 years. It is a very popular course, and tee-times fill up quickly.

Morris Williams
Par 72 (6,637 yards)
4300 Manor Road
Austin, TX 78723
Morris Williams Golf Course was closed for almost a year for renovations but is now reopened and was definitely worth the wait. Sitting in the beautiful new clubhouse, you might think you are at a private club. The course and greens are in great shape.

Roy Kizer
Par 71 (6,749 yards)
5400 Jimmy Clay Drive
Austin, TX 78744
The open fairways at Kizer leave a little more room for error than some courses. The ponds and vegetation attract lots of interesting bird species, so bring your binoculars and a bird identification book when you play this course.   

Par 35
811 E. 41st St.
Austin, TX 78751
Hancock Golf Course, centrally located just north of the University of Texas, sits along Waller Creek and is more than 100 years old. It opened in 1899 and was formerly known as the Austin Country Club. It is now a nine-hole course, and although it is short, it is quite challenging, so take some extra balls.


Austin Country Club
Par 72 (6,848 yards)
4408 Long Champ Drive
Austin, TX 78746
Membership is by invitation and if you get a chance to play this course, play it! The Austin Country Club was founded in 1899 and has been at its current location since 1984. The great golf instructor Harvey Penick was associated with the club for more than 70 years.

Avery Ranch Golf Club
Par 72 (7,121 yards)
10500 Avery Club Drive
Austin, TX 78717
Keep your eye out for online specials where fees include carts—it’s a long course, and not a lot of people walk it. With five tee placements, all levels of golfers are challenged among the lovely rolling hills.

Balcones Country Club
Par 70 (6,360 yards)
8600 Balcones Club Drive
Austin, TX 78750
Membership is by invitation. The course is generally flat and situated between houses. The Balcones Country Club has a Women's Golf Association.

Barton Creek
Fazio Foothills (Par 72 – 7,125 yards)
Fazio Canyons (Par 72 – 7,153 yards)
Crenshaw Cliffside (Par 71 – 6,553 yards)
Palmer Lakeside (Par 71 – 6,663 yards)
8212 Barton Club Drive
Austin, Texas 78735
Come ready to ride, as it’s carts only on all four of these beautiful courses. Lakeside is priced a little less than the others.

Blackhawk Golf Course
Par 72 (7,103 yards)
2714 Kelly Lane
Pflugerville, TX 78660
Watch for online specials.  But beware—the wind can make this beautiful course a nightmare.

Bluebonnet Hill Golf Course
Par 72 (6,503 yards)
9100 Decker Lane
Austin, TX 78724
Hitting over the lake on hole No. 17 is a tremendous challenge. This easily walked and reasonably-priced course is interesting and enjoyable to play.

Crystal Falls Golf Course
Par 72 (6,654 yards)
3400 Crystal Falls
Leander, TX 78646
Crystal Falls Golf Course is truly the "hidden" gem of the Hill Country, and it makes the best use of the natural lie of the land of any course in the Austin area. This 18-hole course owned and operated by the city of Leander offers spectacular views—tree covered hills, rock escarpments, babbling creeks—and one of the friendliest staffs in the area.

Par 72 (6,966 yards)
100 Country Club Drive
Bastrop,TX 78602
After being partially burned in the Bastrop fires, the course reopened in July 2013. The terrain on the front nine is open and rolling, almost links-style, while the back is hilly, wooded, and truly beautiful.

Delaware Springs Golf Course
Par 72 (6,819 yards)
600 Delaware Springs Blvd.
Burnet, TX 78611
If you want a fun getaway from Austin, this is a lovely and challenging course to choose.  It’s about an hour out of Austin in Burnet. 

Falconhead Golf Course
Par 72 (7,159 yards)
15201 Falcon Head Blvd.
Austin, TX 78738
This great course is walkable and often has special offers. It’s always a fun course to play.

Forest Creek Golf Course
Par 72 (7,147 yards)
99 Twin Ridge Parkway
Round Rock, TX 78664

Great Hills Country Club
Par 71 (6,599 yards)
5914 Lost Horizon Drive
Austin, TX 78759         
The back nine is always quite a challenge. Play this course if you get the opportunity.

Grey Rock Golf Club
Par 72 (6,859 yards)
7401 Highway 45
Austin, TX 78739
Grey Rock is a substantial course but difficult to walk. Take advantage of a great driving range and practice putting and chipping areas.

Harvey Penick Golf Campus
Par 30
5501 Ed Bluestein Blvd.
Austin, TX 78723
Though just nine holes, this is still a tough course. It is great to play, but challenging for beginners.

Hidden Falls Golf Club
Par 72 (6,710 yards)
220 Meadowlakes Drive
Meadowlakes, TX 78654

The Hills of Lakeway Courses
26 Club Estates Parkway
Austin, TX 78738-1428
All of the Lakeway and Hills courses are beautiful. Flintrock Falls might offer the greatest challenge.

Lakeway Courses
Yaupon Course
(Par 72 – 6,814 yards)

Live Oak Course
(Par 72 – 6,847 yards)
510 Lakeway Drive
Austin, TX 78734-4428

The Hills Courses
The Flintrock Falls
(Par 72 – 7,051 yards)

Hills Signature
(Par 72 – 7,035 yards)

Lago Vista Golf Courses
Lago Vista Course
(Par 72 – 6,579 yards)
4616 Rimrock Drive
Lago Vista, TX 78645

Highland Lakes Course
(Par 72 – 6,529 yards)
20522 Highland Lake Drive
Lago Vista, TX 78645

Lockhart State Park Golf Course
Par 35
4179 State Park Road
Lockhart, TX 78644-9716

Lost Pines Golf Club Inc.    
Par 72 (6,646 yards)                                       
201 Park Road 1A
Bastrop, TX 78602

Mustang Creek
Par 35
South Loop 397 or Potomac and Wabash
Taylor, TX 76574

Onion Creek Club
Par 70 (6,527 yards)
2510 Onion Creek Parkway
Austin, TX 78747
One of the few courses on the south side of Austin, Onion Creek Club has a challenging layout. It was somewhat affected by the flooding last fall.

Pine Forest Golf Club
Par 72 (6,569 yards)
636 Riverside Drive
Bastrop, TX 78602
This course is beautiful, particularly the back nine, with many natural land formations and elevation changes. While the course was not harmed by the Bastrop fires, you will notice many of the affected areas nearby.  With reasonable rates, light crowds, and a female-friendly length, it’s well worth the drive, which is less than an hour from Austin.

Plum Creek
Par 72 (7,132 yards)
750 Kohler's Crossing
Kyle, TX 78640
This course is always in great shape (even in the heat of the summer). It is the same price whether you walk or ride.

Point Venture Golf Club
Par 36
422 Venture Blvd. South
Point Venture, TX 78645

Quail Creek
Par 72 (6,424 yards)
2701 Airport Highway 21
San Marcos, TX 78666
This is an old course in San Marcos. In the summers, expect some roll on the fairways, but the greens will hold.

Quicksand Golf Course
Par 72 (6,470 yards)
1 Pro Lane
Wimberley, TX 78676-2701

River Place
Par 71 (6,611 yards)
4207 River Place Blvd.
Austin, TX 78730
The beautiful, sloping geography out at River Place presents a very tough golf course, so play with someone who has course experience and can guide you around the holes.

Riverside Golf Course
Par 71 (6,562 yards)
1020 Grove Blvd.
Austin, TX 78741
Located near Austin Community College’s southeast campus, Riverside offers a fun, easily walkable course with reasonable rates.

ShadowGlen Golf Club
Par 72 (7,174 yards)
12801 Lexington St.
Manor, TX 78653
Don’t play this tough course on a windy day (though it seems like the wind blows there all the time)!

Star Ranch Golf Club
Par 71 (7,017 yards)
2500 FM 685
Hutto, TX 78634-5007
Star Ranch offers a one-of-a kind “All You Can” green fee, which includes golf, cart, driving range, and the breakfast and lunch buffet. This is a fun course that’s usually in great shape.

Sun City Golf
Legacy Hills Golf Course
(Par 72 – 7,088 yards)
301 Del Webb Blvd.
Georgetown, TX 78633

White Wing Golf Course
(Par 72 – 6,700 yards)
151 Dove Hollow Trail
Georgetown, TX 78633

Cowan Creek Golf Course
(Par 72 – 7,050 yards)
1433 Cool Spring Way
Georgetown, TX 78633
Be sure you know what is offered at the specific Sun City course you play, as not all of them have a clubhouse with food and beverages. Cowan Creek is narrow and challenging. The courses are beautiful.

Teravista Golf Club
Par 72 (7,039 yards)
4333 Teravista Club Drive
Round Rock, TX 78665
Teravista is usually in great shape and a fun course to play. Check around for online deals.

University of Texas Golf Club
Par 71 (7,412 yards)
2200 University Club Drive
Austin, TX 78732
It’s a beautiful course, but you will need to know a member to play.

Wolfdancer Golf Club
Par 72 (7,205 yards)
575 Hyatt Lost Pines Road
Lost Pines, TX 78612
This is a tough course, and it is nice to play with someone who knows it. Plan extra time to get there—it’s a long, winding road from the main street to the clubhouse. afm


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