Review of ColoVista Country Club in Bastrop, Texas
Hurrah! ColoVista Country Club is now open for play!!!! ColoVista was built in 1999 and before it closed in 2009 it had been rated as one of the top and favorite courses in the Austin area. The good news is it's back and reopened in 2013 under the management of Billy Casper Golf Management Company. The ColoVista homeowners association actually owns the course and they spent a lot of money to start bringing the course conditions back to what they should be.
When Billy Casper took over, the homeowners and Billy Casper Management Company cleared lots of dead trees, cut down weeds and brush that was up to 8' tall and that had taken over the fairways, re-graded some fairways, restored the bunkers, re-did and contoured the greens, and made lots of other improvement. They have also kept the rates very affordable for such a fun course.
ColoVista was also partially impacted by the horrible Bastrop fire, the Texas drought, as well as the prior neglect. When we played in May 2014, after all of that, we found the conditions to be very good and very playable. As proof of it's return to glory, in 2013 the Austin American Statesman called ColoVista Country Club the "Crown Jewel of Central Texas Golf."
What makes playing ColoVista fun are the rolling fairways; well-protected, undulating greens; variety on the back nine; and forgiving landing areas - all of which leads to a variety of shot strategies.The front nine of ColoVista is a Texas Links nine and if you like a links style course you will like this one. It includes some trouble with water and tall natural grasses, several wide open straight ahead what-you-see-is-what-you-get holes, and a couple holes that require some shot making to par.
ColoVista's back nine is completely different as it meanders through the trees , offers some panoramic views, dramatic elevation changes, tight tree lined fairways, and some very challenging holes with sharp doglegs and lots of steep ups and downs. #15 is the signature hole and it's a beauty - a 191 yard par 3 with an elevated tee box that's around 120' above a green guarded by two pot bunkers and a magnificent view of the valley and the winding Colorado River. #16 is a challenging 370 yard dog leg right par 4 - sounds easy but its a steep climb to the green and if your drive isn't deadly accurate and your ball hits the hill where at the dog leg, you'll watch your ball roll 50 to 100 yards back down the hill making for a tough shot to the green around the dog leg.
The fairways on the front are open and you can let it rip but on the back nine you might want to keep the big dog in the bag and play more strategically. The back is tight, tree lined, and rolling. Some beautiful homes can come into play on a couple of the holes on the back. Considering what ColoVista Golf Club has been through, the fairways are in fair to good shape and getting better from what we heard.
The greens have been redone and they are firm and still maturing. They are a tad bumpy, run very fast, and have plenty of contour, slope, and subtle breaks that caused us to 3 putt several holes. They range in size from average to large and some are raised and quite a few are guarded.
The bunkers that have been redone were in very good condition with soft fluffy thick sand - others ranged from firm gritty sand to under repair. The ColoVista bunkers range from small to huge.
ColoVista has a great Stay & Play with 24 one bedroom units that overlook the 2nd hole. Read about our Stay & Play at ColoVista to learn more.
Welcome back ColoVista - can't wait to play you again.
Rates: $35.00 to $45.00
The practice facilities are ok, food is very limited, and the club house has a very limited supply of the basics. Service is good and very friendly.
Here's How Texas Outside Determines the Scorecard Rating
The Texas Outside rating scale ranges from 1 to 10 – a perfect 10 course would be something like this: links along a cliff overlooking the Pacific ocean and bordered by tall trees; lush fairways on rolling hills with lots of natural hazards; water (which is crystal clear) on most of the holes; immaculate greens (but they are undulating and tough); lots of variety and character (each hole is completely different and includes blind shots, elevation changes, doglegs, and significant challenges); perfectly manicured traps with the whitest and prettiest sand you’ve ever seen; a nice club house with great food and a 19th hole; a GPS; plenty of beverage carts or your own cooler and ice; and it only costs $40 bucks! What this means is that you probably won’t find any 10s in Texas – try Cabo San Lucas, Pebble Beach, or some of the Hawaii courses!
All of the above determines the overall score for the golf course. In other words, we like courses that are pretty, fun, very challenging with a lot of variety, and fairways and greens in excellent condition – all for $40. We also tend to play the courses that are affordable for the masses, which means in the $30 to $80 range. We rate hard and we haven’t found a 10 in Texas yet – don’t worry we haven’t given up and we’re still looking.