Hill Country Golf & Guitar Review

Texas Outside Rating: 8.1

Golf - Public Course · 18 Holes · Par 27
Bee Cave
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Date Last Played: June 13, 2015

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Hill Country Golf & Guitar Review

Review of Hill Country Golf & Guitar - Fender Course

Opened in November 2014 Hill Country Golf & Guitar is the place to go for a round of fun miniature golf, some drinks and food, and live music.  All of which can be fun for young kids, teens, or adults. 

The 18 hole par 3 course is well laid out to take advantage of the natural gently rolling terrain.  The course horseshoes around an open lawn with a music stage with live music on the weekends, then heads slightly downhill and then back up the small hill to the base of the deck of the restaurant. Another 18 holes of golf is planned in the near future.

This mini golf course is no walk in the park - all of the holes have lots of slope, contour, or tiers, plus several holes have some boulders in the middle of the fairway.  A different color artificial turf signifies a sand or grass bunker.  You'll also encounter several dog leg holes, a water hole, a split fairway, and a couple horseshoe fairways.

The fairways at Hill Country Golf & Guitar are perfect as are greens.  The greens are a little slow and have subtle breaks that you don't expect. 

Some of the fun holes we really liked included:

  • on #4 you'll need to putt over a narrow bridge that crosses a creek - miss the bridge and you  hit rushing water headed toward the pond but if you're lucky you'll roll out of the water onto a grate and toward the pin otherwise your ball will go into the pond and float as it waits for you to retrieve it - wish my regular golf balls floated, I would have saved a fortune
  • on #13 you have to make a decision off the tee box - head up and then take a sharp right and down to the hole or head up and then a sharp left down and under a bridge to the hole
  • one hole (can't remember the number) is uphill off the tee box with a hole just before a sharp downhill slope and then right to the hole - you'll be tempted to go for the first hole (very hard to hit) which drops your ball down a tunnel leading to the cup

I lost to the grandkids but had a good time and was ready to head to the three tier deck for a margarita and some food.  The Six String Grill has a great bar, inside seating, and lots of tables for dining and drinks on the tiered decks.  In addition to beer, wine, and a variety of fancy drinks, Six String Grill serves:

  • appetizers - fried pickles, sliders, wings, calamari, and more
  • several salads as well as chili and soup
  • unique sandwiches and burgers
  • entrees ranging from fish and chips to flat iron steak and pasta to salmon plus several sides to go with the entrees

On the weekends there is live music and when we were there we enjoyed the Lucas Brothers Band - a good country cover band playing everything from Willie Nelson to Waylon Jennings to Buck Owens.  While the grandkids played another round of mini-golf we loved sitting on the deck sipping a margarita, watching the sunset, and enjoying the music.

When the grandkids returned from their round I had to pay off my golf losses by giving them some change and letting them play the games in the Tree House. which is attached to the deck.

The Tree House is a place for teens to get away, play games and watch live music from above the lawn.

Bottom Line:  great setting, fun 18 hole mini-golf course, reasonable prices, and music on the deck - how can you beat all of that!

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope

Course Information

Greens Type:
Artificial
Greens Condition
9.2
Greens Difficulty
8.5
Fairway Condition
9.2
GPS:
No
Walkable:
Easy
Beware of water on 2 holes and the 6 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
8.1 out of 10
Beauty:
7.8
Difficulty:
8.0
Variety:
8.0
Fun to Play:
8.2
Value:
8.0
Condition:
9.2
Front Nine Rating:
8.1
Back Nine Rating:
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FEES & AMENITIES

Approximate Weekend
Rates:
$4.00 to $7.00

Service is very friendly. The golf shop has scorecards, golf balls that float, and putters - all of which are included in your golf course fee.

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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! 
Texas Outside rates courses on the following:

  • Beauty – tall trees, rolling hills, beautiful houses, waterfalls, and similar stuff would score high; a 1 would be flat, bushes or cactus instead of trees, and some grass but mostly weeds
  • Difficulty – a straight, 300 yard par 4 with no traps or hazards, no out of bounds or water would probably get a 1; if it is a 460 yard par 4 over two ravines, with water along one side, natural hazards on the other, strategically placed traps or that dreaded tree right in the middle of the fairway, we are talking a 10. 
  • Variety – what would you give a course where all the holes looked and played exactly the same (“I thought we just played that hole!”); were side-by-side, which is good for finding or dodging other people’s balls, but not much fun; and you can see the flag from every tee box?  That’s right, it gets a 1.
  • Fun Scale – a 10 is where you walk off the course and say “now that was fun” and you can’t wait to get back, or you immediately turn around and play another 18 holes
  • Value – a 5 is $50 to $60, a 10 is $20 to $30, and 1 is $200 or so – of course all of this is dependent upon how you liked the course.  For example, if a run down, boring municipal course, with six players on each hole was only $10; it would still get a value rating of 1.
  • Condition – this one’s pretty easy – what condition are the fairways. A 10 commands very lush perfectly manicured fairways, compared to a 1, which has fire ants, weeds, and more dirt than grass!
  • Condition of Greens and Difficulty – very hard to read greens with lots of undulation and tough pin placement, rate very high on the difficulty scale.  Condition is self-explanatory.  

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. 

 

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