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:
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:
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!
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.
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.