Review of Lago Vista Golf Course - Lago Vista
Sitting peacefully on the North Shore of Lake Travis is a fantastic golf course that offers scenic views, plenty of elevation changes, excellent conditions, lots of variety, and some really fun holes, all at a great value. Lago Vista Golf Club which is owned and operated by the City of Lago Vista was designed by Leon Howard and opened for play as a nine hole course in 1971. Shortly after opening, another nine holes was added.
The City of Lago Vista recently acquired the Highland Lakes Course which is a couple miles from the Lago Vista Clubhouse and it is also a fantastic layout. Highland Lakes is more challenging with multi-level TIF Dwarf greens, dramatic elevation changes, and some demanding and unique holes. Read our review of Highland Lakes Golf Course.
What a fun course Lago Vista Golf Course is to play - every hole is a little different then the one you just played, the views are stunning, the deer seem to own the course, the elevation changes add some excitement, and the course will throw a little bit of everything at you. You'll encounter some wide open as well as some very tight tree lined fairways, elevation changes that will require you to club up or down, terraced fairways, demanding greens, blind shots, tough approach shots, water and bunkers, risk reward opportunities, and lots more.
Some of our favorite holes include:
When we played in May 2013, the conditions were excellent - it seemed like we were playing on an upscale country club course. The fairways were lush and plush and didn't have a lot of divots and the greens were in very good condition.
The Lago Vista Golf Course fairways range from tight to "let-er-rip", are heavily contoured and rolling with some huge elevation changes, and they are tree lined or lined by homes or creeks, all of which will cause you to reload. The deer are everywhere and they don't like getting hit and don't under "fore." The roughs range from small to fairly wide and with thick grass to dirt and weeds,
The greens were also in excellent condition, fairly soft and held the ball well, and ran at a good speed. They range in size from small to a little above average. The back nine greens seemed a little tougher with more slope and contour - some had a severe bowl type slope on one side. Some are raised and 9 have two bunkers guarding them.
The Lago Vista bunkers were also in great shape with somewhat soft and thick sand. The faces ranged from manageable to steep. The good news is that they seemed easy to avoid.
Bottom line - go out of your way to play this course and enjoy the scenic drive from Austin to get to it!
Rates: $35.00 to $39.00
Service is friendly, the pro shop has the basics, the clubhouse has a full menu, and the practice facilities are adequate.
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.