Lago Vista Golf Course Review

Texas Outside Rating: 9.4

Golf - Public Course · 18 Holes · Par 72
Lago Vista
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Date Last Played: May 10, 2013

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Lago Vista Golf Course Review

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:

  • #2 is the #2 handicap and it's a beaut - 562 yards with a risk reward shot off an elevated tee box, a dog leg right, a valley to cross, and an uphill shot to the green
  • #9 is a blast - check out the layout before you tee off - it's a short 376 yard blind tee shot down a 5 level terraced fairway (each of which has a big downhill drop) to a small green with some severe slope - big hitters can risk flying the trees and trying to stuff it on or close to the green
  • accuracy is needed from tee to cup on #10 which is a 502 yard par 5 with a tight fairway with water along the right side and a severe sloping rough and trees on the left plus a huge sprawling oak tree that can block the shot to the green which has 3 bunkers guarding it
  • #13 has an uphill blind shot and a cluster of trees splitting the fairway and #14 is only 294 yards but it's uphill, has 3 bunkers, and trees on the left and right that can block your tee shot or second shot
  • #16 is a "Kodak Moment" and a fun hole - beautiful view of Lake Travis and a 367 yard down hill shot to the green along a fairly tight fairway

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!

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Gold 6,544 72.6 134
Blue 6,170 70.8 129
White 5,807 69.0 124
Red 5,187 69.8 117

Course Information

Course Architect:
Leon Howard
Greens Type:
Bermuda
Greens Condition
9.3
Greens Difficulty
8.0
Fairway Condition
9.3
Bunker Condition
9.0
GPS:
No
Walkable:
Hard
Scorecard
Course Map
Beware of water on 4 holes and the 22 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
9.4 out of 10
Beauty:
9.0
Difficulty:
8.5
Variety:
9.5
Fun to Play:
10.0
Value:
10.0
Condition:
9.3
Front Nine Rating:
9.3
Back Nine Rating:
9.5
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FEES & AMENITIES

Approximate Weekend
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.

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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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