Lakeway Country Club - Yaupon Golf Course Review

Texas Outside Rating: 8.8

Golf - Resort Private Course · 18 Holes · Par 72
Austin
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Date Last Played: December 26, 2015

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Lakeway Country Club - Yaupon Golf Course Review

Review of Lakeway Country Club Yauupon Golf Course in Austin

Lakeway Country Club is home to two excellent golf courses that are owned and managed by Club Club out of Dallas.  Live Oak is considered the easier of the two courses because the terrain is a little flatter but the tree lined fairways are tighter - read our review of Live Oak to learn more. 

Yaupon is a fairly typical Hill Country course with lots of elevation changes coupled with dog legs, some blind shots, and guarded greens.  It's short by today's standards (5059 to 6741 yards) but plays much longer due to the wind and elevation changes - there are 4 sets of tees and combo, so pick the right set and you'll have a fun round. The first time you play Yaupon you will find it challenging because of the ups and downs as well as not knowing where to place the ball.  As the pro said, this is a good course to bring your buddies who haven't played it yet and take some bets! 

The first hole at Yaupon sets the stage for what to expect - this zig zap 572 yard par 5 is the #1 handicap and it requires an uphill tee shot that ideally needs to carry a big right side bunker, followed by another long uphill shot and then a blind shot left and downhill toward the green.  Some of the other holes that we really liked included:

  • #4 is a short, 343 yards, par 4 with a slight dog right, a good risk reward shot to try and fly the trees, and a green with 3 tiers and two bunkers
  • #8 is a 389 yard par 4 with an elevated tee, a sharp dog leg left, and a fairway that ends (easily to drive it off the fairway) with 2 bunkers before it heads up hill - the uphill shot to the green doesn't apprear that steep but it requires you to add a full club to nail it
  • #14 is a fun 556 yard par 5 that horseshoes around the trees and then down to the green
  • #18 is a fantastic finishing hole - a 516 yard par 5 with a tee shot down a three tiered fairway leading to a reachable pond then it's a long climb uphill to a severely elevated green

When we played Yaupon in December the fairways were transitioning to winter conditions but were in pretty good condition.  Most of the fairways are ample but not what I would call generous - it's easy to hit the rough or land under the trees.  Some beautiful homes line some of the fairways.  The rough was cut thin and  playable.

The Yaupon greens were excellent but a tad slow - they normally run an 8 to 9.  They are a wide variety of shapes and range from small to good sized.  They are soft and held the ball well.  The slope and undulation is gentle but there are some subtle breaks.

The bunkers are filled with soft fluffy sand and the lips range from flat to several inches to a foot or more.  They are strategically placed in the fairways, some are hidden, and most guard the greens

Yaupon and Live Oak are private but if you stay at Lakeway Resort & Spa you can play either course.  Lakeway Resort has a great Stay & Play and lots of amenities - read our review of Lakeway Resort & Spa to learn more.

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Black 6,741 72.3 132
Gold 6,166 69.7 130
Blue 5,609 67.6 126
White 5,237 65.0 124
Red 5,059 69.4 117

Course Information

Course Architect:
Leon Howard
Greens Type:
TIF Dwarf
Greens Condition
9.0
Greens Difficulty
8.5
Fairway Condition
7.5
Bunker Condition
8.8
GPS:
No
Walkable:
Very hard walk
Beware of water on 5 holes and the 51 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
8.8 out of 10
Beauty:
9.0
Difficulty:
8.7
Variety:
9.2
Fun to Play:
9.2
Value:
8.7
Condition:
8.0
Front Nine Rating:
9.2
Back Nine Rating:
8.7
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FEES & AMENITIES

Initiation Fees: Under $10,000
Monthly Dues: $201 to $400

Service is ok, the pro shop has the basics, the practice area is good, the bar and grill have dog, hamburgers, sandwiches, and more.

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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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