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Lost Pines Golf Course Review

Texas Outside Rating: 7.0

Golf - Public Course · 18 Holes · Par 71/72
Bastrop
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Date Last Played: January 30, 2014

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Lost Pines Golf Course Review

Review of Lost Pines Golf Club

This course closed in 2015 and hopefully a new owner with buy it!

Located at the entrance to Bastrop State Park, which is one of Texas Outside's favorite State Parks, Lost Pines Golf Club is a non-profit organization that is operated by a five member board elected by the membership of the club. The course was designed by Thomas Haynie, Jr (a civil engineer who grew up in Bastrop) and Arthur Fehr, an Austin architect and it opened in 1937 as a nine hole course. In 1997, the Lost Pines Golf Club was expanded into an 18-hole course and presently occupies 135-acres of Bastrop State Park.  Over the years, we have loved camping at Bastrop State Park and spending one  afternoon playing the course. 

The front nine at Lost Pines Golf Course isn't one of the most exciting nines in Texas - it's short with three tee boxes ranging from 2859 yards to 2280 yards, most of the holes are straightforward with what you see is what you get, and the conditions aren't the best, but it's got a couple holes that are fun, for example:

  • #2 is a short 302 yard par 4 with a 90 degree dog leg left - a tempting risk reward shot to try and fly the trees to get on or close to the green, you also need to not overrun the fairway and end up in the forest if you don't go over the trees
  • #8 is the #2 handicap hole and it requires a decision on the second shot to lay-up or try to fly  the lake to the green set off to the left side of the fairway - some shot making skills and a "go-for-it" attitude are needed to par this fun 379 yard par 4

The front nine is a warm up nine with straight forward holes and flat fairways and small mostly level greens, while the back nine is a blast to play with 3 par 3s, 3 par 4s and 3 par 5s; a couple dramatic elevation changes; some roller coaster fairways that are tight and tree lined; some challenging greens; and some really fun holes like:

  • #12 is a short 150 yard par 3 but it requires a slight downhill shot over a ravine to a small oblong sloping green with two bunkers
  • #15 is only 285 yards but the tee box is elevated,  the fairway is a very tight tree lined roller coaster ride, and the approach shot is uphill to a tree lined small raised green
  • that's followed by a 443 par 5 with a big downhill shot from the tee box and a risk reward shot to try and fly the deep ball eater ravine (it's safer to lay-up if you're not a long hitter) to an uphill two tier green
  • #17 is target golf to try and nail a small green with no room for error that's 87 to 133 yards downhill and over a ravine

When we played in January 2014 Lost Pines was dormant and suffering from the severe Texas drought over the last couple years.  As such the fairways were in poor condition - a mixture of dirt, weeds, and clover!  The back nine seemed to be in a little better condition than the front. There was no distinction between the fairways and the rough.  The front nine is flat and the back is a roller coaster.  All of the fairways are a tad tight and tree lined - spray it left or right and you're most likely lost.

The Lost Pines greens are small and most are ovals.  The front nine greens are mostly flat to gently sloping while the back has plenty of slope and undulation and will test your putting skills.  Pin placement made for some very challenging shots when we played.  The greens were a tad slick, a little bumpy, and not in the best condition - particularly on the front nine.

The bunkers are relatively small at Lost Pines Golf Course with lips that ranged from a couple inches to a couple feet.  The sand was a little wet from a recent drizzle so it was hard to judge condition - seemed like the sand would be somewhat soft and maybe a tad thin. 

In September and October 2011, Bastrop County was hit by the most destructive wildfire in Texas history - two people were killed by the fire, 1,673 homes were destroyed, and insured property damage was estimated at $325 million.  Most of Lost Pines Golf Course was spared thanks to sprinkler systems, but on some of the holes on the back nine the forest was destroyed as was a large portion of the State Park - what a shame!

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Blue 5,801 67.2 117
White 5,361 65.9 110
Red 4,689 63.0 104

Course Information

Course Architect:
Thomas Haynie/Arthur Fehr
Greens Condition
5.0
Greens Difficulty
6.5
Fairway Condition
5.0
Bunker Condition
7.0
GPS:
Yes
Walkable:
Yes plus free pull carts
Scorecard
Beware of water on 2 holes and the 13 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
7.0 out of 10
Beauty:
7.0
Difficulty:
7.0
Variety:
7.0
Fun to Play:
8.0
Value:
7.5
Condition:
5.0
Front Nine Rating:
6.0
Back Nine Rating:
7.8
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FEES & AMENITIES

Approximate Weekend
Rates:
$25.00 to $30.00

Service is good and friendly, but don't expect cart service. There is putting green but no driving range. The pro shop must be the original from 1937 and it has some unique character. Golf supplies and food (chips, snacks, candy) are limited.

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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.