Review & Rating of Point Venture Golf Club
Playing on a peninsula that juts into Lake Travis, Point Venture Golf Club is a true Hill Country Golf Course that was designed by 3-time Masters Champion Jimmy Demaret in 1972. Jimmy designed a course with 6 sets of tee boxes that is playable by beginners and high handicappers yet challenging from the tips.
The course was carved out of the rocks and cedar trees and leverages the rolling hills to create several uphill and downhill shots. The rolling hills and doglegs make the course play longer than the yardages on the scorecard and doglegs left and right offer some risk reward opportunities for long hitters to go for the green. The very small greens put a premium of the approach shots. Couple all of that with the peace and quiet, a 4 hour pace of play, a friendly staff, the scenic beauty including views of Lake Travis on 4 of 9 holes, the plentiful non-timid deer (one of which pranced up to our cart and with big sad eyes seemed to say "hey man, can you spare any food?"), good conditions, and the very reasonable rates and it's not surprising that over the years Point Venture Golf Club has been named "one of the best 9-hole courses in Texas" by the Dallas Morning News and "Best of Golf Courses in Austin" by the Austin Business Journal! The course also made our list of the Best Nine Hole Courses in Texas.
A couple of the holes that we really liked included:
Point Venture Golf Club puts a premium on hitting the small sloping greens surrounded by some combination of mounds, a small puttable fringe, trees, or a deep rough. The greens are a variety of shapes, all are small, and most have some pretty significant slope. They were running around an 8 which is plenty fast with the slope and they were soft and ran true. We found some damage from all the recent rain but it didn't impact our putting.
Most of the fairways are a tad tight and if you miss them you'll be in the rough, under the trees, or OB in a back yard. Most of the holes have some homes set back off the fairway. When we played the fairways were in fair condition - again all the recent rain had impacted the conditions. The rough on the first few holes was really thick and challenging but then we caught up with the maintenance crew who was cutting them shorter and more playable - rain had prevented recent mowing.
No bunkers to worry about and it's first time I've gone home with no sand in my hair, shoes, and pants!
Bottom line - a must play! Fun, inexpensive, scenic, and pretty good conditions.
Rates: $20.00 to $30.00
Service is very good and the staff is really friendly. There is a driving range and a practice bunker. The pro shop is well stocked and hot dogs, snacks, and drinks are available. The outdoor deck is great. In October, they will start construction on a new million dollar clubhouse and sports bar.
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.