White Wing Golf Club Review

Texas Outside Rating: 8.8

Golf - Public Course · 18 Holes · Par 72
Georgetown
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Date Last Played: September 15, 2012

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White Wing Golf Club Review

Review of White Wing Club

Del Webb’s Sun City, which is a very active adult community in Georgetown is home to three very good golf courses that are open to the public – White Wing, Legacy Hills, and Cowen Creek.  Each of three courses is a little different and unique and has its own personality and characteristics, for example:

  • White Wing was the second of the three courses and designer Billy Casper took advantage of the natural rolling terrain, meandering Berry Creek, and 20,000 red and white oak and cedar trees to create what some would regard as the hardest of the three courses, particularly the back nine
  • The Austin American Statesman stated that “Legacy Hills Golf Club might be the best all-around golf course in Central Texas, if not the entire state and it’s a course that any golfer can play, whether a scratch player of someone looking for that first par” – large greens that average 8000 square feet, elevation changes that offer scenic views plus interesting shots, forced carries over water, and five sets of tee boxes are some of what makes playing Legacy Hills enjoyable – read our review of Legacy Hills Golf Club to learn more
  • Cowen Creek is the newest of the three courses and generally regarded as the easiest thanks to it's resort course feel with wide forgiving fairways, not a lot of trouble, and expansive greens.   Here is a link to our review of Cowen Creek

Common to all three courses are near perfect conditions, fun and memorable holes, excellent practice facilities, clubhouses with a well stocked pro shop and dining options, and very good and friendly service. 

Some of what makes White Wing Golf Club both fun and challenging is that it throws a little bit of everything at you which means you’ll need to deploy some good course management skills, favor accuracy over distance, make some tough shots, and study the greens carefully.  You’ll encounter wide open to very tight tree lined fairways, strategically placed fairway bunkers, raised and well guarded greens, risk reward opportunities, dog legs left and right, trees in the middle of the fairway, slight uphill and downhill shots, forced carries, and challenging putting surfaces. 

But don’t let that scare you, White Wing Golf Club is very fair, fun to play, and has some great holes, for example:

  • #8 is a short 379 yard par 4 but you’ll need to avoid the trees, 4 right side fairway bunkers, the large oak tree which dominates the middle of the fairway about 90 yards in front of the green, and the 3 steep faced sand bunkers protecting the right side of the two tiered green
  • #9 is an outstanding 560 yard par 5 with an intimidating carry from the back two tees over a large pond with a water feature; a wide landing zone off the tee; three big fairway bunkers; and a challenging approach to an oblong sloping and contoured green guarded by a bunker on the left and a bunker and pond on the right – you may hear some cheers or boos from fellow golfers enjoying a good lunch or drink on the patio overlooking the pond and green
  • When you finally land on the green on #14 you better hope that your putter is well rested and ready to go – the green is raised and has significant slope off all sides, a valley down the middle, two tiers, and plenty of contour
  • #18 will make you want to come back and play it again – this 556 yard par 5 signature hole is a beauty and forces you to choose which set of tee boxes to play – head left and you’ll find an ample fairway off the tee box but three big multi-fingered bunkers and trees and natural areas if you miss the fairway, then a second shot that needs to carry Berry Creek, following by a tough approach to a dog right green blocked by a large oak in the middle of the fairway and three green side bunkers guarding a raised green with no room for error – or you can try the right side tee boxes which give you an elevated tee shot with a challenging carry over Berry Creek to a fairly tight landing zone followed by a long sight uphill shot and an approach shot that needs to be deadly accurate

When we played White Wing Golf Club in September the fairways were in perfect condition and a joy to play.  The first cut was manageable and after that you were lost in the natural area with a tough lie if you do happen find you ball.  The fairways are all tree lined and most of the fairways on the front have homes set back where you’ll need to really spray the ball to land in a yard.  Watch out for the heckling residents, the deer crossing the fairway, and the wild turkey – and I don’t mean the kind that the cart lady sells.

The greens at White Wing Golf Club were also in fantastic condition, very true, and ran at a good speed of between 9 to 10.  They range in shape and size from average to huge.  Practice putting before you head out because the greens are tough with lots of slope, contour, tiers, and valleys. 

Around the greens are white sand bunkers with think, fine sand that is a joy to play out of - I got lots of practice and a fellow player wanted to bring my a beach chair.  In fact, the sand is just like the white sand beaches at Destin and I spent more time in the bunkers than I did on the beaches at Destin.  All the bunkers were well maintained and groomed, they range from small pot sized to some steep and deep monsters. 

Bottom line -  a great course with excellent conditions, and very reasonable rates.

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Gold 6,718 71.9 132
Blue 6,307 70.7 130
White 5,781 69.7 123
Red 5,186 70.7 122

Course Information

Course Architect:
Billy Casper/Greg H. Nash
Greens Type:
Champion Bermuda
Greens Condition
10.0
Greens Difficulty
9.5
Fairway Condition
9.0
Bunker Condition
10.0
GPS:
No
Walkable:
Yes
Scorecard
Beware of water on 3 holes and the 52 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
8.8 out of 10
Beauty:
8.3
Difficulty:
8.3
Variety:
8.5
Fun to Play:
9.0
Value:
9.0
Condition:
9.8
Front Nine Rating:
8.3
Back Nine Rating:
9.3
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FEES & AMENITIES

Approximate Weekend
Rates:
$30.00 to $65.00

Service is very good, the clubhouse and grill are great, the practice facilities are good, and the pro shop is well stocked.

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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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