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Point Venture Golf Club Review

Texas Outside Rating: 8.3

Golf - Public Course · 9 Holes · Par 36
Point Venture
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Date Last Played: August 02, 2016

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Point Venture Golf Club Review

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:

  • #2 is a fun hole that requires an accurate shot off the tee on this sharp dog left 389 yard par 4 and the second shot is  downhill to a small oval green with Lake Travis glistening in the background
  • #7 is the signature hole and it's a beauty - a 385 yard par 4 with an elevated tee box with a great view of Lake Travis, a downhill drive to a dog left tight tree lined fairway, and an approach shot to a very small green
  • #9 may be the toughest hole on the course - a 535 year par 5 that horseshoes around a hill with trees to a small green with a ridge across the middle - if you hit it too long and left off the tee you may be OB and too far right and you'll be on the hill, in the trees, or have a blind shot to the green

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.

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Black 3,126 35.1 124
Gold 3,033 34.7 122
Blue 2,928 34.1 119
White 2,648 33.4 105
Red 2,396 33.6 107

Course Information

Course Architect:
Jimmy Demaret
Greens Type:
Bermuda
Greens Condition
8.5
Greens Difficulty
8.8
Fairway Condition
7.8
Bunker Condition
0.0
GPS:
No
Walkable:
Hilly
Scorecard
Course Map
Beware of water on 0 holes and the 0 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
8.3 out of 10
Beauty:
8.8
Difficulty:
7.8
Variety:
8.0
Fun to Play:
8.5
Value:
9.3
Condition:
8.0
Front Nine Rating:
8.5
Back Nine Rating:
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FEES & AMENITIES

Approximate Weekend
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.

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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.