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Twin Creeks Country Club Review

Texas Outside Rating: 9.2

Golf - Private Course · 18 Holes · Par 72
Cedar Park
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Date Last Played: May 23, 2014

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Twin Creeks Country Club Review

Review of Twin Creeks Country Club Cedar Park

Twin Creeks Country Club is a par 72 7033 yard Fred Couples signature course that meanders through 195 acres of very pretty and picturesque west Austin hill country. Twin creeks have etched valleys out of the natural limestone and are part of what make this outstanding 18 holes challenging and fun to play.

Twin Creek is very scenic, a blast to play and very challenging thanks to:

  • demanding green complexes that put a premium on your approach shots
  • strategically placed bunkers
  • meandering creeks that line some fairways and cross others forcing you to lay up or risk carrying them
  • huge elevation changes, blind shots, and dog legs
  • rolling fairways that are fairway tight, tree lined, and if you miss them you're most lost

But don't let that scare you off, there are 6 sets of tee boxes and if you play smart you'll have a blast playing Twin Creeks.

The front nine is the easiest nine as it plays from the bottom of the valley up to the top and along a ridge and then back down into the valley - offering some majestic views and dramatic elevation changes. The first few holes start off fairly traditional helping make this nine much easier than the back nine. Holes five through nine define this nine and make it unique and enjoyable to play. For example, number 5 is a 593 yard par 5 with a wide open landing zone from a dramatic elevated tee box (a great Kodak moment) but then it gets tough - as the fairway narrows as it crosses a creek leading to a very well protected green, making course management and club selection critical to score well on this challenging hole. And 7 and 9 are also beauts - #7 is an uphill blind shot that then heads downhill through a steep and narrow fairway to the green and #9 (a 208 yard par 3) requires a very accurate shot off a huge elevated tee box to carry the natural area and nail a small green and landing zone. You'll want to play these last 4 holes again.

The back nine plays along the valley bottom and is defined by the creeks that run alongside and cut across 7 of 9 fairways, sometimes twice on the same hole. Club selection and course management are keys to scoring well on this challenging nine and you'll most likely use the vast majority of your clubs when you play Twin Creeks back nine. Number 15 is a good example of where you need your A game to score well - a 627 yard par five requiring a good shot off the tee box to avoid the bunkers and rough and position your ball to miss the two trees in the middle of the fairway obstructing your next shot which also needs to be accurate to carry the creek or land short of it for a chip to a very well protected green.

When we played the fairways were in near perfect condition.  They range from wide open let-er-rip to tight and twisting.  Most have some contour and slope.  The rough is fairway wide and a little thick but playable. The fairways are lined with century old oak and pecan trees, follow or cross ravines lined with limestone outcropping, and have a few homes lining a couple holes on the front nine.

The Tif Eagle greens were in perfect condition and running  fast - around a 11 or so.  You'll need some accurate approach shots to have a great round - all of the greens but 3 are well guarded with one to three bunkers and most are raised with significant slope off the sides - a couple times I watched my shot roll off the green and down the side of the green to the fairway and my chip shot touch the green and come right back down the hill to me!  Once you're on the green, most of which are large, there is plenty of slope and undulation

The bunkers at Twin Creeks Country are strategically placed in your tee shot landing zone or guarding the greens.  The white sand is excellent - fine, soft, and thick.  The bunkers range in shape and size and some are steep faced. 

Twin Creeks Country Club is a great layout that is fun and challenging and a pleasure to play. One of the membership options has rights to play some of the other sister courses like River Place and Onion Creek in Austin and Dominion in San Antonio.

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Black 7,033 75.7 142
Gold 6,679 73.9 139
Blue 6,337 72.2 138
White 6,167 71.2 136
Red 4,921 70.1 126

Course Information

Course Architect:
Les Schmidt
Greens Type:
Tif Eagle
Greens Condition
9.5
Greens Difficulty
9.3
Fairway Condition
9.3
Bunker Condition
10.0
GPS:
No
Walkable:
Very Hard
Scorecard
Beware of water on 12 holes and the 55 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
9.2 out of 10
Beauty:
9.0
Difficulty:
9.3
Variety:
9.3
Fun to Play:
9.0
Value:
9.5
Condition:
9.5
Front Nine Rating:
9.5
Back Nine Rating:
9.0
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FEES & AMENITIES

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

Service is very attentive and friendly, the club house and amenities are very good, and the practice facility is all you need to warm up for a round.

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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.