Avery Ranch Golf Club Review

Texas Outside Rating: 9.1

Golf - Public Course · 18 Holes · Par 72
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Avery Ranch Golf Club Review

Review of Avery Ranch Golf Course in Austin

Avery Ranch is an outstanding course with some fun holes, good variety, great conditions, beautiful scenery, and it's challenging but fair.  It's not surprising that it has received a number of awards and accolades, some of which include: Top Luxury Golf Course and Best Place to Hold a Corporate Event by Avid Golfer; Texas Outside's list of the Best Austin Courses; and 4 1/2 stars and Best Places to Play by Golf Digest.

Avery Ranch is located in northwest Austin and is a spectacular up-scale golf course with natural limestone caverns, knobby live-oak trees, rolling hills, lots of deer, ravines, meandering streams, and lakes - all of which help create a memorable, fun, challenging, and excellent golf experience. The course is very scenic as it plays up and down the rolling hills, along a lake, and across some ravines. Some of the holes on the front nine are lined with homes on the right side but the vast majority of the course is lined by trees and natural areas.

Avery Ranch offers lots of variety and several fun but challenging holes - dog legs left and right, narrow fairways, strategically placed bunkers, forced carries over ravines, limestone outcroppings, water, and protected greens. For example, #7 requires a carry over a ravine and natural area from an elevated tee box and a fairly precise tee shot to avoid the bunkers and trees and position yourself for the dogleg left to a green with another gully across the front of it - a great hole!

Even with all those challenges, the course is fair and if you pick the right set of tee boxes (don't bite off more than you can chew - there are five to choose from and the scorecard lists the recommended handicap for each tee box) and can keep the ball in play you'll likely head to the clubhouse proud of your score.

The front nine of Avery Ranch Golf Club is our favorite and it's a blast to play with plenty of challenges including doglegs, uphill and downhill shots, forced carries, strategically placed bunkers, creeks and ravines, and more.  It's fair but you'll need to use some course management and club selection skills to score well. There are some excellent holes but it's hard to beat #5 which is the #1 handicap hole and it is a beauty - a  597 yard par five that takes a sharp turn left and heads downhill leading to a pond which means you may need to lay up and then fly the pond which covers most of the front and all of the right side of a skinny oblong roller coaster green with a big bunker on the back left side.

The back nine is a little easier and shorter, more open and forgiving, and has some very scenic and fun holes. This nine has three par 5s and three par 3s and three par 4s.  Some of the holes that we loved on Avery Ranch Golf Club's back nine included:

  • #16 is a short par 4 at 332 yards but it's tricky and requires a precise drive to avoid a minefield of huge multi-fingered bunkers in your landing zone that pinch the fairway guard the green
  • #17 is fantastic - a very pretty 186 yard downhill shot over a lake to a well-protected but large oblong green
  • the approach to the green on #18 offers some Kodak moments with a 60-acre lake on the left side and beautiful waterfalls from an infinity-edged three-tier pond

Every time that we've played Avery Ranch it has been in very good condition. The fairways were in near perfect shape as were the greens and the bunkers. The fairways range from ample to a tad tight and are tree-lined - miss them and you're most likely lost - or lined with some beautiful homes on one side.  It's peaceful and quiet and with all the deer you feel like you're in a nature preserve. The first cut was playable and also in great condition.

The greens are average size and they ran around an 8 or 9.  They ran very true and held the ball well when we played.  The greens have everything from slope and undulation to ridges and tiers and can be a tad difficult to read thanks to subtle breaks and some challenging pin placement. The greens are double-cut daily which helps ensure a very consistent putting surfaces - they may be the best greens in Austin!

There are 53 bunkers that you need to worry about and they range from average to some huge multi-fingered monsters.  Some of the lips and manageable and a couple of times I got lucky and rolled out - other times we were up against a steep face.  The sand was wet thanks to lots of recent rain but the sand felt gritty and shallow. All of the bunkers were perfectly maintained.

Avery Ranch Golf Club is owned and managed by Magnolia Golf Management which also owns two other fantastic golf courses - Falconhead in south west Austin and Teravista in Round Rock. Check out their membership options that include all three courses. 

Bottom line, Avery Ranch is a great course and one you should add to your list of must-play Austin Courses. It is also part of the Austin Golf Trail which has some very good Stay & Play packages.

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Black 7,121 74.7 138
Blue 6,229 71.0 131
White 5,724 67.8 125
Gold 6,594 72.4 137
Red 4,924 69.8 125

Course Information

Course Architect:
Andy Raugust
Greens Type:
TIF Eagle
Greens Condition
Greens Difficulty
Fairway Condition
Bunker Condition
Course Map
Beware of water on 10 holes and the 53 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
9.1 out of 10
Fun to Play:
Front Nine Rating:
Back Nine Rating:


Approximate Weekend
$33.00 to $85.00

Service is excellent! The grounds are beautiful. The food is great - the cheeseburger is fantastic. The practice facilities are very good and the pro shop has everything you might need.



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.