Review of Avery Ranch Golf Course
Avery Ranch is an outstanding course with some fun holes, good variety, great conditions, beautiful scenery, and it somewhat challenging. It's not surprising that it has received a number of awards and accolades, some of which include: Top Luxury Resort and Best Place to Hold a Corporate Event by Avid Golfer in 2014; 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 dog 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 and can keep the ball in play you'll likely head to the clubhouse proud of your score.
The back nine is our favorite and it's a blast to play with plenty of challenges including: dog legs, uphill and downhill shots, forced carries, strategically placed bunkers, creeks and ravines, and more. Its 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 down hill leading to a pond which means you may need to lay up and then fly the pond to a skinny oblong green with the water in front and a ridge down the middle.
The back nine is a little easier, more open and forgiving, and has some very scenic holes. This nine has three par 5s and three par 3s. #17 is fantastic - a very pretty 186 yard downhill shot over a lake to a well protected but large oblong green. And the approach to the green on #18 offers some Kodak moments with a lake on the left side and a beautiful waterfall as a backdrop for the pin!
All three times that we have 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 greens are average size, smooth with some slope and minor undulation, and they ran about average speed (9 to 10). They ran very true and held the ball well. Some of the greens are a tad difficult to read thanks to subtle breaks.
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.
Rates: $39.00 to $85.00
Service is very good. The grounds are beautiful. The food is great - the cheeseburger is fantastic. The practice facilities are adequate 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!
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.