Butler Park Review

Texas Outside Rating: 5.1

Golf - Public Course · 9 Holes · Par 72
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Butler Park Review

Butler Park Pitch & Putt Golf Course, Austin Texas

Butler Park Pitch & Putt Golf Course is located just a block or so south of Lady Bird Lake and the course opened in 1949.  The course plays up and down some hills and through some shady pecan trees and it features some elevated tee boxes, one hole with a small pond with a water fountain to carry, and some uphill shots to holes that range from 74 to 118 yards.

The fairways are side by side and trees line one side.  Spray the ball off the tee box and you're either in the other fairway or in the trees.  The fairways are tight, may 75 yards wide or so.  When we played in 2016 they weren't in very good shape - bare spots, weeds, and a mixture of grasses. 

The greens are small ovals - some are raised, some have some slope, and a few have a tier.  The weren't in the best of condition and they are firm but run slow.

Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Black 805 113.0 35

Course Information

Course Architect:
Winston Kinser
Greens Condition
Greens Difficulty
Fairway Condition
Course Map
Beware of water on 1 holes and the 0 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

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


Approximate Weekend
$6.00 to

The pro shop is from the 50's and has some golf balls and not much more. There are rental clubs if you don't have your own.


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.