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.
Rates: $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!
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.