Review of Cowan Creek Golf Course
Cowan Creek Golf Course is the newest addition to Del Webb's Sun City retirement community in Georgetown. On over 315 acres, each of three Del Webb courses has it own unique design and personality - Legacy Hills is a parkland type course (narrower lawn like fairways and lots of trees) and is the longest but the most playable, White Wing is the tightest and the toughest, and Cowan Creek has a resort course feel with wide forgiving fairways, not a lot of trouble, and expansive greens.
Cowan Creek opend for play in November 2008 with a front nine that plays through this well known retirement community with homes set well back off most of the fairways and a back nine that is very fun as it plays through some scenic gently rolling north Texas Hill Country with lots of mesquite trees, cactus, and wildlife. In fact, someone described Cowan Creek as "Hill Country Golf Lite."
Cowan Creek has a real resort or retirement course feel to it - wide open and forgiving fairways, no tricks, few hazards to content with, 5 sets of tee boxes to choose from, large greens, great service, and very good conditions. With yardages ranging from 5034 to 7050, you can bit off as much as you want but if you pick the right set of tee boxes for your handicap, you can easily have a very fun, relaxing, and low scoring round.
To make it fun and challenging, Cowan Creek does offer some blind shots (a couple holes have an electronic Tee Sentry to let you know when it is safe to hit), elevated greens and tee boxes, rolling contoured fairways, water on three holes, strategically placed bunkers, forced carries, dog legs, and a couple great risk reward shots. For example on the front nine:
We loved the back nine - it's more scenic, a little tougher, and has some fantastic holes. Here are some that we loved:
When we played in September, all three courses had just survived a torrential downpour which put a lot of holes underwater and did some significant damage. We could still see some of the rain and flood damage on Cowan Creek, but the fairways were in near perfect condition as were the greens. The fairways are rolling and most are contoured making for some uneven lies.
The fairways are wide and forgiving with a few strategically placed bunkers. The first cut is playable and ball seems to stay on top making it easy to find and hit. But if you miss the fairway and the first cut, you're probably history somewhere in the natural area with lots of rocks, trees, cactus, and wildlife - 4 baby armadillos almost got in our cart and we saw several deer among the trees. You should be able to avoid the water with the exception of #14 and we found it easy to avoid most of the bunkers.
The soft white sand bunkers were still a little wet from the recent rain but very playable. They were in excellent condition with thick sand and small lips. The rough around the bunkers is thick and challenging.
The greens were excellent when we played. They were rolling very true and at a very good speed of about 10 to 10.5. The majority of the greens are huge and they held well. There is plenty of slope, some undulation, and multiple tiers but the were easy to read and putt.
Cowan Creek, despite the damage from the rain, was very well maintained, well landscaped, and included a number of water and rock features that make the course esthetically pleasing.
This is fun track and one where if you play smart you will have a very enjoyable, relaxing, and low scoring round. This course is home to a lot of seniors and the pace of play can be a little slow - but be patience, its well worth it.
Rates: $30.00 to $65.00
Service is very friendly as are all the players we encountered. The pro shop is limited and the club house is fantastic but there was not grill, food service, or cart service. Pack a lunch or bring some snacks and water. The practice facilities are very good.
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.