Review and Rating of Highland Lakes Golf Course in Lago Vista Texas
Highland Lakes Golf Course and its sister course, Lago Vista Golf Course (which is just down the road from Highland Lakes) were both designed by Leon Howard and opened in the 1970s and they are both currently owned by the City of Lago Vista. Here is a link to our review and rating of Lago Vista Golf Course.
Here are just some of the reasons why we love Highland Lakes Golf Course:t
The front nine is a blast and the first hole sets the stage for what you can expect:
We liked the back nine even more than the front thanks to a wide variety of interesting and challenging holes like:
The fairways weren’t in the best of condition – dry and thin with some weeds and bare spots. Same with the rough and if you miss the rough you’re in the trees and lost or in a back yard. Most of the fairways are tight and you need to manage the extra roll, wind, and elevation changes.
The greens at Highland Lakes Golf Course are small to average size, several have one or more tiers and significant slope toward the front of the green. Pin placement can be a killer as you watch your ball roll toward the pin and then back down the green past where you started the putt. They were firm, dry, and fast when we played, and playable but not in the best condition. The greens have at least one and up to five bunkers guarding them.
There are 77 bunkers to worry about plus some small mounding/swales around the greens. The bunkers need some TLC – the sand is gritty and thin and weeds are encroaching around the sides. The bunkers range from small pot bunkers to about average size. The lips also range in height so you might get lucky and bounce out or tall enough that making for a tough bunker shot.
Bottom line – not the best of conditions but well worth playing because it’s fun, scenic, challenging, and home to some excellent holes.
Rates: $20.00 to $45.00
There is no cart service, the club house is in a trailer with limited to no golf gear and snacks, drinks, and beer. There is a putting green and a driving net.
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.