Review of Lakeway Country Club Yauupon Golf Course in Austin
Lakeway Country Club is home to two excellent golf courses that are owned and managed by Club Club out of Dallas. Live Oak is considered the easier of the two courses because the terrain is a little flatter but the tree-lined fairways are tighter - read our review of Live Oak to learn more.
Yaupon is a fairly typical Hill Country course with lots of elevation changes coupled with doglegs, several tight tree lined fairways, some blind shots, forced carries, and guarded greens. It's short by today's standards (4974 to6741 yards) but plays much longer due to the wind and elevation changes - there are 4 sets of tee boxes and plus 3 combos, so pick the right set and you'll have a fun round. The first time you play Yaupon you will find it challenging because of the ups and downs, blind shots, and sloping greens as well as not knowing where to place the ball on the doglegs.
The first hole at Yaupon sets the stage for what to expect - this zig zap 572-yard par 5 requires a huge uphill tee shot that ideally needs to carry a big right-side bunker, followed by another long uphill shot and then a blind shot left and downhill toward the green. Some of the other holes that we really liked included:
When we played Yaupon in March the fairways were transitioning to spring conditions but were in very good condition. Most of the fairways are ample but not what I would call generous - it's easy to hit the rough or land under the trees. Some huge beautiful homes line some of the fairways. The rough was cut thick but playable.
The Yaupon greens were excellent but a tad slow - they normally run an 8 to 9. They are a wide variety of shapes and range from small to good sized. They are soft and held the ball well. The slope and undulation is gentle but there are some subtle breaks.
The bunkers are filled with soft fluffy sand and the lips range from flat to several inches to a foot or more. They are strategically placed in the fairways, some are hidden, and most guard the greens
Yaupon and Live Oak are private but if you stay at Lakeway Resort & Spa you can play either course. Lakeway Resort has a great Stay & Play and lots of amenities - read our review of Lakeway Resort & Spa to learn more.
Initiation Fees: Under $10,000
Monthly Dues: $201 to $400
Service is ok, the pro shop has the basics, the practice area is good, the bar and grill has dogs, hamburgers, sandwiches, and more.
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.