Review of Legacy Hills Golf Course - Georgetown, TX
Del Webb's Sun City Retirement Community is home to three very good courses - Legacy Hills, Cowan Creek, and White Wing. Each of the 18s has it's own unique personality and characteristics, for example:
Legacy Hills Golf Club is a Billy Casper Signature Course covering 120 acres that winds through some gently sloping tree lined terrain in the Del Webb community. In 1997 Legacy Hills Golf Club was chosen sixth in the Dallas Morning New's list of "Top 10 New Courses." Del Lemon, a writer for the Austin American Statesman stated: "Legacy Hills Golf Club might be the best all around golf course in Central Texas, if not the entire State. This is a course any golfer can play, whether a scratch player or someone looking for the first par."
With five sets of tee boxes and yardages ranging from a very short 3936 to 7088 yards you should be able to find a yardage that suits your game - don't bite off more than you can chew because Legacy Hills Golf Club can get a little testy. You'll encounter some tight fairways, tough approach shots, water, lots of bunkers, elevation changes, and some contoured sloping fairways.
The front nine of Legacy Hills is fantastic with some scenic, challenging, and very fun holes. For example:
The back nine seems a little more straightforward and not quite as interesting until you get to the last four holes which are fantastic:
When we played in October the fairways were in near perfect condition. The fairways are ample and if you miss them the rough is a tad thick but playable playable - after that you're under the trees or in the back yard of a Del Webb senior citizen. Most of the fairways have some contour, slope, and mounding and on the front nine several fairways head gently up or downhill.
The greens were near perfect and a real joy to putt - true, smooth, and but a tad slower than we like - my guess is that they were running between 8 to 9. They range from average to good sized, However, you'll need to putt through tiers, slope, and undulation - and two and three putts were common for us. The fringe is around 4 feet and puttable which is good news for those of us who can't chip.
The Legacy Hills bunkers were also in very good condition. The fairway bunkers were firm and the greenside bunkers were white soft thick sand - I felt like I was at the beach in Destin, Florida. The bunkers range in size from small oval pot bunkers to some huge monsters. The lips are manageable.
Bottom line - Legacy Hills Golf Club is a fair but demanding layout, a good value, great conditions, and fun to play.
Rates: $30.00 to $56.00
Service is ok, the pro shop is well stocked, and the practice facilities are ok. There are no options for food or drinks.
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.