Teravista Golf Club Review

Texas Outside Rating: 8.9

Golf - Public Course · 18 Holes · Par 72
Round Rock
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· Discounted Tee Times · Stay & Play
Date Last Played: September 13, 2015

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Teravista Golf Club Review

Review of Teravista Golf Course Round Rock, Texas

Teravista Golf Club in Round Rock is one of those courses that you walk into the club house, order a beer, and say "that's a great course and a fun round." Teravista Golf Club opened in 2002 and over the years since opening it has been consistently recognized as one of the best courses in Austin as well as Texas.   In 2014 Avid Golfer rated it #4 in Austin and the course also made Texas Outside's list of the Best Courses in Austin

Teravista has 5 sets of tee boxes with yardages ranging from 3744 to 7039 making it golfer friendly for all levels of play.  It's a links style course with lots of bunkers, plenty of water, and gently rolling terrain that meanders through the Teravista community.  Most of the fairways are wide and forgiving but the course will throw a lot at you during your round, some of which includes:

  • minor uphill and downhill shots
  • forced carries over creeks, ponds, and natural areas
  • 59 strategically placed fairway and greenside bunkers
  • water that can come into play on 10 holes
  • challenging approach shots to the greens

Pick the right set of tee boxes, play strategically, and don't let some of the risk reward shots tempt you and you'll find the course very friendly and you'll most likely walk into the club house and not have to buy drinks!

Some of the Teravista Golf Course holes that we really liked included:

  • #2 is a 455 yard par 4 (#2 handicap) that is a sharp dog leg right and offers and excellent risk reward shot if you think you can fly the trees and bunkers to significantly shorten the hole
  • #5 puts a premium on the approach shot - the green has 3 hidden bunkers and water surrounding 3 quarters of it
  • #12 is fun - a 414 yard par 4 that horseshoes left around a lake and requires a good tee shot to stay out of the lake and avoid the bunker and an accurate approach shot to miss the lake and stuff it on an oblong green - from the tee box you've got a great risk reward shot to fly more of the lake and make the approach shot shorter and you might also have another risky shot to fly the lake on the approach shot
  • #16 is a fun 545 yard par 5 that requires some shot making to avoid the natural area crossing the fairway and waiting for your drive, then an accurate layup over the creek to another landing zone, followed by an accurate shot over the creek/natural area to a raised green guarded by two bunkers

When we played in mid September, the Terravista fairways and rough were in excellent condition.  The majority of the fairways are forgiving off the tee but there are lots huge fairway bunkers and creeks/natural areas to carry.  Trees and homes and natural areas line most of the fairways.  The rough is wide and cut somewhat thick but very playable. 

The greens at Teravista Golf Club were also near perfect, very soft, ran true, and at a good speed of 10 to 11.  They range in size (mostly very large) and shape from oblong to light bulb and lots of other interesting shapes.  Some are raised and all are well guarded, putting a premium on your approach shots.  The putting surfaces vary from relatively flat to some significant slope and tiers.  We didn't have any problem reading the breaks.

The bunkers ranged in shape and size from steep pot bunkers to some huge multi-fingered monsters - and there are around 59 of them that you need to avoid!  The bunkers were wet from a recent rain so it was hard to judge the sand - it was firm, a very gritty, and thin and some of the bunkers needed some work around the edges.  We were told that there is a major effort underway to upgraded and iimprove the bunkers and in fact there were several bunkers that had been redone with soft, light, and thick sand!  A thick fringe around the bunkers may stop a ball from rolling into the bunker, but you'll still have a challenging shot.

Teravista Golf Club is focused on pace of play and stresses "ready golf."  They will pair singles and doubles up and marshals make sure that the golfers don't dilly dally!  The end result is an enjoyable and fast round of golf - we were done in a little over 3 hours. 

Head Pro's Corner

The Kids Play Free program is an affordable way to introduce kids to the game. With every paid adult, one child 15 years old and under plays for free. And we even throw in the cart.   We also offer ladies "2 of 1" green fees and there are senior and resident discounts.

We focus on "ready golf" to provide a shorter and more enjoyable round of golf.  Singles and doubles are traditionally paired together.

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Blue 6,637 72.6 135
White 6,250 70.8 131
Gold 7,039 74.4 139
Red 5,099 69.3 116

Course Information

Course Architect:
Greens Type:
TIF Eagle
Greens Condition
Greens Difficulty
Fairway Condition
Bunker Condition
Course Map
Beware of water on 11 holes and the 59 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
8.9 out of 10
Fun to Play:
Front Nine Rating:
Back Nine Rating:


Approximate Weekend
$29.00 to $69.00

Service is very good - the cart girl showed up every 5 holes or so. The practice facilities are very good, the pro shop is well stocked, and the food and drinks are good at the Cafe.



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! 
Texas Outside rates courses on the following:

  • Beauty – tall trees, rolling hills, beautiful houses, waterfalls, and similar stuff would score high; a 1 would be flat, bushes or cactus instead of trees, and some grass but mostly weeds
  • Difficulty – a straight, 300 yard par 4 with no traps or hazards, no out of bounds or water would probably get a 1; if it is a 460 yard par 4 over two ravines, with water along one side, natural hazards on the other, strategically placed traps or that dreaded tree right in the middle of the fairway, we are talking a 10. 
  • Variety – what would you give a course where all the holes looked and played exactly the same (“I thought we just played that hole!”); were side-by-side, which is good for finding or dodging other people’s balls, but not much fun; and you can see the flag from every tee box?  That’s right, it gets a 1.
  • Fun Scale – a 10 is where you walk off the course and say “now that was fun” and you can’t wait to get back, or you immediately turn around and play another 18 holes
  • Value – a 5 is $50 to $60, a 10 is $20 to $30, and 1 is $200 or so – of course all of this is dependent upon how you liked the course.  For example, if a run down, boring municipal course, with six players on each hole was only $10; it would still get a value rating of 1.
  • Condition – this one’s pretty easy – what condition are the fairways. A 10 commands very lush perfectly manicured fairways, compared to a 1, which has fire ants, weeds, and more dirt than grass!
  • Condition of Greens and Difficulty – very hard to read greens with lots of undulation and tough pin placement, rate very high on the difficulty scale.  Condition is self-explanatory.  

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. 


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