Review of The Hills of Lakeway Live Oak Course
The Hills of Lakeway is home to two very good golf courses (Live Oak and Yaupon) both of which are private but available for play if you stay at Lakeway Resort & Spa. Of the two courses, Live Oak is more challenging for lower handicap golfers, thanks to tight green lined fairways and small push up greens, and easier than Yaupon for higher handicap golfers. Yaupon has some fantastic holes and more dramatic elevation changes - to learn more, read our review of Yaupon.
Live Oak was the first Lakeway course and was constructed in 1967 and is currently owned and managed by Club Corp. Live Oak is a fun and challenging course to play and it demands very good course management and club selection to score well. The course is lined with houses of all shapes and sizes and lots of magnificent live oak trees which add both beauty and problems. Most of the holes are tight with thick roughs and if you tend to spray the ball you're going to have a long day. There are several ups and downs and lots of dog legs where you can't see the pin from the tee box - which makes it a little more challenging the first time you play the course.
Those of us who hate bunkers and always seem to find the sand, will love this course - it only has 3 traps and they are all on the 18th hole and easy to avoid. However, water comes into play on 7 holes, a couple of which are challenging and may require a layup.
We liked Live Oak's back nine much more than the front, which is fairway traditional and not as much fun as the back which has some great holes and more character, water, and elevation changes. Some of the notable holes on Lakeway Country Club's Live Oak course include:
Both times that we've played Lakeway Country Club's Live Oak Course, the fairways and rough have been in very good condition. The fairways are a tad tight and tree lined and if you spray the ball you could be in the back yard of a nice home. The rough is thick (2 to 3 inches) and challenging.
The greens at Live Oak were also in very good condition and they range from small to medium size and a variety of shapes. Most are raised and the fringe is small. They were running true and at a great speed of around a 9 to 10. All have some subtle breaks thanks to slope and undulation.
Bottom line - a very good quality course and Lakeway Resort has a good stay and play package.
Initiation Fees: Under $10,000
Monthly Dues: $201 to $400
Service is very good. The pro shop has all of basics and the practice facilities are adequate. The grill and restaurant serve a variety of good grub.
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.