The Legends Golf Course on Lake LBJ Review

Texas Outside Rating: 8.6

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The Legends Golf Course on Lake LBJ Review

Review & Rating of The Legends Golf Course on Lake LBJ in Kingsland

The first time we played The Legends Golf Course on Lake LBJ was in 2006 and we weren't very impressed.  Since then the course has changed hands a couple of times and when we played in 2019 we were pleasantly surprised and impressed with the conditions, which we thought were very good from the tee box to the cup.  And that was after a water pump had gone out and the temperature had been over a hundred for the last three months, and there hadn't been any rain for the last 30 days - the superintendent is to be commended!

The Legends Golf Course plays around the perimeter of a very upscale community with homes along the bank of Lake LBJ.  The first seven holes have a links-style look and feel - wide sweeping fairways, lots of berms, huge bunkers, and wind.  The rest of the holes are more traditional with trees, some rolling terrain, and a few beautiful homes.   Only a few homes are along the fairway and they shouldn't cause you any trouble and they are good eye candy! 

Some of our favorite holes at The Legends Golf Club  included:

  • #3 is a fun 561-yard par five with a big bunker that can catch your drive, a pond that runs 210 yards out on the right side and all the way to the green - the pond on the right and a bunker on the left put a premium on the approach shot
  • #7 is a par 4 and the #1 handicap thanks to its length at 430 yards, a drive that needs to miss a big left and right fairway bunker, a heavily contoured fairway from 200 yards out, and a big tree on the left front of a tiny green with a steep drop off the right side - Lake LBJ forms a beautiful backdrop for the pin
  • #16 is a 433-yard par 4 with a slightly elevated tee box, a dogleg right between two bunkers, and a challenging green with a valley down the middle
  • #18 is a fun 548-year par 5 that will make you want to come back and play The Legends again

The fairways were in very good condition considering the heat, no rain, and a broken pump! They range from ample to a little tight and all have a wide very playable first cut - miss that and you're probably lost.  The fairways were firm providing some extra roll, some are tree-lined, and others have lots of berms. 

The greens at The Legends Golf Club were also in very good condition.  They held the ball well, ran true and smooth, and at a good speed of around 10 to 11.  They are a variety of shapes, range in size from very small to about average, and most are guarded by at least one bunker.  All of the greens have some combination of tiers, slope, and contour.  No false fronts which makes for a good bump and run. 

The majority of the bunkers are huge and multi-fingered.  Some somewhat steep but several of the lips are smooth, so you might get lucky and roll out.  The sand ranged from excellent (soft, light, fluffy, and deep) to a little thin and crunchy.  All of the bunkers could use some TLC around the edges. 

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Black 7,260 74.9 137
Blue 6,148 69.6 127
White 5,544 67.2 116
Gold 6,726 72.4 131
Red 5,218 71.0 121

Course Information

Greens Type:
TIF Eagle
Greens Condition
Greens Difficulty
Fairway Condition
Bunker Condition
Beware of water on 4 holes and the 45 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
8.6 out of 10
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Approximate Weekend
$35.00 to $55.00

The pro shop has a limited supply of golf gear. Range balls and water are included with the daily fee. Free sausage wraps are available on Friday and Saturday. The snack bar has crackers, drinks, and beer. The staff is great.



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.