Topgolf Austin Review

Texas Outside Rating: 8.5

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Topgolf Austin Review

Review of Topgolf Austin

Billed as Austin's largest sports bar, Topgolf is 65,000 square feet of fun in addition to being a three tier indoor driving range.  What separates Topgolf from any other driving range is that:

  • it's covered and cool, thanks to misters and fans, even when it's 100 degrees out
  • your golf bay has a TV, table and chairs, food and drink service, and some clubs you can use
  • it's fun as you try to hit golf balls (with an embedded microchip) that are assigned to you into one of ten dart board type targets
  • there is a restaurant, putting green, free pool tables, live music, and excellent service

Within your golf bay is a computer that allows you to pick any one of six games and it will then keep track of your individual score (based on the game, hitting distance, and how close your come to the center of the target) as well as your opponents score.  The games range from TopScore (the farther the target you hit and the closer you get to the center flag, the more points you’ll receive) to TopDrive where the goal is to hit the center of the farthest target.  And if you loose the bet, your wait staff is eagerly waiting to serve the next round of drinks on your credit card.  No more waiting for the cart lady to show up or for the 19th hole!

Some of the other things that separate Topgolf from a driving range and even a sports bar include:

  • a restaurant that serves some good food made from scratch and it can be delivered to your golf bay if you like
  • 320 flat screens plus free pool tables, shuffleboard, and foosball
  • an outdoor bar and patio with a dance floor and live music or a DJ on the weekends
  • a six hole putting green
  • meeting space for special events

Topgolf is fun for everyone from hackers to first timers to scratch golfers and young kids to seniors!  Read why we like Topgolf based on a recent visit.

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Black 215
Blue 150
White 125
Gold 175
Red 100

Course Information

Beware of water on 0 holes and the 1 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
8.5 out of 10
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Approximate Weekend
$20.00 to $20.00

Service is excellent, the food is great, and putting green can help your putting skills. Lessons from a golf pro are available.



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.