Lions Municipal Golf Course
Fun at the muny
We try and play a few times a year. This time it was in great shape.
September 8, 2013
Decent course, slow play
Course is in relatively good condition. Fairways and bunkers well maintained. Some of the greens were in pretty rough shape. People at the front desk didn't seem to know what as going on after booking through golfnow. It took 20+ minutes to figure out how much I owed for the round. Overall slow play as it is a public course on a Sat. There was a Marshall on course but he didn't do anything to help speed up play. Despite some of the negative comments I would say 30$ for the round and the cart was a fair value or the course.
September 8, 2013
Pace of play
It is a great place but it backs up and the pace of play slows down to the point it takes all the fun out of playing so close to down town
September 2, 2013
For a holiday weeken, very happy with the pace. Course is in good condition for this time of year. Muny should live on!
September 1, 2013
Challenging but fun course
Wife and I had a great time. Nice course for the money. Tight fairways in spots and lots of trees. Have to think about shot placement. especially on 12 and 16. That aside. had one of my lowest rounds this year. Definitely recommend if you are in Austin area.
August 22, 2013
Not a long hitters golf course but it does require making good golf shots. Local knowledge of the greens is an advantage and it is always fun to play.
August 21, 2013
It is a Muni -- good value for money...
it is a municipal golf course...right in the heart of the city...generally small greens and narrow fairways...I seemed to have tree trouble on every second shot...cement fairways and bunkers that have seen better days...I measured my 3 iron at 245 yards -- which is 50 yards longer than normal...but you still have to hit the ball and putt...I learned on a municipal golf course and there is a special place in my heart for a course like Lions...this is a course that everybody enjoys and a great sense of history -- the 16th is an amazing par four...I saw a guy playing with his dog -- don't see that at the country club...go out and enjoy Lions and I bet the course beats you, even if your wallet wins...
August 12, 2013
You must play Lions ... it's tradition!
Lions is a nice little course steeped in tradition and history. And because it’s an older course where the next tee box is right near the last green, this is definitely one of the more walk-able courses in town. The driving range probably won’t hold but about 10 folks and isn’t wide nor long. You’ll also be hitting off of mats. Hit a few irons to get loose and then practice pitching and putting on one of the two (2) putting greens.
Embarrassing story -- several years back I hit not one (1), not two (2), but three (3) cars with one (1) shot … off the #1 tee box. Yep, I drilled a low, screaming tee shot hard left into a tree trunk. The ball flew up and back, landing on the roof of one car, then bouncing off the trunk of another, and finally hitting the side of a third car before bouncing to an unknown location in the parking lot. Needless to say, I didn’t bother to look for it. Don’t worry, no cars were damaged. Luckily my brother had teed off before I did as he was laughing too hard to do anything afterwards.
I’ve detailed a little about each hole below, but the main thing you need to remember is that everything will break towards the river (which is parallel to Lake Austin Blvd). Just remember that before each putt you make (on every single green). Now re-read this paragraph and commit it to memory. :)
Hole #1 – Many have tried to cut the trees trying to get on/near the green. Many (most) have subsequently lost their ball in the woods or wherever. Just play it normal by hitting a 180+/- yard shot down the middle. Getting closer to the right side may help for your second shot, but you need to make sure you’re past the trees on the right hand side. I’d much rather be long than short on my tee shot on this hole. Stay in front of the hole on your approach as it really drops off into the woods on the back side of the green.
Hole #2 – This is actually a quite nice, straight par 5. It’s better to be left of center in my opinion … especially if you have a chance to get on in two. Many have flown the fencing down the right hand side and prayed to not hit a car – let’s avoid doing that, shall we!?
Hole #3 – Fairly simple hole. I like to aim just right of center on my drive because there are some rolling hills/bumps on the left side which will most likely send your ball into the tree line (dirt, rocks, roots). Which way does the green break? To the river!
Hole #4 – Fairly good sized green that slopes back to front. Safe play is to aim for the center.
Hole #5 – If hitting straight from the back/blue tees, then don’t go too long or you’ll go through the fairway and into the woods, etc. I play this hole with a driver or 3-wood and go over the trees on the left; look for the gap at the top of the trees. You almost can’t hit it too far to the right – trust me.
Hole #6 – Downhill dogleg right … so don’t go too far to the left or you’ll be under the trees. But definitely avoid the right part of the fairway as that’s where balls go to hide. You can try to go over the trees but I wouldn’t advise it. It’s safer to hit a cut or just a shorter straight shot. This green gives a lot of people problems because it plays tricks on you. It looks like it slopes back to front. Wrong. It actually slopes front to back. Don’t trust your eyes! And the river is behind the green (if applicable to your putt).
Hole #7 – You’ll almost always be hitting into a breeze on this one … especially during the warmer months. Go ahead and take one extra club.
Hole #8 – Hit a good tee shot (preferably right of center) and you may have a chance to go for the green in two on this par 5. If you happen to hit your tee shot way to the right, then you may get to play the ‘second fairway’ down the fence line; I’ve done this a time or two. A large oak used to protect green shots coming in from the right but it was recently cut down – lucky you.
Hole #9 – Try to send it over the trees on the left and you’ll likely be punished (and lose your ball). Hit one too far towards the center/right and you may end up in the bushes/trees on the right. I like to hit my 200yd club so that it ends up just to the left of the large oak tree on the edge of the fairway. Stay in front of the flag on this (somewhat severe) back to front sloping green. At times, I’ve even been known to bump-n-run an iron up the mouth of the green to avoid the protective bunkers.
Hole #10 – Thinking of going for it? Well, it’s your ball to splash in one of the two ponds and not mine. I generally hit a 160yd club and then have a nice wedge in. Stay in front of the flag on this back to front sloping green.
Hole #11 – Take that driver over the left side of the farthest tree on the right. You’ll be hitting straight to the green (that you can’t see).
Hole #12 – Be prepared to meet golfers from hole #14 as they’ll slice them into your fairway (and sometimes vice versa). Can you get on in two? Either way, it’s preferred to be right of center on this fairway as there are some trees on the left that’ll protect the green on your approach shot. This green can be quite the challenge. No matter where the cup is I always seem to be putting downhill to it.
Hole #13 – Nice and easy par 3 with the hole below you and a pond for those topped and/or short shots. If anything, there may be some left to right wind above the tree tops. You may want to play one less club and take a full swing.
Hole #14 – Bombs away! It’s preferred to hit left of center if possible for maximum carry and to take any trees out of play for your second shot. Being one of the closest greens to the river, play for that right to left slope accordingly.
Hole #15 – Uphill par 3 where it’s preferred that you stay in front of the flag on this back to front sloping green.
Hole #16 – Hogan’s Hole. I don’t hate Hogan, but this hole gives me (and many others) fits. And the tee box almost always backs up here. Maybe folks are scared ... or maybe the group in front of them is dealing with their errant shots (because their mental game got in the way). Either way, take this moment to get some water, sit in the shade, and be thankful you're playing golf. Now, you can’t see where your ball is going to land. Therefore, it’s hard to figure out how far to hit it. I’d say hit no more than 240 yards (with carry) because there’s a pond at the bottom. The right side of the fairway is preferred to give you the best chance for the green on your second shot; there are protective trees on the left side. Just like #12, this hole has a challenging green. Bogey is VERY common even for some of the better golfers.
Hole #17 – Here’s a longer par 3 with a big pond and back to front sloping green. I almost always hit an extra club on this one. Maybe I’m a little tired by the last few holes, but a lot of folks think this hole plays longer than the yardage.
Hole #18 – Nothing too crazy on this final hole of your round; they kind of let us off easy. Center or left of center in the fairway is best. Many may try to drive the green. No reason not to try. Trees/woods on the right side are jail – avoid accordingly. The green’s not too tricky but may have a slight break towards the lake (probably towards the 2 o’clock position).
August 10, 2013