Omni Barton Creek Resort - Palmer Lakeside Course

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3.5
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.9
Amenities
4.0
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About

Holes 18
Type Private/Resort
Par 71
Length 6407 yards
Slope 136
Rating 72.3
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 71 6407 yards 72.3 136
Gold 71 6221 yards 71.5 134
Blue 71 5861 yards 69.6 130
Green 71 5596 yards 68.5 127
White 71 5389 yards 67.6 124
White (W) 71 5389 yards 71.7 137
Red 71 4726 yards 68.3 123
Scorecard for Palmer Lakeside
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Gold M: 72.3/136 399 484 154 404 377 546 390 191 374 3319 348 183 553 472 136 504 382 152 358 3088 6407
Blue M: 69.6/130 W: 72.0/120 366 458 145 370 330 497 359 168 345 3038 326 149 515 425 125 477 344 132 330 2823 5861
Green M: 68.5/127 W: 70.0/118 366 458 145 340 306 466 324 152 321 2878 326 149 498 373 125 477 344 132 294 2718 5596
White M: 67.6/124 W: 71.7/137 316 436 127 340 306 466 324 152 321 2788 304 126 498 373 109 462 325 110 294 2601 5389
Red W: 68.3/123 287 419 89 321 246 340 301 123 297 2423 275 107 457 359 106 392 265 86 256 2303 4726
Handicap 15 7 17 11 3 5 1 13 9 6 16 12 2 14 10 4 18 8
Par 4 5 3 4 4 5 4 3 4 36 4 3 5 4 3 5 4 3 4 35 71
Handicap (W) 15 3 17 9 5 13 1 11 7 4 16 8 2 14 12 6 18 10

Course Details

Year Built 1986
Greens Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Arnold Palmer (1986) Ed Seay (1986) Robert Walker (1986)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code Proper attire is required.

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4.1
8
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Handicap 20-24
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4.0
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Top 500 Contributor
First Time Playing
Windy weather
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Palmer Lakeside, a tale of two nines

The front nine holes of this course cover the gamut of types of holes: easy, over water, over trees, over deep gully's, into the wind, into the wind, and into the wind. The second nine is more scenic and more playable. Greens are in good shape while the fairways looked dried. Lacked the greenness of the trees, etc. Staff was exceptional. I was hosting clients on this round from UK, Germany, and California, and they all had challenges yet thoroughly enjoyed the course.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Golf Advisor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

A different Barton Creek Resort experience

This is the one course at Barton Creek Resort that isn't at the resort, but it's well worth the drive and certainly a change of pace. While it's only 6,500 yards, it's anything but easy. Play the back tees, and there are some long par 4s, plus it's not that easy off the tee. What it is is interesting. No two holes are alike, and it will test every part of your game.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Golf Advisor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

One of the better Lake Travis courses

Omni Barton Creek Resort & Club has four courses, but the Palmer Lakeside course is on its own, located far from the main resort compound, about 40 minutes away (next door to another private club, LakeCliff, that is pretty solid too).

Similar to Barton Creek's other courses, it's a Hill Country layout all the way with wonderful scenery. Unlike the other three, it's an Arnold Palmer design and there are Lake Travis views from the first tee and some really good ones on the back nine. The back nine is definitely a step up from the front, and two par 3s, 11 and 14 are real showstoppers. It's generally playable and just 6,400 from the tips, which we played. In hindsight, it felt like a long 6,400 yards and maybe we should have played a box up.

All that said, this is probably the weakest of the four resort courses, so don't feel like a drive all the way out here is totally necessary. But it is a very relaxed and pleasant environment and it also seems like the tee sheet is usually going to be more wide open.

We stopped at Opie's BBQ, which is very close to the course, and had a great and filling lunch. I'd recommend the same.

Conditions Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Texas Advisor
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Worth The Drive

What a fantastic course that doesn't appear to see a lot of play. Given how far this course is away from everything, it seems that members and guests sometimes to venture out West to play this hidden gem with some fantastic lake views. This course will feature plenty of quality and memorable holes with forced carries, waterfalls, sharp doglegs and overall quality design features.

The only thing I would possibly change is that on the first teebox, the tips are located literally 5 feet away from the putting green and 10 feet from the parking lot. Granted, better players should be able to block this out, but that was a little quirky. Aside from that, this is a fantastic course with a truly remarkable and memorable back nine the presents loads of scoring opportunities if you perform adequate course management.

This course is located about 30-40 minutes from the rest of the Barton Creek Resort. If you are coming into town to stay at the resort I recommend playing this one on arrival date and then heading to the resort. The parking situation at the resort is tight so hitting this course first and then leaving your car parked for the rest of the stay (other 3 courses are on property) is a good bet.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Golf Advisor
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Quirky Barton Creek layout shouldn't be overlooked

It's 45 minutes from the rest of the Barton Creek Resort, but if you have time, make the trip out to Spicewood and check out this little gem of a course. With five unique par 3s, some difficult greens and plenty of scenery, it's nothing like the other three courses at Barton Creek and well worth the effort.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Great Hill Country Course

Overall the course is fantastic. From the tee boxes to greens, the course is well manicured. Not a long course, but challenging in its own way. Miss the fairway and you will be in 2 inch high rough. Not a long course, but precise at that. Green rolled true and fast. I think the $100 green fee is a little steep, but enjoyed my time. If you are looking for hill country views this is your place.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Dallas Advisor
Top 50 Contributor
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Worth the drive

If you are staying at Barton Creek I highly recommend playing this course. The staff is top notch! The course is in great condition. It is not hard drive, however having directions was reassuring.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 250 Contributor
Austin Advisor
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Take the whole day for this one.

This course is out near Spicewood TX so getting there from anywhere around Austin can really take some time. You're not likely to just pop over and play; you'll need to factor in extra time on the road before and after. True to a private/resort course, I was met in the parking lot at my vehicle by a very nice gentleman who loaded my clubs, checked to make sure they were clean, etc. I believe they even had a couple of cold bottled waters. As with hill country courses, there are sometimes a few more turns and doglegs. Add that to a few ponds, elevation changes, and big oak trees and you come away with a really nice and enjoyable course.

Conditions Good
Value Poor
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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$145 Starting price
Valid dates: Feb 11, 2019 - Mar 31, 2019
4 days/ 3 nights with unlimited golf, starting at $145 pp/pn
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