Hancock Golf Course

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3.3
63
5 Stars
16
4 Stars
18
3 Stars
14
2 Stars
11
1 Stars
4
Conditions
3.0
Value
3.8
Layout
3.8
Friendliness
4.2
Pace
4.1
Amenities
2.6
70.7%
Recommend this course
48 out of 63 reviews
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3.2
5
5 Stars
0
4 Stars
2
3 Stars
2
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
0
Conditions
2.6
Value
4.0
Layout
3.4
Pace
4.4
Amenities
2.0
StaffFriendliness
4.3
60.0%
Recommend this course
3 out of 5 reviews
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Average Rating
3.6
13
5 Stars
4
4 Stars
3
3 Stars
4
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
1
Conditions
3.4
Value
4.2
Layout
3.9
Pace
4.2
Amenities
2.7
StaffFriendliness
4.3
84.6%
Recommend this course
11 out of 13 reviews
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About

Holes 9
Par 35
Length 2633
Slope 112
Rating 32.6
Type Public/Municipal
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 35 2633 yards 32.6 112
Red (W) 35 2427 yards 32.1 110
Scorecard for Hancock Golf Course
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out Total
Blue M: 32.6/112 324 335 346 264 152 462 357 144 249 2633 2633
Red W: 32.1/110 303 309 326 246 137 428 317 127 234 2427 2427
Handicap 6 5 2 7 8 1 3 9 4
Par 4 4 4 4 3 5 4 3 4 35 35

Course Details

Year Built 1899
Golf Season Year round
Architect Lewis Hancock (1899)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range No
Teaching Pro Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Yes
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Fivesomes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Collared shirt required

Reviews

3.3
63

What Golfers Are Saying

Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 16
Narrow Fairways 7
Water Hazards 7
This course/club is great for:
9-Hole Rounds 16
Beginners 15
Locals 15
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 18
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Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
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Not the finest time to play Hancock

Shoutout to the reviewer in May who mentioned coming here for a quick round before/after daycare. I've been inspired to do my own version of that since I live only a mile away. I walked nine holes at lunch and brought my dog along which is awesome.

Can't say I love the layout at all, but I've tried to let familiarity of it breed fondness. I'm scoring better on it now that I know where the bad spots to be are.

I was surprised to see the greens aerated this time as I didn't see any course alerts on social or anything. Suffice to say the greens are basically sand at the moment and the 9th hole is a temp. I hit a 7-iron off the tee over the temp (on a par 4!).

Will probably let these greens grow in a little bit the next few weeks and check it out again.

Conditions Poor
Value Good
Layout Fair
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Golf Advisor
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played
Hot weather

A Part of History

I grew up four blocks from Hancock and first played golf there as a kid. So revisiting it is always nostalgic. In those days it had no sprinkler system, earning it the nickname "Hanrock." But sprinklers were installed some years ago and now the fairways are decent and the greens are sometimes very good, though a little slow. It's only nine holes. The back nine was sold and became Hancock Shopping Center in 1963.

Built in 1899, Hancock was the original Austin Country Club, the original home of Harvey Penick and the oldest US golf course in continuous operation west of the Mississippi. So in that sense it is beyond criticism. It is a part of history. Still, the City of Austin charges money to play there, so golfers deserve to know what they will get.

The good: A short, hilly fun little track which can be played with nothing more than a five-wood, 7-iron through PW and a putter.

The bad: In a way it's a glorified public park now. Non-golfers stroll, jog and walk their dogs through the course, especially near sundown, which is distracting and makes play difficult. Yardages are hard to ascertain. The ninth green is too small and needs to be redesigned. It's worth about $10, so the $18 they charge on weekends is too much. It's so hilly than on a hot day walking the course can be difficult. The bottom line is there are better options for your golf dollar in Austin.

Still, if you want to chase a little white ball down memory lane, with easy-going Central Austin as a backdrop, and don't mind sharing the course with walkers, joggers, dogs and sometimes frisbees, then this is the place for you.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Not too challenging

Great course, has a challenging par 5, but some short par 4s, making this an easy 9 hole course. Never seems over-crowded, and it’s one of the oldest golf courses in Texas!

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Hot weather

Austin Classic

Hancock is conveniently located between my kids' daycare and my office. About a month ago I started walking 9 holes in the morning after dropping off my kids and before I go to the office, work schedule permitting. I typically make it out 3 days a week.

There are no frills (Monday to Thursday you pay via a kiosk off the first tee). No amenities. But it's a solid, fun little course with a lot of history. Course conditions very with the weather.

For a golfer of average or better distance, you can play the entire round, and probably should, without pulling out anything longer than a 5 iron. 1-3 are all pretty much the same 325 yard par 4. You really can't lose your drive on any of them except right on 2 into Red River Street (slicers and motorists beware). If you nut a drive, you'll have a short pitch in on all of them. Even if you spray it, you'll have a clear shot in (even from the other fairways). 4 is a 240-yard par 4 with water short of the green and forest past the green. 5 is a downhill 150-yard par 3. 6 is the only par 5 and the hardest hole on the course. It's not long, but the only real way to get there in 2 is to perfectly place a tee shot (under hanging trees) on the right side of a narrow fairway. Green is on top of a steep hill. 7 comes back down the hill (tip: leave your bag at the base of the hill and bring your 7th hole teeing club with you to the green). A faded long iron will leave an easy shot in. 8 is a slightly downhill Par 3 usually about 125-135. 9 is only like 250 back uphill, with left being out of play.

Smartest way to play the course is to play target golf. I can see high scores if you try to drive the short par 4s. I usually play it smart. I typically shoot in the low to mid 90s on good courses and typically shoot 40-45 here. So definitely easier than most courses (if played smartly). It's definitely worth the $15 green fee. I've made it a part of my routine.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great greens

This course was super green and well maintained. Only complaint was the pace of play and u have to pay for a push cart. Should come with green fee.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 25+
Skill Beginner
Plays Twice a year
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Windy weather

Fabulous course

went with whole fam. no one really knew how to play, but we had an awesome time.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather

Oldest Golf Course in Continuous Use West of the Mississippi

What's not to love about Hancock! Historic course, you're treading over some hallowed ground. Harvey Penick played here. Challenging layout. Fairways and greens nicely manicured. The crew puts loads of love into this little gem. Karen was gracious as could be. You can tell how loved this course is! Great way to work on your short game. Had a blast.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Courses over scheduled

Everyone one had to wait on at least four groups in front of them. Had a 12:20 tee off and had to wait at least 30 min to start and every hole after that at least 20 - 30 min wait. It was way over scheduled.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

This Course has History

I found out this is one of the oldest courses in Texas. The friendly staff helped me find my lost water bottle. Very challenging course, but we had fun and still hit some great shots. I can’t wait to play again, now that we know the layout.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Fun 9 hole course in the middle of town

I really like this little course. The par 4's are a bit shorter than other courses, but the layout makes up for it. It is definitely a classic style course. The greens were in good shape and the fairways were good enough.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a year
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great course

This was a great course for a novice golfer. There were just enough challenges, but not so hard that you get frustrated. The greens were a little sandy, but I had the best short game I've ever had so I can't complain. The view of downtown was also very cool. I'll definitely be back.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather

Can't beat it for the price

The staff in the Pro Shop was extremely friendly. Short par 4s, chance to shoot low. Two par 3s and a par 5.

Greens are sub par, but for the price you pay who really cares. Its a very enjoyable 9 hole course and I will be back to play very soon.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
First Time Playing

Sadly Run down

I hate to be negative, so with a little work Hancock could be pretty good. Fairways were not cut in at least a week, the greens are not really greens - also not cut often enough - more like short fairways that were dog slow, and the ball doesn't roll as it should on any putting surface. I'll give the benefit of the doubt, and suspect there's too tight a maintenance budget that equates to near total neglect. It's too bad, since the layout is nice enough to make it a fun 9 hole course for the city folks. The City council should do something to fund it's existence as an Austin landmark, and relieve its current shame. Two unfortunate thumbs down.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

July 2017, course is in bad shape.

Hancock has been a place I'll go to walk 9 holes, or get some practice in for cheap. However, it's been super hot in Texas and I decided to get a cart with a buddy for 9. It's $9 per person to use the cart. That's $18 outside of the green fee for the cart alone. For 9 holes.

Woulsnt be the end of the world if the course was well maintained. They had two temporary greens that they didn't inform me of. Some of the greens that they still had in service were absolutely terrible.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Poor
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Played On
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Poor
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

The color "Green" does NOT apply to the Greens"

Let me say 1st, that the staff at Hancock are GREAT!

Really friendly; very accommodating. And the golfing historical significance of Hancock is above reproach.

BUT-- ABSOLUTELY the WORST GREENS I'VE EVER SEEN!!!

Period.

The greens are so awful that there is little to no grass growing on them. There is literally way more sand, cracked black earth, dirt clods, grass clumps, and weeds on the green than grass. Sand traps on the greens?! C'mon.

So awful that the grounds crew has "carved out" makeshift temporary greens in the middle of the fairway. Have you ever tried putting on a fairway?!

Whatever your golfer's handicap is, give yourself an extra stroke on every hole for greens with absolutely no readability, consistency, or integrity.

Hancock was always one of my favorite courses before, but with the lack of proper greens maintenance over the past few months, it has moved way way down my list.

Every round played there should

be heavily heavily discounted until the green issue is sorted out. Otherwise, it's just sad from a golf and an horticultural standpoint. Sad though that Hancock doesn't offer Hot Deals anymore. So you're paying full price to play the worst greens in North America.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Poor

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