Lions Municipal Golf Course
|White (W)||71||5642 yards||72.4||122|
|Red (W)||71||4931 yards||67.7||113|
|Blue M: 69.8/123||359||495||393||155||375||367||157||467||312||3080||287||320||493||146||509||128||395||166||301||2745||5825|
|White M: 68.0/118 W: 73.5/125||338||477||366||140||308||339||144||449||297||2858||272||305||434||115||489||105||380||151||280||2531||5389|
|Red M: 64.9/113 W: 69.3/118||330||383||310||125||294||260||131||349||268||2450||257||238||413||94||387||70||365||126||260||2210||4660|
The par-4 11th. Photo submitted by BrandonTuckerGA
The par-4 5th. Photo submitted by BrandonTuckerGA
The par-5 12th hole, which would be reversed under Crenshaw's plan. Photo submitted by BrandonTuckerGA
My favorite hole on the back, the par-4 11th. Photo submitted by BrandonTuckerGA
The first hole, which would be totally different under Crenshaw's plan. Photo submitted by BrandonTuckerGA
My favorite hole on the front, the par-4 6th. Photo submitted by BrandonTuckerGA
The par-3 17th hole over water. Photo submitted by BrandonTuckerGA
Looking back towards the tee box on #17. Photo submitted by GordonATX
Stuck in a Rut
Lions was once one of my favorite courses. But it has not improved in any aspect in 30 years and in some has gone downhill. The greens still have the original grainy, uneven natural Bermuda, while most courses have gone to more modern strains of grass. Rocky, uneven rough reaches into fairways. Weeds go unchecked. Water hazards are ugly. And the fact is, compared to well-designed modern courses it has a quirky layout. The owners keep threatening to convert it to condominiums, so it's been on life-support for years and no one wants to spend the money to bring it into the 21st century. It's like an aging movie star who still wants to be paid top dollar. But there are other, better golf options in Austin now.
By top dollar I meant they are charging about as much to play Lions as Roy Kizer, a much better and better maintained course. Why not maintain Lions as they do Kizer.? The reason is they don't want to spend the money to do so. Well, if they don't they should charge significantly less.
I agree the greens are grainy and could use a resurfacing and also be enlarged. Only line i take issue with is that it's looking to be paid "top dollar." I paid $21 last week to play it. I hope the owners (The University of friggin' Texas) realize they have a priceless piece of parkland and let their distinguished alum Ben Crenshaw restore it to glory.
The greens were in excellent condition but the played slow. The fairways in general were excellent as well.
A True Austin Landmark
Lions Municipal is a truly historic landmark and should stand for all time as a staple for all our lives. Let’s do what is necessary to maintain the first integrated golf establishment South if the Mason-Dixon Line!
Hot Day at Old Muny
I’ve played this Course for 20+ years, it was a hot one 108+ but we played in 2.5 hrs. Fairways are good, greens are surviving. Old Muny has still got it
This course no matter what the conditions are is always fun to play. Payed 25 to start at 4:50 and got all 18 in no problem. Love this place.
This is a great golf coarse for any level of golfer. I hope they do not close it down for more condo's
Lions is a sweet course. I've played here a bunch of times in my five years living in Austin. I was in the golf business for a long time before I moved to Austin, and Lions does as much as they can with the resources they have. That being said, as far as Golfnow is concerned I feel as though I got jipped because they charged $10.00 more than the rate at Lions and I was stuck paying that extra amount. They should not be allowed to overcharge because the whole business model is to get you "the lowest price available". Not happy about that. Call me cheap, but I am a full-time med student now and need every penny I can save.