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
Awesome staff. Course was a little rough but it was a fun time.
Revisiting an Austin Institution
Let's start with a confession: I don't love this course. I wish I did, but I don't.
I hadn't played Lions since college (about 15 years). Back then I played it regularly. Not much has changed. I always think about it, but it's reputation for slow play is hard to overcome. The course conditions and even the layout don't justify a 5 hr round.
I also must admit that I left after a full serving of humble pie. It may be short, but it's tight. The greens are tiny. When it's dry, everything runs out another 5 yards. Trouble is waiting for you. Don't try to overpower this place.
You can't fight the history of the course though. Whatever the shortcomings, the course is charming and it feels special to play here. There is a sense of community you don't find at most courses... lots of walkers, lots of folks in jeans, great players, beginners, old folks, young folks. It's unique, and it's GREAT! Few golf courses are as welcoming.
Everyone should experience this place, and everyone should go now! The course as it currently is might not be much to write home about, but if it could be saved and renovated it could be! My first move would be to clean up a lot of the brushy areas and trees. Opening up a little more space would make the course more playable. As it stands, if you miss by just a little bit you likely won't have an opportunity for a recovery shot. That's a shame. I think there's a classic parkland course lying dormant, and bringing it back to life would be a benefit for all golfers in Austin. Save Muny!
My group of four were told to pick up our pace. And when we did, there's always the dudes, 3, in front of us being slow. There's no one else in front of them... so why were we being told to pick up the pace?
Austin’s favorite Muni
Great course value. Layout fantastic. Awesome course. Locals love it. Lots of history. Can get backed up at times.
Greens firming up for winter
I played the course a few times in October and November shortly after overseeding and the greens were seriously shaggy. I spent a few weeks away before coming back today and was pleased to see they are rolling nicely again. The cooler months are typically the best time to play Muny, especially when the fairways are dry and you can get some runout. Today was the kind of day when the course really plays like it should.
Staff did not control pace
Staff allowed groups of 5 and 6 the entire morning. They even paired groups of 3s with groups of 2. We made it through 9 holes in 2 hours and 45 minutes and almost got hit 3 times... By the twosome my group of 3 was paired with.
Greens were in great shape fairways were average took 4 hrs to play overall a good experience
Pace of play was pretty slow. I was also bumped off my tee time because they overbooked the tee time. Course was in good shape for the most part. Traffic in the area is awful. Plan for a long car ride home.
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.
Fun to think of the course history while playing
Lions is always a bit challenging for me. A few holes just psych me out, so it's good to come back and try to do well.
I like the course layout, with its angles and hazards. It's a nice blend of straightforward holes and slightly trickier ones. Some holes tempt you to "go for it" when a smarter lay-up strategy might actually work better.
The greens were in nice shape and could be quick with subtle slopes on some of the greens. The fairways were tight (typical Texas turf), but the rough is rocky or bare ground; as always, fairway accuracy is rewarded.
The clubhouse is nice, the staff helpful and friendly enough. The snack bar is good. The range is minimal.
There's a lot of history here. Check out http://www.savemuny.com/legends-of-lions.html
Course was in OK shape. Pace of play was slow on back nine