Lake Travis Country Club

3.4540882353 3.5 stars from 5 (221)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6529 yards
  • Slope: 137
  • Rating: 72.2
  • Layout

  • 20522 Highland Lake Dr, Lago Vista, Texas 78645, Travis County
  • (512) 215-2823
  • greendeercountryclub.com

Year built: 1978
Architect(s): Dave Bennett (2007), Leon & Charles Howard (1978)
Type: Semi-Private
Greens: TifEagle
Fairways: Bermuda Grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - 1/2 included in green fee
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Gold 72 6529 yards 72.2 137
Blue 72 6267 yards 70.9 134
White 72 5921 yards 69.0 128
Red (W) 72 5146 yards 70.6 127

Formerly known as Green Deer Country Club and Highland Lakes Golf Course.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.5 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.3 stars from 5
Value: 3.9 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.7 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.7 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.1 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.1 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 221 Reviews
5 stars:
41
4 stars:
97
3 stars:
40
2 stars:
25
1 stars:
18

recommend this course

177 out of 218 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive convenient to the city in the 'burbs   Great for wildlife/ scenic views locals advanced golfers   Challenges include elevation changes narrow fairways bunkers   Great for 19th hole scenic views drinks  

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u0000020357's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/16/2019
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course wasn’t bad. They are putting money in it . Will be very good.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Has potential"


nigma318's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/14/2019
First time playing

Reviewed on

Great track but greens were slow and very poor in some spots


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor


I recommend this course


"Disappointed"


cards68's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/14/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The fairways where alright but that’s it . Tee boxes need mowed tall weeds where growing on them. All bunkers where unplayable no sand at all, full of rocks and grass / weeds where growing in them all . The greens on at less 7 holes had dead areas or areas where they needed to be place with ground under repair and Roped off for the betterment of the coarse and play .. Three greens I remember to be in real bad shape. I am d the friend I took where in disbelief that the price to play this coarse was 40.00 and that was a reduce price through Golfnow. And to have this coarse rated at above two and a half stars or three at best is unbelievable to me. I understand I might have not seen it at its best playing condition but with the bunkers in the shape their in . The high grass on the tee boxes for a weekend , and the coarse as a hole needing mowed ruff / weeds and the poor shape of the greens. I am highly disappointed this is not reclassified on the rankings list prior to the purchase I made.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"On it's way up."


xjh27pg's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/09/2019
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course has recently reopened under private management and is on it's way to being n exceptional track.. The fairways are 100% better than they were when it was opened by the city of Lago Vista. The green are for the most part in very good condition considering they were left unattended. A few has issues but were assured they will be back by the end of the year. The bunkers are being reworked in the next few weeks and once these are addressed, the course will be definitely heading in the right direction. The nines were flipped which makes the finishing holes much better. I would recommend this course so anyone that played Highland Lakes back before 2017 can see the significant changes being made


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Goat Pasture"


jtyson1479's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/06/2019
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The courselay dormant for at least a couple of years. Now, an investor has shown up with big plans to turn the place around. I hope they succeed - i doubt that they will.

The layout is shaky to begin with. They need evey bunker replaced (which I am told is in the works. The greens and tee boxes are very, very poor. Weeds and crab grass riddle the fairways. Cart paths are crumbling.

All in all, this is a real goat pasture.

Time will tell if these new owners can turn the place around but it is seriously doubtful.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 07/08/2019

We will fix all the issues you've talked about in this review in due time. The course has been closed for two years and step by step we will turn this course into a gem. We hope you continue to come out and see our progress.



u325813694's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/02/2019
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Desk staff very friendly, course starter friendly as well

and offered free water....nice!!!

great course I will be back.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Stevek"


uRCLR6773RC's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/26/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Traps are unplayable and some greens have large spots of dead grass. But.. course is in a lot better shape than we expected after two years closed. Hope the new owners keep up the good work they have started. Will continue to book here .


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Amazing views of Hill Country and Lake Travis"


dee1210's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/15/2019
First time playing

Reviewed on

Great course layout, front side greens spotty but roll well, back nine greens in excellent condition. They provided a free GPS service with a flyover feature for each hole that was pretty cool. This course has great potential and looks like it will only get better. The staff was exceptionally friendly and helpful throughout the day.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Commented on 06/26/2019

Thank you for the 4 star review. The course is under new ownership and we are going to continue to grow and improve the course. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

-Lake Travis Country Club Management



Zane8265987's avatar
Age:  Under 25
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/07/2019
First time playing

Reviewed on

Very nice and challenging course. Definitely going to have to hit them straight here, tight fairways and a few blind spots you have to hit to a certain spot because it’s so hilly, greens on the front just a need a little more work but besides that it’s a great golf course, the more people play the more the course can improve


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Fun course but room for improvement"


u000008161610's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/12/2019
First time playing

Reviewed on

The course layout is slightly challenging but overall a fun golf course. You get the true hill country experience here with mostly downhill shots and a few uphill shots. Greens are acceptable but are a little slow. The more people that play this course the more money they will have to improve their greens. Overall it’s a great experience and I recommend you give this course a shot.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Commented on 06/26/2019

Thank you for the 4 star review! Lake Travis Country Club is under new Ownership and we will continue to make improvements to the course. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

-Lake Travis Country Club Management


"Diamond in the rough"


superslemp's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/14/2019
First time playing

Reviewed on

This place is going to be amazing soon. Go play now while it's juvenile. Greens are beat up on a few holes, But roll great. Bunkers are ugly, but are going to get fixed. Fairways are bumpy, but will fill in. Beautiful views. Great staff and exceptional value.

One step at a time.

Grass is only greener where you water it and They're watering the whole course!

Can't wait to go back.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Commented on 06/26/2019

Thank you for the 4 star review. Lake Travis Country Club is under new ownership and we are working hard to continue to improve the course. Thanks for the kind words and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

-Lake Travis Country Club Management



jackpd1980's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/24/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 06/26/2019

Thank you for the 4 star review. Lake Travis Country Club is under new ownership and we would love to invite you back to the course to play again. Hope to see you soon!

-Lake Travis Country Club Management


"Fun little challenging course"


txshorns's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/24/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Not bad for a small hill country course. Greens were in great shape. Fairways are pretty poor, mixed grasses and not watered regularly. Tee boxes are hit or miss....some were good while others didn't have a level surface to hit from.

Pro Shop says they are closing down 10/1/2017


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 06/28/2019

We have reopened and under new ownership. We are doing some big things out here come see our progress and try us again. Thanks Lake Travis CC Management


Commented on 06/26/2019

Thank you for the review. Lake Travis Country Club has reopened and is under new ownership. We would love to have you back out to the course again to give us another try!

-Lake Travis Country Club Management


"Sad"


williedangel's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/16/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

It very sad that this course is closing because of a bunch of idiots that run the city of Lago Vista


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 06/26/2019

Thank you for the 4 star review. Lake Travis Country Club has reopened and is under new ownership. We would love to have you out to the course again soon!

-Lake Travis Country Club Management



fuller690's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/15/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 06/26/2019

We are sorry that you did not enjoy your experience at the course. Lake Travis Country Club has reopened and is under new ownership. We would love to have you out at the course again and provide a 5 star experience!

-Lake Travis Country Club Management



jrhen10635's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/09/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from Highland Lakes Golf Course on 09/12/2017:

Hello J.R., we're happy you enjoyed our beautiful course and a quick pace of play. Thank you for playing Highland Lakes Golf Course!

"Terrible conditions"


xjh27pg's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/31/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was in horrendous shape. Fairways were long and crabgrass covered. The greens were slow and long. Looked like it was let go since before the rain last weekend. A very nice layout that has been let go. A real shame!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair


I don't recommend this course


Response from Highland Lakes Golf Course on 09/05/2017:

Hi Thomas, we're sorry you didn't fully enjoy your round. Our goal at Highland Lakes is for every player to enjoy their experience. Thank you for playing, we hope you give us another chance in the future.

"Highland Lakes"


thidmark's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/28/2017
Previously played Used cart Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Fairways and tee boxes were extremely shaggy, but I'll give a pass coming just after a big rain event. 15th hole is strange. Doesn't match card and appears to be < 400-yard par-5. Greens remain among the best I've seen this season.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Highland Lakes Golf Course on 09/01/2017:

Hi Mark, we're happy you enjoyed our great greens and friendly staff. THank you for playing Highland Lakes Golf Course.

"Steve"


uRCLR6773RC's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/30/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Greens are good, fairways getting hard and shaggy. Traps not playable. Good value for 12 to 15 dollars


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


Response from Highland Lakes Golf Course on 08/03/2017:

Hello Steve, we're happy you enjoyed a quick pace of play and our friendly staff. Thank you for playing Highland Lakes Golf Course!

"Great day in the heat!"



5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/30/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played solo 12-3pm 18 holes. Didn't seee anyone until the #15. The greens were in great shape. Bunkers needed attention but over all I was very pleased with my decision to play this course. Fair green fees and beer prices. Very small club house and very few amenities but for the price it was perfect. I heard that the city is voting to shut down the course. What a shame. Beatiful course, lots of lake views. Great staff. Relaxed pace of play. Will go again!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from Highland Lakes Golf Course on 08/02/2017:

Hello, we're happy you enjoyed our great course conditions and a fast pace of play. Thank you for playing Highland Lakes Golf Course!


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