Hancock Golf Course

3.4114411765 3.4 stars from 5 (66)
  • Holes: 9
  • Par: 35
  • Length: 2633 yards
  • Slope: 112
  • Rating: 32.6
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: No
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Collared shirt required
Credit cards accepted: Yes

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 35 2633 yards 32.6 112
Red (W) 35 2427 yards 32.1 110

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.4 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 2.4 stars from 5
Value: 3.7 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.3 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.4 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.0 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 66 Reviews
5 stars:
17
4 stars:
19
3 stars:
15
2 stars:
11
1 stars:
4

recommend this course

51 out of 66 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city   Great for 9-hole rounds beginners locals   Challenges include elevation changes narrow fairways water hazards  

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"Historic Muni Course in Austin"


u000005860233's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/13/2019
Previously played Walked Perfect weather

Reviewed on

While nothing to write home about at the end of the day, Hancock Golf Course in Austin, TX is still a fantastic beginner course for those looking to learn golf, or for those more advanced golfers looking to just get away for a quick 9 when tee ties are booked across the city.

The course offers several challenging holes (whether by design, or just by space limitations). Nonetheless, it is consistently in pretty good condition considering the brutal summers we have here, and while a little pricey for what you get, is a great alternative option to other Muni's, espeically on the weekends.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"About as good of shape as I've seen it"


BrandonTuckerGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/09/2019
Previously played Walked

Reviewed on

Hancock seems to have had a successful overseed this fall and right now the course is about as green and full of grass as I've ever seen it. The greens are still slow, and they need to be because they've really added a lot of slope over the years. But they are at least consistent.

It does appear the city courses are rotating through aerating and I saw a sign saying Hancock's was coming up in a week or so (15th, I think). So play before then if you can.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I recommend this course




5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/06/2019
Previously played Used cart Wet weather

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Not the finest time to play Hancock"


BrandonTuckerGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/24/2018
Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course



BrandonTuckerGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/15/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"A Part of History"


u666359411's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/04/2018
Previously played Walked Hot weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Not too challenging"


Huntley4208859's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/27/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Austin Classic"


u000003119819's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/15/2018
Previously played Walked Hot weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Great greens"


Ltghhs's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/31/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Fabulous course"


edugatyr's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Twice a year
Handicap:  25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/31/2018
Previously played Walked Windy weather

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Oldest Golf Course in Continuous Use West of the Mississippi"


jodygrenga's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  Don't know

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/16/2018
Previously played Walked Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


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


"Courses over scheduled"


u2474540's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/04/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



tigr2000's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once every three months

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/05/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"This Course has History"


Huntley4208859's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/05/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



JefferyWard's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/10/2017
Previously played Walked Perfect weather

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Fun 9 hole course in the middle of town"


ScottEvil's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/30/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Great course"


None's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a year

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/25/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Can't beat it for the price"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/18/2017
First time playing Walked Hot weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Sadly Run down"


ekiwaki's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/06/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"July 2017, course is in bad shape."



2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/28/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course



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