Lions Municipal Golf Course

3.7286176471 3.7 stars from 5 (204)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 6001 yards
  • Slope: 114
  • Rating: 69.2
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: Yes

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 71 6001 yards 69.2 114
White 71 5642 yards 67.3 110
White (W) 71 5642 yards 72.4 122
Red 71 4931 yards 63.1 100
Red (W) 71 4931 yards 67.7 113

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.7 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.2 stars from 5
Value: 4.1 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.7 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.1 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.1 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.4 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 204 Reviews
5 stars:
36
4 stars:
110
3 stars:
41
2 stars:
9
1 stars:
8

recommend this course

178 out of 203 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city near local attractions   Great for locals walkers seniors   Challenges include narrow fairways water hazards elevation changes   Great for drinks  

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"Course in good shape, please cut the greens corn Sat mornings!"


u478319763's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/13/2019
Previously played

Reviewed on

Nice morning round. Everything great except they didn’t cut the greens , so very rough and tagged, bumpy and broken cup lips from the last day - or two days?


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Austin Lions Municipal"


u5466205's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/30/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great day of golf! Beautiful old course, well maintained and groomed. Friendly staff.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Course was good but could be better"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/28/2019
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Fairways and tee boxes were good. Greens were a little slow but they rolled true.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"You still have to play "Tradition.""


GordonATX's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Austin Advisor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/26/2019
Previously played Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

Due to its location near the heart of Austin and the tradition (or whatnot) of playing Lions, this course sees a lot of action! I remember playing here a few years ago for $20 on GolfNow. Now it's more like $35-40 during the same middle/heat of summer. No sense offering lower rates if players are willing to pay more. Note, check out and ask for the special "GolfATX rates" as applicable. For this outing, I ended up shooting a new record low score ... in spite of some of the course conditions. The tee boxes are all quite chewed up; lots of play. I don't think it'd be possible for the staff to move the tee markers around enough to prevent it. The fairways were okay -- hard pan as always ... don't expect big divots. And many of the greens were a bit thin and showed signs of fungus issues. It's a regular problem here; always has been. And there are several areas under some of the trees that are becoming more and more dirt/sand over the years. Obviously basically impossible for grass to grow there but it just seems to be getting a little worse. She's showing her age. Money won't be put into this course until its fate has been decided by the powers that be. And even then the city may not have any funds allocated for any significant renovation. It is what it is. Still, I love this course. It has some challenging holes and yet I know where to hit on every hole. If only I could make that happen. :) Of course, I have shot two (2) of my lowest rounds all-time on this course. I can't complain too much. And finally, if you want to know a little local knowledge about each and every hole, then check out my first review of this course here:

https://www.golfadvisor.com/courses/2750-lions-municipal-golf-course?reviewId=22510417


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



"Lions Municipal Golf Course"


Butch888888888888888's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/22/2019
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Great old course. Fun to play. I would recommend this course if you are in the area. This is one of the first course in the country. Course was in great shape.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Perfect Timing for Sub 3 Hour Round"


Lippertr's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/14/2019
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Teed off at 2PM as threesome apparently right after conclusion of large tournament was wrapping up. No one in front of us for most of round. Played each nine in under 90 minutes without rushing. Course is short with nearly every hole a dogleg. Lots of roll and greens were good, not great, and fairly slow. Lots of recent rain had course in excellent shape, but still alot of roll. Good variation of hole design and fair amount of water on back.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Favorite Muni in Austin!"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/04/2019
Previously played Walked Perfect weather

Reviewed on

While Austin has some great muni options around the city, Lions is definitely my favorite. There is nothing special about this course, aside from a few interesting holes (#10 tempts a big drive to clear the water for potential par-4 eagle putts). However, it just has a charm to it that brings golfers in hoards every weekend.

The history of the course, as well as the giant live oaks that peppers various holes truly makes it a special place in Austin, And with the city revisiting how to "re-utilize" this land, I hope it stays a golf course for another 100 years!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



u211430855's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/03/2019
First time playing

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I recommend this course



u341124260's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/16/2019
First time playing

Reviewed on

Typical muny course Saturday play .Front 9 parkland layout followed by more woodsy and elevation changes a nd water hazards. Greens were smooth and, in good shape but all seemed to run back to front so super slow uphill putts were the norm. Fairways were hard and fast with lots of gravel and rocky areas just off the edges.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/05/2019
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course has some challenges but there is some bare spots with gravel showing thru. My wife golfed with a local and a man from Japan. It was a very enjoyable round


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Course condition is improving"


u000007175680's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/04/2019
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I could swear I actually saw a ton of maintainance being performed at Muny today for the first time in a LONG while.

Greens have a full stand of rye grass on them and should have been mown a bit close but greens held and putted rather well. Fairways and boxes are what you might expect in the Winter just about anywhere in these parts.

Pace was decent to outstanding. 3:42

I truly hope the maintainance I saw today was a sign that the course is headed for a permanent future in Austin. This venerable old track needs a facelift and a permanent home.

Save Muny! Forever Green!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



cokeman54's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/28/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great time"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/17/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Awesome staff. Course was a little rough but it was a fun time.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Revisiting an Austin Institution"


toothysaw2's avatar
Top 50 Contributor
Texas Advisor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/21/2018
Previously played Walked Windy weather

Reviewed on

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!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


Commented on 01/18/2019

Fair comments. The layout isn't for everyone and it is in need of a facelift. It took me about 10 times playing it to become obsessed with it. As you say it isn't a cakewalk. Lots of local knowledge needed and great course management. being able to shape it both ways helps too. Glad you stopped by.


"What Pace??"


CalBalogun's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/09/2018
Previously played Used cart Cold weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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?


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Austin’s favorite Muni"


markmclean1's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/04/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great course value. Layout fantastic. Awesome course. Locals love it. Lots of history. Can get backed up at times.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"Greens firming up for winter"


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 12/04/2018
Walked Cold weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Staff did not control pace"


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

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/24/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


"Greens excellent"


u000003783798's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/14/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Greens were in great shape fairways were average took 4 hrs to play overall a good experience


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"Overall good"



3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/09/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



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