Location: Lost Pines, Texas
Course architect: Arthur Hills
From the tips: 7,205 yards
Saturday morning green fee: $$$ ($100-$149)
Caddie service: No
Walker friendly: Yes
Fairways: 419 Bermudagrass
Greens: TifEagle Bermudagrass
Starter: Wolfdancer Golf Club, part of Hyatt Regency’s Lost Pines Resort and Spa, is about 30 minutes southeast of Austin, near Bastrop. Its remote location, along the Colorado River and adjacent to a nature park, provides a rustic backdrop for one of the best public-access courses in Texas.
Play because …: With wide, resort-style fairways framed by native areas and featuring big, rolling greens in the Arthur Hills style, Wolfdancer offers a challenging, scenic and serene round of golf. The elevated green complexes, guarded by penal bunkers and few run-up options, make this a demanding resort course, so choose your tee box wisely. The front nine plays across a meadowland setting before the back nine winds through woodlands, with views of the Colorado River.
Takeaway: Wolfdancer is a relative bargain for a high-end resort property, and the $60 twilight rate should be even more of an appeal to late-day golfers. The par 3s demand a variety of shots, ranging from wedge to fairway wood. Three par 4s play at 345 yards or less, adding to the variety of shots. Wolfdancer rates as a worthwhile diversion for visitors to the Austin area.
RATINGS [1 to 10 scale, 10 being the highest]
Pro shop: 8
Course difficulty: 8
Pace of play: 7
THE COURSE | Scorecard
Best par 3: No. 12 (155 yards). Elevated tee shot to a well-bunkered green complex with the Colorado River in the background offers Wolfdancer’s best view. The hole’s name, “Top of the world,” might be a stretch, but you’ll feel that way with an accurate short-iron shot and a holed birdie putt.
Best par 4: No. 2 (431 yards). Massively wide fairway provides plenty of leniency early in the round, but the approach demands a precise mid-iron shot over a creek to a narrow green, with no room for error.
Best par 5: No. 18 (535 yards). Avoid the bunkers and enjoy the rushing waters of the Colorado River off the right side of the fairway. It can be a two-shot hole for the best players. For all others, it requires an accurate short-iron third shot into an elevated, heavily bunkered green complex.