JIMMY CLAY GOLF COURSE
Is A 36 Hole Austin Golf Treasure
Roy Kizer Golf Course is butted up
to the Jimmy Clay Golf Course
Both 18 holes - But real different
Jimmy Clay Golf Course is a pretty flat, old style '70s course, 6,918 yards. Heavily treed areas to open spaces.
A recent renovation or redesign has been completed here. I have not visited this course since 2006. I'm afraid I won't like it. The charm of the old Jimmy Clay Golf Course was its simplicity.
Nice fairways, wide with elevated greens that have been recently replanted.
The first hole is the most challenging with a blind approach shot onto a sliver green. Bogey the first hole makes for an interesting round.
Jimmy Clay Golf Course rates high on the fun meter even if many advanced golfers may scoff at the forgiving tee shots and pedestrian bunkers and hazards.
Jimmy Clay Golf Course is a good course to play a relaxing round of golf. Nothing here to make you sweat. Water comes into play on eight holes and the greens are small to medium.
The 18 hole is another bogey waiting to happen but I'll let you be the judge.
Roy Kizer Golf Course
Links style course, 6,749 yards, par 71. Great feature is five sets of tees that allow all skill levels to enjoy the course.
The course is surrounded by a wall of cedar, elm and oak trees. Flat to gentle surface roll, bunkers guard the greens and wind can cause havoc.
I've golfed Roy Kizer twice. Great golf experience. This is links land. Water is everywhere. Water is not always in play but it seemed like every hole had a bordering lake waiting for an absurd hook on a tee shot.
Holes 11, 8 and 13 are all up to top skill level challenges. Bunkers, water, blind shot bunker, more water, small fast rolling to slope greens. Get the idea? Deceptively difficult. And that's without wind.
Unfortunately, the Jimmy Clay/Roy Kizer Golf Course is a pretty good distance from my home or I would reserve here more often. Both courses are unique, offer a different experience with a completely different set of hazards and challenges.
Kizer is what I think Scottish links must be like and Jimmy Clay is vintage rat pack Desert Inn charm.
Both are fun. Variety is good. Difficulty is mixed but irrelevant at Kizer because of the five tee levels. Scenery is good. Unique at Kizer and comfortably familiar at Jimmy Clay.
Do Kizer first. Try to make it a windy day. Don't worry about the score and marvel at how a dimpled ball can dance on the wind. Real good time. Cheap, too.
You can't talk Austin golf or Austin golf courses without discussing the Jimmy Clay/Roy Kizer Golf Courses. One of the best and most unique 36 holes in Texas.
AUSTIN TRAVEL TIP: Book morning tee time and spend the afternoon relaxing at McKinney Falls State Park next to the golf complex. This is a great state park with a lot of surprises. I really do recommend it. You're here, so check it out.
Upper falls at McKinney Falls State Park. © Larry D. Moore
Jimmy Clay Golf Course
Roy Kizer Golf Course
5400 Jimmy Clay Dr.
Austin, TX 78744
(512) 444-0999; www.ci.austin.tx.us/parks/golf.htm
RESERVATIONS: Reserve seven days in advance for weekdays. For weekends, reservations are taken starting on Tuesday at 7 am.
LOCATED: About seven miles south and east of downtown Austin.
From Austin, go south on IH-35 to Ben White Blvd. E. (Hwy. 290). Go east (left) to Montropolis Dr. Turn right (south) onto Montropolis and follow to Jimmy Clay Dr.
FEES: For Jimmy Clay, $19 – 23. Senior, Junior and evening discounts. For Roy Kizer, $25 – 33. Senior, evening and sunset discounts.
GOLF COURSE & FACILITIES: Jimmy Clay - Designed by golf course Architect, Joe Finger, 6,918 yards through treed and open spaces. In 2007, the course was renovated, three holes redesigned, all of the greens replanted, and all of the bunkers rebuilt. Practice facilities; driving range, sand trap, chipping, pitching and putting greens.
Roy Kizer – Designed by Randolph Russell, links-style layout, spread over almost 200 acres. Thirty-five acres of lakes and 22 acres of wetlands were created for resident and migratory waterfowl. Five sets of tees. Practice facilities; driving range, sand trap, chipping, pitching and putting greens.
RESTAURANT/BAR: Snack bar, beverage cart, full bar.
RENTAL: Club and cart rental available.
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