This is entry number seven in our category called “Austin Gems” (see the side bar on the right for a link to past posts). Austin boasts some very well known golf courses, including The Hills, Barton Creek, and Onion Creek and if you are a skilled enthusiast, these are ideal places for you to play. For the rest of us, here is a suggestion that is sure to be a hit. Everyone in Austin should try this at least once…whether you golf every weekend or have never picked up a club before!
We have been waiting and waiting for the weather to break so that we could post this suggestion about one of our favorite activities in Austin. With temperatures staying below 90 this week, it is now time to introduce you to the Butler Park Pitch and Putt. If you are an experienced golfer, you’ll enjoy the challenge of this nine-hole course as a way to polish up your short game. All you need is a pitching wedge (or other short iron) and a putter, hence the name “Pitch and Putt”. If you are new to the game or have played just a few times, you’ll get a kick out of playing on this reduced-size version of an actual course, complete with sand traps and a water hazard.
This isn’t putt-putt golf. There aren’t windmills and cement blocks on the greens. In fact, this course is just like the shorter holes on a regular course. The difference is that all nine holes are short. All holes are intended to be completed in three strokes. But don’t be fooled. Just because it is short doesn’t mean it is easy. It is a great challenge without the time, expense and requisite expertise of a full-sized course.
The course is located at 201 Lee Barton Drive, between Barton Springs Rd. and Riverside Dr. The number there is 512.477.4430. It is first-come, first-served so no need to call for a tee time. Just show up and wait your turn. And they make it so easy for the novice. You can rent clubs. You can buy golf balls. They also have drinks and snacks. You can bring your own snacks and drinks, just remember that no glass containers are allowed on the course.
Now, the best part. The price. The first round costs just $7. If you choose to go around again, the second round is only $6. Each time around after that…$5. Better yet, get there early and play all day for $20. They are open Monday – Friday from 9:00 am – dark and Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 am – dark.
While we are composing this posting it is currently an absolutely gorgeous 82 degrees in Austin with virtually no wind…a perfect day for a round at Pitch and Putt. We hope you’ll give this Austin treasure a try. Let us know how your round went in the comment section below. And send us some pics of you on the course and we’ll post them here on our blog. Go ahead…enjoy the weather and swing that club for a little while.