Course Review: Teravista Golf Club

This review takes us to Teravista Golf Club, one of the newest daily-fee courses in the Austin area. What sets this public track apart from the others is the new “buzz phrase” known in the golf trade as the Troon Golf Experience. Troon Golf operates such notable courses as Turnberry in Scotland and Palmilla in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico. Teravista features the high level of golf staff, service, and course maintenance found at all Troon facilities.“Our goal is to give public golfers the same feel and service they'd receive at a private country club,” states Danny Tatum, Teravista's general manager. “We’re a public course, but with country club feel.”

That's exactly what happens when you arrive in the parking lot. As you step outside your car one of the courteous and professional staff members greets you, grabs your clubs and places them on your cart. You are then asked your tee time, group, etc., and if you would like a ride up to the clubhouse. This level of service continues throughout the day.

“We are old school,” Tatum said. “We provide you with traditional service and our goal is to exceed the guest's expectations.” They do that, and more! These young men and women are true professionals.

Now, as we all know, at most venues before you tee off, you must check in with the starter. Teravista is no different. However, along with the normal instruction on the days cart rules, cart path only or 90-degree, you are introduced to the newest in GPS technology —UpLink GPS. It is more than an electronic yardage book. It is a cart management system. With what this system can do, it would require its own review.

While all the aforementioned are impressive, the golf course itself is nothing short of spectacular. Measuring just over 7,000-yards, this par-72 layout can be summed up in one word: Sweeeeeet!

Views of the scenic Texas Hill Country and the surrounding countryside are abundant. The rolling terrain, various elevation changes, along with a steady breeze makes for a very challenging round of this links-style course. Although the combination water, wind, sand and hills are imposing to the average golfer, the beginner might be even more discouraged from giving Teravista a try. Not to fear. Teravista offers “beginner-friendly” tee boxes. In fact, there are 5 sets of tees on each hole, enough for everyone in the family.

Another element of the course that is also “traditional” in its style and is helpful to golfers of all levels is the barber pole (black and white striped) markers, which are essentially targets in the fairway to aim at off the tee. They are also located in the middle of the fairway 150 yards out from the green. Additionally, there are around 500 sprinkler heads on the course serving as yardage markers. The average for most courses is around 300.

One of the most impressive features on the course is the greens. They are among the finest in Central Texas, if not the entire state. They are well groomed and provide a true roll on all your putts.

When you walk off the 18th green and ride up to the clubhouse, which features a full restaurant, one of the Teravista staff members will either follow or ride with you in your cart back to your vehicle. They clean each club, transfer you back from cart to car, and again offer a ride back to the clubhouse.

This attention to detail makes Teravista and the Troon Golf experience one to remember.


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