Seeing (and Playing) is Believing Sun City Texas's Cowan Creek Golf Club is Challenging and Memorabl

By Steve Habel, Special to Golfers’ GuideBy Steve Habel
Special to The Golfers Guide

How good is the golf at Cowan Creek Golf Club, the newest championship course at Sun City Texas in Georgetown? Plenty good, considering the track features a bevy of challenging holes, multiple options to stoke the mind and flawless playing conditions.

So good, in fact, that players of all skill levels will have a hard time believing Cowan Creek GC was built as a one of the centerpieces of a burgeoning, age-restricted community.

Cowan Creek, which was designed by Gary Stevenson, opened for play in November 2008. The course plays at an as-muchas-you-want-and-more 7,050 yards from its back set of five tees and sports rolling, open fairways and numerous water hazards – including Cowan Creek, which runs throughout much of the golf course – in a true resort-course atmosphere.

ith large landing areas and generous and deceptively tricky putting surfaces, Cowan Creek requires good ball-striking and course management. The entrance to nearly every green is open, offering players the option to use the ground rather than the air, a boost for older or less skilled players that have trouble flying their shots into hole locations. Sprigged with the heat- and coldtolerant Mini-Verde, Cowan Creek’s putting surfaces immediately ran smooth and fast.

Around the green, players can rely on their skills and either pitch, chip or putt the ball from off the short grass.

The course is lined with classic Texas Hill Country terrain, including cactus, mesquite trees and plenty of wildlife. Bunkers are set as both target lines and to define hazards and add to Cowan Creek GC’s difficulty.

To make things fun and challenging, Cowan Creek does offer some blind shots (two holes even have an electronic Tee Sentry to let players know when it is safe to hit), elevated greens and tee boxes as well as a couple of great risk-reward options.

Things start off with a bang at Cowan Creek, as the course’s first hole – a doglegleft 403-yard par-4 – is one of the track’s toughest. The drive here must cross the creek, one of the few holes where a forced carry is required.

The 484-yard par-4 sixth is considered one of the toughest two-shot holes in the Central Texas area. Playing uphill and into the predominate winds, the hole is a bear and par on the hole is like a birdie on most others.

Making the right choice is especially important on hole Nos. 12 and 14. The 12th is a 515-yard par-5 that plays over a large waste area and can be shortened by a drive that moves right to left and challenges the danger. The green drops off on all sides to a creek and tough recovery areas, making a precise approach paramount.

On the 387-yard par-4 14th players can try to carry the natural area and pond protecting the green or take the safer approach down the left where a bunker guards the left side of the fairway. The green is tiny and plays back to front toward the water.

Many players consider Cowan Creek GC to be the best of the three courses at Sun City – the others are Legacy Hills and White Wing. Cowan Creek has a 9000-square foot putting green, and a large practice area that includes a wide driving range and chipping, pitching and bunker practice areas.

The course’s pristine new clubhouse is a gathering place for the community and a gleaming example of all that is great about living at Sun City Texas.


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