Tuesday, June 13, 2006

New Hyatt Resort Course Opens in Bastrop

wolfdancer golf club bastrop

I've always thought of Bastrop as one of the best small-town golf destinations in Texas. The city boasts two great courses - Colovista and Pine Forest - and another pretty good (and cheap) one, Lost Pines inside Bastrop State Park.

Now there's a new course in town, and it's a doozie: The Wolfdancer Golf Club is part of the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa, the newest Hyatt resort in the country.

The resort complex officially opened on June 1. The hotel includes 492 rooms. It's located 13 miles south of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and the property adjoins the McKinney Roughs Nature Park and boasts one mile of Colorado River frontage.

wolfdancer golf club bastropThe 18-hole Wolfdancer Golf Club was designed by noted architect Arthur Hills. The par-72 track tips out at 7,205 yards and, according to Hyatt's description, "its holes traverse three distinct ecosystems: rolling prairie land, a heavily wooded ridgeline and a river valley dotted with native pecan trees."

More information about the course is available here, including the scorecard and a hole-by-hole description (the latter two are .pdf files).

Dan Raley, a member of the Austin Golf Association, recently played Wolfdancer Golf Club and his comments are posted on the AGA site:

It's a nice layout with the first 12 holes in hills through woods, the last holes along the river bottom (last holes reminded me of Pecan Valley in San Antonio). The fairways are reasonably wide, but when you leave the fairways the second cut is very deep and balls are hard to find and harder to hit. If you hit beyond the second cut, you are in deeper trouble - trees, creeks, rocks - all typical for a new course. The prices are very high for this area - $165 for walk-on, $89 after 3 p.m. In addition, forecaddies are required - one per group. This can make for an expensive round. This resort is designed as a destination resort, not really pursuing daily green fee folks. Beers are $5 and sandwiches are $9.

Sounds like the course is best suited for those golfers who can afford a golf getaway, as opposed to an individual or group of golfers looking for a local place to get in 18. But it also sounds like a course worth splurging on at least once.

Keep in mind Dan's warning about forecaddies. Forecaddies, rare in Texas, are assigned one per group and have the job of keeping track of each player's shots, providing general advice, etc. They do not carry anyone's bag, but work to keep the round moving at a quick pace. They also are tipped at a steep rate, so keep this in mind.

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