Before golf balls, putters swung at meatballs, a practice that ended once thrifty restaurateurs started overcrowding the greens in search of leftovers. Celebrate spheroid innovation with today’s Groupon: for $40, you get a round of golf for two (up to a $21.50/person value), cart rental (a $12/person value), and one bucket of range balls (a $5 value) at Morris Williams Golf Course (up to a $72 total value). This Groupon is valid for tee times after noon.
Designed by renowned architect Leon Howard, Morris Williams Golf Course is one of Austin's most challenging courses, treating players to beautiful natural scenery, rolling terrain, and compact, contoured greens. Ambitious twosomes can reserve afternoon tee times up to seven days in advance, ensuring a leisurely afternoon free of turf rumbles with errant geese. A large bucket of range balls gives players ample opportunity to practice their swings before hitting the par 72 course in the ease of a provided golf cart, preparing them for the water hazards and slightly elevated greens that make the greens a challenging and more welcoming habitat than a parking lot full of strategically placed holes.
Morris Williams Golf Course's rates fluctuate throughout the week and during the day; plan ahead to make sure you're redeeming your Groupon at the most opportune time.
Austin Public Links
The history of the four municipal golf courses that make up Austin Public Links spans a good portion of the history of the city itself. The story begins with the Hancock Golf Course, a short nine-holer founded in 1899 and named for former Austin mayor Lewis Hancock, Jr. The links-style Roy Kizer Golf Course, meanwhile, was named in honor of the longtime superintendent of the Lions Municipal Golf Course, which played host to the likes of Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson. In addition, the Morris Williams Golf Course has been newly reopened after heavy renovations.
Taken together, the courses cover a wide range of styles—from the hilly 9 holes of Hancock to the 7,023-yard endurance test at Morris Williams. Lions features traditional tree-lined fairways, whereas Roy Kizer has a links-style layout with 22 acres of wetlands and 37 acres of lakes.