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 $50, you and a companion get an 18-hole round of golf, a cart, and one large bucket of balls (up to a $102 total value) at the Roy Kizer Golf Course or Jimmy Clay Golf Course.
The Roy Kizer and Jimmy Clay courses form a 36-hole golf complex, boasting beautiful natural scenery and tee shots for all abilities. Ambitious twosomes who want to play both courses should buy two deals, setting up tee times to ensure maximal puttage and minimal struggling against errant geese. On the southern portion of the site, the Roy Kizer course spans about 200 yards with a links-style layout. A choice of five sets of tees adjusts for differing ability levels, while a large bucket of practice balls gives players ample time to play the course. Cruise around on a golf cart and observe migratory waterfowl scattered across 35 acres of lakes and 22 acres of wetlands, a more welcoming habitat than a parking lot full of strategically placed holes. The Jimmy Clay course accommodates beginners with spacious, elevated greens and forgiving tee shots. In 2007, a holistic renovation of the Jimmy Clay course rebuilt all bunkers, redesigned three holes, and glued rhinestones to four blades of grass.
Roy Kizer and Jimmy Clay's rates fluctuate throughout the week; plan ahead to make sure you're redeeming your Groupon at the most opportune time.
- They have a beautiful course, it is very well established, and also very secluded. – Nathan H., Insider Pages
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.