Review of Llano River Golf Course in Llano
Llano River Golf Course is one of those sleepers and a pleasant surprise – a real bargain, some fun and challenging holes, scenic, and enjoyable to play. The course is suitable for all levels of play – long hitters will find it short but troublesome because it's tight, juniors and new players with find it fun, it's fair for the ladies, and average players might be able to turn in a good score.
The City of Llano owns and runs the course which opened as a nine-hole course in the '30s. The back nine was added in 1996. The front nine is good – it's fun; challenging thanks to elevation changes, tight fairways, dog legs, and trees blocking some shots; each hole is a little different; there is a fair amount of variety; and it's scenic with the trees and the Llano River as a backdrop. The terrain on the front nine is rolling hills and this nine takes maximum advantage of the terrain giving you some scenic views of the hill country and the Llano River and a few uphill as well as downhill shots as well as ravines and valleys to cross. Some of the holes we liked on the front nine at Llano River Golf Club included:
- #3 is a sharp dog leg right with a slightly uphill shot followed by an approach to a small back to front sloping green with the Llano River in the background – a great risk-reward opportunity off the tee box if you want to try and shorten the hole by flying the trees
- #4 is 350-yard dog leg right with another risk-reward opportunity (lots easier) to shorten the second shot to an uphill green
- #6 is the only par 5 on this nine and it's challenging – 486 yards with an uphill tee shot, then slightly downhill over a gully followed by a huge uphill climb to a challenging green complex
- on #8 you best hit it straight on this pretty 165-yard par 3 or you'll be swimming in the Llano River – not a bad idea on a hot day
The back nine is very traditional with nothing really unusual or exciting. The holes are straight and "what you see is what you get." Most of the holes are side-by-side so keep an eye out for fellow golfers who think taking your fairway may be a better approach to the green – seems that I am typically one of those guys ball! The back is a little longer than the front but still short at 2294 to 3198 yards but plays easier because of no elevation changes and if you survive the first three holes and can hit the ball straight, you're likely to have a very good round on this nine.
A couple of holes that we liked on the back included:
- #11 is a challenging 205-yard slightly uphill shot to a raised green with swales along the side plus you'll need to carry two intimidating ravines off the tee box
- #16 is only 306 yards from the tips so long hitters can go for the green
- #17 offers a risk-reward shot if you want to try to carry the trees on the right side to shorten the hole a tad
When we played in May the fairways were dry and firm and a mixture of grasses and weeds Trees line all of the fairways and they range from sparse and easy to chip back to the fairway to thick and dense ball eaters. Some of the fairways are pretty tight and you might want to keep the big dog in the bag. The rough can be pretty rough – it's a mixture of grass and dirt and weeds – when we played it was thick and challenging.
The bunkers were washed away in the significant flood in October 2018 and they are now swales and grass bunkers.
The greens at Llano River Golf Club are going to cause you some challenges. They range from small to about average and they are a variety of interesting shapes – pin placement can be a killer thanks to slope, contour, and undulation! A lot of the greens on the back are elevated and because of the size may be hard to hold. They were running slow and bumpy. The greens were in pretty rough condition but playable.
Bottom line – worth playing if you're in the area, a good value, and family friendly.
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Service is very friendly, the pro shop (which was rebuilt after the flood) sells golf balls, soft drinks, and snacks only. There is a putting green and a driving range.
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