Review of White Wing Club
Del Webb’s Sun City, which is a very active adult community in Georgetown is home to three very good golf courses that are open to the public – White Wing, Legacy Hills, and Cowen Creek. Each of three courses is a little different and unique and has its own personality and characteristics, for example:
White Wing was the second of the three courses and designer Billy Casper took advantage of the natural rolling terrain, meandering Berry Creek, and 20,000 red and white oak and cedar trees to create what some would regard as the hardest of the three courses, particularly the back nine
The Austin American Statesman stated that “Legacy Hills Golf Club might be the best all-around golf course in Central Texas, if not the entire state and it’s a course that any golfer can play, whether a scratch player of someone looking for that first par” – large greens that average 8000 square feet, elevation changes that offer scenic views plus interesting shots, forced carries over water, and five sets of tee boxes are some of what makes playing Legacy Hills enjoyable – read our review of Legacy Hills Golf Club to learn more
Cowen Creek is the newest of the three courses and generally regarded as the easiest thanks to it’s resort course feel with wide forgiving fairways, not a lot of trouble, and expansive greens. Here is a link to our review of Cowen Creek
Common to all three courses are near perfect conditions, fun and memorable holes, excellent practice facilities, clubhouses with a well stocked pro shop and dining options, and very good and friendly service.
Some of what makes White Wing Golf Club both fun and challenging is that it throws a little bit of everything at you which means you’ll need to deploy some good course management skills, favor accuracy over distance, make some tough shots, and study the greens carefully. You’ll encounter wide open to very tight tree lined fairways, strategically placed fairway bunkers, raised and well guarded greens, risk reward opportunities, dog legs left and right, trees in the middle of the fairway, slight uphill and downhill shots, forced carries, and challenging putting surfaces.
But don’t let that scare you, White Wing Golf Club is very fair, fun to play, and has some great holes, for example:
#8 is a short 379 yard par 4 but you’ll need to avoid the trees, 4 right side fairway bunkers, the large oak tree which dominates the middle of the fairway about 90 yards in front of the green, and the 3 steep faced sand bunkers protecting the right side of the two tiered green
#9 is an outstanding 560 yard par 5 with an intimidating carry from the back two tees over a large pond with a water feature; a wide landing zone off the tee; three big fairway bunkers; and a challenging approach to an oblong sloping and contoured green guarded by a bunker on the left and a bunker and pond on the right – you may hear some cheers or boos from fellow golfers enjoying a good lunch or drink on the patio overlooking the pond and green
When you finally land on the green on #14 you better hope that your putter is well rested and ready to go – the green is raised and has significant slope off all sides, a valley down the middle, two tiers, and plenty of contour
#18 will make you want to come back and play it again – this 556 yard par 5 signature hole is a beauty and forces you to choose which set of tee boxes to play – head left and you’ll find an ample fairway off the tee box but three big multi-fingered bunkers and trees and natural areas if you miss the fairway, then a second shot that needs to carry Berry Creek, following by a tough approach to a dog right green blocked by a large oak in the middle of the fairway and three green side bunkers guarding a raised green with no room for error – or you can try the right side tee boxes which give you an elevated tee shot with a challenging carry over Berry Creek to a fairly tight landing zone followed by a long sight uphill shot and an approach shot that needs to be deadly accurate
When we played White Wing Golf Club in September the fairways were in perfect condition and a joy to play. The first cut was manageable and after that you were lost in the natural area with a tough lie if you do happen find you ball. The fairways are all tree lined and most of the fairways on the front have homes set back where you’ll need to really spray the ball to land in a yard. Watch out for the heckling residents, the deer crossing the fairway, and the wild turkey – and I don’t mean the kind that the cart lady sells.
The greens at White Wing Golf Club were also in fantastic condition, very true, and ran at a good speed of between 9 to 10. They range in shape and size from average to huge. Practice putting before you head out because the greens are tough with lots of slope, contour, tiers, and valleys.
Around the greens are white sand bunkers with think, fine sand that is a joy to play out of – I got lots of practice and a fellow player wanted to bring my a beach chair. In fact, the sand is just like the white sand beaches at Destin and I spent more time in the bunkers than I did on the beaches at Destin. All the bunkers were well maintained and groomed, they range from small pot sized to some steep and deep monsters.
Bottom line – a great course with excellent conditions, and very reasonable rates.
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Service is very good, the clubhouse and grill are great, the practice facilities are good, and the pro shop is well stocked.