November Park of the Month: Roy Kizer Golf Course
In most of the country, winter is a time of sadness for golfers. The links may look pretty covered in snow, but the sight of unused clubs cancels out this seasonal joy.
But not in Austin. Here, even a casual golfer can enjoy year-round enjoyment of the sport. There are plenty of places to play, but the City of Austin’s Parks and Recreation Department’s public courses offer affordable rounds of golf for players of any skill level.
While all of PARD’s courses offer a great experience, Roy Kizer Golf Course certainly offers one of the best.
“We have the busiest 36-hole in Texas,” said Steve Hammond, Director of Golf at Roy Kizer. Hammond said the course is popular because it is 35 percent cheaper than anywhere in town and because anyone can golf there.
The course hosts 30-40,000 range visitors each year, Hammond said.
Despite the traffic, many enthusiasts have not checked out this lovely course that rivals the best in the City. The holiday season is a perfect time to get out and enjoy some golf.
Kizer’s par 71, links-style layout is spread over almost 200 acres in Southeast Austin. Golfers enjoy their game among epic views of central Texas lakes and wetlands - home to migratory waterfowl and occasional appearances by Austin’s green parrots. The natural beauty of the course is a great “hook” to get non-golfers interested in the game.
While challenging, the entire course is set up to maximize enjoyment for golfers, regardless of skill level. Ample fairways and the choice of five sets of tees provides each golfer the opportunity to play a course that fits their skill level and a variety of ways to negotiate the challenges set forth.
“Anybody who wants to can play golf out here,” Hammond said. The course is “very playable,” featuring holes for different skill levels. Visitors can make the course as long or as short as they want. Kizer also features a four-hold learning center which is popular with beginners and children.
The course boasts a driving range, a pro shop stocked with everything a golfer might need (and forgot to bring), reasonable cart rentals and even a snack bar featuring carbonated beverages to cool off, or as the case may be, warm up.
It’s an environmentally-friendly golf course – birds crowd its many ponds and turtles regularly cruise along the cart paths searching for warmth. The park uses reclaimed water in its ponds, and this time of year is perfect to see large flocks of migratory birds coming through, Hammond said.
Whether you’re a veteran of this course or a first-timer, now is the time to get out and tee off at Kizer!
Reservations and Tee Times
Please call 512-444-0999 for tee times, or make a reservation online. Tee times for weekdays are taken seven days in advance; Saturday and Sunday times are taken on the Tuesday before the weekend. You can begin making reservations at 7:00AM on these days.