On Sunday 14 October 2017 I played a round of golf at Cowan Creek Golf Club in Sun City Texas which is located just outside Georgetown Texas. I was there with my wife and we were paired us with another twosome, one who was a resident at Sun City. He was a member of the Sun City Mens Golf Association and mentioned that they all played fast and sub 4 hour rounds were the norm. We teed off at 1:00 PM and finished our round in well under 4 hours. When reviewing blog entries prior to my visit, speed of play seemed to be a common issue but we had no problem.
Cowan Creek opened in 2008 and is one of three golf courses in Sun City with the pro shops no more than 3 miles apart throughout the community. Sun City is a 55+ active community with numerous recreational activities. The golf courses are open to the public to help defray the cost of operation but did not seem crowded. The course was in excellent shape and the fairways were well manicured and the greens fast and pure. I believe the greens were MiniVerde bermuda which is one of the fastest putting surfaces available. It created a smooth, high-quality putting surface that was very enjoyable. The fairways were quite generous but were surrounded by very high natural grass and rock areas which guaranteed lost balls or out-of-bounds. There were many holes that offered risk-reward tee shots which added to the enjoyment. There were numerous fairway traps that also offered course management decisions. The course length from the back tees was 7050 yards which was surprising for a retirement community. There were 5 sets of tees that allows everyone to play it forward as needed. The practice area was excellent with a wide driving range, putting green, and a few chipping greens. Range balls were free which was a nice surprise.
The pro shop is located in a room of the Cowan Creek Amenity Center for Sun City. It seemed strange that you have an amenity center dedicated for the Sun City Retirement Community but then anyone can use the golf course and at least at Cowan Creek golf course that means access to the Amenity Center. The pro-shop was average size and the staff was friendly and helpful.
One thing that was strange was that there was no cafeteria or place to get a coke or beer, not even a drink machine that I could see. This is because it was part of the Sun City amenity center which wasn’t catering to golfers. Again, a rather weird design.
There also weren’t any drink carts going around the golf course so if you were hoping for refreshments on the golf course, no luck. However, you were allowed to BYOB in your cart if you wanted. You had to know ahead of time to bring drinks but if you did, you would save a few bucks. This policy is unlike any other golf course I have ever visited. There were also no course marshals seen anywhere.
Overall, I was very impressed with the golf course and had a wonderful time. I was told by numerous people that all three Sun City courses are in excellent shape. If you are over 55 and love to play golf, this might be one of the best places in Texas to call home!
My next visit to Georgetown will include a round of golf at their other two golf courses, Legacy Hills and White Wing.