Roy Kizer is one of five municipal golf courses in Austin Texas and is the newer of two courses at Austin’s 36-hole Clay-Kizer facility. It provides a links-style layout spread across 200 acres just west of downtown Austin. The course is relatively flat but also weaves through 35 acres of lakes and 22 acres of wetlands which come into play on almost every hole. The course was named for Roy Kizer, a long time golf course superintendent at Lions Municipal Golf Course from 1937 to 1973.
I played Kizer 2 weeks ago (Aug 2017) and the course was in decent shape.The course plays as long as 6819 yards and has a few long difficult par fours and a short tricky par 5 (#17) that I would like to try again. The bermuda grass fairways were well kept for a municipal course. Unfortunately, the greens were very slow and not a fun experience. I could tell the greens had been cut that day but they were still shaggy and it was difficult to get a true roll on your putts. They were some of the slowest greens I have putted in years. It was the middle of a hot summer but the greens did not seem heat stressed. It just seemed like that is the height they cut the greens.
The driving range was impressive with many target areas provided. The putting green was similar to the course greens. The pro shop and eating area was small with limited product but the staff was friendly and the accommodations were fine if your goal was an enjoyable round of golf.The golf carts were in good shape and they had water stations on every other hole. Kizer is described as a links-style course probably because of the few trees throughout the interior of the course compared to the Clay course. However, the lakes and hazards and bermuda grass felt like a Florida golf course. Overall, we had a very nice time and for the price, it was a bargain. I normally use Golf18 Network to make reservations and the savings are impressive compared to published green fee rates. I used Golf Now to make the reservation for this t-time and got a “hot deal” for $19 which was over 50% off the regular $45 green fee.