Golf courses Texas Austin Onion Creek Club, Original Course

Onion Creek Club, Original Course

2510 Onion Creek Pkwy, Austin, Texas, 78747
Type: Private
No. Holes: 18
(512) 282-2162
Architect: Jimmy Demaret (3)
                      
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Detailed description of Onion Creek Club, Original Course

Onion Creek Club is a private 27 hole golf facility located in Austin, Texas.

The first 18 holes opened for play in 1975 and were designed by three-time Masters Champion, Jimmy Demaret. In 1996, Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore designed nine new holes blended with Demaret's original design, creating a 27-hole golf course that can be played as three different somewhat confusing 18-hole routing combinations, known somewhat confusingly as The Original Course, The North Course, and The Original North Course.

Because of its relative flatness and overall beauty, Demaret had little trouble convincing some of golf's most legendary hitters to come to Austin and play the course. After being open for just a couple of years, the course played host to a tournament called the Legends of Golf that featured tournament professionals 50 years of age and older like Demaret, Sam Snead, Billy Casper, and others. This tournament was held at Onion Creek for the next 11 years and become known as the "Birthplace of the Senior PGA Tour." The Legends of Golf was held at Onion Creek from 1978-1989. Professional Golf reappeared in Austin at Onion Creek Club hosting The Harvey Pennick Invitational, an LPGA Tour Event from 1999-2001.

Although water can make for many tough decisions throughout the 27 holes, so can the bunkers, which are placed quite liberally throughout the course. The location of the traps, both in the fairway and greenside, as well as their design can add a few numbers to your final tally. On several of the greenside bunkers, the front walls are at least four-feet tall.

Length can also be a factor on the Original Course, which measures 6,527 yards and is a par 70, especially on the 601-yard, par-5, No. 7. All 601 yards have water in play with Onion Creek running along the right. The presence of the creek is magnified as the hole is a dogleg left that takes the entire yardage to complete the dogleg. Tall oak trees to the right and left force you to keep it in the fairway if you are to have any chance of par.

The water, bunkers, and length, as well as all the other design features at Onion Creek, are in place to provide a challenge, but to also keep it interesting. On the back nine of the Original Course, Onion Creek factors into shot-making decisions on several holes, but not nearly as much as the preceding nine. On the par-4, No. 12 - the signature hole - looking out over the narrow fairway some 50-plus feet below, water can be seen to the right. It also appears on No. 16 as it runs the length of the hole down the right side.

For the new nine of the North Course, the design is relatively flat, with a few elevations and water on a select few holes. Like the Original Course, bunkers are prevalent and deep.

This course has been reviewed 3 times
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Cedar Park, TX

$26 (cart included), played on Wednesday, June 2012 at 4pm

Onion Creek is a private course open to some public play through tee time websites such as golfnow.com. If the possibility of playing a historically significant track impresses you any, you'll be glad you played Onion Creek. Originally designed by 3-time Masters champ Jimmy Demaret, with another 9 holes woven in by Crenshaw-Coore, Onion Creek was the birthplace for what is now known as the Champions Tour with the 1978 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf. If you care more about actual golf, well, you're in luck; Onion Creek's just the place. Well laid-out, in good shape as you'd expect, and eminently playable, Onion Creek simply invites you to bring your game. You'll be glad you played Onion Creek.

Would travel: 20-30 Miles
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area, Bargain priced based on quality and competitive area pricing
 
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Rank ID # : 018049
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Temple, TX

$61 (cart included), played on Monday, June 2009 at 8am

I played in a qualifier for the Texas State Open at Onion Creek. The pace was slow because it was a qualifier. Slwer than probably a regular day on the course.

The staff was very nice and helpful and the course was in good shape. It is a challenging layout and has many tight fairways which makes up for the fact that it is a short course. The bunkers were hard and didnt have much sand in them at the bottom.

I would play the course again, but I wouldnt say it was one of the best courses I have ever played.

Would travel: 30-60 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Average course for the area
 
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Rank ID # : 007158
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Austin, TX

Member (cart included), played on Sunday, April 2009 at 8am

This is a very nice traditional cource built in the 1970's. It offers 27 varied holes with reasonable members tees and requiring back tees. When the greens are rolling fast, this course provides an interesting challenge to the best golfers. Although not very long, many of the holes are tight and designed with imagination. The staff is friendly and helpful.

Would travel: 30-60 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again
 
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Rank ID # : 006690
4.3/5
Based on 3 reviews
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