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Hidden Gem: Pine Forest G.C.

The par 3 12th is the second of three scenic downhill par 3's on the course. The yardage says 180 yds., but the elevation will dramatically affect which club you decide to use.

It’s not very often you find a challenging course with jaw-dropping views and rates as low, or lower, than regular municipal courses.

Pine Forest is that golf course.

If you have the time to drive 45 mins. to Bastrop, your reward is well worth it. The course has a nice mixture of holes that are tucked inside a neighborhood, and others that make you feel like your camping in the forest along the Colorado River.

What makes this course so special is the elevation changes. On three separate occasions throughout your round, you’ll find yourself standing on a tee-box, staring hundreds of feet down to a green carved out of the woods. As you look out on the horizon, the abundance of trees and wildlife give the course a real adventurous feel.

Not all of the tee boxes are from an elevated position. On #6 you not only have to clear the gorge off the tee, but also reach a fairway that's much higher than your current position on the tee.

The layout itself is not tremendously long, on 6,569 yds. from the blues, but the elevation changes make things interesting especially if your playing the course in a strong wind. The three, downhill par 3’s are extremely fun to play and give you and the members of your group three different opportunities for closest to the pin bragging rights.

Having played this course twice, I would expect to pay $50-75 for a course of this caliber. Discount rates for Pine Forest are frequently offered on the service golf512, discussed in an earlier post. However, even without discounts, the normal greens fees hover around $20 which is a steel for what you get.

#16 is your last chance to stick one close on a downhill par 3. With only two holes remaining, this hole could determine the outcome of many friendly matches.

If you’re looking for a new, exciting, beautiful course to play and you don’t want to pay an arm and a leg to do it, give Pine Forest a shot. Take a break from your normal, local municipal course tour and reward yourself with a round you won’t forget, even if you’d like to forget your score.


Goldmine for cheap green’s fees in Austin

Golfing can be expensive.

I’m a full-time college student. I feel your pain.

Golf512 is to local golf what other companies like Orbitz, Cheap Tickets and Expedia are to traveling. Golf512 is a free service, that compiles unbooked tee-times from nearly every public course in the Austin area and offers those times to subscribers at a fraction of the cost.

Did I mention this service is free.

Not only will you end up frequently paying half the price everyone else does for the same course, the site will also e-mail you the best deals daily. Once you find a tee-time you like, click on the time and the site will immediately prompt you to insert your credit or debit card information to book the tee-time.

Another luxury of this service is if bad weather shuts down the course on the day of your tee-time, golf512 issues a full refund on your card. I recently encountered this over spring break. I called the local customer support number, gave my last name and tee-time and was issued a full refund the next day.

I have used this service religiously for the last year and have saved hundreds of dollars in the process. Golf512 has even expanded in the state to Houston and Dallas/Fort Worth area golf courses as well.

Pine Forest G.C. in Bastrop, TX, is a beautiful course in the Hill Country and frequently featured on golf512.

Travelling? They also offer discounted tee-times in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Wisconsin and Washington D.C.

Part of what makes golfing great is that no two courses are the same. The more courses you play, the more you appreciate the intricacies that each has to offer. With golf512 you can experience a plethora of courses whether you’re in your hometown or not.

And you don’t have to break the bank to do it.