Great track that got even better after the well needed renovations.
Good tee boxes, good fairways, real good bunkers and great greens (with plenty of punishment surrounding them if you miss). Lots of mature trees and just enough water to keep you on your toes. Extremely well maintained course.
The pro shop staff is a refreshing change as well - they're friendly, helpful and courteous (rare find for public golf pro shops).
Nice snack bar too, with plenty of good beer choices at a decent price.
Ventured out to Luna Vista on a windy spring day, looking to walk 9+. I have a private club membership, but had driven by a number of times and always wanted to check it out. The pro shop guys were more polite than most you come across and that was a good way to start. The course was a bit of a different story... The layout has a better that decent layout, but maintenance leaves quite a bit to be desired. Please don't think that my bar is way high because of the mentioned private club membership, trust me, mowing the greens is a good thing to do for any course!!! The redesigned green complexes are fun and make for interesting/ challenging pin options, but on an unkept surface it's just a waste. Same for the fairways. I'm sure the city can spend a few more bucks at least MOW on a tighter schedule. Bunkers are good, but again, unkept. The second a just as disappointing/worrisome part was that it was only spring and the place was parched! What is the point of investing in a redo of a course that is obviously popular and skimp on mowing and watering??? This place has the potential to be on of the better, funner, walkable courses around, but fix the basics.
I've played golf here more often than anywhere else and I really like it. When I first played it, it was early in the year so the grass was brown/dead. But this past summer, and even now, it's in excellent shape. Probably one of the best public courses I've ever played on. The old name to this place is "LB Houston" and some people still call it that. You'll even see some old signs on the road directing you there. But I really like this place. I go here all the time when I'm on my own and I always get paired up with interesting people. I know the course very well, and so I know what to expect and how to play it. I play well here because of that, and for me that's a good thing! The practice greens are big and in great shape. There's a separate chipping green area too. They'll call out your name if you're on the list for a tee time. I go as a single and I don't think I've had to wait more than 20 minutes, ever.
Beer cart girls are around, the holes are varied and interesting and challenging. That water sure does sneak up on you, but I've gotten used to it. This is a great place and I'm glad I live near it!!!
Don't know why anyone is complaining. This is a newly renovated course undergoing regrowth and resettling. For a municipal course geared to those who are amateurs and not the experts some mistakenly believe themselves to be, this is a wonderful and friendly course. Works well for me.
I can agree that speed of play could sometimes be improved.
Written, posted and enforced rules could and would take care of that.
Teach your marshals course control. Open hole in front and stacked in behind, you lose your tee privilege. Twosomes should expect to wait unless the foursome ahead waves you through.
Like numerous other seniors, I want to be able to find a golf course that is walkable. LB Houston was that course. I'm not sure how many millions the City spent to upgrade the course that is now Luna Vista but all the improvements are not for walkers. For the quick break at the end of 9 holes, even the clubhouse is inconvenient For all the walkers.... there isn't a convenient bench anywhere and not being the fastest of courses, if crowded, walkers get tired, standing and waiting. The bathroom on the front 9 and back 9 are outhouses. The front 9 is set on a slight slope and I almost fell once. Convenient water fountains - forget that too. I think there is water on #4 and another on #15. Mostly, they changed some of the water hazards and made everything like ski moguls. Great for skiing. I'll play here because it is the closest to my house but I wish they had left it alone. Employees are nice.
UPDATE: 12/20/13 The fence at the 18th hole now has been cut enabling one to walk through to the parking lot. Thanks for that improvement. Now only 6 more to go.