The Bandit Golf Club
The Bandit golf
designed by Keith Foster
Price: less than $100
Walker-friendly | GPS

The Bandit will steal your heart. It is as breathtaking as it is treacherous. You will need to hit every club in your bag. Situated on Lake McQueeney and Long Creek, water is in play on 13 of the 18 already dramatic holes. The Bandit also boasts 71 sand traps to make your round a little more interesting.

The Bandit appeals to all golfers but especially to the purist. With 100 foot elevation differentials and pristine condition this course offers an unforgettable experience. The Bandit is a delightful "change of pace" experience waiting for the golfer who enjoys a challenge of some unforgettable holes while enjoying the twisting, rolling terrain of the historical Texas Hill Country.


Hole five is a 326-yard par 4, with a fairway that slopes steeply from right to left toward Long Creek. Tee shots hit far to the right will roll back to center, if not further, while anything hit to the center will wind up left of the cart path, if you're lucky. The approach shot uphill to the elevated green is guarded by bunkers on the left, but again you can play your shot off the hill to the right and wind up in the center of the green.

Number 12 is a beautiful hole that starts with a downhill shot off the tee. As on many holes, the wide fairway makes this first shot uneventful. It's the approach that challenges: another downhill shot to a green surrounded on three sides by Bandit Bay. A small marina sits just offshore, but don't be distracted by the view, an overzealous approach can easily bounce off the green and into the water. Hit it short and you face a tricky chip that can also skid off the back.

Providing welcome relief, number 17 is a short but pretty par three, measuring 89 yards from the Copper tees. It does require a carry over the creek, but there is room behind the green is you hit it long. Number 18 is often called the best par 5 in the hill country. At 437 yards, it's not overly long, but challenges golfers with a design that requires careful play.

Number 18 is a dogleg right, and trees guard the fairway closely on the left, while the creek runs along the right before crossing the fairway. A split fairway offers several different options in approaching the elevated green. This is no time to let down your guard; you need to really think through the hole.

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