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Lampasas golf course served as home to pro’s dad

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Posted: Friday, July 26, 2013 4:30 am | Updated: 11:55 am, Wed Jul 16, 2014.

Hancock Springs Municipal Golf Course is a Hill Country treasure among golfers in Central Texas.

The course opened in the early 1940s, and for many years, it served as the home away from home for Lampasas native A.C. January, the father of legendary professional golfer Don January.

Van Berry, golf course manager, remembers visiting the course as a child. He said A.C. January served as the golf pro at Hancock Springs for many years. Don January was a 10-time PGA winner and would often play the course with his father when visiting his family in Lampasas.

“We still host the annual A.C. January Golf Tournament every year on Memorial Day weekend,” Berry said.

In May, Hancock Springs hosted its 63rd annual memorial tournament. Every year, golfers converge on Lampasas from around the state. Hotel rooms sell out and occupancy spills into neighboring cities.

“As far as playability, it’s easy to play because it’s short,” Berry said. “There aren’t a lot of sand traps, and we get a lot of beginner golfers here just for that reason. As far as the aesthetics of it, hole No. 2 is an island green, and then Sulphur Creek runs through the course, with lots of native Pecan and Oak trees throughout the 18-hole course.”

The course suffered extensive damage from the floods that ravaged Central Texas in 2007, and Berry said renovations have taken years to complete. But the work has more than paid off.

“It’s a fun course and is in very, very good shape,” Berry said. “The flood really killed us in 2007, but regular play and memberships have increased dramatically this past year, which is largely due to the exceptional condition of the course.”

In some ways, Berry said Hancock Springs is almost like two separate golf courses. The back nine, as it’s called, was built in the early 1940s. In 1996, the front nine holes and the Pro Shop opened.

“The old nine has the old push-up or turtleback greens, and then come to the front nine, and it’s not as long, but it’s got the bigger greens with some sand traps and grass traps the old nine doesn’t have,” Berry said.

Daily fees for the 18-hole course with a cart are $30 and $35 on weekends and holidays. Senior and military discounts are available for players at $27 with a cart during the week and $32 on the weekends.

Memberships are also available and run for a six-month term starting at $345 per person.

Hancock Springs Municipal Golf Course is at 700 Naruna Road. For more information, call the Pro Shop at (512) 556-3202.

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