Gleannloch Pines (Gleann, Loch, Pines) - all three 9 hole courses are well maintained, challenging, and fun.
Raveneaux Country Club - grew up playing here while it was private but a developer just purchased it and its public for the next couple of years now
Black Horse (South Course) - very challenging course in Cypress, TX
Carlton Woods ( Woodlands) - if you can get out there do it.
Champions (Cypress Course) - if you can get out there do it.
High Meadow (Magnolia) - awesome open course.
BUCKET LIST COURSES NOT YET PLAYED IN HOUSTON, TX:
Golf Club of Houston
Barton Creek Fazio Canyons - Favorite track in all Austin that's accessible.
Avery Ranch ( Cedar Park, TX) - challenging, beautiful course. Greens are always consistent and in good shape.
WARNING: weekend play is HORRENDOUSLY SLOOOOOW. If you can play during the week, do that.
Star Ranch (Hutto, TX) - fun, open, easy to score course. Pace of play never really an issue. Also, a very walkable course. Great practice facilities (2 big putting greens, 2 big pitching/chipping greens, separate bunker pitching green, and large grass range) - highly recommend for a large group, relaxing round and/or confidence building, practice round.
Lost Creek CC (Westlake) - fun, challenging private course (club corp club)
Twin Creeks (Cedar Park/Volente Beach) - very challenging, Fred Couples designed private course. Shoot well here and you'll crush a high percentage of courses you step onto.
Pace of play at any of the Magnolia Group courses (Avery Ranch, Teravista, Falconhead) - horrible pace of play and over crowded during peak seasons. Courses are in good shape but the overall experience in spring and summer is horrible. Not walkable either.
Public tracks: Crystal Falls and Lago Vista are hit or miss with greens quality. Lots of blind tee shots. Greens are inconsistent hole-to-hole and do not hold approach shots consistently.
BUCKET LIST COURSES NOT YET PLAYED IN AUSTIN, TX:
Spanish Oaks (Bee Cave)
Austin Country Club (Westlake)
UT Golf Club (Steiner Ranch)
Austin Golf Club (Spicewood)
Cimarron Hills (Georgetown)