With a mild climate and more than 800 courses strewn across rugged desert mountains, lush piney woods, hill country elevation changes, and seaside links, Texas is a giant playground for golfers. Premium public, private and resort courses have been developed across the Lone Star State, making Texas a year-round golf destination rivaling any locale in the country.
Golfers of all skill levels are challenged and awed by Texas’ enormous selection of golf facilities, from world-famous courses to inexpensive golfing on some of the nation’s prettiest links. Called home by many legends of the game – including Ben Crenshaw, Ben Hogan, Nancy Lopez, Byron Nelson, Lee Trevino and Babe Zaharias – Texas beckons pros and amateurs alike from all over the world. And from the Gulf Coast to the Big Bend, the links choices state-wide are truly endless.
The rugged landscape, limestone cliffs, clear springs, towering oaks and meandering creeks make a golfing experience in the Hill Country challenging and fun. Known as the “Mecca of Golf” to many, Austin and its surrounding areas have received positive attention for its professional level courses. Having to work around the knobby terrain, architects have created innovative greens that cannot be found elsewhere, making the Texas courses distinctly unique.
Barton Creek Resort and Spa is known as one of the best golf resorts in Texas. Players can perfect their swing on one of four distinct courses all designed by professionals Tom Fazio, Arnold Palmer and Ben Crenshaw, including the signature Fazio Foothills, the impressive Fazio Canyons, stunning Crenshaw Cliffside and the secluded Palmer Lakeside. The Hyatt Regency Lost Pines and Resort, located just outside of Austin, provides golfers championship level services and facilities. The resort’s course, named Wolfdancer, is a challenging yet satisfying experience.
Three Robert Trent Jones, Sr. championship courses can be found at the Horseshoe Bay Resort Marriott, situated overlooking Lake LBJ in the Hill Country. The Slick Rock, Apple Rock and Ram Rock courses were carefully designed around natural streams, waterfalls and rugged terrain that make these links some of the most difficult and picturesque in the state.