Austin, Texas

Austin, TexasWith nearly 200 live music venues to choose from, Austin has earned the moniker of “Live Music Capital of the World.” While the library-like silence often called for during a round of golf and electric guitars aren’t necessarily as compatible as peanut butter and jelly, the two pursuits have each garnered national attention for Austin and lured thousands of visitors to the Lone Star State’s capital city.

In 2008 Golf magazine and the National Golf Foundation teamed up for their first annual countdown of the “10 Best Golf Cities in America,” and Austin was voted No. 1. The publication cited Austin’s climate, golf course designers and affordable, accessible courses as reasons for the selection.

Two of the top public facilities located within the city limits are Avery Ranch and Falconhead.

Avery RanchAvery Ranch is a sprawling 226-acre facility featuring a 7,121-yard 18-hole championship course designed by Andy Raugust that is highlighted by panoramic vistas and rolling hills. The course has quickly established itself as one of the premier daily-fee golf courses in the Austin area.

Falconhead was the first ever course constructed as part of the PGA Tour Signature Series. As the mission statement reads, “Each Signature Series Course is committed to providing its guests with a golfing experience that lives up to the PGA Tour’s unmatched standard for quality, conditioning and customer service, while being capable of hosting championship golf tournaments. 

Falcon HeadThe course was designed to reflect the surrounding natural beauty of the Texas Hill Country; the layout is as challenging as it is picturesque.

Located in Round Rock, just north of Austin, Forest Creek Golf Club has also been recognized for its quality and appearance.

Forest Creek was named the “Best Public Golf Course in Central Texas” by Golf Digest, and “Golf Club of the Year” by Club Corporation of America. The Dick Phelps-designed championship course is both fun for beginners and challenging for the advanced golfer, as the course’s consistent variation of scheme calls for an equal application of power and finesse.

Located in nearby Hutto, the Golf Club at Star Ranch is an 18-hole daily-fee course with stone clubhouse, restaurant and lounge that combines the very best in architecture, topography, development and management to create a memorable golf experience.

The Golf Club at Star RanchThe Golf Club at Star Ranch was designed by Bechtol & Russell Golf Design and Carter Moorish, of Jay Morrish & Associates, this course follows the natural rolling contours of the land, using the central lake and prevailing wind to create and experience both formidable and fun.

Austin is also famous for hosting world-renowned festivals, its vibrant cultural scene and a variety of sporting pursuits.

If you make the trek to Austin, be sure to play at least 18 holes and spend a night sampling the city’s live music scene.

As the city’s slogan states, “There is always something playing in Austin.”


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