The Golf Club at Star Ranch - Up Front, All-Inclusive

The Golf Club at Star RanchIn recent years cost-conscientious consumers have become rather adept at perusing the fine print. After all, if you’re not careful extra costs and hidden fees can creep up on you like a silver screen serial killer. A trip to your local golf course can be an equally frightening experience. Once green fees, cart costs, range balls, lunch, beverages and any additional items of necessity are totaled, your final bill is likely to exceed your initial expectations.

The Golf Club at Star Ranch aims to provide a great golf experience sans a pricing guessing game in the pro shop. The 18-hole championship course in Hutto, Texas has become the premier “All-Inclusive” golf experience in Central Texas with the institution of a package that includes 18 holes of golf with a cart, unlimited range balls, hot breakfast and lunch. Rolled out in 2007, the “All-Inclusive” offering is even more relevant in tough economic times when stretching the dollar to the fullest is being placed at a premium.

“Come out here and you know what you’ll pay,” said Rob Fulford, director of golf at Star Ranch. “There is no need to add it up; we’ve got everything accounted for.”

After experiencing everything the 7,017-yard par-71 layout has to offer, countless golfers have characterized the Golf Club at Star Ranch as the “Best Value in the Austin Area.”

Located just 20 minutes from downtown Austin on a scenic hilltop that used to serve as grazing ground for Texas cattle, the Golf Club at Star Ranch was created by Bechtol/Russel Golf Design and Carter Morrish, of Jay Morrish & Associates. If such a thing as “Hill Country Links-style golf” exists, The Golf Club at Star Ranch is the model.

The Golf Club at Star Ranch

Presided over by the former President of the Golf Course Superintendent’s Association of America, Ricky Heine, Star Ranch’s general manager, this playerfriendly golf course sets the standard for course conditioning and appearance. From the forward tees the course remains extremely playable to mid- to high-handicappers, but from the tips this layout can provide a fearsome challenge.

Featuring well-contoured rolling ter-rain, 66 sand bunkers, some of which are rather large and intricately shaped, areas of native brush and slightly undulating TifEagle greens, it’s easy to see why Star Ranch could pass for a first cousin of a linksland layout. And similar to a true links design, this golf course has the potential to pose an even greater challenge if the wind blows.

One regular at Star Ranch recalled watching many a Titleist or Top Flight that was struck solidly disappear. He had a warning for prospective players.

The Golf Club at Star Ranch

“To play at Star Ranch, you need to be able to hit a piercing 3-iron that is immune to the wind and travels no higher than 50 feet off the turf. If that phrase scares you, or worse yet, if you have no idea what that means, then either stay away from this course, or have plenty of beer money with which to drown your sorrows.”

Wide-open and exposed because it lacks a significant number of large trees, Star Ranch uses prevailing wind and a central lake to create an experience that is both formidable and fun. While there are few forced carries, water does manage to come into play on seven of the 18 holes at Star Ranch.

Overall, The Golf Club at Star Ranch can be a difficult test, but with four tee positions, the course exudes playability and offers plenty of opportunity for shotmaking with very forgiving fairways and greens that always roll true.

The Golf Club at Star Ranch

To warm up before your round, arrive early and get accommodated with Star Ranch’s stellar practice facility consisting of a relatively new driving range, a pair of short game practice greens, a separate wedge area with its own target green and an enormous practice bunker.

Following your round, unwind with great views, food and service in Star Ranch’s sprawling 15,000-square-foot clubhouse that sits perched on a hill top overlooking the golf course and miles of distant rolling terrain. If you’re lucky enough to find yourself comfortably seated here at day’s end, you can savor a spectacular Central Texas sunset.

For Reservation Call: 512-252-GOLF (4653) or booh online at


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