Sure, there are plenty of really great golf courses all over the country. Consider the highly rated Pine Valley Golf Club in Pine Valley New Jersey, or the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. And we absolutely can’t forget about Seminole Golf Club in Juno Beach, Florida, or Pacific Dunes in Bandon, Oregon. They are all some of the best in the nation. But were you aware that Austin, Texas has a love for golf that is clearly reflected in the excellence of the courses they have there? It’s true…Austin has some pretty incredible golf available for those who love to play.
In fact, Austin is a favorite location for the game among the golfing crowd. With good weather being pretty much constant there, they offer year-round courses that are simply excellent, and many of them are endorsed by the PGA. From resort courses to those with valuable historic backgrounds, there is something for everyone in Austin when it comes to playing golf. But if you aren’t a resident of the city, it can be difficult to narrow down which course you might find the most joy playing on. That’s where we come in.
We have taken away the hard work and research and made it easy for you. Below we have compiled a list of ten of the very best golf courses in Austin, and to make it even easier, we have listed them in order, from ten to one, with number one being the highest rated and most preferred course in the city. So, sit back, relax, and read all about it. By the time you’re finished all you will have left to do is pack your bags and head out. Just remember to take your clubs!
10. Teravista Golf Club
At Teravista Golf Club golfers get three incredible courses for one price. Boasting some of the best greens in the state and incredible conditions, golf enthusiasts are sure to have a great game (or games) when they visit here. This championship, 18-hole club is in the heart of Texas Hill country, and offers some of the most beautiful views available, and five sets of tees provides golfing for every skill level and age. Eat at the Caldwell Café, a full-service restaurant available for your dining pleasure. You’ll love golfing at Teravista!
9. Onion Creek Club
The eighteen-hole Original 9 is Onion Creek Club’s private course that was opened in 1974. It measures 6,351 from the longest tees, a great source of pride for Onion Creek. But this historic club offers more than just golf…it has something for everyone in the family. Master’s Champion Jimmy Demaret founded this course, and saw to it that it made excellent provision. Conveniently located near downtown Austin, Onion Creek also offers swimming, tennis, and other athletics, as well as well as food and beverage events and a full-service bar. An experience you will never forget awaits you at Onion Creek Club.
8. Avery Ranch Golf Club
Avery Ranch not only offers incredible golf, but it also has amenities such as full wedding services and the Sunset Grill. A sister club to the Teravista and Falconhead Golf clubs, Avery Ranch provides golfers with an unforgettable golfing experience. Check out the amazing Home Course, or participate in a tournament. Also, check out the great memberships they have to offer. One of Austin’s best, Avery Ranch is just about as good as you can get!
7. The Lighthouse Country Club
Located in the Austin suburb of Kingsland, the Lighthouse Country Club offers incredible golf on an incredibly scenic course, but that’s just the beginning. Book an event here that you will never forget, and enjoy your time in one of the most beautiful clubs in existence. Known as one of the ‘hidden secrets of the Hill country, your time on the course while at Lighthouse Country Club will set the bar for other courses the rest of your life.
6. Lago Vista Golf Course
One of the top 25 economy courses in Texas, the Lago Vista is an 18-hole course that is available to the public. Enjoy an amazing game of golf while your family enjoys other amenities like quilting and other events, and when you get hungry you can grab a bite at Baker’s Bar and Grill. Book an event that will make incredible memories, or go on golf outings and participate in tournaments. There is something for everyone at this great course, so check it out as soon as you can.
5. The Golf Club at Star Ranch
Course tours are available at The Golf Club at Star Ranch, so feel free to take a tour and check out what they have to offer. Located in Hutto right off of Toll 130, Star Ranch has an all-inclusive 18-hole course and clubhouse. The course is immaculate, and offers just the right amount of challenge for the competitor in you. Eat at Traditions Café, visit the amazing pro shop, book an event, and so much more. Also available for board meetings, private parties, and weddings!
4. Wolfdancer Golf Club
Located at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa, the Wolfdancer is one incredible place, with excellent golf and just about anything else you and your family could want. This award-winning course offers 18 holes situated across a variety of terrains, golfers will find something for every skill level. Family members with other interests will enjoy amenities in the resort, including a full-service spa. Named in tribute to the Tonkawa tribe of that originated in Central Texas, you will enjoy the best golf and the finest views the state has to offer.
3. River Place Country Club
River Place Country Club is a private club with a focus on families. Not only does it offer world-class golf, but members can engage in tennis, swimming, social activities, fitness, and incredible dining experiences. Also located in Hill country, River Place boasts being the perfect place for families to celebrate life, not to mention play golf. The 6,600-yard course is both challenging and satisfying, Open since 1984 and redesigned in 1995 by Roy Bechtol and Tom Kite, it is designed in championship fashion, and is definitely a sight to behold.
2. Delaware Springs Golf Course
Located in Burnet, the Delaware Springs Golf Course comes in number two on our list due to the fact that it provides some of the very best golfing available in Hill country. The 18-hole championship course is a great choice for both practice or full gaming, and it is surrounded by breathtaking views that cannot be found elsewhere. With a variety of events offered, a full-service Pro Shop, and top-notch Golf Academy, game enthusiasts can find anything they could possibly want or need when it comes to golf. Delaware Springs is easily one of the finest golf courses in or around Austin!
Vaaler Creek Golf Club
Last, but most certainly not least, is our number one course, the Vaaler Creek Golf Club. Voted the #1 course in Texas Hill country, the Vaaler Creek Golf Club makes #1 on our list thanks to the many offerings it has made available to golf lovers. This newer course can be found inside the Rockin’ J Ranch, and features a full 18-hole course that opened for play in 2009. It boasts gorgeous waters, strategically placed bunkers, and a challenging game of golf. Also available are group outings, the Vaaler Creek Grill, access to the Rockin’ J Ranch, and booking dates for events and parties. Surrounded by the greatest rolling hills in Texas and providing the best golf for miles, Vaaler Creek Golf Club earns every last bit of its number one spot!
When golf is on your mind enough to plan for it, it’s important that you plan for the very best, and Austin offers that. You’ll find some of the most incredible courses and the finest golfing challenges in Austin and the surrounding area, so don’t put it off. Narrow down the best choice for you and yours from the list above and plan your trip today. You won’t be sorry that you did, and you’ll certainly want to go back for more as soon as you can!
Written by Liz Flynn
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