Austin Golf Trail

If you like golf, then you need to set a goal to play the golf courses on the which includes some of the best courses in Texas. This Austin Golf Trail Page will provide course descriptions, Texas Outside's course rating, and a link to Texas Outside's review of each of the golf courses on the Austin Golf Trail.

The Austin Golf Trial includes 18 different courses that are a mixture of Austin Municipal, top rated resort, private, and public courses in and around Austin and the Texas Hill Country. On the trial's website you'll find some bargains on both golf course rates and stay and play packages at resorts like Horseshoe Bay, Hyatt Regency Lost Pines, and Barton Creek or several local hotels like the Embassy Suites or the Double Tree. So what are you waiting for, add the Austin Golf Trail to you golf course bucket list.


Austin Golf Trail Golf Courses and Golf Course Reviews

Apple Rock

Apple Rock

One of the three Robert Trent Jones' championship courses at Horseshoe Bay on Lake LBJ, Apple Rock with covers over 147 acres is considered the most scenic as it provides a roller coaster ride on the front nine and scenic vistas on back.

This course is fair but very demanding with rocky rolling hills that provide lots of elevation changes, over 50 bunkers that can come into play, elevated and contoured greens, and lots of trees to catch sprayed golf balls. Course management and some good club selection is critical if you want to score well on this outstanding course.

Avery Ranch

Avery Ranch

Avery Ranch Golf Club is another top rated Austin Golf Course - in fact Avid Golfer Magazine rated Avery Ranch # 1 for best innovative design, best course conditions, best clubhouse, and best dining area in the Austin region! What contributes to help make this a top rated course are some of the best playing surfaces in the area, panoramic vistas highlighted by limestone barancas, 60 sand bunkers, challenging green complexs, and a 60-acre lake.

The fairways are rolling with plenty of uphill and downhill shots, ample but lined with trees if you spray it, and sloping from side to side which can cause a big problem. Avery Ranch puts a premium on the approach shots to large undulating greens thanks to traps, mounds, and swales. A fun and demanding 18 holes.

Crenshaw Cliffside

Crenshaw Cliffside

The Crenshaw Cliffside Course is a beautiful Texas Hill Country course with scenic vistas, rolling treed terrain, elevation changes, and carries over ravines. It’s not surprising that some of the well-deserved awards and accolades include being rated 38th among the "50 Best Courses in Texas" by Dallas Morning News. It is a short course with five sets of tee boxes which gives you an opportunity to have a relaxing round when you pick the correct tee box.

the Crenshaw Cliffside Course is one of the four Barton Creek Courses and you have to be a member to play or stay at the Resort. The Resort has a very reasonably priced stay and play.



What a fun course which plays up and down the rolling hill country, along some natural areas, across a couple creeks, through the knobby oak and cedar trees, and beside some beautiful homes in the Falconhead Golf Community. If you enjoy the challenge of forced carries, elevated tee boxes, dramatic uphill approaches, blind shots, dog legs, water, huge bunkers, and narrow approaches you will love this course. From the tee box you can typically see what you're up against and plan your strategy accordingly. 

Falconhead Golf Club is a fun, scenic, and memorable track that can test your game as well as your putting skills.  If you're in the Austin area it's a must play. 

Fazio Canyons Fazio Canyons

Golf World ranked Barton Creek the #1 Golf Resort in Texas.  Golf Digest and Golf Magazine rate Fazio Foothills and Fazio Canyons among the best in the United States. Golf Magazine listed both Fazio courses as the only two Texas courses in its "Top 100 You Can Play" and also as #1 and #2 in its "Best Public Courses in Texas"   So what are you waiting for....make a tee time to play these excellent courses.

The Canyons course in particular leverages the scenic beauty of the Hill Country as it winds through the canyon and up and down some beautiful hills and around a wildlife sanctuary. The Canyons course is one of the best maintained and manicured courses in Texas. from the greens to the bunkers and everything in between is in excellent condition.

Fazio Foothills Fazio Foothills

Barton Creek and Fazio Foothills are consistently rated by most golf and resort magazines as the top resort and resort course in Texas and Barton Creek is usually in the top 50 resorts nationally. Currently Fazio Foothills is rated #2 in Texas. Fazio Foothills is well deserving of all the accolades with near perfect condition and challenging but fair, beautiful with panoramic views of the Austin hills and some huge beautiful homes, and was very well landscaped. Some of holes are very memorable with waterfalls, significant, elevation changes, natural hazards, and narrow approaches.

You have to be a member, a member's guest, or a guest at Barton Creek Resort to play any of their courses. Don't let that stop you, you will thoroughly enjoy the resort and they have a good Stay & Play package.

Grey Rock Grey Rock
Review of Grey Rock - Rated 8.2

Grey Rock known as "Best Places to Play" (2004) by Golf Digest and "Top Public Golf Courses in Texas" (2001) from Texas Golfer Magazine is an excellent course and just 15 minutes from downtown Austin.

Most of the holes are fairly straightforward and traditional and you can see the pin and what you're up against from the tee box.  There are some very tempting risk reward opportunities where you'll be tempted to try and fly the trees to shorten the hole. There are also some short par 4 holes where you may try to go for the green - but miss and par may be impossible.  In most cases, it's smarter to lay up, avoid the bunkers, and have an easier approach for a par or birdie. The four par 3's are outstanding but challenging thanks to hazards, length, and challenging green complexes.

Play smart, avoid the bunkers, and carefully study the risk reward opportunities before you you decide to go for it and you'll find the course challenging but fair and fun to play.

Harvey Penick Golf Campus

Harvey Pennick Golf Course

Review of Harvey Penick Golf Campus - Rated 8.0

Harvey Penick Golf Campus is home to a par 30 nine hole course that has three par fours and six par threes with four sets of tee boxes for beginners to experts and yardages from 1361 to 2127 yards. Conditions are good, the rate is reasonable, and there are some fun holes - read our review to learn more. Harvey Penick is fun for beginners and can be somewhat challenging for the low handicappers thanks to some tight fairways, challenging greens, and forced carries. In addition, there is a three hole short par 3 course that is walking only and 205 to 364 yards long. Both are a great way to practice you short game, chipping, and putting.

Onion Creek Golf Club

Onion Creek Golf Club

Review of Onion Creek Golf Club - Rated 8.5

Onion Creek Golf Club has 27 holes that are intermixed and play as 2 18 hole courses. The original 18 was designed by Jimmy Demaret and the other nine by Ben Crenshaw. Which means you'll encounter some tight tree lined fairways and small greens (thanks to Jimmy) and some wide open let-er-rip fairways and larger greens (Crenshaw's design) during your round.

Onion Creek is private but available play as part of the Austin Golf Trail. You'll find good conditions and some excellent holes that will challenge your shot making and club selection skills but if you pick the right tee box (there are 5 to choose from) you'll have an opportunity to turn in a very good score.

Palmer Lakeside

Palmer Lakeside

With four outstanding golf courses, Barton Creek is considered one of the premier golf resorts in Texas. The four courses are designed by some of the best – Tom Fazio, Arnold Palmer, and Ben Crenshaw. Common to all four courses are excellent conditions, superb layouts offering golfers lots of variety and plenty of challenges, and spectacular vistas as the courses meander through the natural beauty of the Texas Hill Country.

The Lakeside course is about 30 minutes from the resort and sits on a hillside above Lake Travis offering majestic views of the lake, golf course, community, and surrounding hill country. The Lakeside course winds it’s way through some huge beautiful homes of the exclusive gated Barton Creek Lakeside community. Lakeside is a little easier than any of the other Barton Creek courses and a little tougher than the Crenshaw 18.

The Bermuda fairways and the roughs are well maintained and manicured.  Most of the fairways are ample off the tee box but water and ravines can cause a real problem. 

Ram Rock

Ram Rock

Ram Rock, a Robert Trent Jones designed course, is consistently rated asone of the best and most challenging courses in Texas.  Texas Outside has it listed in the Top Resort Courses in Texas and  Best Prvate Courses in Texas.

The greens on Ram Rock are all shapes and sizes from small to about average and they are well protected with bunkers or other hazards that require precise approach shots. The Ram Rock fairways are also in excellent condition and they range from tight to open with a rough that's wide and when we played the rough ranged from thick and challenging to thin and playable.  Miss the rough and fairway and you're most likely lost.

Make sure that after your round you have a drink at the pool bar and a dip in the refreshing pool with an excellent view, cool water, and a granite outcropping with a waterfall. 

Slick Rock

Slick Rock

The fantastic Horseshoe Bay Resort on Lake LBJ is home to three championship Robert Trent Jones, Sr. golf courses which are consistently ranked as some of the best courses in Texas. Common to all three courses are absolutely stunning facilities that blend in perfectly with the surrounding picturesque Hill Country; excellent service; great food; and an outstanding and well equipped pro shop plus good practice facilities.

Slick Rock was built in 1971 on over 170 acres of lush Texas Hill Country with granite outcroppings, rolling hills, and a variety of native trees including oak, cedar, and persimmon. Sage and other landscaping bring a variety of colors to this meticulously maintained course. Slick Rock is the most user friendly of the three 18s and was said to be hard to par but easy to bogey.

The bad news is that you need to be a member or staying at the Horseshoe Bay Resort to play these courses. The good news is that you'll be staying at one of the best resorts in Texas and playing some of the best courses in Texas.

Star Ranch Golf Club

Star Ranch

Rated 4 stars by Golf Digest and given it's "Best Places to Play," Star Ranch is fun, fair, reasonably priced (the "All Inclusive Deal" includes green and cart fees, range balls, and lunch or breakfast plus free space available replays), and typically in very good condition. It's also home to some huge greens, an excellent layout, and monster multi-fingered bunkers.

Each of the nines is a little different - the front nine is a par 35, a tad shorter, very open with several uphill and downhill shots, and some very good holes. The back nine has a different look and feel with tighter fairways, a creek that crosses in front of the green, and a very pretty par 3.



Teravista Golf Club opened in 2002 and over the years since opening it has been consistently recognized as one of the best courses in Austin as well as Texas.   In 2014 Avid Golfer rated it #4 in Austin and the course also made Texas Outside's list of the Best Courses in Austin. 

The majority of the fairways are forgiving off the tee but there are lots huge fairway bunkers and creeks/natural areas to carry.  Trees and homes and natural areas line most of the fairways.  The rough is wide and cut somewhat thick but very playable. The greens at Teravista Golf Club were also near perfect, very soft, ran true, and at a good speed.

Teravista Golf Club is focused on pace of play and stresses "ready golf."  They will pair singles and doubles up and marshals make sure that the golfers don't dilly dally!  The end result is an enjoyable and fast round of golf







WolfdancerWolf Dancer

This very scenic course takes advantage of the natural Hill Country terrain and beauty as it traverses three distinct environments - rolling prairie, a heavily wooded ridge line, and the Colorado River Valley covered with native pecan trees.  With such diverse terrain, excellent conditions, good service, and fun and challenging holes, it's not surprising that Wolfdancer has won a number of awards and accolades.

The first 12 holes are on the ridge line and rolling prairie with majestic views for miles of the surrounding country side.  The remaining holes are along the Colorado River in the river valley which is heavily landscaped with old, broad-canopied oak, cedar, and pecan trees. 

Wolfdancer Golf Club is a challenging course but there are 5 sets of tee boxes and if you take your time, study the yardage card, and think your way through each hole, you'll have a fun round and a pretty good score.  This is one of those course where you hate for your round to end and you can't wait to play it again.  




If you're thinking about golfing in Austin, you might want to check out our Austin Golf Map to find some courses and read our reviews or just go play what we consider to be the Best Golf Courses in Austin.

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