A Glamping & Golfing Weekend
This weekend adventure started with watching our grandson play baseball. He's a high school freshman and a very talented athlete (ok, I'm a little biased) playing high school second base and catcher on the baseball team and quarterback on the football team and he's also a great golfer with a perfect swing and excellent short game - oh, to be young again! His baseball team won 11 to 5. Of course the grandson played well - three outs playing second base plus two hits and a walk! So the weekend started off with a win.
After the game we went to one of my favorite Austin BBQ joints - County Line on Lake Austin. Cold beer, great brisket, delicious deviled eggs, huge out-of-this-world beef ribs, and excellent bread. With a full tummy, we drove to Open Air Resorts in Spicewood to spend the night in an Airstream.
Open Air Resorts is an RV resort built in 2019 that has RV and tent sites, Airstream and tiny homes for glamping, and lots of amenities. We stayed in one of Airstreams and really enjoyed it. The Airstream had been completely renovated and nicely appointed with everything needed for a comfortable weekend - comfy double bed, fully equipped kitchen including a wine cooler, bathroom and shower, dinette, living area with lots of big windows to let the outdoors in, and a deck overlooking a fishing pond with a fountain. Scenic and quiet!
In addition to comfortable lodging, Open Air Resorts has lots of amenities some of which include a pickleball court, sand volleyball court, swimming pool, ping pong, GaGa ball, fishing pond, and more.
Open Air Resorts is close to lots of fun things to see and do - Austin is 40 minutes away, Lake Travis is just around the corner, and nearby there are a few good restaurants, Poodie's for music, a winery, distillery, and several other things to see and do.
The next morning we drove one minute east to play LakeCliff Golf Course. Arnold Palmer designed an excellent 18 hole course that leverages the rolling terrain Hill Country terrain. The course is scenic with views of Lake Travis; challenging thanks to lakes, ravines, and plenty of bunkers; and the conditions are excellent with smooth Bent grass greens. New owners took over the course in 2020 and they changed from private to semi-private and they are committed to making LakeCliff one of the best Hill Country golf courses. Read our review of LakeCliff to lean why it make our list of the Best Golf Courses in Austin.
After golf we had a good diner overlooking Lake Travis at Lighthouse Restaurant - very friendly service, good food, and a great view of the lake from their deck. After a good dinner we headed down the road for a nightcap and music at Poodie's Roadhouse. Poodie's is known for booze, burgers, western swing, and a lively friendly crowd. Until he died of a heart attack in 2009, Poodie's was owned by Willie Nelson's long time stage manager, Poodie Locke. A four piece band was playing some country music.
The next morning, we were up early to play a round of golf on Omni Barton Creek's Palmer Lakeside Golf Course which is just 3 minutes west of Open Air Resorts. The front nine is characterized by deep, brushy, and intimidating ravines that will come into play on holes 5 through 8. The back nine is also fantastic with lots of variety, fabulous scenery, excellent conditions, and plenty of challenges. For the first 7 holes on the back nine, after we finished each hole we said, “wow, that was another great hole!” This course is private but available for play if you stay at the Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa. Read our review of Omni Barton Creek Palmer Lakeside to learn why we rated it a 9.4 out of 10.
All too soon it was time to head home after another fun weekend.