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Austin, Texas is nationally recognized for its strong economy, tech industry, and job market. With Austin City Limits festival and over 100 live music venues, it also lives up to its moniker, "Live Music Capital of the World.” Yet the Lone Star State capital is also famous for something else: GOLF.

“Austin is a golf destination without much to be desired,” said seasoned aficionado Brandon Tucker. “There's an Austin golf course for every golfer, from the exclusive private settings and resorts to bargain and casual golf courses.”

Though summers sizzle, the spring and fall weather in ATX is perfect, and golf fans can play virtually year-round. The Greater Austin area boasts over 32 public courses and 15 private courses, including the coveted Austin Golf Club (where native son Ben Crenshaw plays).

Did you know CNN and Golf Magazine both deemed Austin “The Best Golf City in America”?

Here, we will introduce you to the 10 private courses closest to downtown Austin, grouped according to location.

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Flintrock Falls Golf Course

West Austin Golf Courses


Nine miles (15-18 minutes) west of downtown, the verdant rolling hills of
West Austin are home to two exclusive country clubs: Lost Creek Country Club and Barton Creek Resort & Spa.

Lost Creek

Lost Creek Country Club , which opened in 1970, offers a private course with narrow, tree-lined fairways, well-conditioned greens, and an abundance of winding creeks. Its 18 holes cover 6,522 yards with a par of 72. “The back nine is known for its two solid par 3s. No. 10 starts the side with a 147-yard carry over water, and the longer 18th finishes the round off with a 187-yard carry over water,” reports Golfnow.com.

The beautiful, secluded community surrounding Lost Creek Country Club offers homes for sale from the $300s to over $1 million. The hilly Lost Creek neighborhood skirts winding Lost Creek Boulevard, and the zip code is 78746. Most students attend Eanes ISD schools, including Forest Trail Elementary, West Ridge Middle School, and Westlake High School. The Ridge at Lost Creek subdivision also skirts one of the fairways.

Barton Creek

Driving Range at the Barton Creek Golf CourseOnly a few minutes from Lost Creek, four-star Barton Creek Resort & Spa was ranked #1 Golf Resort in Texas by Golf World and offers three private championship golf courses. “Barton Creek Resort & Spa is just a few minutes outside of downtown Austin, but you'd never guess that based on green, rolling hill country terrain spanning 4,000 acres full of canyons and rocky outcroppings,” said Tucker.

The newest course, environmentally-friendly Fazio Canyons was ranked #1 in Texas by Golfweek Magazine in 2002 and 7th best course in Texas by Golf Digest in 2014. It was also one of the first courses in the country to be certified as an Audubon Sanctuary. This 7,153-yard, par-72 masterpiece course designed by Tom Fazio offers canyon views, sycamore and oak strewn fairways, and the limestone-imbedded meanderings of Short Springs Branch Creek. “The ender is the signature, a 561-yarder that might be the best finishing hole at Barton Creek. The most difficult hole finishes off the front side, a 457-yard par 4,” said Golfnow.com.

Fairway at Barton Creek Course

Next door is must-play sister course Fazio Foothills, rated #2 in Texas by Golfweek Magazine in 2002 and #8 by PGA.com. While the Canyons course is two miles from the club, the 7,125-yard Foothills course actually surrounds award-winning Barton Creek Resort and Spa. Established in 1986, it was ranked among Golfweek Magazine’s 40 best American Resort Courses. This 18-hole, par-72 course boasts an abandoned bat cave, and six of its holes were recognized by The Dallas Morning News as among the State’s most beautiful (#4, 9, 10, 12, 16, 18).

Last but not least is Crenshaw Cliffside. This 6,678-yard, par-71 course designed by Ben Crenshaw follows the natural landscape and is known for its challenging greens. “One of the first designs by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, the Cliffside showcases some of the area's largest and most perplexing greens,” commented Tucker. “Even Gentle Ben reportedly can't master them.” Free of course-side residences, Cliffside is also praised for its secluded feel. After #116, golfers cross a scenic valley toward a cliffside green. The next two short holes, a par 3 and par 4 respectively, provide some of the best views on the entire course.

rough at Barton Creek golf courseHomes in Barton Creek, the beautiful hill country community surrounding Barton Creek Resort & Spa, range in price from $500,000 to over $6 million. Homes in the development generally follow the path of Barton Creek, which encircles the resort.

While original Barton Creek homes were built in the 80's, newer custom homes continue to be built today. The area zip codes are 78735 and 78746, and students generally attend schools in either Eanes ISD or Austin ISD.

Newer subdivisions edging these three fairways include The Falls at Barton Creek, The Estates above Lost Creek,Calera, The Canyons, and The Fairways.

water hazard at Barton Creek Golf Course

Northwest Austin Golf Courses

One of the most scenic areas in ATX, hilly northwest Austin offers five private golf options: River Place Country Club, University of Texas Golf Club, Austin Country Club, Great Hills Country Club, and Balcones Country Club.

water hazard and sand traps at Great Hills Golf Course

River Place

Designed by Tom Kite and Roy Bechtol, River Place Country Club offers a driving range, pro shop, and a beautiful par-71 course with 6,611 yards of rolling hills and creek-cut canyons. Just off River Place Boulevard, the club is about 15 miles (22 minutes) from downtown off 2222. Of its 18 holes, “No. 7 is one of the toughest: a 430-yard dog-legger that bends right around the creek,” noted Golfnow.com.

The zip code for the River Place community is 78730, and nearby homes range from the high $200s to over $3 million. Aside from the country club, the community offers a nature trail, a boardwalk, and two verdant parks. Emma Long Metropolitan Park is close by. Students in the area attend Leander ISD, which includes River Place Elementary School, Canyon Ridge Middle School, and Vandegrift High School. The Overlook at River Place also skirts part of the golf course.

University of Texas Golf Club

The University of Texas Golf Club can be found off 620 on University Club Drive just west of River Place in the Steiner Ranch community. Ranked in the top 100 Texas courses by Dallas News, this private, par-71 course opened in 2003 and was designed by the Bechtol-Russel Golf Group. Its 18 holes offer 7,412 yards of panoramic Lake Austin views, a 16,000-square-foot club house, Golf Shop, large open-air pavilion, fitness facility, and extensive practice facilities. Tucker said the UT Golf Club is “among the most prestigious and exclusive clubs in central Texas.”

The UT Golf Club is the crown jewel of prestigious Steiner Ranch, a 4,600-acre, master-planned golf course community with homes priced from the $250s to well over $3 million. It sits on the same bend of Lake Austin as Lake Austin Spa, about 18 miles (28 minutes) northwest of downtown in zip code 78732. Students attend Leander ISD schools, which include Steiner Ranch Elementary, Laura Bush Elementary, River Ridge Elementary, Canyon Ridge Middle School, Cedar Park High School, and Vandegrift High School.

Austin Country Club

Austin Country Club is Austin's original and dates back to 1900. Its 18-hole “Austin Course” was designed by Pete Dye and offers 6,948 yards of lakeside green. This par-72 course offers deep pot bunkers, varying topography, and Dye’s trademark railroad ties. “The opening holes play along Lake Austin, and are more of a links-style design,” remarked Golfnow.com. “Afterwards the Hill Country takes effect, featuring canyons, ravines, creeks, and unbelievable views.” This course was ranked 12th in Texas by Golf Digest for 2013-2014.

Located at 4408 Long Champ Drive, the Austin Country Club is within northwest Austin’s gorgeous Davenport Ranch community about 11 miles (18 minutes) northwest of downtown. Homes in the area range from the mid-$350s to over $4 million. The zip code is 78746, and students attend the coveted Eanes ISD school district. EISD schools include Bridge Point Elementary, Hill Country Middle School, and Westlake High.

Great Hills Country Club

great hills golf courseGreat Hills Country Club offers an 18-hole course with a par of 71 and over 6,599 yards. Designed by Billy Martindale and Don January, the course boasts panoramic views as it winds through hill country canyons. “No. 17 is the most scenic par 3 on the course, a 183-yarder. And the par 5 No. 18 is one of the more welcome finishing holes that you’ll come across — a definite birdie opportunity at only 477 yards,” reported Golfnow.com.

Located near the intersection of North Capital of Texas Highway (Loop 360) and Highway 183, this golf course stands within the beautiful north Austin community of Great Hills. The area is 11 miles (16 minutes) from downtown in zip code 78759 .

Homes in the area range from the high $200s to $1 million, and students attend either Austin ISD or Round Rock ISD. Both Cherry Hill Park and Prominent Point neighborhoods also edge parts of the course.

Balcones Country Club

Balcones Country Club is located at 8600 Balcones Club Drive in northwest Austin. Dating back to 1975, its 18-hole “Spicewood Course” measures 6,769 yards with a par of 72, and was designed by Bob Cotton. “With water on only two holes (15 and 16), it’s just a friendlier layout that is enjoyable also because it plays fast,” shared Golfnow.com. “The signature hole is No. 6, a 456-yard par 4 highlighted by a magnificent old oak tree in the fairway.”

The course winds around the homes of Balcones Village, Balcones Greene, Balcones Park, the Gardens at Balcones, Spicewood at Bullcreek, Kercheville Estates, Forest at the Villages of Spicewood, and Spicewood at Balcones. Homes in the area range from the $200s to $1 million. Originating in the 70s, many homes enjoy mature trees and large lots. The zip code for the area is 78750, and the drive to downtown is 13 miles (16 minutes).

South Austin Golf Courses

Onion Creek Club

In south Austin, golfers play a round at the exclusive Onion Creek Club. The 18-hole “North 18” opened in 1996 with over 6,579 yards and a par of 70 and was designed by Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore. The 9-hole “Original 9” was designed in 1974 by 3-time Masters Champion Jimmy Demaret and measures 2,778 yards with a par of 35. “Onion Creek Club has one of the most beautiful golf courses in the state, with gently rolling fairways shaded by towering cypress, oak, and pecan trees that line the banks of Onion Creek,” described Golfnow.com.

Onion Creek Club is located within the community of Onion Creek, with homes ranging from the mid-$100s to the $500s. Established in 1974, the club stands 12 miles (15 minutes) from downtown in the zip code 78747. Onion Creek amenities include a hike and bike trail, fitness room, playground, and picnic area, and students attend Austin ISD (which includes Blazier and Williams Elementary Schools, Bedichek and Paredes Middle Schools, and Akins High School). The neighborhood of Cypress Ridge also skirts part of the course.

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Based on information from the Austin Board of REALTORS® (alternatively, from ACTRIS) from November 21st, 2014 at 7:31pm CST. Neither the Board nor ACTRIS guarantees or is in any way responsible for its accuracy. The Austin Board of REALTORS®, ACTRIS and their affiliates provide the MLS and all content therein "AS IS" and without any warranty, express or implied. Data maintained by the Board or ACTRIS may not reflect all real estate activity in the market.

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