Hit the links (and a few balls) at a professional golf course
Whether you just enjoy hacking the ball around or believe you have a shot at the PGA tour, the Highland Lakes has a golf course to suit your style.
• Blue Lake Golf Club, 214 W. Bluebonnet Road off RR 2831 in Horseshoe Bay — This semi-private course, rated among the best nine-hole courses in Texas, offers beautiful views of the lake and is recognized by the National Audubon Society. Visit www.bluelakegolf.com, call (830) 598-5524 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Delaware Springs Municipal Golf Course, 600 Delaware Springs Blvd. in Burnet — This 18-hole championship public golf course includes a pro shop, driving range, putting green, snack bar and dining room. Be sure to check out the 17th hole, named one of the “1001 Golf Holes You Must Play Before You Die” by golf writer Jeff Barr. The course also is named one of Golf Digest’s “Best Places to Play.” Visit www.delawaresprings.com or call (512) 756-8471.
• Hancock Park Golf Course, 237 Naruna Road in Lampasas — Owned and operated by the city of Lampasas, the course features a natural creek winding through 18 holes that requires golfers to loft shots back and forth across the water. Visit www.cityoflampasas.com or call (512) 556-3202.
• Hidden Falls Golf Club, 220 Meadowlakes Drive in Meadowlakes — Meadowlakes is a gated community down the street from Marble Falls, with a championship, 18-hole golf course that features six tennis courts, a swimming pool and a full-service restaurant and bar. Visit www.hiddenfallsgolf.com or call (830) 693-3300.
• Horseshoe Bay Resort, 200 Hi Circle North off FM 2147 in Horseshoe Bay — The resort has three courses (listed below) designed by Robert Trent Jones and one designed by golf legend Jack Nicklaus. The courses are limited to resort members and guests of the Horseshoe Bay Resort Marriott hotel. Don’t forget the Whitewater Putting Course, a luxury miniature-golf course designed around scenic palm trees and a picturesque waterfall. Visit www.horseshoebaytexas.com or call each course for tee times.
• Apple Rock — Laid out along some of the highest and most scenic Horseshoe Bay property, the 12th hole plays along the shore of Lake LBJ. The course was recognized by Golf Digest as the best new resort course when it opened. Call (830) 598-6561.
• Ram Rock — Respected across the United States as one of the toughest courses you’ll ever experience, it’s a challenge and a thrill for even the best golfers. Call (830) 598-6561.
• Slick Rock — Recognized in “America’s Greatest Golfing Resorts” and the site of the Texas State Open and numerous USGA events, the course covers 154 acres of rolling terrain interrupted by 71 bunkers, lakes and Slick Rock Creek. Call (830) 598-2561.
• Summit Rock — A Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, it features a totally unique golfing experience with incredible panoramic views. This course is open to Summit Rock Club Members.
• Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Golf Course, 341 Golfers Loop in Fredericksburg — Make a lot of birdies at Lady Bird’s 18-hole, par-72, 6,432-yard championship golf course. Visit www.golffredericksburg.com or call (830) 997-4010.
• Legends on Lake LBJ, 105 FM 2342 (Range Way Circle) in Kingsland — This 18-hole, semi-private course is open to the public and features a challenging design by Austin golf legend Tom Kite. It includes a fully stocked pro shop and practice facilities. Visit www.legendsgolftx.com or call (325) 388-8888.
• Llano River Golf Course, located on RR 152 in Llano — This 18-hole public course with a fully equipped pro shop is situated on the banks of the beautiful Llano River, just two miles west of the historic Llano Courthouse near Robinson City Park. Visit www.llrgc.com or call (325) 247-5100.
• Lighthouse Country Club, 118 Club Circle located on the corner of River Oaks Drive and Skyline Drive in Kingsland — This semi-private course is situated on flat terrain and is easy to walk. Though water hazards are featured on nine of the 18 holes, the 7,133-yard course still is a good play for beginning as well as advanced golfers. Visit www.lighthousecountryclub.com or call (325) 388-6660.