1 . La Cantera Hill Country Resort

San Antonio, Texas

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La Cantera Hill Country Resort, located in San Antonio, showcases two championship 18-hole courses, specifically designed to challenge your skills on the fairways and greens. Each course boasts some of the most scenic vistas in the Texas Hill Country.

Perched atop one of the highest points in all of San Antonio, overlooking the breathtaking Texas Hill Country, rests the highly-acclaimed La Cantera Hill Country Resort. A long time luxury resort for business and leisure travelers alike, this Texas Hill Country destination also offers scenic vistas overlooking an endless expanse of majestic Live Oak groves interrupted only by creamy white limestone outcroppings, emerald fairways, and sparkling pools. Offering an unparalleled golf retreat, La Cantera not only has one, but two championship 18-hole golf courses, onsite! Guests also have to option to seek a change of pace by heading to San Antonio and the surrounding Hill Country to check out the area's famed great historic sights, theme parks, top-notch shopping, and much more. For further relax and recharge, the Castle Rock Spa, also located onsite, offers an array of treatments.

Address

16641 La Cantera Parkway, San Antonio, TX 78256

Highlights

La Cantera Hill Country Resort boasts two championship 18-hole courses, each designed to challenge your skill from tee to green. The Resort Course at La Cantera, a PGA Tour stop for 15 years was designed by noted golf course architect Jay Morrish and PGA Tour professional Tom Weiskopf. The second championship course, built in 2001, The Palmer Course at La Cantera was designed by the legendary Arnold Palmer. This 6,926-yard, par-71 masterpiece winds through the Texas Hill Country and offers the ultimate test of ability for even the most seasoned veteran.

Related Onsite Offerings

Located onsite at La Cantera is the Castle Rock Health Club & Spa, designed to pamper guests in body, mind, and spirit. This full-service spa offers range of revitalizing spa treatments, perfect following a day spent on the links.

2 . Tanglewood Resort & Conference Center

Pottsboro, Texas

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If you think of a golf vacation as a visit to a place completely different than where you are, then Tanglewood Resort and Conference Center is just for you. It’s barely an hour north of Dallas, but spend a day on its golf course and you’ll know you’re in a world all your own.

Seven thousand yards of Arnold Palmer/Ralph Plummer-designed heaven await you at Tanglewood Resort, along the sparkling Lake Texoma and highlighted by the pro shop and the new hotel tower. Maybe the coolest thing about golf at Tanglewood is that the greens are covered in soyzia – a new grass that requires less water and fertilizer but offers the same putting experience as bent grass. Tanglewood is also a terrific location for Texas conferences, combining golf with 12,000 sq. ft. of conference and banquet space. The conference center connects to the hotel via a 30-ft. skyway, and all of this rests on the shore of Lake Texoma with a variety of watersports including guided striper fishing tours.

Related Onsite Offerings

Along with its conference space, Tanglewood Resort and Conference Center offers chartered houseboat and fishing trips for conferences and other group events.

Fun facts

The golf course at Tanglewood Resort and Conference Center was the first course in the United States to use environmentally-friendly sozyia for its greens.

Highlights

The Tranquility Spa is the newest facility at Tanglewood Resort and Conference Center, offering massage therapy, body treatments, manicures, pedicures and more.

3 . La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa

Montgomery, Texas

CALL DIRECT: +1 (877) 274 - 6182

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When we think of golf we not only think of the lush greens and fairways, we think of fun and relaxation all rolled into one unforgettable experience. Which is why La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa is our number three choice for Texas golf resorts.

La Torretta presents an 18-hole championship golf course designed by famous golf course architect Jeffrey Blum. This incredible par 71 course is more than just beautiful landscapes; it keeps in mind the heart and spirit of what makes a golf course unique - from the greens to the tees to lakes to light - and brings it all together for a truly special experience. And when you're not out admiring the charming, intricate designs during your game, The Clubhouse at La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa invites you to a luxurious respite amongst high wood-beamed ceilings, glass walls, and skylights. The Final Putt Lounge features a delectable menu of dishes and drinks to indulge in before or after your game. Or, you can choose to relax on the outdoor patio that overlooks the lakes of the 1st and 18th holes! The Clubhouse also offers spacious locker rooms for both men and women, a private members only lounge, and a retail shop with apparel, clubs, and accessories. Plus, La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa's Golf Professionals are ready to help with any of your questions and private lessons. So no matter whether you're a pro on the greens or just a beginner, La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa will make your Texas golf vacation one to remember!

Address

La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa 600 La Torretta Boulevard Montgomery, TX 77356

Getting there

From Houston take I-45 North toward Dallas, exit 87A TX-105 W, travel 12 miles on TX-105 to Walden Road, turn right on Walden Road, travel 2 miles on Walden Road to La Torretta Boulevard, turn right on La Torretta Boulevard.

Related Onsite Offerings

SpaTerre, the onsite spa at La Torretta Lake Resort, is the perfect sanctuary for quiet indulgence after a day on the course. Choose from a variety of soothing massages, facials, and signature treatments that are sure to help you unwind and clear your body, mind, and soul.

4 . Lajitas Golf Resort & Spa

Lajitas, Texas

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Ranking fourth is Lajitas Golf Resort & Spa, and their championship 18-hole course, Black Jack's Crossing. This great course incorporates the natural landscape beautifully, creating a seamless experience for it's patrons.

A par 72 championship course, Black Jack's Crossing offers many pleasing features. In addition to the spectacular aesthetics of the course and surrounding scenery, there are also 25 practice stations on a 500 yard driving range, as well as a 5,000 square foot putting green. There's also a practice facility available. When you’ve had your fill of golf for the day, Lajitas has comfortable, individually furnished rooms. No two rooms are exactly alike, giving each guest the feeling of being at home, instead of a cookie cutter hotel room like the ones we’ve all found ourselves settling for. In addition to the standard rooms, there are also deluxe rooms available, with a few more features, a bit better views, and a location conveniently close to the swimming pool. And who doesn’t love a nice relaxing dip in the pool? If you’re looking for another great way to relax after a day out on the greens, visit the spa for a soothing massage or rejuvenating treatment of your choice!

Address

Lajitas Golf Resort & Spa HC 70, Box 400 Lajitas, Texas 79852

Getting there

Odessa to Lajitas Golf Resort and Spa: (approximately 245 miles) Head West on Interstate 20 to Monahans. Take the Highway 18 South exit toward Fort Stockton and turn left onto 18S for about 85 miles. Turn right onto FM 1776. Cross over Interstate 10 West. FM 1776 turns into US 67 South. Follow US 67 South for 55 miles to Alpine, then turn left onto TX 118 South for 80 miles to the Study Butte/Terlingua Junction. Turn right onto FM 170 and continue for 14 miles to Lajitas. Once in Lajitas, look for the state park information station (The Barton Warnock Center) to the left, and continue for approximately 1 mile until the Boardwalk comes into view. Park behind the Boardwalk and follow signs to the Badlands Hotel for registration.

Fun facts

The golf course at Lajitas was named after the U.S. Army General who pursued Pancho Villa across the Rio Grande; General "Black Jack" Pershing.

5 . Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa

San Antonio, Texas

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The Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa is what a Texas ranch would look like if today’s resort developers had been around in the 1800s. Which they weren’t, but the Wiseman-Rogers family, who owned and ranched this land near San Antonio for over a century, certainly was.

The resort rests on more than 200 acres of the original ranch land, a blend of authentic ranch experience and pure modern bliss. Which leads us to golf – the Hill Country Golf Club features 27 holes of hills, meadows, ravines and plateaus that highlight the famous area near San Antonio. It’s arranged in three nine-hole, par 36 courses: The Oaks, The Creeks and The Lakes. All were designed by the renowned Arthur Hills architectural firm to accent the natural landscapes. In case of emergency, the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa also has a four-acre waterpark, a fitness center and a range of outdoor sports courts. Each of its 500 AAA Four-Diamond guestrooms recall the classic ranch houses of early San Antonio, right down to the artwork and the Texas silk used in the comforters.

Address

9800 Hyatt Resort Drive San Antonio, Texas 78251

Highlights

The waterpark at Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa features the 950-ft. Ramblin River®, plus two swimming pools.

Related Onsite Offerings

Antlers Lodge is a AAA Four-Diamond restaurant, one of nearly a dozen dining venues, bars and lounges and Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa.

6 . Barton Creek Resort & Spa

Austin, Texas

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If you like a little beauty with your golf – make that a lot of beauty – you owe yourself a Texas golf vacation to Barton Creek Resort and Spa. It’s already located on a particularly gorgeous 4,000 Hill Country acres. And the designs of Crenshaw, Palmer and Fazio are all over it.

If you’re a golfer, that’s probably all you need to know before you start frantically packing your bags. Still, there is more. Fazio Foothills, Fazio Canyons, Crenshaw Cliffside and Palmer Lakeside are all 18-hole gems, combining for an unending panorama of hilltop views, TiffEagle and TIFSport greens and fairways and environmental sensitivity. The Barton Creek Golf Academy – the fifth star in Barton Creek’s “Five Star Golf in the Lone Star State” – offers a variety of schools to improve your game. This is all within the overall experience that is Barton Creek Resort and Spa, with indoor and outdoor pools, a full conference center and of course the full-service Spa at Barton Creek. And 312 spacious villas, suites and guest rooms deliver a soothing Southwestern-style feel that makes your Texas Hill Country golf vacation complete.

Fun facts

Fazio Canyons was the first resort course in Texas to be certified as an Audubon International Signature Sanctuary.

Highlights

Fazio Foothills Hole No. 9 is a renowned par 3 and a Hill Country signature shot featuring a waterfall and a variety of natural hazards.

Related Onsite Offerings

Barton Creek Resort and Spa also offers 11 lighted hard tennis court surfaces and private tennis lessons.

7 . Flying L Guest Ranch

Bandera, Texas

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Welcome to the 'rough and tumble' side of Texas. At Flying L Guest Ranch, our number 8 pick, there's no need to stand on ceremony.

At this warm and welcoming resort, you'll find a friendly staff and excellent service in an environment that is sure to make you feel comfortable. Toss on your favorite pair of rugged old jeans and enjoy a ride around the property on horseback. Or, if you prefer, just lounge around the ranch. Of course, the 18 hole golf course is a real treat. Golfers of all ages and skill levels can find hours of enjoyment across this 6,646 yard stretch of scenic Texas countryside. The golf carts at Flying L Guest Ranch are equipped with GPS, so you’re sure to always know precisely where you are. The Spike N' Spur Grill is located off the 18th hole, offering refreshments that are sure to hit the spot after an exciting round of golf. There’s also a pro shop and a PGA professional staff to provide anything you might need during your golf vacation.

Related Onsite Offerings

The Par'dners Putt Putt Mini Golf Course is a great activity for younger guests and families alike!

Highlights

In the years 2008 and 2009, Golf Digest voted the course at Flying L Guest Ranch one of the Best Places to Play!

Address

Flying L Guest Ranch 566 Flying L Drive, Bandera, Texas 78003

8 . Rayburn Country Resort

Brookeland, Texas

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 882 - 1442

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If it has to do with the outdoors – specifically the Lakes area of Texas’ Piney Woods region – you can do it at Rayburn Country Resort. Of course, that range of activities includes golf, and Rayburn Country Resort offers that in the same great measure that it offers everything else.

That means a 27-hole championship golf course, featuring three sets of nines designed by the likes of Jay Riviere, Robert Von Hagge and Robert Trent Jones. Named in fitting fashion for this region – Gold, Blue and Green – these courses promise a tremendous Texas golf vacation with widely varied green sizes, doglegs and water hazards among the tall pines of east Texas. If this seems unforgettable, it gets even better a the recently-renovated Rayburn Lodge and the two restaurants at Rayburn Country Club. That’s not to mention the onsite tennis and basketball courts, plus the seasonal 25-meter pool and sports core with billiards, ping pong and miniature golf. This is a complete Piney Woods resort experience, which happens to feature world-class golf!

Address

2376 Wingate Blvd., Brookeland, Texas 75931

Related activities

Lake Sam Rayburn is a short distance away from the Rayburn Country Resort, with endless water, beach and fishing recreation.

Related Onsite Offerings

A variety of homes and lots are available through Rayburn Country Resort, including cottages and lots on the course, in the woods or on the shores of Sam Rayburn Lake.

9 . Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa

Lost Pines, Texas

CALL DIRECT: +1 (512) 308 - 1234

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We’d expect golf to be popular in the Austin, TX area – the entire city is booming and eclectic for any kind of Texas vacation – but we didn’t expect a Texas golf resort like this. The Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa is a dressed-down Four Diamond getaway, on the links and off.

Scenery? You’ve got it, especially at the Wolfdancer Golf Club. The prairie, plains and the woods are all part of the picture here, as well as plenty of the wildflowers that are a hallmark of the entire Texas Hill Country. The practice area alone occupies 13 acres, and the course itself is 7,205 yards of tricky par 3s, 580-plus-yard par 5s and, along the finishing holes, the stunning Colorado River which is likely to slow down your game some. As a reminder that this is Texas, the 491-room Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa also features an equestrian center and tennis courts, plus a variety of planned family activities that highlight the irreplaceable natural surroundings. And the Spa Django is based upon the plant life and energy found here in the Austin area.

Fun facts

The Wolfdancer Golf Club was named for the wolf dance performed by the Tonkawa Tribe, which once inhabited the area near Austin.

Related Onsite Offerings

To go along with more than 60,000 sq. ft. of indoor function space, the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines has an additional 230,000 sq. ft. of outdoor event space, featuring the LBJ Pavilion.

Getting there

From Austin Bergstrom Airport, follow Highway 71 East for approximately 13 miles. The resort entrance is the first left after Pope Bend Road. Follow the three-mile drive to the lobby entrance.

10 . Horseshoe Bay Resort

Horseshoe Bay, Texas

CALL DIRECT: +1 (877) 611 - 0112

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We’ve always heard that good things come in threes, and as far as a Texas golf vacation we were proven right at Horseshoe Bay Resort. We’re talking about Slick Rock, Ram Rock and Apple Rock – three championship golf courses, all designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr.

That’s a winning combination for golf, any way you look at it. Horseshoe Bay has been ranked, even by Jones himself, as among the top 1 percent of golf courses in the United States. Ram Rock, the second of the three courses, is known as the “Challenger” for its multitude of water hazards, elevation changes, deep bunkers and natural dry creeks. Apple Rock was completed in 1986 and hugs the shores of Lake LBJ. And the venerable Slick Rock combines a variety of landscapes for an unforgettable day on the links. This is all part of the overall experience at Horseshoe Bay Resort, which is itself world-class with luxury hotel and waterfront villa accommodations. The resort proudly features a full-service spa, a full marina, a tennis complex for adults and children and swimming pools that will make you wonder where you’ve arrived – if only briefly, because you’ll only want to be here.

Address

200 Hi Circle North, Horseshoe Bay, TX 78657

Highlights

The Slick Rock course at Horseshoe Bay Resort features the “Million Dollar Hole” with a cart path that winds through a 35-yard waterfall that empties more than 8,000 gallons per minute into Slick Rock Creek.

Related Onsite Offerings

The Resort Jet Center at Horseshoe Bay Resort is a full-service FBO with a 6,000-ft. runway and full facilities and services for private fly-in travel.

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