GUIDE TO BEST GOLF COURSES IN AUSTIN
Austin has been named one of the best cities in the US, boasting new restaurants, a thriving job market, shopping, and sports. With the city growing, this can only mean golf course options are expanding as well. Austin’s diverse and unique landscape offers rolling hills, lakes, limestone cliffs and caverns, natural springs and stands of cypress and oak, which can make for dramatic and challenging course layouts. Whether you’re new to Austin, or a local looking to try out a new course, check out our list of the best golf courses in Austin!
25 Best Golf Courses in Austin:
- Apple Rock at Horseshoe Bay Resort
- Austin Country Club
- Avery Ranch Golf Club
- Crystal Falls Golf Club
- Falconhead Golf Club
- Fazio Canyons Golf Course
- Great Hills Country Club
- Grey Rock Golf Club
- Hancock Golf Course
- Harvey Penick Golf Campus
- Jimmy Clay Golf Course
- Lions Municipal Golf Course
- Lost Creek Country Club
- Morris Williams Golf Course
- Onion Creek Club
- Palmer Lakeside
- Plum Creek Golf Club
- Point Venture Country Club
- Riverside Golf Course
- River Place Country Club
- Roy Kizer Golf Course
- Star Ranch Golf Course
- Teravista Golf Club
- UT Golf Club
- Wolfdancer Golf Club
1 Bay W Blvd, Horseshoe Bay, TX 78657
Designed by legendary golf course architect, Robert Trent Jones, Sr., Apple Rock is touted as one of the most scenic and breathtaking championship golf courses in Texas. Spanning 147 acres, Jones, Sr. used some of the highest, most picturesque land in Horseshoe Bay for the Apple Rock layout. The 18-hole, Par 72 course begins in high, rocky terrain and finishes along the shoreline of Lake LBJ, boasting dramatic elevation changes, high-quality Bermuda fairways, and Bentgrass greens that offer faster and truer putting surfaces. Upon opening in 1985, Apple Rock was named among the Best New Resort Courses in America by Golf Digest and has hosted the Texas State Open, USGA Qualifying events, and other regional professional tournaments. With more than 50 bunkers, and water coming into play on seven holes, it creates a welcome challenge for even the most skilled players!
4408 Long Champ Dr, Austin, TX 78746
Founded in 1899, Austin Country Club is one of the oldest existing clubs in Texas and home to one of the greatest golf instructors who ever lived, Harvey Penick. The Club consists of an 18-hole Pete Dye design golf course, Harvey Penick learning center, ten lighted tennis courts (two of which are clay surface), heated swimming pool, fitness facility, 57 boat slips, and a large clubhouse. The clubhouse includes various dining areas, a large ballroom and meeting room facilities, as well as men’s and ladies’ locker rooms. It is Austin Country Club’s mission to provide a tradition-rich, outstanding private country club known for the quality of its membership and for service that exceeds expectations!
10500 Avery Club Dr, Austin, TX 78717
Since its grand opening in June of 2002, Avery Ranch in Texas Hill Country Golf at its finest! Conveniently located in northwest Austin and the heart of the Texas Hill Country, former Jack Nicklaus designer, Andy Raugust, blended a spectacular up-scale golf course with natural limestone caverns, knobby live-oak trees, rolling hills, and meandering streams and lakes to create an Austin golf experience that is unparalleled in the area. The course features a beautiful, but challenging front 9 followed by a fantastic risk/reward back 9 with 3 par 3’s, 3 par 4’s and 3 par 5’s. Running along Lake Avery, the 18th is Austin’s best finishing hole and provides a unique view of the Texas Hill Country.
3400 Crystal Falls Pkwy Leander, TX 78641
Crystal Falls Golf Club, located in Central Texas, hosts an impressive 18-hole golf course that tests golfers of all ages and skill levels. Near the Capital City of Austin, their well-maintained golf course is a testament to the beauty of the surrounding Texas landscape! Crystal Falls Golf Club is in the picturesque Hill Country with a peaceful atmosphere and abundant wildlife. With water hazards that come into play on 12 of the 18 holes, this 6,654-yard golf course may be short, but it is still challenging. Crystal Falls Golf Club is home to the Hill Country Amateur, which is one of the top amateur events in the area. Come out and play, and you’ll find a unique golf course with a character all its own!
6515, 15201 Falcon Head Blvd, Austin, TX 78738
Falconhead Golf Club opened in 2003, an incredible addition to Austin golf. Laid out by the experts from the PGA Tour Design Center, their public daily-fee course offers golfers a taste of the quality golf that pro players contend on in one of the most beautiful areas of Texas, the rolling terrain of the Central Texas Hill Country in and around Austin. The vision of the architects was to fit Falconhead lovingly into the gentle ups and downs of its site west of Austin. They kept all the flavor of this unique land shaded by gnarled trees and crisscrossed by meandering streams and creeks. The Tour’s seal of approval means that they offer you the kind of excitement you would expect to find at a tournament-level course, combined with a chance to succeed no matter what your skill level! They have five sets of tee box to provide you with exactly the kind of round you want to play!
8511 Carranzo Dr, Austin, TX 78735
Scenic views line this 7,153-yard, par-72 course that boasts the signature touch of Tom Fazio, the legendary golf designer. This award-winning course offers numerous scenic holes lined with stately Red Oaks and Sycamore trees and features spectacular Hill Country views of Short Springs Branch, a beautiful limestone bed creek that meanders throughout the course. The 561-yard, par-5 finishing hole is tremendous and by all accounts rivals Barton Creek’s existing #18 hole on the Foothills course. The design and construction of the new course embody a Fazio trademark of protecting and preserving the environment. Fazio Canyons was the first resort course in Texas to be certified as an Audubon International Signature Sanctuary and was designated as a Certified Signature Sanctuary. The course was also recently ranked #1 Top Texas Tour Venues That You Can Play by Golf.com!
5914 Lost Horizon Dr, Austin, TX 78759
Built in the hills of Northwest Austin in 1971, PGA legend Don January and architect Billy Martindale designed Great Hills to be challenging, scenic and fun. The front nine is open, winding along ridges that offer breath-taking vistas, but challenging you with winds that make many of the holes play differently depending on the conditions. The back nine is where the fun starts at Great Hills; a place where a wayward shot or painfully poor iron can humble your round. There are three par fives and three par threes to challenge you. The signature 17th is a beautiful little par three with white sand bunkers. The 18th is a sporty par five that should be played at least once in the late afternoon when long shadows stretch deep over the fairway. In 2001, the club added Champions® tiff greens, creating putting surfaces that consistently run fast and true. The course requires power, precision, and most of all your attention, lest you become mesmerized by the natural surroundings, beauty, and wildlife!
7401 TX-45, Austin, TX 78739
Welcome to the City of Austin’s premier golf tennis club that’s more than a place to play, it’s a place to belong! Where your next 18 holes are mere minutes from downtown Austin, yet worlds away in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. At Grey Rock, 160 acres of stately oaks and majestic views reach their full potential at the hand of master course designer Jay Morrish. Their Tennis Club and Rock Grille provide a wonderful way to relax, as well. The Tennis Club is nestled within fairways and beautiful views all around. At Grey Rock, they know how to make their guests feel at home and welcome with just the right balance of atmosphere and easy-going elegance. They want you to enjoy this unique experience every day as a member or as a daily guest!
811 E 41st St, Austin, TX 78751
Founded in 1899 by Lewis Hancock, former mayor of Austin from 1895-1897, the Hancock Golf Course stands today as one of the oldest golf courses in the state of Texas! Although the course was re-named after Mr. Hancock in 1946, it was the original site of the Austin Country Club. At one time, the course maintained sand greens and 18 holes. Today, Hancock Golf Course is located in the heart of Austin. This par 35, 9-hole course carries up and down hills over beautiful Waller Creek. The old course is relatively short by modern standards, featuring small, well-manicured greens typical of the era in which it was built. Noted Austin player and teacher, Harvey Penick, started his professional career as a caddy at this location of Austin Country Club and remained with the club for over 70 years. Penick was the golf coach at the University of Texas at Austin from 1931 to 1963, coaching the Longhorns to 21 Southwest Conference championships in 33 years.
5501 Ed Bluestein Blvd, Austin, TX 78723
The Harvey Penick Golf Campus is a 112-acre public facility that houses a 9-hole PGA-Tour designed golf course, The First Tee of Greater Austin, and Austin’s first Footgolf course. Located in East Austin, HPGC is conveniently located within 15 minutes of the Domain, Downtown, Pflugerville, the UT Campus, and the Austin Airport! Not only have they built their facility, events, and programs around fun and welcoming culture, but also HPGC is one of the best and most affordable public golf practice facilities in central Texas. Since the facility opened in 2005, it has been a community hub for golfers and families alike. They are open 364 days a year from dawn until dusk, welcoming golfers and foot golfers from the metro Austin area and families/youth who participate in the numerous First Tee programs hosted on-site.
5400 Jimmy Clay Dr, Austin, TX 78744
The Jimmy Clay Golf Course opened in 1974 and designed by noted golf course architect Joe Finger. Located in Southeast Austin and surrounded by Williamson Creek, the course plays 6,918 yards through traditional tree-lined fairways and elevated open greens. Jimmy Clay underwent a major renovation of 3 holes in 2007 that were redesigned to include a challenging water feature near an island green. All of the greens were replanted and bunkers completely rebuilt. In 2015, a second renovation was done which included the reshaping of 4 of the greens to improve conditions and playability further. The driving range was enlarged and reshaped with larger targets and landing areas and featuring a new elevated hitting area for better visibility, creating a premier practice facility for golf patrons!
2901 Enfield Rd, Austin, TX 78703
Lions Municipal Golf Course has long been one of Austin’s most popular courses. In 1924, the Lions Club opened Lions Municipal, the first public golf course in the city and leased part of UT’s Brackenridge Tract and converted the property into a nine-hole facility. The course was later expanded to 18 holes. The course retained the name “Lions Municipal” or “Muny” after the transfer of the lease to the city in 1936. Lions has hosted many notable golfers, including Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson, Sandra Haynie, Tom Kite, and Ben Crenshaw. Lions also hosts Texas’ oldest amateur tournament, the Firecracker Open. Lions was selected by the Texas Golf Hall of Fame and added to the Texas Registry of Historic Golf Courses. Lions is also listed on the Registration of National Historical Places by the National Park Service, recognized as one of the first courses in the South to desegregate prior to the Supreme Court decision in Brown V. Board of Education in 1954. While “Muny” has changed over the years, it remains a quality test to Austin’s most loyal golf patrons!
2612 Lost Creek Blvd, Austin, TX 78746
Lost Creek Country Club offers an array of amenities to suit all of your business, social and family needs. From championship golf and practice facilities to tennis and swimming, they have all you need for fitness and fun. They also have programs, lessons, leagues, and teams across all sports and all levels, including youth. Their beautiful clubhouse includes men’s and ladies’ locker rooms, a pro shop, state-of-the-art fitness facility, and casual and fine dining options!
3851 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78723
Enjoy views of the Austin skyline as you play the recently renovated course or relax in a rocking chair on the porch overlooking the entire course! Morris Williams opened in 1964 as Austin’s 3rd public course. Designed by Leon Howard, one of the most prolific course architects of the time, the course features elevated, contoured greens and rolling terrain. Named after Morris Williams Jr., one of the best golfers ever developed in Austin, Williams Jr. won every trophy in the area; from the Texas Jr. Championship to the National Air Force Trophy, now named in his honor. He lost his life as a young man during the Korean war in a jet plane crash. The course once served as the home for the UT golf team under legendary coaches Harvey Penick and George Hannon. During this time, UT won 2 NCAA Championships with teams led by Tom Kite and Ben Crenshaw.
2510 Onion Creek Pkwy, Austin, TX 78747
Welcome to Onion Creek Club, Aa genuine Texas treasure steeped in family tradition, friendliness, camaraderie, and good fun! Onion Creek Club is Austin’s most historic golf club, founded in 1974 by three-time Masters Champion, Jimmy Demaret. There is no other golf club in the Austin area that provides the history steeped in tradition and quality, the convenience to downtown and surrounding neighborhoods, and most importantly, the opportunity to make new friends!
1900 Clubhouse Hill Dr, Spicewood, TX 78669
Designed by golf great Arnold Palmer, the satellite course located 25 miles west of the resort features dramatic elevation changes, rewarding those long off the tee. Designed to appeal to every class of golfer, the course is fun for proficient players and still manageable for novices. Lakeside’s signature 11th hole, a magnificent par 3, is highlighted by a cascading waterfall and native flora. Any player who can “turn the ball over and take it deep” will be rewarded by the par-five 12th and par-four 13th holes, both doglegs left with sloping fairways. Lakeside’s clubhouse retreat affords guests a quiet refuge that overlooks the golf course with a lake view that is nothing short of spectacular!
4301 Benner Rd, Kyle, TX 78640
Plum Creek is a Par 71, 18 Hole Championship Golf Course cut from the natural beauty of Texas live oaks, limestone, rolling hills, and Texas wildflowers. The Course Layout spreads out on more than 200 acres and takes full advantage of the natural surroundings. Designed so that no two fairways touch, Plum Creek creates a unique sense of playing alone. At just over 7100 yards, even the best golfers are in for a challenging test of golf, while others have four additional sets of tees to choose from. Every golfer will certainly face a challenge right for their game!
422 Venture Blvd S, Leander, TX 78645
Nestled on the banks of Austin’s scenic Lake Travis, the Point Venture Golf Club is the golf getaway you’ve been searching for. Golfers at Point Venture enjoy peaceful Hill Country scenery while playing golf in the middle of Lake Travis, away from the crowds and bustle of Austin. They feature a 9-hole course, which at the same time, challenges experienced golfers and relaxes novices as they learn this classic game. Point Venture was designed in 1972 by 3-time Masters Champion Jimmy Demaret. The Dallas Morning News has described it as one of the best 9-hole courses in Texas. Their course plays longer than its yardage, due to sharp doglegs that force you to hit some irons and fairway woods off the tees, leaving you some mid irons onto the greens. These doglegs also add a risk/reward element for longer hitters because some of the greens are driveable if you gamble with cutting the dogleg.
1020 Grove Blvd, Austin, TX 78741
Play on the same hallowed grounds where Austin golf legends Ben Crenshaw and Tom Kite once honed their now-famous games under Harvey Penick’s watchful guidance at Riverside Golf Course! Enjoy great course conditions on historic Austin fairways lined with stately oaks, pecans, and maples. Take in the Texas history and pat yourself on the back for discovering Austin’s best golf value. You can do all this at Riverside Golf Course, where walkers and walk ups are always welcome!
4207 River Pl Blvd, Austin, TX 78730
With unforgettable golf, tennis, fitness, swimming, dining, and social activities, River Place is a hill-country haven for members to enjoy and celebrate life with family and friends. Over 6,600 yards of rolling hills, twisting creeks and rocky canyons comprise this memorable and challenging golf course. The course was originally opened in 1984, with a redesign in 1995 through the combined efforts of Tom Kite and Roy Bechtol. The championship design, as well as one of Austin’s premier Hill Country settings, makes this golf course a truly spectacular gem!
5400 Jimmy Clay Dr, Austin, TX 78744
Roy Kizer Golf Course is a links-style layout spread over 200 acres in Southeast Austin. With 35 acres of lakes and 22 acres of wetlands, the golf course offers residency to migratory waterfowl in the area and is a beautiful track for all skill levels. The course was named for Roy Kizer, a long-time golf course superintendent at Lions Municipal Golf Course from 1937 until his retirement in 1973. Mr. Roy Kizer earned the respect of the Austin golf community through his dedication to the course and his support of junior golf in the City of Austin!
2500 Farm to Market 685, Hutto, TX 78634
Located in Hutto, TX, near Austin off of Toll 130, The Golf Club at Star Ranch is the area’s original All-Inclusive golf course, offering an incredibly designed 18-hole golf course and clubhouse. With undulating fairways and greens flanked by pristine white sand bunkers, The Golf Club at Star Ranch promises to provide an enjoyable experience for both the novice and scratch golfer. Perched on a hilltop overlooking the golf course, the club’s 15,000-square-foot clubhouse facility is the perfect place to relax with a meal or a cool beverage. The Traditions Cafe features appetizers, salads, sandwiches, burgers, and much more!
4333 Teravista Club Dr, Round Rock, TX 78665
Teravista is a Championship 18-hole golf club that captures the beauty of the Texas Hill Country with views that span for over 50 miles. The rolling terrain provides a challenging 7,200-yard layout and offers five different sets of tees that will challenge golfers of all ages and abilities. Teravista has just introduced “The Players Club.”; a membership program that is like a Health Club for your golf game. You can work on your game based on your schedule. Practice for free anytime and play up to two rounds of golf per month, attend our weekly clinics, and learn more about the game and become the player you have always wanted to be. The Practice area at Teravista Golf Club is State of the Art with multiple hitting, pitching, and chipping areas for your continued improvement.
2200 University Club Dr, Austin, TX 78732
No matter how you swing it, The University of Texas Golf Club will mark the rarest of opportunities to join the elite Legends of Texas golf as a member of one of the finest private golf clubs in America. The club promises a legendary golf and tennis membership experience available only to a fortunate few. Built in the Texas Hill Country, The University of Texas Golf Club’s championship course is 7,412 yards, par 71 overlooking Lake Austin and bordering the Balcones Natural Wildlife Preserve. In September of 2017, we opened a 6-hole, par 3 short course aptly named the “Spieth Lower 40,” as Jordan helped our architect shape the design to play its best!
575 Hyatt Lost Pines Rd, Cedar Creek, TX 78612
Welcome to golf, the way it was meant to be played. Swing in serenity surrounded by rolling prairie land, heavily wooded ridgeline and river valley terrain dotted with native pecan trees. Be part of an award-winning course cut by the Lower Colorado River in the Texas wilderness! Situated at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa, Wolfdancer Golf Club is an award-winning public golf course found just 20 miles east of Austin. Wolfdancer, named in tribute to the heritage to the Tonkawa tribe of Central Texas, will test a golfer’s skills across a mix of terrains!