Austin is a favorite destination for golfers, thanks to its excellent year-round courses (many of which are PGA-endorsed). Whether you’re looking to tee off from one of Austin’s historic golf courses or want to make a weekend of it at a scenic Texas Hill Country resort, you’ll discover plenty of places to choose from. And if you need some gear or apparel before heading out to the links, you’ll find a great selection from local golf brands Criquet and William Murray Golf.
Here are some of the best Austin golf courses and nearby golf resorts. Find a more comprehensive list here.
Austin Golf Courses
The rambling Falconhead Golf Club was laid out by PGA Tour designers. The public, daily-fee course offers golfers a taste of pro level-quality golfing. Nestled in Texas Hill Country, the course features rolling hills dotted with creeks and ponds. Get in some practice shots on the driving range or grab lunch at Talon’s Bar & Grill.
The par 71 Roy Kizer Golf Course is Austin’s premier municipal course. Converted from an abandoned wastewater plant, the links-style course is bordered by trees and spread out among 200 forested acres that are home to lakes and wetlands. With ample fairways and five sets of tees, Kizer is a challenge for players of any skill level.
Courtesy of Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa.
The Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa, which recently completed a stunning $150 million renovation, is an official hotel of the PGA Tour. Not surprising, considering the Omni is home to four championship golf courses that are all top ranked by Golf Digest. Get golfing tips from the on-site pros at the renowned Barton Creek Golf Academy.
Enjoy views of the Austin city skyline as you play through at the renovated Morris Williams Golf Course. Named for local golfing legend Morris Williams, Jr., the course features elevated, contoured greens and rolling terrain. There’s also a driving range and putting greens for practice, or just relax in a rocking chair on the clubhouse porch.
Falconhead Golf Club. Courtesy of Lakeway Resort and Spa>
Lakeway Resort and Spa overlooks the shimmering waters of Lake Travis in Texas Hill Country. Make this family-friendly resort your base as you plan a weekend of golfing at the nearby Falconhead Golf Club or the Lakeway Country Club, home to two premier golf courses known for their fantastic holes, dramatic elevations and breathtaking Hill Country views.
Lions Municipal Golf Course (locally called Muny) has been popular since opening as Austin’s first public golf course in 1934, and is listed on the Texas Registry of Historic Golf Courses. Although the 6,001-yard course is considered short by today’s standards, the small greens and narrow, tree-lined fairways still offer a challenge for even the longest hitters.
Avery Ranch. Courtesy of Avid Golfer.
Riverside Golf Course, located just minutes from downtown Austin, is the place where golfing legends Ben Crenshaw and Tom Kite honed their games. Grab a breakfast taco at The Tin Cup Grill before hitting the picturesque fairways that are lined with stately oak, pecan and maple trees. Walk-up are always welcome.
The beautiful Texas Hill Country setting of Avery Ranch Golf Club lends itself to spectacular sunsets that you’ll want to stick around for. Designed by former Jack Nicklaus course architect Andy Raugust, Avery Ranch blends an upscale golf course seamlessly into a natural setting of limestone caverns, knobby live oak trees, rolling hills and meandering streams.
Wolfdancer Golf Course. Courtesy of Hyatt Lost Pines Resort.
The grand Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa is situated on 400 acres along the banks of the Lower Colorado River, near McKinney Roughs Nature Park. The resort’s 18-hole, par 72 Wolfdancer Golf Club is surrounded by rolling prairie land, a heavily wooded ridgeline and river valley terrain shaded by native pecan trees.
Grey Rock Golf Club boasts 160 acres of towering oak trees (presenting challenges for golfers) and majestic views in the heart of Texas Hill Country. The limestone clubhouse overlooking the 18th hole is home to the Pro Shop and Putter’s Grill, which features the inviting outdoor Biergarten.
Courtesy of Horseshoe Bay Resort.
Horseshoe Bay Resort is touted as one of America's Best Golf Resorts by Golf Magazine. Horseshoe Bay is home to three award-winning, recently renovated golf courses, as well as a unique 18-hole competitive putting course in miniature. All three courses were designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr., with challenging obstacles, scenic Texas Hill Country terrain and panoramic vistas of Lake LBJ.
The Jimmy Clay Golf Course was designed by noted course architect Joe Finger, and opened in 1974. Surrounded by Williamson Creek, the course plays 6,918 yards through traditional tree-lined fairways and elevated open greens. Over time, the course has undergone renovations that included the addition of a challenging water feature and rebuilt bunkers. Jimmy Clay is part of a 36-hole complex combined with the Roy Kizer Golf Course.
Courtesy of TopGolf Austin.
Austin Golf Attractions
Topgolf Austin brings together an irresistible combination of play, music and food. Golfers and non-golfers can join in some friendly competition within the high-tech, climate-controlled hitting bays. Afterwards, snack on delicious eats and enjoy live music.
A local favorite since 1950, Butler Park Pitch & Putt is a nine-hole, par 3 golf course near downtown Austin. This family-friendly course offers challenging holes, shady pecan trees, and water and grass traps. Dog golfing buddies are allowed on the course during select hours.
A local family tradition since 1948, the kitschy Peter Pan Mini Golf delights kids and parents alike. Two 18-hole mini golf courses are filled with colorful characters (including a towering T. rex and Peter Pan himself) and challenging obstacles.
The Harvey Penick Golf Campus is a 112-acre public facility that features a PGA Tour-designed nine-hole golf course. It’s also home to Austin’s first-ever, 18-hole Footgolf course, which combines the best elements of soccer and golf for a high-energy game.