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Barton Creek Resort & Spa. This resort is associated with four private courses, including two of the top-ranked courses in Texas, Fazio Foothills and Fazio Canyons. Unfortunately, you either have to be a member or a hotel guest to play here. Greens fees vary widely by season, day of the week, and time of day, but for resort guests the Fazio Canyons and Fazio Foothills courses run from $80 (twilight) to $250 per person, including a forecaddie (but not gratuity). The Crenshaw Cliffside course runs from $60 to $180 (forecaddie not required) and the Palmer Lakeside course from $45 to $155 (forecaddie not required). Various golf packages are also available throughout the year; check website for details. 8212 Barton Club Dr., Austin, TX, 78735. 512/329-4000 or 800/336-6158. www.bartoncreek.com/golf.
Lions Municipal Golf Course. The likes of Ben Crenshaw, Tom Kite, and Ben Hogan are among those who have played at this affordable 6,001-yard, par-71 public course in West Austin. It was originally built by the Lions Club in 1928 and taken over by the city six years later. It is open daily, dawn to dusk. Greens fees run $7–$20. Cart fees are $22. 2901 Enfield Rd., Austin, TX. 512/477–6963. www.ci.austin.tx.us/parks/lions.htm.
Harvey Penick Golf Campus. Named for a legendary local golf instructor, Harvey Penick opened in 2005 in northeast Austin as a "First Tee" course for the specific purpose of teaching golf to young people (though golfers of all ages and abilities can play). The 112-acre, 9-hole, par-30, PGA Tour–designed course is next door to the East Communities YMCA. Lessons are offered. There's also a driving range and short course. Greens fees are $12 for 9 holes, $18 for 18 holes. Youth pay less. Cart fees are $8.75 for 9 holes, and $13.50 for 18 holes. 5501 Ed Bluestein Blvd., Austin, TX. 512/926–1100. Daily, 7–7.
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