BARTON CREEK GOLF RESORT (512-329-4000)
Crenshaw Cliffside Course
Texas Golf Course Review
Barton Creek Resort & Spa sets the standard of excellence and beauty for Texas golf, with the # 1 and # 2 rated courses in all of Texas. The four exquisitely manicured championship courses that highlight this property are designed by Tom Fazio, Arnold Palmer and Ben Crenshaw on the unique Hill Country terrain in Austin. Guests of this luxurious resort can also enjoy instruction on one of the nation's top golf vacation schools - the Chuck Cook Golf Academy, with group classes and private lessons available from one of "America's Top 50 Greatest Teachers" (Golf Digest rating).Uniquely, the courses at Barton Creek offer a caddie or forecaddie program, with reservations available 7 days a week.
The resort offers unmatched beauty and luxury in a variety of accommodations, with amenities worthy of a world-class property. Travel & Leisure Magazine named Barton Creek one of the 100 Best Golf resorts in the US, and one of the 500 Greatest Hotels in the World in 2005. AAA has awarded the property with its 4 Diamond distinction each year from 1995 through 2006, and the property also received the World Travel Award as the Leading Spa Resort in Texas in 2006. Guests can enjoy a full service spa, indoor and outdoor pools, fitness center, tennis, a kids club, ample meeting/conference facilities, plus a variety of casual and fine dining options - all in a luxurious setting on 4000 secluded acres of rolling hills. . For more info, visit our page for the resort, with direct link to their website by clicking here.
The Fazio Foothills and Crenshaw Cliffside courses are on resort property; the Fazio Canyons is a few miles away and the Lakeside Course is located About ½ hour from the resort. Each course has its own clubhouse and practice facility. Uniquely - each of the four courses provide pin placement sheets on all carts, indicating the distance the hole is located from the center of the green.
CRENSHAW CLIFFSIDE COURSE
The Crenshaw Cliffside Course was designed by two-time Masters Champion Ben Crenshaw, along with Bill Coore. The traditional architecture features wide, rolling fairways that lead to a great variety of green complexes, most with large, sloping putting surfaces. There are 60 white, soft sand bunkers, situated along the landing zones off the tee and on approaches - with just 14 of them located on the front side. Water comes into play just twice - off the tee from the tips on number one, and in front of the green on the beautiful par four 18th. Of special note - there are no residential properties along this secluded layout!
The four sets of tee boxes play to distances and slopes measuring 6630 yards/132 slope, 6152 yards/126 slope, 5660 yards/ 124 slope and 4726 yards with a player friendly slope of 110. . On course yardage blocks are posted at 100, 150 and 200 yards (and 250 on par fives) and sprinkler heads are measured to the center of the green on all par fours and fives. All par threes also have posted yardages at each tee area. Color coded flags on the greens indicate front, middle or back hole locations.
This course is consistently ranked among the top courses in the state by the Dallas Morning News! There is generally plenty of room off the tee along the lushly tree lined fairways, so golfers of all skill levels can experience an enjoyable round. Even avid players however, will be challenged by the green complexes - which feature firm, TifEagle putting surfaces. The bump and run can be used often, as greenside mounding is minimal and just a few of the greens are heavily bunkered. Flop shots will also come in handy, especially on the numerous greens that slope from back to front. Golfers beware - there is generally more break on these putting surfaces than seems apparent!
There is a great variety in shot values on this layout. The par threes are generally long, the par fours provide a good mix, two par fives are reachable and there is one par five - # 15 - which due to its uphill nature, plays extremely long and is basically unreachable in two. The two closing holes play over ravines/creeks that protect the raised green complexes - and are simply gorgeous! Caddies are mandatory on this course - and our guy Royce was extremely knowledgeable (especially helpful in reading putts) and was great company. Play at Barton Creek is available to club members and to guests staying at the Barton Creek Resort. For more info, visit our page for the course, with direct link to their website by clicking here.