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Austin's one-two combination: Great Texas golf and live music

By S. Adam Cardais,
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A view of the 17th hole at Shadow Glen Golf Club, a great Austin golf course to play before hitting the town for a little live music. (Carlton Wade/GolfPublisher.com)

Austin, Texas' live music scene has the reputation as one of the best in America. But it also has a lot to offer golfers.

Austin golf courses such as Falconhead Golf Club, the first track in America to be called a PGA Tour Signature Series Course, are among the finest in Texas, if not the nation. Combined with famed music venues such as Antone's, which has hosted musical icons from Muddy Waters to Eric Clapton, and you've got a perfect destination for golfers who relish live music - players who want to follow 18 holes with a great live show.

Here's a bit more about what Austin has to offer on the golf course and at the concert venue.

Austin golf courses

Falconhead Golf Club: This 7,302-yard track opened to great expectations in 2003 as the first design to ever carry the label of PGA Tour Signature Series Course. It didn't disappoint.

Drawn up by the crew at the PGA Tour Design Center, Falconhead unfolds among gnarled brooks and is cut in many places by streams and creeks. And "the Tour's seal of approval means you will find the kind of excitement you would expect to find at a tournament-level course," Steve Habel wrote in a review for GolfTexas.com.

Carrying a 125 slope rating, Falconhead is a tough but accommodating play that will make you use every club in your bag.

The Golf Club at Star Ranch: The 7,017-yard Star Ranch is a pleasure to play, but it also packs a serious punch. The naturally contoured land, large central lake and strong winds present a stiff challenge.

The facility also boasts a large clubhouse, restaurant and beautiful panoramic vistas of the surrounding landscape.

Shadow Glen Golf Club: Located just outside Austin, in Manor Shadow Glen is one of the finest plays in the area. Golf Digest voted the Roy Bechtol and Randy Russel design a "Top 10 Best New Affordable Golf Course in 2004."

Bechtol and Russel made a bruiser at Shadow Glen, which measures 7,174 yards and boasts some of the best greens in central Texas. Strong winds, numerous water features, bunkering and dimpled fairways that don't offer many true lies will test even the scratch golfer. Also, watch out for elevation changes, which can exceed 50 feet on a single hole.

Austin live music venues

Cheatham Street Warehouse: Opened in 1974 as a music hall designed to develop and promote the Texas music scene, Cheatham Street Warehouse is still rocking more than 30 years later. The venue has shows seven nights a week and is a place for music lovers to listen to the best performers the area has to offer in one of its most storied institutions.

The Continental Club: Playboy named this one of the best bars in America in 2000. Hosting live music in Austin since the late 1950s, The Continental Club has much history. It was the first burlesque club in Austin during the 1960s, hosting dancers such as Candy Barr, and has featured music legends such as Stevie Ray Vaughan. Today the club has a hip retro environment and nightly shows.

Antone's: This was the first club opened on Austin's famed Sixth Street. Located today on the corner of Fifth and Lavaca streets, it opened in the summer of 1975 with Clifton Chenier and has since hosted blues greats such as Muddy Waters, B.B. King and Buddy Guy. In addition, it's helped launch the careers of Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Fabulous Thunderbirds and Los Lonely Boys. Antone's has won numerous awards, including being named Nightclub of the Year by USA Today.

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