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Fazio, Crenshaw and Palmer a magic combo for golfers at Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin

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Barton Creek's renowned courses challenge golfers of every skill level while carefully preserving the natural Hill Country environment. (Courtesy BartonCreek.com)

AUSTIN, Texas - For golfers who simply want the best instruction and the finest golf courses to play in Texas, Barton Creek Resort & Spa is home to the two top rated golf courses in the Lone Star state, with instruction from one of the top 10 golf teachers in the U.S., Chuck Cook.

Located in the heart of the glorious Texas Hill Country, Barton Creek Resort & Spa combines impeccable service with its classic brand of Austin casual elegance set in luxurious surroundings. Featuring 300 beautifully appointed rooms, Barton Creek has something for everyone and offers superior dining experiences, 72 holes of nationally acclaimed championship golf, the industry's finest meeting facilities and a full-service spa, including a unique line of Texas-themed services.

Some of golf's biggest names are the visionaries behind the resort's four 18-hole championship courses - Fazio Foothills, Fazio Canyons, Crenshaw Cliffside and Palmer Lakeside. These renowned courses offer challenges to golfers of every skill level while carefully preserving and integrating the natural Hill Country environment into every hole, earning the resort the prestigious Certified Audubon Golf Course distinction. In fact, golfers often take pause to admire the waterfalls, native plants and abundant wildlife that line the courses.

The resort is at the forefront of state-of-the-art instructional techniques as home to the Chuck Cook Golf Academy. Led by Chuck Cook, one of the top 10 golf teachers in the U.S. and a top 50 teacher of the 20th century, the Academy features ultra-modern facilities and innovative programs designed to improve all aspects of the game. Chuck has been the instructor to four U.S. Open Champions, a U.S. Amateur Champion and five NCAA champions, who all three top golf magazines named as among the top ten teachers in the world. The innovative instructional program is housed at the Fazio Canyons course with state-of-the-art facilities.

Fazio Foothills was selected for the "Top 100 You Can Play 2004" by Golf Magazine and played host to the Canadian Professional Golf Tour's "Barton Creek Classic" in February 2004. A scenic course situated on rolling terrain with frequent elevation changes, the course features creeks, streams and ponds on at least seven of the holes. Designed by Tom Fazio and opened as the original Barton Creek Course in 1986, the greens and courses are well-bunkered and the fairways are lined with native trees. The course, consistently rated among the highest in the state, was renovated in 2004 to continue challenging players and evolve with the changing game of golf. Fairways and select tees were re-grassed and 200 yards were added to the Foothills' existing 6,956. With five different sets of tees, the Foothills caters to golfers of all abilities. (Par: 72, Yardage: 7,125, Rating/Slope: 73.5/128)

Recently selected as the No. 1 course in Texas by Travel & Leisure Golf, Fazio Canyons was also recognized as one of the top 100 Modern Courses in America by Golfweek. The layout boasts the signature of Tom Fazio, the legendary golf designer of Barton Creek's existing 18-hole Fazio Foothills course. This second masterpiece is located just two miles from the resort's main entrance and has its own pro shop and extensive practice areas. The course features winding streams and creeks, limestone-bedded canyons and beautiful vistas of the Hill Country. Large sloping greens, numerous elevation changes from tee to green, and a variety of fairway and greenside bunkers make for challenging play. Home to Barton Creek's world-class Chuck Cook Golf Academy, the course has five sets of tees that will pose a challenge for golfers of all abilities. (Par: 72, Yardage: 7,161, Rating/Slope: 75.4/138)

Crenshaw Cliffside is reminiscent of a links-style golf course with wide fairways and the opportunity to run the ball up to the green from the fairway as opposed to having to fly the ball onto the green. Designed by Ben Crenshaw and design partner Bill Coore, the course sits on gently rolling hills, providing elevation changes and beautiful views. The greens are large and well-contoured offering a challenge for even the best putters, and the course features numerous large fairways and greenside bunkers. Water comes into play on only two of the 18 holes. (Par: 71,Yardage: 6,553, Rating/Slope: 71.1/126)

An Arnold Palmer design, Palmer Lakeside sits above Lake Travis and offers a private country club setting. Located just 25 minutes from the resort, the course has a variety of water features, bunkers, and elevation changes and offers breathtaking views of the Hill Country and the lake. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Barton Creek Lakeside is peaceful and quiet, radiating a relaxed atmosphere. Hole 11 is consistently ranked one of the 18 Most Beautiful Holes in Texas. (Par: 71, Yardage: 6,645, Rating/Slope: 72.3/135)

A variety of golf packages are available. These include the Fazio Unlimited Golf Package, the Crenshaw/Palmer Golf Package or the Hill Country Golf Package.

For more information and to make reservations, call (800) 336-6158 or (512) 329-4000 or visit www.bartoncreek.com.

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  • our stay at Barton Creek

    Marjorie Morgan wrote on: Aug 30, 2008

    Barton Creek is a lovely old place nestled in the hill country with beautiful views. The Fazio Canyons Golf course was Absolutely Beautiful and very well kept. Our overall experience was good, but there were a HUGE disappointment with our dining experience. I would not rate the dining over a 2 star at best. The hotel staff was very pleasant and eager to help in anyway. We are a middle aged couple and we were looking for a great golf course and resort where we did not have to leave for any reason, but unless the dining improved, we would be hard pressed to return no matter how well the golf courses were.

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