Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Kudos for Horseshoe Bay

A golf travel expert named Larry Olmsted writes a blog for USA Today called The Golfer's World, "tips and trips to take your game on the road." He often posts about his favorite golf resorts and hidden gems.

And in this post, he gives a great shout-out to Horseshoe Bay Resort near Marble Falls:

Horseshoe Bay is one of the best kept secrets in U.S. golf, but also one of our premier golf resorts, and the only one to feature three courses all by Robert Trent Jones Sr. Located in Texas "Hill Country," where many of the state’s best courses reside, the resort and its golf courses hug the shore of 26-mile long Lake LBJ. Horseshoe Bay was conceived nearly 40 years ago by a slightly eccentric developer, Norman Hurd, who used the site to bring his fantasy dreams to life, so the grounds of the resort teem with giant rocks, pools, streams, waterfalls and fountains, all extensively landscaped and full of exotic birds such as pink flamingoes and macaws. At night, Horseshoe Bay trades its colorful plants and birds for an equally extensive sea of colored lights. You know right away you are someplace different.

But what really counts here is the golf, and the three courses, Slickrock, Ramrock and Applerock are all good but difficult layouts, built in Jones’ masochism phase. From the tips, at 6926 yards, Ramrock is known as one of the toughest courses in all of Texas, with a scary 74.5 rating and 140 slope. Applerock is almost as difficult, and the "newest" course here, widely considered one of Jones last great works.

The bad news is that these three courses might bring you to your knees. The good news is that they are a steal to play. The Unlimited Golf Getaway Package offers just what it advertises, unlimited golf on all courses, plus practice and carts, with overnight accommodations, and it is available year round, from $168 per person at The Waters at Horseshoe Bay Resort, or from $187 at The Horseshoe Bay Marriott. The latter is pricier, but throws breakfast into the deal.

That sounds like a fantastic deal, indeed. Ol' Bogey might be heading up Horseshoe Bay way ...

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