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Destination: Austin

There are college towns and there's Austin, the Texas state capital and the home of the University of Texas. Known for its legendary music scene, barbecue, chicken-fried steak and perhaps off-the-wall ideas (it's called Austin weird for a reason), there's nothing like it in the state or even the nation, for that matter.

The city is also known for its beautiful Hill Country terrain and natural resources, like the Colorado River and the lakes that were spawned from it. Of course, the topography makes for a great golf canvas, and the city and surrounding area certainly have great places to play, whether it's resort golf, muni or quality daily-fee plays.

But back to the entertainment and cultural musings of Austin, which annually hosts one of the biggest music and film festivals in the world, known as South by Southwest. The city is also known for its Sixth Street entertainment district, where the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Johnson, Delbert McClinton, Jerry Jeff Walker and Marcia Ball made names for themselves. There you can find venues like Esther's Follies, Stubb's Barbecue (where big name groups occasionally make surprise appearances) and the Continental Club, which is on South Congress.

And speaking of South Congress, that stretch has been revitalized into an upscale collection of old bars, new clubs and eateries now known as "SoCo." Guadalupe Street, which runs along the west end of the UT campus, is also a great area to hang out, as are the establishments that surround the state capitol.

And if barbecue is your thing, it's hard to beat the Austin area, from the legendary Salt Lick BBQ to Elgin sausage and Rudy's, a popular chain found throughout the area.

Just outside the city are two of Texas' greatest golf resorts, Barton Creek and Horseshoe Bay. Barton Creek features two excellent Tom Fazio courses as well as difficult Bill-Coore-Ben Crenshaw layout, while Horseshoe Bay is known for, among its other golf venues, the difficult Robert Trent Jones-designed Ram Rock Course. Roy Kizer and Jimmy Clay are two of the most popular municipal tracks in the state, and daily fees like Avery Ranch, Falconhead and Terra Vista attract locals and visitors alike. In Austin there's great golf, great food and plenty of entertainment -- a tough combination to beat.

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Roy Kizer Golf Course
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Austin $15
Lighthouse Country Club
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Kingsland $14
Highland Lakes Course
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Lago Vista $15
ShadowGlen Golf Club
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Manor $20
Delaware Springs Golf Course
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Burnet $16.95
Vaaler Creek Golf Club
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Blanco $28
Legacy Hills Golf Club
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Georgetown $19.99
Falconhead Golf Club
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Austin $49
Lago Vista Golf Club
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Lago Vista $15
Grey Rock Golf Club
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Austin $28
Jimmy Clay Golf Course
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Austin $14
Morris Williams Golf Course
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Austin $12
Wolfdancer Golf Club Lost Pines $49 - $139
Forest Creek Golf Club
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Round Rock $20
Legends of Lake LBJ Kingsland $35 - $45
River Place Country Club
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Austin $49
White Wing Golf Club
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Georgetown $22.75
Avery Ranch Golf Club
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Austin $28
Pine Forest Golf Club
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Bastrop $10
Hancock Golf Course
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Austin $7
Cowan Creek Golf Course
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Georgetown $21
Hidden Falls Golf Club
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Marble Falls $12
Teravista Golf Club
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Round Rock $21
Harvey Penick Golf Course
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Austin $19
The Club at Rebecca Creek Spring Branch $16 - $32
Mustang Creek Golf Course Taylor $20
Riverside Golf Course Austin $17 - $29
Georgetown Country Club
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Georgetown $26
North Course at Onion Creek Club
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Austin $39
Lakeside Golf Club
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Canyon Lake $18
Lions Municipal Golf Course
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Austin $18
Point Venture Golf Club
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Point Venture $10
Blackhawk Golf Course
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Pflugerville $12
The Golf Club at Star Ranch
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Hutto $26
Bluebonnet Hills Golf Course
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Austin $16
Quail Creek Country Club
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San Marcos $26
Great Hills Country Club Austin $50
Hills of Lakeway Country Club - Flintrock Falls Course Austin $110
University of Texas Golf Club Austin $70
Golf Club At Crystal Falls Leander $22.50 - $45.00
Blue Lake Golf Club Horseshoe Bay $12
Lockhart State Park Golf Course Lockhart $9
Plum Creek Golf Course Kyle $23 - $41
Austin Country Club Austin $103
Whitewater Putting Course at Horseshoe Bay Resort Horseshoe Bay $11 - $17
Escondido Golf & Lake Club Horseshoe Bay $150
Pedernales Country Club Spicewood $24
Balcones Country Club - Balcones Course Austin $35 - $50
Lakecliff Country Club Spicewood $65 - $100
Original Nine at Onion Creek Club Austin $55
Butler Park Pitch And Putt Austin $8
Cimarron Hills Golf Club Georgetown $125
Spanish Oaks Golf Club Bee Cave $100
Quicksand Golf Course Wimberley $35
Omni Barton Creek Resort - Fazio Foothills Course Austin $120 - $250
Slick Rock at Horseshoe Bay Resort Horseshoe Bay $90 - $160
Apple Rock at Horseshoe Bay Resort Horseshoe Bay $90 - $160
Omni Barton Creek Resort - Fazio Canyons Course Austin $120 - $250
Lakeway Country Club - Live Oak Course Austin $76
Lost Creek Country Club Austin $67.50
Omni Barton Creek Resort - Crenshaw Cliffside Course Austin $90 - $180
Berry Creek Country Club Georgetown $40
Omni Barton Creek Resort - Palmer Lakeside Course Spicewood $60 - $125
Hills of Lakeway Country Club - Hills Course Austin $110
Lost Pines Golf Course Bastrop $25
Ram Rock at Horseshoe Bay Resort Horseshoe Bay $90 - $160
Lakeway Country Club - Yaupon Course Austin $60
Summit Rock at Horseshoe Bay Resort Horseshoe Bay $150
Southwest Texas State Golf Course San Marcos $11
Austin Golf Club Spicewood $100
Twin Creeks Country Club Cedar Park $75 - $85
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