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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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Pine Forest Golf Club
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Bastrop $12
Falconhead Golf Club
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Austin $30
Lago Vista Golf Course
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Lago Vista $15
ShadowGlen Golf Club
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Manor $20
Wolfdancer Golf Club Lost Pines $49 - $139
Avery Ranch Golf Club
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Austin $34
Forest Creek Golf Club
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Round Rock $20
Point Venture Golf Club
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Point Venture $10
Hidden Falls Golf Club
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Meadowlakes $13
Vaaler Creek Golf Club
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Blanco $22
Lake Travis Country Club
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Lago Vista $14
Teravista Golf Club
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Round Rock $29
Golf Club At Crystal Falls
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Leander $22.50 - $45.00
Roy Kizer Golf Course
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Austin $24
Riverside Golf Course
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Austin $21
Delaware Springs Golf Course
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Burnet $17
Blackhawk Golf Course
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Pflugerville $12
The Golf Club Star Ranch
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Hutto $20
Jimmy Clay Golf Course
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Austin $22
Morris Williams Golf Course
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Austin $17
Grey Rock Golf Club
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Austin $31
Harvey Penick Golf Course
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Austin $6.95
Pedernales Country Club Spicewood $24
The Club at Rebecca Creek Spring Branch $16 - $32
Lakecliff Country Club
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Spicewood $65 - $100
Great Hills Country Club Austin $50
Omni Barton Creek Resort - Palmer Lakeside Course Spicewood $59 - $105
Spieth Lower 40 Austin N/A
Lakeside Golf Club
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Canyon Lake $10
Omni Barton Creek Resort - Fazio Foothills Course Austin $145 - $285
River Place Country Club
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Austin $35
Spanish Oaks Golf Club Bee Cave $100
Hills of Lakeway Country Club - Hills Course Austin $110
Quicksand Golf Course Wimberley $35
Summit Rock at Horseshoe Bay Resort Horseshoe Bay $150
White Wing Golf Club
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Georgetown $22
Southwest Texas State Golf Course San Marcos $11
University of Texas Golf Club Austin $70
Lions Municipal Golf Course
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Austin $18
Plum Creek Golf Course Kyle $23 - $41
Georgetown Country Club
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Georgetown $26
Legends on Lake LBJ Kingsland $35
Omni Barton Creek Resort - Fazio Canyons Course Austin $129 - $285
Slick Rock at Horseshoe Bay Resort Horseshoe Bay $90 - $160
Legacy Hills Golf Club
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Georgetown $25
Ram Rock at Horseshoe Bay Resort Horseshoe Bay $90 - $160
Cimarron Hills Golf Club Georgetown $125
Berry Creek Country Club Georgetown $20 - $40
Cowan Creek Golf Course
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Georgetown $26.95
Lakeway Country Club - Yaupon Course Austin $60
Lockhart State Park Golf Course Lockhart $9
Lakeway Country Club - Live Oak Course Austin $76
Austin Golf Club Spicewood $100
Hills of Lakeway Country Club - Flintrock Falls Course Austin $110
Driftwood Golf and Ranch Club Driftwood N/A
North Course at Onion Creek Club
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Austin $49
Austin Country Club Austin $103
Balcones Country Club - Balcones Course Austin $35 - $50
Omni Barton Creek Resort - Crenshaw Cliffside Course Austin $115 - $225
Original Nine at Onion Creek Club Austin $55
Twin Creeks Country Club Cedar Park $75 - $85
Escondido Golf & Lake Club Horseshoe Bay $150
Whitewater Putting Course at Horseshoe Bay Resort Horseshoe Bay $11 - $17
Hancock Golf Course
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Austin $7
Mustang Creek Golf Course
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Taylor $20
Apple Rock at Horseshoe Bay Resort Horseshoe Bay $90 - $160
Butler Park Pitch And Putt Austin $8
Joe Balander Short Course Austin $5
Blue Lake Golf Club Horseshoe Bay $11 - $19
Lost Creek Country Club Austin $67.50
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