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Whether your golfing adventures lead you north or south of Houston, Gantz Management offers you an outstanding experience with the best value for your buck. History touches present time at fabled Texas National Golf Club,“Golf’s Forgotten Getaway.” Once home to the Texas Golf Hall of Fame, Texas National winds through rolling hills, tall pines and robust elevation changes in Willis. Scenic and secluded, Texas National features nearly a dozen water hazards, including calm streams and small lakes. This Texas treasure is quickly being restored to its former glory by Gantz Management Group, and will be primed and ready for the 2011 golf season. Gantz Management is now offering special rates at www.texasnationalgolfcourse.com. Golfers can also call the pro shop at (936) 856-4233 to make tee times. South of Houston you’ll marvel at the playability and well-manicured nature of Country Place Golf Club. This semi-private course nestled in Pearland just off 288 offers a relaxed setting at inexpensive rates. Recent improvements have the course in prime shape, as aesthetics and on-course quality were equally enhanced. Take a nonchalant stroll through the back nine as it winds along Clear Creek toward a spacious patio where you can pour yourself a cold one once the day is through. Gantz Management staff will work to insure you and your guests enjoy their experience. Both facilities offer tournament packages with amenities to accommodate groups of 20 to 200 with the utmost service. If you’re interested in a custom golf package for an outing or event, contact events.gmg@gmail.com. Why pay more? It doesn’t have to be expensive to enjoy good golf and great service!

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e’re finally out of triple-digit temperatures, recovering from the hottest year on record, and our local golf clubs are gearing up for a sharp increase in play in the cooler fall and winter months. Coinciding with this very pleasant change in season, some courses are offering new fall golf programs to tune up your game or to take it to the next level. Take a look inside this issue for more information on which golf academies are offering these programs, and which courses to add to your “must play” list. Our Cover Feature is The Battleground at Deer Park, a complete facility that may be enjoyed by golfers and non-golfers alike. The Battleground has new alternate tees, new hours, and new lunch and dinner menus at The Republic Grill -- plus, take a look at their new weekend golf packages that include breakfast. Learn more about The Battleground and The Republic Grill starting on page 6. Be sure to visit www.Houston.GolfersGuide. com, a golfer’s resource that includes our popular digital magazine with direct links to the course, a comprehensive golf directory, golf features, instruction, equipment news and more. To receive our digital edition of Houston Golfer’s Guide, please email me at mgrafe@golfersguide.com. Also, please email me your thoughts on what you would like to see in the next edition. So enjoy this new issue, enjoy our “new” weather, and, as always, enjoy the game, because that’s why it was invented in the first place.

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Battleground at Deer Park & Republic Grill Enjoy the new changes that have been made on and off the course. New golf strategy and fine food at affordable prices.

10 Featured Courses Pages of information on the areas must play courses with description, statistics, rates and specials.

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18 Junior Golf Tour & Instruction New junior golf programs during the cooler months. 20 Directory and Maps Comprehensive listing of featured courses, golf retailers, and golf academies, including website addresses.

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Now New Alternate Tees Houston’s No. 1 rated golf club just happens to be one of the best golf values in all of Texas Some golf course accolades and awards carry more weight than others. Sure, it’s nice to be recognized for, say, the “Best Hot Dog at the Turn,” or some such compliment, but it obviously pales in comparison to “Number 1 Rated Golf Club in the Houston Area,” and “Best Course in Houston Under $30,” both of which have recently been attributed to The Battleground Golf Club at Deer Park, a complete public golfing facility located just 20 minutes from downtown Houston offering impeccable course conditions, phenomenal customer service and an overall golf experience second to none. Houston-area golfers have long known that Battleground is a true championship test, as evidenced by its signature hole, the 175-yard, par-3 17th. A stair-step waterfall accents the edge of a lake that fronts the green. The putting surface is slightly elevated though not very deep, making club selection a top priority. Adding to the challenge is that this is a double green, shared with the par-5 tenth hole, which makes the landing area look larger from the tee than it actually is. While attacking the pin is always an option, care must be exercised to avoid disaster. If there’s a second signature hole on this highly rated track it would have to be the par-5 6

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fifth, perhaps the most interesting and visually stunning hole on the course. This dogleg-left par-5 features a fairway bordered by water on the right, and the smart play is to land your drive just short of an inlet of water crossing the fairway at the dogleg. Big hitters run the risk of driving into it, so 3-wood or 2-iron is a pretty good choice on the tee here. The green can be reached in two, but that requires an all carry approach from about 245 yards to reach a relatively small green surrounded by water on three sides and sand on the other. This is definitely not a shot in most golfers’ bags. Conventional wisdom has players bailing right on the second shot and approaching the green on the landlocked right side. Gentle undulations on the green must be observed and accommodated, and the waterfall left of the putting surface adds character to this exceptionally scenic portion of the course. Besides being the “place to play” for you or your foursome, The Battleground Golf Course is also the perfect place to host your next golf tournament or corporate golf outing. Tournament packages include green fee, cart, range balls, yardage book for each player, professional services for the score board, use of the banquet room if necessary, scorecards, and cart signs.

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To complement the outstanding golf, The Battleground features one of the finest restaurants in the area -- on course or off -- The Republic Grill. The Republic Grill has new w hours, and now offers a wide idee variety of menu options, inncluding a new Daily Themed med d Lunch Buffet, a Sunday Brunch that will have you crying “Uncle” before you get from one end to the oth other, and, to every golfer’s de delight, a Friday and Sa Saturday Breakfast Buffet that is as reasonably priced as it is complete with everyone’s favorite breakfast items. The Grill also has a spacious room to accommodate golf outings, parties, weddings and corporate meetings for up to 200 guests. The Battleground Golf Course has a complete Practice Facility, with a spacious grass tee or, if you prefer, you can hit off practice mats. The Practice Range also has three practice holes, a par-3, 4 and 5. There is also a chipping green with a sand bunker to perfect hots your chip shots and sand shots. You can purchase practice balls by the bucket, or you can purchase a Practice Range membership featuring unlimited practice balls, or upgrade to a membership that provides the balls and ongoing access to the practice holes. The well-stocked pro shop is a perfect place for all your golf equipment needs. You can improve your game at the new Battleground School of Golf, offering clinics and lessons for every level of golfer, men, women 2011 ISSUE 3

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and juniors, beginners to scra Under the aegis scratch. H Instructor Jimmy of Head W Williams, the clinics not on include short- and only lo long-game instruction, b proper stretching but t techniques to add flexibb and strength. ibility While you’re w working on your game, Th Battleground will be The w working on the course, un undergoing a steady and un unobtrusive renovation o virtually v of the entire veen beginning with venue, th he tee complexes. This the wiill ensure that the course will m maintains the extremely hi standards it has set for high its and that it continues itself, to offer discerning golfers th ultimate golf experithe e ence. It’s no easy task e earning the Number 1 r ranking among Houstona golf courses, and the area c course and its professional st certainly deserve this staff m cherished award. It’s most so much more satisfying th “Best Hot Dog at the than Tu although, truth be Turn,” tol if there were such an told, aw The Battleground at award, De Park would win that Deer one, too. For more information log on to www.deerparktx.gov. For tee times call (281) 478-GOLF. For tournaments fill out a Tournament Request form online. Send questions or comments to thebattleground@deerparktx.org. For more information on the Duffer League contact Bob Peterson, (281) 476-0632. For more information on The Battleground lady Swingers call Bobbie Hill at (281) 478-2079.

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All New at The Republic Grill

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o less a luminary than Napoleon once opined that, “An army runs on its stomach,” and while the connotation was obviously military, the same thing can be said by and for any casual golf foursome. Indeed, the pre-round buffet, lunch at the turn, and a post-round cold one while you engage your fingers and toes trying to figure out your actual score are now as much a part of the golf experience as hitting a bag of balls on the driving range or waving at a few putts on the practice green. And while virtually every golf club and course features some sort of food and beverage option, only a select few offer a top-flight facility like The Republic Grill at The Battleground at Deer Park. Featuring a new menu, new hours, new themed lunch specials, a new breakfast golf package and a Sunday Brunch Buffet, The Republic Grill offers casual dining with a magnificent golf course view. The Republic Grill’s new hours are Monday - Thursday 11 a.m. - 8 p.m., Friday 7 a.m. - 2 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m.- 11 a.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Enjoy an incredible Brunch Buffet every Sunday, featuring more buffet items than you can shake a 9-iron at, as well as delectable desserts, for only $13.95 per person. The full menu is offered Monday to Friday, along with specialty items on the daily lunch buffet -- including the over-stocked salad bar -- from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. It too is just $9.95. Happy Hour is from 2 p.m.-5 p.m. with appetizer and drink specials. The new Weekend Golf Breakfast Buffet Packages includes breakfast, greens fee, and shared cart, all for $33 on Fridays and $42 8

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on Saturdays. This is the best breakfast and golf in the State. Widely recognized within the Deer Park golfing community as one of the finest restaurants in the area, The Republic Grill is on a mission to inform locals and visitors alike that the facility is open to the public. “Many people have heard about us from their friends and fellow golfers, but not so many are aware that they are always welcome to join us, whether they’re golfing with us that day or not,” said Food & Beverage Coordinator Jeremy Elbert. “We want to change that perception, and we’ve adjusted our menu items and our hours to make it even more convenient for them to do just that.” The Republic Grill also features a large private room that accommodates up to 200 guests for weddings, meetings, golf outings -- any special event that’s on your schedule, including those all-important Holiday parties. With a menu customized specifically for your event, your guests will enjoy the atmosphere of a country club, while you enjoy the prices of a public facility. If your foursome truly does run on its stomach, once you treat yourself to this culinary extravaganza you’ll be fueled up and ready for anything The Battleground can throw at you. But you’d better leave a little extra time for your outing, because with this much great fuel, you’ll be wanting to play the course twice. Napoleon would be very proud. To view the new menu and new golf breakfast packages, log on to http://micro. golfersguide.com/battleground-deer-park or www.battlegroundgc.com.

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Open to the Public New Hours New Menu New Golf Breakfast Package Every Friday and Saturday

New Themed Lunch Specials Sunday Brunch Buffet

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Accommodating up to 200 guests

(281) 478-2089 1600 GEORGIA AVE, DEER PARK, TX

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anctuary for birdies and eagles, The Battleground is a Deer Park, TX (281) 478-4653 complete public golfing facility specializing in tournadeerparktx.gov/battleground ments and corporate outings. Offering a demanding championship layout, The Battleground is staffed by event specialists who are available to assist you in coordinating every detail of your event from computerized pairings and scoring to personalized cart signs, scorecards, rule sheets and tournament result scorecards. AMENITIES •Full-Service Restaurant Located just 20 minutes from downtown Houston, The •GPS on carts Battleground makes your event easy to plan and thoroughly •Fully-Stocked Pro Shop enjoyable for all. Whether you are looking for a simple golf •3 Holes Practice Course •Driving Range outing, a friendly place to eat, a corporate or social event then •Lessons visit or call The Battleground at Deer Park. •Beverage Cart •Snack Bar We have a spacious room to accommodate golf outings, STATISTICS parties, weddings and corporate meetings. The Republic Grill Par: 72 Yards Rating Slope has a wide assortment of menu options for your event and our Black 6942 73.5 136 6303 70.5 125 well-stocked pro shop is a perfect place for your guests to shop. Gold

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Quail Valley Golf Course Missouri City, TX (281) 403-5910 Golfquailvalley.com GREEN FEE’S WITH CART G La Quinta Course Weekday.....................................$38.00 W Weekday Senior/Twilight..........$28.00 W Weekend ....................................$46.00 W Weekend Twilight ......................$36.00 W El Dorado Course E Weekday.....................................$48.00 W Weekday Senior/Twilight..........$39.00 W Weekend ....................................$56.00 W Weekend Twilight ......................$46.00 W

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edesigned by Jeff Blume in 2009, the El Dorado Course has been voted one of the best values in all of Houston. This course is an adventure every time you play. The La Quinta Course comprises many of the holes that hosted the 1973 & 1974 Houston Open. This is truly public golf at its finest. Quail Valley Golf Course is the perfect place to host your next golf tournament or charity outing. With a fullservice grille, we can accommodate all of your needs. Quail Valley Golf Course is located just minutes from the Med Center and the Galleria in beautiful Missouri City.

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vid golfers in the Houston area yearning for a pure golf experience set apart from the city and brimming with secluded, natural surroundings can find that true, undisturbed feeling at Eagle Pointe Golf Club. The par-71 Rick Forester-design located less than 35 minutes from downtown Houston off I-10 in Mont Belvieu, is equal parts peaceful, eye-catching and playable. The course’s distinguishable characteristics are its rolling fairways, stunning-

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ly tall pines, dramatic elevation changes and an abundance of water. With no homes on 17 of the 18 holes, golf is what you get at Eagle Pointe. The trademark of Eagle Pointe is its steeply tilted, undulating greens that will challenge even the most expert players. Strategically speaking, it’s important to place your approach shots below the hole at Eagle Pointe because of the quickness of the putting surfaces. Eagle Pointe’s closing stretch is the perfect way to conclude a round of golf.

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Mont Belvieu, TX 281-385-6666 EaglePointeOnline.com Rates Mon-Thur Fri Sat-Sun-Hol

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Yards 7077 6502 5927 5213.

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The 15th is the toughest par 3, with a two-tiered green and menacing bunkers right and left. The long par-4 16th features multiple water hazards and a small, narrow green. The par-5 17th is the best birdie opportunity over the four-hole stretch if you don’t find yourself in one of the many sand traps guarding the green. Finally, the par-4 finishing hole requires not one, but two shots over water to a well-protected green. The facility also offers a state-of-the art fitness center and an 8,000-square2011 ISSUE 3

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Timber Creek Golf Club

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Beneath the towering Oaks and sturdy Pines that permeate Timber Creek Golf Club, golfers are enjoying the game like never before. General Manager Mike Griswold and his staff are stressing the fun aspects of golf, and developing an uncommon rapport with their customers. “People who play here frequently call this their club and have a sense of belonging,” Griswold chimed. “They don’t pay dues to get that.” The course’s culture is equaled if not surpassed by the design of Jay Riviere, who incorporated dense woodlands, winding creeks and rock outcroppings to create a splendid layout just 20 miles from downtown Houston. 14

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“Our course isn’t target golf, but the fairways are really defined,” Griswold said. “Jay Riviere’s genius is that you know where you want to hit it and where you don’t want to hit it off every tee box. There’s no guessing.” With its classic Clubhouse Pub atmosphere and an eclectic menu that appeals to virtually every taste, the Legends Grill at Timber Creek is the place to meet, mingle and enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres during the regular Friday afternoon Happy Hour, weekly from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Open daily from 11 a.m. until 30 minutes after sunset, Legends Grill welcomes golfers and non-golfers alike to enjoy their daily Lunch Specials every day until 4 p.m., and their favorite libations anytime.

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Friendswood, TX F ( (281) 993-1140 Timbercreekgolfclub.com T

DIRECTIONS: 1-45 S., exit and D turn t right on FM 2351, turn right at a 2nd light RATES: Call the Pro Shop or visit R online o for specials A AMENITIES: • 27 hole golf course • Golf Academy • Legends Restaurant & Bar • Fully Stocked Pro Shop • 200-seat pavilion for tournaments and events • Online Specials and EClub P PERSONNEL Architect.................... Jay Riviere A Map Key Number

For golfers looking to improve their game, the Golf Academy at Timber Creek can custom design a program for beginners, recreational players or highly skilled players who are in need of a tune-up. The Academy also offers Custom Club Fitting for Ping, Titleist and TaylorMade equipment by Director of Golf Instruction David Pilsner, a PGA Professional and a certified club fitter utilizing the Accusport Vector Pro Launch Monitor, the latest in high-end club-fitting technology. To play your best you need to play with the best, and the Golf Academy is your one-stop outlet for equipment and training to make that happen. Bring your group to Timber Creek for an outing or a tournament that 2011 ISSUE 3

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provides a country club experience at a public course price. Complete tournament packages are available, including green and cart fees, range balls, cart tags, customized score cards, closest to the pin markers and professional scoring. From its outstanding course conditions to its food and beverage facilities, from its fully-stocked golf shop to its legendary service, Timber Creek Golf Club in Friendswood rivals any private club in Texas. Where you belong.

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Blaketree National Golf Club Montgomery, TX 936-449-4907 www.BlaketreeGolf.com A AMENITIES • Blakey’s Grill • Beverage Cart • Fully-Stocked Pro Shop • Driving Range • Stay-n-Play - Magnolia Cottage STATISTICS ST Par: 71 P Yards Rating Slope Pro Tees 7196 75.2 139 P Gold 7006 74.6 135 G Green 6505 72.1 130 G White 5946 68.2 120 W Red 5040 68.5 114 R PERSONNEL P Architect .................. Thomas Blake Director of Golf .........Landon Ewing Call to book your…

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laketree is an excellent location to host your next golf tournament. You’ll be surprised at the elevation changes throughout the course and its proximity to Houston. Call us, to set up your tee time…and receive 25 percent off of your round! Imposing trees, sparkling lakes and rolling terrain make Blaketree National Golf Club one of the most beautiful and challenging golf courses in all of Texas. Carved through a thick forest, Blaketree has grass and sand bunkers, fast greens and risk-reward shot choices that make playing the course a remarkable golf experience.

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Stephen F. Austin Golf Club Come Play at SFA!

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tephen F. Austin Golf Course is conveniently located only minutes west of Katy, exit FM 1458 off IH-10, where the rolling Hill Country begins. You don’t have to drive far to play a scenic course on the Brazos River outside of the city where friendly service makes golfers feel at home. Watch the deer as you play the course’s tight, tree-lined fairways and fast, elevated greens. SFA State Park nearby for the campers.

San Felipe, TX S ( (979) 885-2811 s sfaustingc.com STATISTICS S Par: 71 P Yards Rating Rati Slope Blue 6017 69.7 123 B lue 69 White 5718 68.2 122 W Red 5258 69.0 116 R PERSONNEL P Gen. Mgr. & Head Pro .......Bobby Browne G Teaching Pro ............. Matt Schroeder Te Superintendent ............ Doug Browne S Assistant Pro..................... Chris Ryan As AMENITIES AM A •1 18-Hole Golf Course Banquet Room •B Driving Range & Instruction •D Full Service Restaurant •F • Fully-Stocked Pro Shop www.facebook.com/ SFAustinGC

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Evergreen Point Golf Club Baytown, TX (281) 837-9000 www.evergreenpointgolf.com TEE TIMES T Can be booked online at C w www.evergreenpointgolf.com or by callin ing the Pro Shop at (281) 837-9000 STATISTICS S Par: 72 P C Champ R Regular S Senior Fo Forward

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vergreen Point Golf Club is conveniently located just 30 minutes from Downtown Houston. If you want Texas Gulf Coast Golf at its best then look no further than Evergreen Point. We offer a challenging 18 hole championship layout set on over 200 acres among tall pine, oak and magnolia trees. Be sure to stop by our fully-stocked pro shop and replenish your equipment because water comes into play on 15 out of 18 holes. Evergreen Point has been rated 4 Stars by Golf Digest’s Best Places to Play since it’s opening in 1996. Evergreen Point offers a great value from our daily rates to our corporate outing packages.

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Yards Rating Slope 6969 73.4 138 6389 70.2 133 5955 68.7 126 5248 71.4 123

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Learn! Play! Compete! STPGA Junior Golf program extols the virtues of working hard, having fun, and experiencing the thrill of being in contention “Golf doesn’t build character, it reveals it,” is an adage that has been attributed most often to the immortal Bobby Jones, but even the inestimable Mr. Jones could never have foreseen the character-building capabilities of the game on today’s youth, not only across the country but around the world. Golf provides kids of all ages, ethnicities, and socio-economic backgrounds with structure and discipline; it promotes confidence and enhances self-esteem; it provides valuable life lessons on interacting with their peers; and it teaches children that without some risk there is never any real reward. That it does all this while allowing them to have fun is the true beauty of this extraordinarily beautiful game. But a sometimes overlooked yet equally valuable component is competition, and no one is more keenly aware of that than PGA Professional Thomas Hutton, Junior Golf Manager and Championship Director for the Southern Texas PGA. “Golf is a great teacher,” says Hutton, “and a great equalizer. Especially during competitive events, junior golfers get to experience first-hand the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat -- to borrow a well-worn sports phrase -- and learn that taking personal responsibility in dealing with and overcoming adversity on the course helps prepare them for the challenges they’ll face later on in their everyday lives.” Widely recognized as one of the most extensive and successful junior programs in the U.S., the Southern Texas PGA sponsors and hosts a full docket of Junior Golf events each season, culminating with the annual Southern Texas PGA Junior Championship. “Traditionally we’ve offered a two-season program, 18

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Summer and School Year,” says Hutton, “but beginning in 2012 we’re going to go to three seasons – Spring, Summer, and Fall – and each season will have its own Championship.” The expanded schedule is in response to the overwhelming and enthusiastic participation over the past few years. Indeed, 270 juniors of every age and ability level competed in the 2011 Junior Championship at Cypresswood Golf Club in August, with more than 2,800 juniors participating in the total series of events this year. It’s an opportunity for young golfers to experience the thrill of championship play in a tournament atmosphere, and it rewards players who devote the time and energy to improve their games. While many of the Fall Series events are already full, there are still opportunities to get in on the excitement and fun. Each tournament has automatic exemptions into the upcoming Fall Series Championships, to be played December 3-4 at Pine Forest Country Club for the Junior Tour, and December 10-11 at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club for the Little Linksters. Whether it’s to acquaint your child with the game for the very first time, or introduce him or her to the thrill of truly competitive golf, the STPGA’s Junior Golf program and its Championship Series of events will create golfing memories that will last a lifetime. For more information contact the Southern Texas PGA office at (832) 442-2404, or visit their website, www.stpgajuniorgolf.com.

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Golf Academy at Timber Creek

Class A PGA P Cl Professional f i lD David id Pil Pilsner realizes he is one of golf’s fortunate few. “I was lucky to have grown up playing with good junior players who motivated me to practice and get better,” said Pilsner. “Instruction was not very common, but we learned to play the game well.” Now, as Director of Golf Instruction at Timber Creek Golf Club in Friendswood, the practically self-taught Pilsner is bringing the basics of the game to golf’s fastest-growing segment, junior golfers. “We host golf camps in the summer to introduce children as young as six years old to the game,” said Pilsner, “and during the school year we have after school classes, Saturday classes, and a Junior Golf Academy for teenagers.” This fall Pilsner will conduct a Golf Fundamentals class for boys and girls ages 5 to 9. Beginning Monday, October 3, the six-week program from 4:45 to 6 p.m. will focus on fundamental movement skills that are used in all sports. The 90-minute sessions will use stations to help the kids work on agility, striking, balance, locomotion, jumping, rotation and core strength. Additionally, the Junior Golf Academy will feature the Learn to Play Golf program for boys and girls from 10-13 years old, which will introduce these young players to more golf-specific skills including upper and lower body mobility and stability, wrist motion, striking, agility, balance and coordination, as well as focusing on routine golf skills -- if there truly are such things -- like putting, chipping and the full swing. The cost for each program is $120. Timber Creek Golf Club, a 27-hole facility designed by Jay Riviere and carved out 2011 ISSUE 3

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k and d pine i fforests, offers ff off 316 acres off oak golfers an environment and a feeling that is not found anywhere else on the South side of Houston. One million cubic yards of dirt were moved to create the rolling looks of South Carolina, and 13 bridges were added to cross over Clear Creek. Strategically placed rock outcroppings add to the beauty of the course. The 6,500-square-foot clubhouse features a well supplied golf shop, a restaurant/ bar that is open daily and locker rooms with showers, and the 200-seat open-air pavilion is equipped with a grill and is perfect for tournaments, private parties or for just providing a panoramic view for post-round beverages. The driving range, where you can sharpen your skills or take a lesson from the staff of PGA professionals, is lighted for after-work practice sessions, and customer service ranks high among all Houston-area golf clubs. The Golf Academy at Timber Creek also offers custom club fitting to help you play your best -- Pilsner is certified as a Ping and Titleist club fitter. Whether you’re a beginner, a recreational player or a highly skilled golfer looking to sharpen your skills, Timber Creek has a program designed to fit your needs. “Golf is a difficult game to begin with,’ said Pilsner, “but that doesn’t mean that it shouldn’t be fun.” And anyone who’s been named Southern Texas PGA Professional of the Year, as Pilsner was in 2008, certainly knows what he’s talking about. For more information on the Golf Academy at Timber Creek log on to www.timbercreekgolfclub.com, or call David Pilsner directly at (281) 993-1140, ext. 22.

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Mental Expectations In 14 years of being a swing/short game coach to many players, I am often asked what the most frustrating part of my job is. My answer is, I love to develop players and nothing about my job is frustrating to me. However, the most common fault that I deal with as a coach isn’t a physical one but a mental one. We live in a society of people looking for quick fixes and the easiest ways to obtain results, but these quick fixes are not always the best or most healthy ways to go about getting the results we want. More money is spent in this country on diet pills and cosmetic surgery than money spent on healthy foods and gym memberships by far. It takes more effort and commitment to eat healthy and exercise regularly than it does to take diet pills or have a liposuction procedure done. How does this pertain to golf? Well, it is the exact same scenario that I as a swing/ short game coach, I see in golfers every day. I read somewhere that less than 10 percent of golfers actually take golf lessons. This did not surprise me, considering that only about 5-10 percent of golfers in the world can break a 100. Just like with people and their bodies, golfers are always looking to obtain results with quick fixes. Whether it be a swing method instructional DVD or training aid they buy off an infomercial or a new $400 driver they think will be the answer to their golf game. All of which require only the push of a few buttons or the swipe of a credit card to obtain, not knowing for sure if they will even help your game. The next time you golf to a golf course take a look at the practice range. Besides the players that are just loosening up, count the number of people who are actually practicing. I as a full-time instructor am on the range all day and have a front row seat to

witness all of this. More often than not, I and whoever is taking a lesson from me are the only ones out on the range. I see a lot from either stu- Director of Instruction dents of mine‌ Oakhurst Golf Club or just people shanson@oakhurstgolfclub.com hitting range Cell -281.608.6366 balls before or after their round of golf, frustration that stems from unrealistic expectations. When students of mine have taken a lesson, we fixed what was wrong with their swing, but then they did nothing with it as far as practicing goes. Their frustration comes from the reverting back to swing faults that we have already corrected. There is also the golfer who has just showed up to play, has not played in a month, does not take lessons or practice, but is now hating life now after hitting the ball terribly on the range before they tee off. The best players in the world practice rigorously, have swing/short game coaches, use the best custom fitted equipment, and still revert back to swing faults as well as hit bad shots. The difference is that the foundation of a pros golf game is so much more solid because they put in the work and commitment to obtain results to right way. Just like the individual who makes the commitment to change their bodies by getting with a nutritionist who gives them a diet plan, and who exercises consistently with a trainer to ensure the most effective workouts possible. Practicing is one thing, but practice with a purpose is much more effective.

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Nine Hole Course Directory Course

Phone Holes

Alvin Golf & Country Club

281-331-4541

9

979-865-9058

9

979-732-5575

9

936-291-0008

9

979-234-5981

9

281-337-2021

9 lighted

281-331-3505

9 lighted

281-548-7273

9

281-324-2592

9

281-890-6026

9

281-476-1880

9

281-351-8628

9

936-594-2583

9

877-251-0003

9

979-798-4653

9 Lighted

785 County Rd. 539, Alvin, TX 77512

Bellville Golf & Receation Club 2426 Highway 36 N., Bellville, TX 77418

Columbus Golf Course 1617 Walnut St, Columbus, TX 78934

Country Campus Golf Course 3312 SH 19, Huntsville, TX 77320

Eagle Lake Golf Course 210 Golf Course Rd., Eagle Lake, TX 77434

Green Caye Golf Course 2100 Caroline St., Dickinson, TX 77539

Hillcrest 3401 Fairway Dr., Alvin,TX 77511

Humble Oil Patch Golf Center 2107 N Houston,Humble, TX 77338

Indian Shores Golf Course 2141 White Feather Trail, Crosby, TX 77532

Mulligans Golf 11010 Jones Rd, Houston, TX 77070

San Jacinto College Golf Course 8060 Spencer Hwy., Pasadena, TX 77505

Spring Valley Golf Club 25110 Gosling Rd., Spring, TX 77389

Lake Estates Golf Club 146 Jamestown Road Fm 3453,Trinity, TX 75862

Weimar Golf Club 1481 Highway 90 East,Weimar, TX 78962

West Brazos Golf Center 4199 County Rd. 507, Brazoria, TX 77422


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COURSE

TYPE

PHONE

FEATURED COURSES 24 Blaketree National GC PUB 936-449-4907 4430 S. FM 1486, Montgomery, TX 77316 27 Country Place SP 713-436-1533 3123 Flower Field Ln., Pearland, TX 77584 5 Eagle Pointe Golf Club & Recreation Complex PUB 281-385-6666 12440 Eagle Pointe Dr., Mont Belvieu, TX 77580 2 Evergreen Point GC PUB 281-837-9000 1530 Evergreen Road, Baytown, TX 77523 41 Jersey Meadow M 713-896-0900 8502 Rio Grande St., Jersey Village, TX 77040 35 Quail Valley Golf Course PUB 281-403-5910 2880 La Quinta Rd., Missouri City, TX 77459 7 River Ridge Golf Course, PUB 800-553-7517 3133 Brazos Oak Lane Sealy, TX 77474 8 Stephen F. Austin Golf Club SP 979-885-2811 Park Rd. 38, San Felipe, TX 77473 18 The Battleground at Deer Park PUB 281-478-4653 1600 Georgia Ave., Deer Park, TX 77536 37 Texas National Golf Club PUB 936-856-7262 8720 Clubhouse Drive, Willis, TX, 77378 36 Timber Creek PUB 281-993-1140 4554 FM 2351, Friendswood, TX 77546 SHOPPING 28 29 42 43

Edwin Watts Edwin Watts Edwin Watts Edwin Watts

PG.

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www.countryplacegolfclub.com 2-3 www.eaglepointeonline.com 12-13 www.evergreenpointgolf.com

17

www.jerseymeadow.com

Online

www.golfquailvalley.com

11

www.riverridgegolfclub.com Online www.sfaustingc.com

17

www.battlegroundgc.com www.texasnationalgolfcourse.com

6-7,10 2-3

www.timbercreekgolfclub.com 14-15

TYPE

LOCATION

PHONE

Retail Retail Retail Retail

Houston Galleria Houston Friendswood Humble

713-627-2411 832-249-6133 281-486-3212 281-540-3700

24 24 24 24

PHONE 936-449-4907

PG. 16

RESORTS & ACCOMMODATIONS 24 Blaketree National Golf Club SERVICES Southern Texas PGA

WEBSITE

TYPE Resort

LOCATION Montgomery

PHONE 832-442-2404

PG.

WEB SITE www.stpga.com

GOLF ACADEMIES / INSTRUCTION Eagle Pointe Player Development Jeff Strong, PGA Golf Academy at Timber Creek David Pilsner, PGA, Golf Academy at Cinco Ranch David Goldblum, PGA Rick Ellstrom School of Golf Rick Ellstrom The Battleground School of Golf Jim Williams

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WEB SITE eaglepointeonline.com timbercreekgolfclub.com golfclubatcincoranch.com golfquailvalley.com deerparktx.gov

MAP KEY DINING

TYPE

LOCATION

39 The Republic Grill

American

The Battleground at Deer Park

PHONE 281-385-6666 281-993-1140 281-395-4653 281-403.5910 281-478-2080

PHONE

PG.

281-478-2089

8-9

Battleground at Deer Park New Alternate Tees

(281) 478-2080 20

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Magnolia

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35

28

38 29

37 Montgomery

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Deer Park

2

5

Mont Belvieu

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General Directory RETAILER

LOCATON

Alvin Golf & CC

PUB

Alvin

Augusta Pines

SP

Spring

Babe Zaharias GC

PUB

Port Arthur

Bay Forest GC

PUB

La Porte

Bayou Din GC

PUB

Beaumont

Bayou GC

M

Texas City

Baywood CC

SP

Pasadena

Beacon Lakes GC

PUB

League City

Bear Creek Golf World

PUB

Houston

Belle Oaks GC

PUB

Beaumont

Bellville Golf & Receation Club PUB

Bellville

Blaketree National GC

PUB

Montgomery

Bluebonnet Country GC

PUB

Navasota

Brenham CC

SP

Brenham

Brentwood

SP

Beaumont

Brock Park GC

M

Houston

PUB

Coldspring

M

Anahuac

PUB

Houston

Cape Royale GC Chambers County GC Clear Creek GC Colony Creek CC

PUB

Columbia Lakes

PUB West Columbia

Victoria

PHONE RETAILER

281-331-4541 Longwood GC

LOCATON PUB

832-381-1000 Meadowbrook Farms GC PUB 409-796-1327 Melrose GC 281-471-4653 Memorial Park GC

PHONE

Cypress

281-373-4100

Katy

281-693-4653

PUB

Houston

281-847-1214

M

Houston

713-867-0386

409-796-1327 Moody’s Gardens GC PUB Galveston 409-643-5850 Newport GC & Conf.Center PUB Crosby 281-487-0050 North Shore CC Semi Portland 281-337-1459 Oakhurst GC PUB Porter 281-859-8188 Pasadena Municipal GC M Houston 409-796-1311 Pecan Lakes GC PUB Navasota 979-865-9058 Pine Crest CC PUB Houston 936-449-4907 Quail Valley GC M Missouri City 936-894-2207 Raven Nest GC PUB Huntsville 979-836-1733 Rayburn Country R Brookeland 409-840-9440 Red Wolf GC PUB Huffman 281-458-1350 Redstone GC PUB/PV Humble 936-653-2388 PUB Richmond 409-267-8235 River Point GC 713-738-8000 River Ridge GC 361-576-0020 River Terrace GC

409-683-4653 281-328-3576 361-643-6057 281-354-4653 281-481-0834 936-870-3889 713-462-4914 281-403-5910 936-438-8588 409-698-2444 281-324-1841 281-459-7800 281-343-9995

PUB

Sealy

800-553-7517

PUB

Channelview

281-452-2183 713-988-2099

Houston

M

Columbus

979-345-PUTT Sharpstown GC 979-732-5575 Sienna Plantation

M

Columbus GC

PUB

Missouri City

281-778-GOLF

Country Place GC

SP

Pearland

713-436-1533 Southwyck GC

PUB

Pearland

713-436-9999

Cypress Lakes

PUB

Cypress

281-304-8515 Stephen F. Austin GC

SP

San Felipe

979-885-2811

Cypresswood GC

PUB

Spring

281-821-6300 Swanson Golf Center

Pub

Houston

281-440-1308

Dickinson CC

PUB

Dickinson

281-337-3031 Texaco GC

PUB

Houston

Eagle Pointe GC

PUB Mont Belvieu

Evergreen Point GC

PUB

Baytown

Fox Creek GC

PUB

Hempstead

Freeport GC

M

Freeport

Gleannloch Pines

PUB

Spring

281-225-1200

Glenbrook GC

M

Houston

713-649-8089

Goose Creek GC

SP

Baytown

281-424-5534

Greatwood GC

PUB

Sugar Land

281-343-9999

Green Caye GC

PUB

Dickinson

281-337-2021

Gus Wortham GC

M

Houston

713-928-4260

Henry Homberg GC

M

Beaumont

409-842-3220

Hermann Park GC

PUB

Houston

713-526-0077

Heron Lakes GC

The Golf Club at Cinco Ranch PUB

R PUB

Friendswood

281-993-1140

Tour 18 Houston

PUB

Humble

281-540-1818

M

Bryan

979-823-0126

PUB

Waller

936-931-3335

Travis B. Bryan GC

Houston

PUB 281-304-1400 Wedgewood GC West Brazos Golf Center PUB 409-753-2521

Jersey Meadow GC

PUB Jersey Village

Kingwood Cove GC

PUB

Lake Windcrest Legendary Oaks GC

979-297-4653

The Woodlands 281-882-3000

Timber Creek GC

Houston National GC

Sour Lake

936-760-1776

PUB Lake Jackson

The Woodlands

281-807-0207

Beaumont

281-395-4653

The Wilderness

281-356-7700

PUB

Katy Conroe

PUB Panorama Village 936-856-5531

Houston

PUB

281-478-4653 979-992-3123

The Village GC

Magnolia

Iron Oaks GC

936-856-4233

PUB

PUB

Idylwild GC

979-845-1723

The Links at West Fork

High Meadow Ranch GC PUB PUB

713-453-7501

281-385-6666 Texas A&M University GC PUB College Station 281-837-9000 Texas National GC PUB Willis 979-826-2131 The Battleground at Deer Park PUB Deer Park 979-233-8311 The Falls Resort & GC SP New Ulm

Waller CC

Conroe

936-441-4653

Brazoria

979-798-4653 936-594-9172

PUB

Trinity

PUB

Houston

713-413-3400

Kingwood

409-866-9191 Westwood Shores GC 713-896-0900 Wildcat GC 281-358-1155 WindRose GC

PUB

Spring

281-370-8900

R

Magnolia

281-259-2279 World Houston GC

PUB

Houston

281-449-8384

PUB

Hempstead

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General Directory RETAILER

LOCATON

PHONE RETAILER

LOCATON

PHONE

GOLF RETAILERS Big O’s Golf

League City

281-557-3300

Golf Warehouse

Houston

281-443-2828

Bryan

979-776-4653

Golf Warehouse II

Houston

281-596-9090

Golfsmith

Spring

281-292-2288

GolfSmith

Houston

713-993-9993

Golfsmith

Houston

713-334-3334

Golfsmith

Webster

281-554-9911

GolfTec

Houston

713-339-2470

GolfTec

Houston

281-866-7299

GolfTec

Webster

281-557-0015

GolfTec

Houston

713-850-7555

Impact Golf

Houston

281-597-8008

Houston

281-890-6026

Houston

281-879-0929

Spring

281-288-8685

Houston

713-629-4653

D & J Golf Edwin Watts Golf

Friendswood

Edwin Watts Golf

Houston

713-627-2411

Edwin Watts Golf

Houston

832-249-6133

Edwin Watts Golf

Humble

281-540-3700

Beaumont

409-866 -3883

Houston

281-480-4653

Games People Play Golf Etc.

281-486-3212

Golf Etc.

Pearland

713-436-5001

Golf Etc.

College Station

979-696-2733

Houston

832-203-1518

Golf Galaxy Golf Galaxy

Houston

832-478-1365

Golf Galaxy

Sugar Land

281-491-1888

Mulligan’s Golf

Golf Galaxy

The Woodlands

832-585-0505

Sport Shoppe

Golf Galaxy

Webster

281- 332-3332

Spring Golf Center

Golf USA

Houston

281-392-4653

Strictly Golf

Montgomery

936-447-1700

Magnolia Creek

Bay City

979-245-3990

Northgate CC

PRIVATE COURSES April Sound CC Bay City CC Bay Oaks CC

Houston

281-488-9753

Pebble Creek GC

Beaumont CC

Beaumont

409-898-7011

Pecan Grove Plantation CC

Briarcrest CC

League City

281-557-0555

Houston

281-440-1223

College Station

979-690-0990

Richmond

281-342-9940

Bryan

979-776-1490

Raveneaux CC

Spring

281-370-6370

Carlton Woods

The Woodlands

281-863-5820

River Oaks CC

Houston

713-529-4321

Champions GC

Houston

281-444-6449

River Plantation CC

Conroe

936-273-2276

Conroe CC

Conroe

936-756-5222

Sugar Land

281-491-2500

Deerwood Club

Kingwood

281-360-1065

El Campo CC

El Campo

979-543-6592

Elkins Lake CC

Huntsville

936-295-4312

Falcon Point

Katy

281-392-2582

Fort Bend CC

Richmond

281-342-8368

Galveston

409-737-9830

The Woodlands

281-863-1490

Galveston CC Gary Player Sig. Cour. Golf Crest CC

Pearland

281-485-4550

Riverbend CC Royal Oaks CC

Houston

281-899-3270

Richmond

281-494-3533

South Shore Harbour CC

League City

281-334-0521

Sugar Creek CC

Sugar Land

281-494-9135

Sweetwater CC

Sugar Land

281-980-4653

The Houstonian GC

Richmond

281-494-4244

Shadow Hawk GC

Traditions Club Walden on Lake Conroe

Bryan

979-779-1007

Montgomery

936-448-4668

Hearthstone CC

Houston

281-463-2204

Houston CC

Houston

713-465-8381

Walden on Lake Houston

Humble

281-852-3743

Fulshear

281-346-1227

Houston Oaks

Hockley

713-888-0000

Weston Lakes CC

Kingwood CC

Kingwood

281-348-2217

Westwood GC

Houston

713-774-3011

Trinity

936-594-4980

Spring

281-376-1501

Katy

281-579-6611

Lakeside CC

Houston

281-497-2228

Whispering Pines GC

Live Oak CC

Rockport

361-729-7311

Willow Creek GC

Lochinvar GC

Houston

281-821-0220

Willow Fork CC

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Contributing Writers Art Stricklin A regular contributor to Golfer’s Guide Radio on ESPN and current president of the Texas Golf Writers Association, Art Stricklin will be contributing his award-winning writing talent to the Central Texas Golfer’s Guide. One of the foremost experts on golf history and travel in Texas, Stricklin has written a total of seven books and has personally played at a majority of the state’s 800 golf courses. Stricklin graduated from Baylor in 1983 and then spent more than a decade working for newspapers throughout Texas, including three years as the golf writer for the San Antonio Express-News.

Steve Habel The newest contributor to Central Texas Golfer’s Guide, Steve Habel is a national correspondent for Cybergolf, managing editor for Texas CEO Magazine and works as a contributing editor for Horns Illustrated magazine, a publication focusing on University of Texas sports. Habel also writes two golf blogs and works as the media coordinator for Hall of Fame player and golf architect Tom Kite, architect Jeff Brauer and the City of Arlington’s golf division. Habel is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America as well as the Texas Golf Writers Association.

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Golf ’s Oasis in the Texas Hill Country

Sound water management and a wild stroke of luck is keeping Vaaler Creek green in bone-dry Central Texas. You would understand if PGA Professional Adam Grosch walked around with a perpetual smile on his face. He’s got a lot going his way these days. Grosch is Director of Golf at Vaaler Creek Golf Club, a five-star golf facility just down the road from San Antonio and less than an hour from the capital city of Austin. His golfers are happy, his staff is working together as a team, business is good. And his course, unlike many others in the state, remains in near-perfect condition, despite the worst drought in decades. But his joy is tempered by the reality that many courses are suffering, and that the golf industry, along with virtually anyone and everyone else, is having a pretty rough go of it. “Of course we’re thrilled that we can offer our guests a great golf experience, despite the State’s desperate need for rain,” Grosch said. “But it’s painful to watch what our friends at our neighboring courses are going through. Unfortunately, a parched course is something you just can’t hide.” Vaaler Creek remains green due to a 32

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number of factors, not the least of which is that it draws a significant amount of its water supply from the Trinity Aquifer, which, unlike much of the surrounding area that draws water from rivers, lakes, and the Edwards Aquifer. That’s the “lucky” part of the equation. The Vaaler Creek staff is extremely judicious with the use of that water, and while you wouldn’t expect them to know exactly how much they’re using, you get the feeling that if queried they could nail it within a gallon or two. Vaaler Creek, architect Michael Lowry’s first signature golf course design, is a visually stunning and uniquely memorable layout that sets out to challenge more accomplished players by pinching landing areas and employing strategically placed hazards, while at the same time achieving playability and enhancing enjoyment for the average golfer. The back nine, which opened to the public in July 2007, was joined in 2009 by the complementary front. Both sides feature spectacular panoramic views of the Texas Hill Country,

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an abundance of live oaks and rolling to a high-end resort in San Antonio,” at topography. a very attractive price. The golf course Appearances will be deceiving for is positioned as a semi-private facility, your average player, on a course which with property owners of Rockin’ J Ranch measures more than 6,800 yards from receiving a complimentary basic golf the tips and plays to a par of 72. With membership that entitles them to enjoy plenty of greenside bunkers, man-made their first three rounds each month for waterways, elevation changes, undulating free, with a discounted rate thereafter. greens and a few tiered fairways, the 18Basic golf memberships may also be hole championship course is a daunting purchased by non-property owners, and challenge. But players will find the course Vaaler Creek offers guests of its members extremely playable, and those who score discounted greens fees as well. For more well will walk off the 18th feeling good frequent players, Vaaler Creek offers an about the state of their game. annual full membership, which entitles The uniqueness of each hole is the individual members to unlimited rounds hallmark of Vaaler Creek, and makes during the year, including cart fees. playing this Hill Country course so much Out-of-town golfers now have the fun. Players won’t soon forget the 195opportunity to Stay & Play at Vaaler yard, par-3 12th hole, which features Creek. A bank of brand new, well fura Pacman-shaped pond that surrounds nished two- and three-bedroom condos the green almost completely. Another situated around the No. 10 tee box will example is the 511-yard, par-5 10th that serve as guest accommodations, and start gives players a choice off the tee between at $175 per night. Discounted greens fees upper and lower fairways with substanare a part of the Stay & Play package. tially different elevations. As the sun dips toward the horizon Located within the Rockin’ J Ranch, in the burnt-orange Texas sky, you can a community dedicated to resort living bet quite a crowd will be gathering on the and championship golf set upon more 5,550-square-foot deck that overlooks than 1,000 rolling acres just south of the charming town of Blanco, Vaaler Creek is used to drawing golfers from every direction. Golfers can expect a qualThis 5,000 square foot deck is not a bad place to hang out after your round of golf, grab your your favorite ity of play “comparable beverage and and wind down your day with a Hill Country Sunset. 2011 ISSUE 3

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the 18th fairway at Vaaler Creek. The platform, which is cloaked by two large live oaks trees that rise up through its center and expands out over a large pond, serves as the centerpiece of the club’s tournament and event facilities, and the place to be for a cold beverage when your round comes to an end. The deck is a popular meeting spot for group events such as weddings, tournaments and reunions. This area is also the future site of Vaaler Creek’s It never gets to hot at Vaaler Creek, when it does, a jump in ther Olympic size swimming pool will cool you down real quick. clubhouse, which will be located directly behind the opined that “You can’t think and grin at 18th green and feature great views of the same time” – Grosch has a full plate golfers as they approach the final hole, a holding his facility and his team to the tough par-4 requiring a 100-yard carry exacting standards he’s set for both. But over water to a green that protrudes into he does derive a great deal of pleasure a pond. from the fact that his club can still offer Vaaler Creek’s professional event staff the ultimate golf experience to his guests, can handle any size golf outing or tourna- even in this demanding climatic and ment, and will put together a number financial environment. “If there’s one good of tournament packages, from a simple thing about this situation it’s that golfers green and cart fee program to an all-inclu- can come out to Vaaler Creek and expect sive tournament package with discounted to find things they way they once were, rates, scoring, range balls, tee prizes, the way they should be, and enjoy a few hole-in-one prizes, drink tickets and food hours of relaxation and great golf,” said and beverage service. This package is Grosch. “And, at the bottom of it, isn’t priced around $75 per person, depending that what the game is really all about?” on the size of the group. For more information on the programs, A beautiful driving range and a giant pricing, packages or playing options offered teeing area welcome golfers who want to by Vaaler Creek Golf Club, please visit www. warm up or revisit a few swing thoughts vaalercreekgolfclub.com or call (830) 833from the day’s round. Vaaler Creek has 0706. Visitors to the site may also sign up for also recently introduced a short game E-specials that will be delivered to their inbox area, complete with areas for chipping twice every month promoting discounted golf and sand shots. rates and special golf promotions at the club. You won’t find Adam Grosch smilAnyone interested in hosting an event or golf ing uncontrollably about the current tournament at Vaaler Creek can either fill out state of affairs – after all, a wise man once a questionnaire on the site or call the golf shop. 34

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Bend of the River

“Elevate” your game at the finest destination resort in this scenic corner of the State Anyone who’s driven across Texas can tell you two things about the ride: It’s far, and it’s flat. Indeed, you could start a rumor that the highest “natural” elevation in the State is the pitcher’s mound at a high school baseball field in Odessa, and most people would believe it. Most people, that is, who’ve never been to the Big Bend area in remote Southwest Texas, named for the vast curve in the Rio Grande River adjacent to the Mexican border. It is an extraordinarily beautiful region with a fascinating history, and the home of the renowned Lajitas Golf Resort and Spa. Enveloped by more than 1 mililion acres of public land, the Lajitas Resort is nestled between Big Bend National Park and Big Bend Ranch State Park and features the Black Jack’s Crossing Golf Course, a 7,413-yard Lanny Wadkins 2011 ISSUE 3

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Signature design that has been receiving rave reviews across Texas and throughout the Southwest. This semi-private, stunningly unique 18-hole championship golf course has challenging fairways set against a rugged backdrop. It’s a Big Course worthy of the Big Bend, with seven breathtaking mountain holes and one spectacular desert mountain vista after another. “Some of these tee shots, you just go, ‘Wow!’” said course designer Wadkins, former CBS golf commentator, PGA Tour Star and recent Hall of Fame inductee. “On hole number four, it’s ‘Holy smokes. smokes.’ Then fivve is better than four and sixx is bette better than five, and it ju ust keeps going.” just The course is name named after U.S. Army Gener General “Black Jack” Persh Pershing, who pursued Panch Pancho Villa across the

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Rio Grande, and the old Lajitas Trading Post (circa 1800s) has been re-purposed into the Golf Shop and Longhorn Museum. The course is a true work of art, combining the historical features of the land with the stunning setting amidst the National and State parks. The facility features a 500-yard driving range with 25 practice stations a 5,000square foot-putting green, a short game practice facility, rental clubs, and a state-ofthe-art GPS equipped golf cart system. The Lajitas Resort offers a variety of guest rooms to accommodate your personal preference, which are beautifully and uniquely appointed to complement the historic character of their Big Bend setting. Each accommodation is individually designed -- no two rooms are alike -- and combine cozy chambers with Victorian sensibilities, hacienda hideaways with decidedly Spanish accents, and rough-hewn furnishings with a cowboy flair. Dining at the Lajitas Resort is as distinctive as the picturesque setting. The signature dishes created by the Executive Chef offer an innovative approach to traditional southwestern cuisine. Gourmet West Texas

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fare is prepared using fresh ingredients that celebrate the native flavors of the region, including green chiles, prickly pear, wild game, and prime beef aged on-site. Join in the virtually unlimited activities such as a Wild West adventure, hiking, rafting, horseback riding, mountain biking, Jeep and ATV riding, and dove hunting at the resort’s one-of-a-kind Hunt Club. Or set aside a day of quiet reflection at the Agave Spa to restore a sense of well-being and balance, relieving stress and rejuvenating your body. Lajitas Golf Resort and Spa is offering the Black Jack’s Crossing 2011 Grand Opening Package, which includes luxury accommodations, one complimentary round of golf per day including cart, welcome cocktail at the Thirsty Goat Saloon, and unlimited use of the practice facilities. Packages start at $129 per person, per night based on double occupancy, and $199 per night single occupancy with a minimum two-night stay. The Grand Opening Package is available from October 1 - January 2, 2012, and some restrictions apply. For more information visit www.lajitasgolfresort.com or call (432) 424-5000.

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Experience Lajitas Golf Resort & Spa

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More than just your grandfather’s course Sun City Texas Legacy Hills GC combines character and challenge. By Steve Habel Special to The Golfers Guide

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approach shots to the right part of the greens and to make putts.” Legacy Hills GC is really two kinds of courses in one – the front-side is tighter and has an interesting mix while the back-side is more open, longer (by 228 yards) and prone to be more affected by the area’s swirling winds. Players will love the options Legacy Hills GC offers, including a distinctive split fairway on the 387-yard par-4 second hole (playing to the left side makes the approach shorter); the demanding 211-yard par-3 eighth (with a small valley in front of the green to catch run-up shots) and the need for accuracy on the 357-yard par-4 ninth due to the proximity of stream on the left side on the fairway. On the back-side is defined by its tough twoshotters, beginning with the massive 472-yard 11th and continuing with the 437-yard 13th (which moves slightly to the right off the tee and uphill to the green), the 442-yard 14th (with Berry Creek beyond the tree line to the starboard side) and the 425-yard 15th, which sports a rock ridge that must be played across. The 520-yard par-5 18th is Legacy Hills GC’s signature hole and gives golfers with long and accurate play a chance to get home in two shots. Fairway bunkers loom ominously, and the long green is extremely prone to a three putt if the approach is not on the correct level. Legacy Hills GC sports its own nine-acre practice range, putting green, clubhouse, pro shop and lounge. The staff at Legacy Hills is able to excel at hosting. Legacy Hills Golf Club is a beautiful course, fitting in superbly with its natural surroundings. Tees and greens were incorporated into the existing Hill Country landscape and the flora and of vegetation on the track’s edges were selected to blend with the surroundings while creating color and visual excitement. A cascading stream alongside the ninth tee area is one of the course’s most aesthetically pleasing sections.

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Olympia Hills Golf and Conference Center is ideal for weddings, quincenearas, corporate outings, meetings and golf tournaments.

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Bluebonnet Hill Golf Course… You’ve come to the right place.

Bluebonnet Hill Golf Course, overlooking Lake Walter E. Long (formerly Decker Lake) offers the kind of golf experience golfers are longing to have – a nice, tidy 4 hour round on a course that’s in excellent shape with impeccable 328 Bermuda greens! Surrounded primarily by farmland, the rolling hills of Bluebonnet’s terrain offer the golfer spectacular views of peaceful countryside that is just 15 minutes from downtown Austin, located just off Hwy 290, six miles east of I-35. Bluebonnet Hill is a full service facility with driving range, chipping greens, sand bunker, putting green, pro-shop and snack bar. The Professional staff offers instruction suitable for all skill levels.

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BACK to the FUTURE

The Hawk at Rebecca Creek reminds golfers of a time not so long ago when a day of golf was a true “experience.”

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won’t do to turn that mission statement into a reality for every guest.” With a constant series of upgrades and refurbishments, The Hawk is in better shape than it’s ever been, and with some of the most reasonable rates in the state, every golfer can afford to experience this secluded golfing gem. The professional staff offers clinics throughout the year, private lessons customized to meet your individual needs, and a complete USGA Handicapping System. The Golf Shop features a full line of golf equipment and apparel at reasonable prices, as well as custom fitting for equipment, special orders, and anything else you need to look and play your best. In the clubhouse, The Grill and Hawk’s Pub have been completely re-modeled and expanded, and offer full-service dining facilities and a well-stocked bar, accompanied by a lounge area with a large screen television and an outdoor Cabana Bar. Just outside the clubhuse situated atop a beautiful vantage point looking over the Texas Hill Country is a beautiful driving range and a chipping and putting area to tweek your game. In addition, The Hawk has a swimming pool that is open to the public that is perfect place to book you next party or event. For your next round or your next group outing, give The Hawk at Rebecca Creek a chance to Wow you with their phenomenal service and their exceptional facilities. You’ll wonder why every club can’t make a golf experience like this more than a pleasant surprise, but something you should expect. Log on to www.thehawkgolfclub.com to learn more about becoming a Preferred Player or for participating in the Club facilities as a Day Guest. For more information, to schedule a lesson or clinic, or for answers to any questions you may have, contact the Golf Shop at (830) 885-7495 or e-mail info@thehawkgolfclub.com. 2011 ISSUE 3

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Delaware Springs GC’s new greens elevate already great experience By Steve Habel Special to The Golfers Guide

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he golfing experience at Delaware Springs Golf Course has always been so good that players headed to the seat of Burnet County to challenge on of the state’s top municipal tracks. And here’s the good news – thanks to new turf on its putting surfaces and its collars, Delaware Springs GC is better than ever. Nestled into the rolling hills and oak trees along the Highland Lakes, Delaware Springs GC opened for play in 1992. The course plays 6,829 yards from the tips, but don’t be fooled by the track’s lack of length – there are more than enough challenges to keep even low-handicappers on their toes. That said, Delaware Springs GC, when played from the correct set of tees, is fun for all levels of golfers, which is a hallmark of any great golf course. Almost 20 years of constant play and the wear and tear of a score of Texas summers and winters had taken their toll on Delaware Springs GC’s greens. So the course this spring converted its putting surfaces to Champion Bermuda, which took about 10 weeks to complete. Champion Bermuda requires higher maintenance than other strains of Bermuda, but yields more normal irrigation, especially in summer heat. “We couldn’t be happier with the way greens have turned out,” said Doug Fipps, Delaware Springs GC’s director of golf. “The changes have taken away some of the graininess of the greens, so our regular golfers are working to learn the greens’ breaks all over again.” The layout at Delaware Springs – designed by architects Dave Axland and Dan Proctor, protégés of Ben Crenshaw and

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Bill Coore – fits the rolling terrain seamlessly. There is not a lot of mounding and, because the budget for the course was limited and the site was interposed with rock, there was not much digging when Delaware Springs GC was fashioned. Eight of the track’s holes have no bunkers, but where bunkers are utilized, they are used to great effect, both artistically and strategically. Axland and Proctor also used the site’s trees to their advantage and on several of the course’s holes strategically placed trees become the focal point for the player. During a round, players will encounter numerous chances to bump and run shots to the putting surfaces and even a few par-4s (namely the ninth and the 17th – both of which are carded at 310 yards) that can be offer risk/reward options. The meat of the challenge at Delaware Springs is its long two-shotters, as the course has four par-4s that play at 425 yards or more. Delaware Springs GC’s toughest stretch is its third, fourth and fifth holes – par-4s of 425 and 477 yards, respectively, and a tougher-than-it-seems par-3. Golfers that get through this stretch at par or better can take a lot of momentum into the sixth, a reachable-in-two 490-yard par-5. Named after the springs that snake through the layout, Burnet’s municipal course is a scenic links-style tract that is one of the better values in Texas golf. The low prices and friendly service, combined with a picturesque and challenging golf course, make Delaware Springs GC a Hill Country favorite and well worth the drive.

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ated four out of five stars in Golf Digest’s “Best Places to Play” list, Delaware Springs Golf Course is a Hill Country classic cradled by a variety of native trees and accented by charming scenery. The beautiful 6,891-yard par-72 track unfolds onto gently rolling hills and offers golfers scenic vistas at every turn, making it as picturesque as it is challenging. The aesthetic value is just one reason why Delaware Springs has become a Hill Country favorite. Visitors are often impressed by the attitude of the golf course staff, a friendly and courteous crew that makes strangers feel right at home. In addition to the 18-hole championship course, the facility features a well-stocked pro shop, driving range, putting green, snack bar and dining room overlooking the 18th green. To enjoy Hill Country golf at its finest, come visit Delaware Springs Golf Course, owned and operated by the city of Burnet.

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Precision in the pecans Dual personalities make San Saba River Golf Course a Hill Country treasure. By Steve Habel Special to The Golfers Guide

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here is nothing subtle about the round of golf presented at the San Saba River Golf Course, a track that has two distinct personalities and challenges aplenty despite a relatively flat site and not one sand bunker in its meandering layout. The 18-hole course is actually a combination of two nine-hole tracks. The original nine holes at San Saba River GC was fashioned in 1972 by a group of local businessmen who liked to play golf and didn’t want to drive west to Brady or southeast to Lampasas to tee it up. They found a pecan orchard just east of town on the San Saba River and went to work, cutting a path through the trees next to the river. Once room was cleared for the course, the men would head to the course in their spare time to keep it up and to play a little when they could. San Saba River GC became an area institution, so much so that folks would travel from just about anywhere to get a chance to test their games and their precision in the pecans. By 1986, the course needed to expand so the city brought in golf course architect Sorrell Smith to design and build another nine holes. The new nine was routed in a plain south of the original course, and several irrigation ponds were dug and filled with water from the river and from the town’s effluent to keep the course green and growing. With its pecan trees grown tall and wide and the new nine fully matured, San Saba River GC is not a course for the weak of heart or for the unaccomplished player, especially if it is attacked from the back set of four tee boxes. From the tips, the track sports four par-4s of 400 yards or more (three of those – including the massive 448-yard eighth – are on the newer, front-nine), two 580-yard par-5s and the colossal 625-yard ninth, one of the longest three-shot holes in the Lone Star State. While the course’s longer holes are on the front-side (which plays at 3,628 yards), the 56

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final nine offerings at San Saba River GC are the holes that draw top players to the course. Most of the track’s more than 2,700 mature pecan trees are on the back-nine (which was the original course) and if the player struggles with his control he or she will have a tough row to hoe. Golfers relish courses that ask the player to use their heads and execute rather than bomb and gouge and San Saba River GC is a thinking-man’s challenge. Yes there are times when the long ball can be the player’s friend – such as on the aforementioned lengthy par-5s – but there are easily as many opportunities to rein in your game and play to position. “The real challenge here begins at the turn,” said PGA professional Keith Harris, the course’s director of golf. “Over the years, the pecan trees have grown so much that they overhang some of the fairways and make the course much narrower and less forgiving. The player needs to be able to move his ball in both directions to be successful here.” Owned and operated by the city of San Saba, the San Saba River Golf Course has been voted a “Best Place to Play” by Golf Digest magazine. The track is renowned for its challenging routing and its quiet, scenic beauty. The course is located just east of Highway 190 in the land where the Texas Hill Country is at its northernmost point. Facilities located on the course grounds include the club’s pro shop, driving range, short-game practice area and putting green. Golf packages, which include course play and lodging reservations, are also available. Adjacent to the course is the San Saba River RV Park and Clubhouse Facility, where each campsite offers full-service hook-ups, a grill area and a fire ring. The clubhouse features a kitchen, a dining area, a great room with satellite television, bathrooms, showers and a laundry facility.

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Voted one of the best places to play six years in a row by Golf Digest Green Fees

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Ft. Sam Houston Golf Club – Salado Del Rio San Antonio, TX (210) 222-9386 RATES Call for Daily Specials STATISTICS Par: 72 Blue White Gold Red

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alado Del Rio was lengthened to more than 6,500 yards, and thanks to additional mounding, renovated bunkering and an improved drainage system, it will be far more enjoyable to play more days of the year. Salado Del Rio might be the more scenic of the two courses with its tree-lined fairways, additional mounding around the greens and forced carries over hazards, some you can play out of, some you can’t. The stretch of holes from the fourth through the eighth is particularly breathtaking as they play along and across Salado Creek, offering more pronounced doglegs and the most dramatic elevation changes on either course

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Ft. Sam Houston Golf Club – La Loma Grande San Antonio, TX (210) 222-9386 RATES Call for Daily Specials STATISTICS Par: 72 Blue White Gold Red

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he La Loma Grande Course, originally developed by the legendary A.W. Tillinghast, was built by the soldiers themselves in the early 1930s. It is the only military golf course to host a PGA Tour event; two Texas Opens that were won by Hall of Famers Arnold Palmer and Gene Littler. Now it has been returned to the dream of Tillinghast’s original design. La Loma Grande has always been the flatter of the two layouts, but most regular players also consider it the more difficult course with its pushed-up greens, particularly on the back nine, and its diabolical bunkering and mounding around the greens.

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A Legend in Its Own Time Open to the public, La Loma Grande offers a classic design by one of the game’s greatest course architects.

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olfers in the San Antonio area have recognized for decades that the La Loma Grande Golf Course at Fort Sam Houston is among the best designed tracks in the State, but few know why a course located on an Army base has such a reputation and pedigree. It so happens that the course was originally developed by the legendary A.W. Tillinghast, and built by the soldiers themselves in the early 1900’s. If the name Tillinghast rings a bell but you can’t quite place it, here are a few of his other 265 course designs: Winged Foot, Bethpage Black, Baltusrol, all of which have hosted numerous U.S. Opens, PGA Championships, and Ryder Cups. It is the only military golf course to host a PGA TOUR event: two Texas Opens that were won by Hall of Famers Arnold Palmer and Gene Littler. Now it has been returned to the dream of Tillinghast’s original design. La Loma Grande shares Fort Sam with the Salado Del Rio Course and is the “flatter” of the two layouts, but most recreational players also consider 6,819-yard, par 71 track the more difficult course with its pushedup greens and its diabolical bunkering and mounding around the greens. The fairways are tree-lined but not as tight as on Salado Del Rio, lending a slightly more forgiving quality to La Loma. The greens are medium in both size and speed, and the strategic bunkering adds an additional level of challenge. All of the greens and bunkers have been renovated by the Kevin Tucker Group in 2008 and the tee boxes leveled and squared up, and the 16th green has been moved back into the trees, adding 20 yards to an already exciting par-3 that’s right in the middle of a great set of finishing holes. Rounding out the facility is a practice 2011 ISSUE 3

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chipping green, lighted driving range, private cart storage, rental clubs and 175 rental carts. Located within the Club-house is a Golf Shop featuring top of the line equipment and men’s and women’s apparel. “We offer a complete golf experience, and between the two courses host more than 80,000 rounds per year,” said Director of Golf Joseph Mendez, and judging by the continuing and overwhelming popularity of the venue, Mendez knows what he’s talking about. La Loma offers private lessons, a Junior Golfers program during the warmer months, and approximately 14 golf tournaments per year. The shared Clubhouse features Mulligan’s Snack Bar, open daily from 6:15 am.- 6 p.m., and is the perfect setting for catered receptions, anniversary and retirement parties, luncheons and special events of all kinds with seating for 300. Mulligan’s also features a weekend breakfast buffet, a short order grill every day and daily lunch specials. Fort Sam Houston was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1975, and careful preservation of the base and its traditions of excellence established when the first soldier arrived here in 1845 have carried over to its golf facilities. And while it’s not often that golfers of every stripe get to play on a Tillinghast design, as most have now been relegated to Private Club status, residents of or visitors to the San Antonio area can take a step back in time and enjoy the game as it was originally meant to be played. Play La Loma today, and start writing a little golf history of your own. For more information on golf, (tee times) outings and tournaments and social events at La Loma (Ft Sam Houston Golf Club), call (210) 222-9386. Walk ons always welcome!

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Grip it and Sip it... then Rip it Greens and Grapes Tournament last big event at Lady Bird before major renovation The upcoming Greens and G Grapes Holiday Tournament at Lady Bird Johnson Golf Club, three miles south of Fredericksburg on State Highway 16, will be the last major event held at the course prior to the start of its total restoration beginning January 2012. The refurbishment, Phase 1 of a 20-year Master Plan to revitalize the course is expected to last into early fall and will include replacement of all greens, placing new turf on the fairways, repairing cart paths and the cart staging area, improving the irrigation system to support the new turf, and making routing changes to comply with industry safety standards. The plan was submitted to (and approved by) the Fredericksburg City Council in July by PGA Professional and Lady Bird Director of Golf Alan Wooley, and is expected to cost in the neighborhood of $2 million. “Tourism is the biggest revenue generator in our county,” said Wooley, “and our golf course is not only a jewel but a valuable asset that significantly improves and supports the tourism effort. Investing in Lady Bird Golf Course is an investment in the future of our community. Of course, our resident golfers and regular guests are thrilled to have The Lady returned to its original luster.” Oak tree-lined fairways and the Live Oak Creek meandering through this beautiful Hill Country layout make Lady Bird a Central Texas favorite. Four of the holes on the front nine of this 6,432-yard championship layout cross over the meandering Live Oak Creek, while the back nine features three lakes that come into direct play on five holes. The 10,000-squarefoot clubhouse features the Red Bird Grille, the Cardinal Room for meetings and events, a fully stocked golf shop and improved parking areas. 60

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Practice facilities feature 20 hitting stations, as well as two practice greens and a practice bunker. The Greens and Grapes Holiday Tournament, benefiting Junior Golf, will be held December 3 and 4, and will feature a Shotgunstart 18-hole event beginning at 9:30 on Saturday the 3rd, with a Taste of Fredericksbug on-course during play, followed at 2 p.m. with wine tours and tastings with the three wine company partners in the program, Becker Vineyards, Grape Creek Vineyards and Pedernales Cellars. The wine tours will be especially interesting, as participants will have access to areas normally off limits to regular visitors. Come out and support Junior Golf in Texas, and get one last look at the gracefully aging Lady Bird before her extreme makeover. Lady Bird Johnson Golf Course is open every day of the week except Monday mornings. For more information, tee time reservations, or to sign up for the Greens and Grapes Tournament call (830) 997-4010.

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Foresight Golf

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2011 has been an exceptional year for Foresight Golf! Foresight was awarded the opportunity to manage four new golf properties on behalf of new and discerning owners and has been able to play an exciting and significant role in bringing a new golf property from the design paper to an incredible reality! While it comes as no surprise that Foresight Golf was called upon to step in to management and operational positions at these courses this year, they are extremely proud of the hard work their team has put into developing the company since its founding in 1998. The result of this hard work is evident in outstanding customer service and unparalleled 62

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golf course conditioning that has been recognized and become a preference by golfers and course owners alike. There’s no finer compliment than being asked for help and guidance in this competitive arena known as the golf business, particularly in these challenging economic times. And regardless of ownership, golfers can be assured Foresight intends each property to reflect the quality conditions and customer service that Foresight Golf has made its reputation from. Foresight’s mission is to provide every customer with an Exceptional Golf experience at a Remarkable Value. It’s a living motto for both their Texas golfers and course owners alike!

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The Bandit Golf Club is as breathtaking as it is inspiring! This Keith Foster designed course is situated on Lake McQueeney and Long Creek in New Braunfels. Consistently ranked on Golfweek’s list of Best Public Courses in Texas and San Antonio golfers’ favorite course in Texas, The Bandit’s elevated tees lead to the sculpted fairways and perfect greens that are meticulously conditioned. Convenient for players coming from Austin and Houston, The Bandit Golf Club is a great place to meet and play unforgettable golf. The Bandit - it will steal your heart!

Nestled in the foothills of historic Comfort, Texas, you’ll find The Buckhorn Golf Course. Exceeding every golfer’s expectations while exhibiting the hill country charm associated with this beautiful part of Texas, The Buckhorn was Foresight Golf’s first built-from-theground-up course, and it is a phenomenal testament as to how good Foresight is at what they do. The Buckhorn’s championship layout utilizes the natural elevation changes, 2011 ISSUE 3

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pristine creeks and valleys that one would hope to find in such a tranquil setting. Outstanding strategy and an excellent variety of golf holes make The Buckhorn Golf Course one of the most fun and memorable golf courses you’ll ever play. A new banquet room perfect for preand post-tournament activities was added in 2010. Keeping with the Hill Country theme, wood floors, a stone fireplace and walls of windows make the room feel open and inviting – a great start to a party atmosphere! A short ride up I-10, just north of Boerne, The Buckhorn is convenient to Kerrville and is within 20 miles of Fredericksburg. Well worth the trip no matter where you’re coming from, The Buckhorn is Hill Country golf at its finest.

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Voted ‘Best Airport Golf Course in Houston’ by Links Magazine in 2010, Cypresswood Golf Club is one of the most prominent daily fee golf complexes in The Houston Texas Market Area. Situated on rolling, heavily wooded terrain along the confluence of the Spring and Cypress creeks, this 36-hole golf facility offers two unique golf experiences and the finest of playing conditions. The Tradition, a Keith Foster designed course, was rated the #1 daily fee course in the Houston area by the Houston Chronicle for four consecutive years and has hosted the 1st Stage of the PGA Qualifying Tournament. The Cypress course earned Golf Digest’s ranking of the “Best New Course” in 1989. Both courses offer a challenging and exciting golfing experience, with dramatic topography and are nestled within the native forest of North Houston and just 7 miles from Bush Intercontinental Airport.

If ever there was a sentimental favorite, Pecan Valley Golf Club is it! A Foresight Golf acquisition in 2008, Pecan has been restored to its glory days through thoughtful and well – planned turf management. Massive oak and pecan trees line the fairways and flirt with the greens. The course is one of the ‘old masters’ where 64

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layout is concerned. A new set of forward tees that play to 4200 yards make the course more enjoyable for the ‘new masters’ to conquer. Just south of downtown, Pecan Valley is convenient and easy to get to. Pecan Valley Golf Club – a storied past restored with a promising future.

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In February, Foresight Golf officially began managing the municipal courses in Corpus Christi – Oso Beach Golf Course and the Lozano Golf Center. For years, both courses have been the mainstay of public golf in Corpus and continue to be incredibly popular and highly revered by the local golfers and the Winter Texans that make their way south every year. It has taken only a few short months for golfers to see some of the changes they were hoping for in terms of course conditions and employee performance. As early as April, golf coaches from as far away as La Vernia were noticing improvements on the courses and the professional operations as their teams competed in a tournament at both courses.

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With the rich and storied histories of both Oso and Lozano, Foresight strives to return the courses to the terrific conditions they sported when people like Hogan, Snead, Nelson and Zaharias walked their fairways. This restoration includes plans to renovate the Lozano Executive Course and practice area into an even better facility to learn, practice and grow in the game.

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Max A. Mandel

MUNICIPAL GOLF COURSE Breathtakingly overlooking the Rio Grande River just north of Laredo, Texas, the new Max A. Mandel Municipal Golf Course is scheduled to open in early 2012. This project is the vision and collaboration of the City of Laredo and the wellknown and highly respected Max A. Mandel family. Significant planning has taken place over the last several years with the ultimate goal being to bring the community of Laredo and South Texas an exceptional golf venue that its residents can enjoy and play often, as a result of its remarkable value and affordable fees. Seeing what Foresight Golf has done throughout Texas in accomplishing this goal, the City of Laredo’s first step was to select Foresight Golf to be the lease operator and the development consultant to represent the City in the design and construction of the golf course. There was incredible interest on behalf of the golf industry in this project and after an intense and competitive selection process; Robert Trent Jones, II and Landscapes Unlimited, Inc. were selected to be the design build team. The golf course is strategically situated on 270 acres of atypical South Texas Mesquite land. The site has almost a mile of Rio Grande River frontage with the clubhouse and Holes 8, 9, 15 and 16 playing directly alongside and overlooking the river. It is a par 72 golf course that has an excellent balance of drama, playability, risk and reward that will make for exciting and enjoyable golf for all levels of player. Says Ed Miller, Foresight Golf’s Chief Operating Officer and the consultant for the golf course construction; “I honestly cannot believe how good this golf course is turning out! The synergy that has developed between the team building this golf course, working on this site that is naturally made for golf, is resulting in a golf course that is going to become known as one of the best in the State.” For more information and photography of this project in process, please go to:

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Plum Creek Golf Course – just south of Austin - is situated on more than 200 acres of beautiful Texas Hill Country terrain and features 18 holes of championship golf that take advantage of the acreage. Not the usual back-andforth layout, Plum Creek was designed where no two fairways touch – a feature that exudes the wonderful peace some golf courses lack. Entrusted to Foresight Golf’s management in early 2011, golfers at Plum Creek will soon see the transformation and regeneration of this once vital and fun course. Plum Creek is located just off I-35 in Kyle – a little country drive for those in and around Austin. For tee times, call the pro shop at 512-2625555, or book online at www.plumcreekgolf.com.

The Republic Golf Club took San Antonio by a storm. Built along historic Salado Creek among its scenic oak, elm and mesquite trees, The Republic was voted its favorite course in 2006, 2007 & 2009. Only 10 minutes from downtown San Antonio’s world famous Riverwalk, The Republic has been described by one 2011 ISSUE 3

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The Bandit Golf Club

Pecan Valley Golf Club

6019 FM 725, New Braunfels, TX 78130

4700 Pecan Valley Drive San Antonio, TX 78223

(830) 609-4665 www.banditgolfclub.net

(210) 333-9018 www.pecanvalleygc.com

The Buckhorn Golf Course

Plum Creek Golf Course

36 FM 473, Comfort, TX 78013

750 Kohlers Crossing Kyle, TX 78640

(830) 995-5351 www.buckhorngolfcourse.net

(512) 262-5555 www.plumcreekgolf.com

Cypresswood Golf Club

Oso Beach Golf Course

21602 Cypresswood Drive Spring, TX 77373

5601 S. Alameda Street Corpus Christi, TX 78412

(281) 821-6300 www.cypresswood.com

(361) 826-8010 www.osobeachgolf.com

Lozano Golf Center

The Republic Golf Club

4401 Old Brownsville Road Corpus Christi, TX 78405

4226 S.E. Military Drive San Antonio, TX 78222

(361) 826-8016 www.lozanogolfcenter.com

(210) 359-0000 www.republicgolfclub.net

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Crystal Falls Golf Club

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ome enjoy the experience of Crystal Falls Golf Leander, TX (512) 259-5855 Club... peaceful atmosphere, abundant wildlife www.crystalfallsgolf.com and a challenging golf course. A picturesque Hill FEATURES/AMENITIES Country course featuring great greens, lush fairways •Full-Line Pro Shop Range and beautiful trees, Crystal Falls Golf Club is one of the ••Driving Putting Green best-kept secrets in the Austin area. Just on the outskirts •Two Teaching Professionals •Experienced Tournament Staff of Austin, 3.5 miles west of Hwy 183 on Crystal Falls •Grill Parkway. You will be happy you came. Owned and oper- •Memberships Available •Tee times 5 days in advance ated by the city of Leander. STATISTICS Come play in the unspoiled beauty of the Hill Coun- Par: 72 Yards Rating Slope Champ. 6654 73.4 131 try, with running streams, endless views, deep canyons Reg. 6164 70.6 126 and wild turkeys. Crystal Falls Golf Club has all the Ladies 5194 71.0 124 18 Twlight* Sr/Jr amenities you expect such as a full-line pro shop, quality RATES Mon-Thur $39.00 $31.50 $31.50 grille, driving range and two teaching professionals. Fri $41.50 $37.00 $36.50

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Lago Vista Golf Course Lago Vista, TX (512) 267-1170 www.lagovistagc.com RATES 18 Holes .................................$39 Twilight ....................................$35 Seniors ....................................$35 Prices include cart. Twilight valid after 2 pm.

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estled in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, Lago Vista Golf Course combines breathtaking scenery with incredible golf. Here golfers enjoy some of the most spectacular lake views and wildlife sightings that a Texas golf course has to offer. Built in 1971, Lago Vista Golf Course is the older and widely considered to be the easier of the two golf courses in Lago Vista, although the back nine provides a challenge for all skill levels with its tight fairways and many elevation changes. Come join us for a golf experience that is casual, memorable, and most importantly, fun! Call (512) 267-1170 to reserve your tee time.

AMENITIES • 18 Hole Championship Golf Course • Practice Range & Putting Green • Pro Shop & Grill • PGA Golf Instruction & Club Fitting • Tournaments Welcome STATISTICS Par: 72 Yards Rating Slope Gold 6579 72.6 134 Blue 6198 70.8 129 White 5822 69.0 124 Red 5122 69.8 117 PERSONNEL Owner.......... The City of Lago Vista General Manager ............Eric Cupit Superintendent ...........Ted McClure Map Key Number

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ome play beautiful Highland Lakes Golf Course, newly acquired and improved by the City of Lago Vista. The multi-level, sloping Tifdwarf greens provide a demanding, yet uniquely enjoyable golfing experience. Highland Lakes Golf Course is generally considered the more challenging of the two courses in Lago Vista. Like the original Lago Vista Golf Course, Highland Lakes offers the same wildlife and breathtaking views. The meandering fairways, elevation changes, and bunkers aplenty will truly require the use of every club in your bag. Call (512) 382-6529 to reserve your tee time. 72

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Yards Rating Slope 6529 72.2 137 6267 70.9 134 5921 69.0 128 5146 70.6 127

PERSONNEL Owner.......... The City of Lago Vista General Manager ............Eric Cupit Superintendent ...........Ted McClure

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Bluebonnet Hills Golf Public Cowan Creek Golf Semi-Private Crystal Falls Golf Club Public Cypresswood Golf Club Public Delaware Springs Golf Course Semi-Private Flying L. Guest Ranch Resort Golf Club of Seguin Semi-Private Highland Lake Golf Club Public La Loma Grande Public Lady Bird Johnson Golf Course Public Lago Vista Golf Course Municipal Legacy Hills Golf Semi-Private Lajitas Golf Resort & Spa Public Lozano Golf Center Public Newport Dunes Public Northcliff Golf Club Public Olympia Hills Public Oso Golf Course Municipal Pecan Valley Golf Public Plum Creek Golf Public Salado Del Rio Public San Saba River Golf Course Municipal Star Ranch Semi-Private The Bandit Golf Club Public The Buckhorn Public The Hawk Golf Club Public The Republic Golf Club Public Vaaler Creek Golf Club Semi-Private White Wing Golf Club Semi-Private

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Edwin Watts Edwin Watts Edwin Watts Edwin Watts The Golf Club The Golf Ranch

ACCOMMODATIONS

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(512) 272-4228 (512) 864-1244 (512) 259-5855 (281) 821-6300 (512) 756-8471 (800) 646-5407 (830) 303-0669 (512) 267-1170 (210) 222-9386 (830) 997-4010 (512) 267-1170 (512) 864-1222 1-877-LAJITAS (361) 826-8016 (361) 749-4653 (830) 606-7351 (210) 945-4653 (361) 826-8010 (210) 333-9018 (512) 262-5555 (210) 222-9386 (325) 372-3212 (512) 252-4653 (830) 609-4665 (830) 995-5351 (830) 885-7495 (210) 359-0000 (830) 833-0706 (512) 864-1111

LOCATION

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Round Rock San Antonio San Antonio Corpus Christi Austin Georgetown

(512) 671-3939 (210) 822-4060 (210) 349-7575 (361) 852-0358 (512) 916-GOLF (512) 863-4573

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47 Flying L Guest Ranch Resorts Bandera www.flyingl.com (800) 292-5134 69 95 Lajitas Golf Resort & Spa Resorts Lajitas www.Lajitasgolfresort.com 1-877-LAJITAS 37-39 90 TPC San Antonio Resorts San Antonio TPC.com/sanantonio.com (210) 491-5816 48-49 SERVICES

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ESPN “Golfer’s Guide Radio” 1250AM Radio www.1250theZone.com Saturdays 8am 78 Mizuno Equipment www.MizunoGolf.com 70 San Antonio Tour Card Simply Spectacular Golf www.SATourCard.com 210-896-0770 41 Southwest Greens Putting Greens www.southwestgreens.com 512-618-0030 26-27 2011 ISSUE 3

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General Directory COURSE

AUSTIN: Avery Ranch Bluebonnet Hill Golf Course Falconhead Hancock Park Golf Course Jimmy Clay/Roy Kizer Golf Course Lions Municipal Golf Course Morris Williams Golf Course Riverside Golf Club BANDERA: Flying L Ranch Golf Course BASTROP: Hyatt, Wolfdancer Lost Pines Golf Course Pine Forest Golf Club BLANCO: Vaaler Creek Golf Club BOERNE: Tapatio Springs BURNET: Delaware Springs Golf Course CANYON LAKE Canyon Lake Golf Club CASTROVILLE: Alsatian Golf Course CIBOLO: Northcliffe Golf & Country Club COMFORT: Buckhorn Golf Course CONCAN: Club at ConCan DEVINE: Devine Golf Course FLORESVILLE: River Bend Golf Club FREDERICKSBURG: Lady Bird Johnson Golf Course HARPER: Hidden Springs Golf Course HORSESHOE BAY: Horseshoe Bay Resort Apple Rock Ram Rock Slick Rock KERRVILLE: Scott Schreiner Municipal GC KILLEEN: The Course of Clear Creek City of Killeen Copperas Cove Golf Course KINGSLAND: Legends Golf Course Lighthouse Country Club KYLE: Plum Creek Golf Course LAGO VISTA: Lago Vista LAMPASAS: Hancock Park Golf Course LEANDER: The Golf Club at Crystal Falls

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Semi-Private Public Semi-Private Municipal Municipal Municipal Municipal Public

(512) 248-2442 (512) 272-4228 (512) 402-1558 (512) 453-0276 (512) 444-0999 (512) 477-6963 (512) 926-1298 (512) 386-7077

Resort

(800) 646-5407

Resort Public Public

(512) 308-9653 (512) 321-2327 (512) 321-1181

Semi-Private (830) 833-0706 Resort

(830) 537-4197

Municipal

(512) 756-8471

Public

(830) 899-3301

Public

(830) 931-3100

Semi-Private (830) 606-7351 Public

(830) 995-5351

Resort

(830) 232-4471

Public

(830) 665-9943

Public

(210) 216-2800

Municipal

(830) 997-4010

Public

(830) 990-9500

Resort Resort Resort Resort

(830) 598-8600 (830) 598-8600 (830) 598-8600 (830) 598-8600

Municipal

(830) 257-4982

Public Municipal Municipal

(254) 287-4130 (254) 699-6034 (254) 547-2606

Public Public

(325) 388-8888 (325) 388-6660

Public

(512) 262-5555

Semi-Private (512) 267-1170 Public

(512) 556-3202

Municipal

(512) 259-5855

COURSE

TYPE

LLANO: Llano Golf Club Municipal LOST PINES: Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort MANOR: ShadowGlen Public MARBLE FALLS: Hidden Falls Golf Club Semi-Private NEW BRAUNFELS: The Bandit Golf Course Public Landa Park Golf Course Municipal PLEASANTON: Pleasanton Country Club Semi-Private PFLUGERVILLE: Blackhawk Golf Club Public ROUND ROCK: Forest Creek Golf Club Public The Golf Club of Star Ranch Semi-Private TeraVista Golf Club Semi-Private SALADO: Mill Creek Inn & Country Club Semi-Private SAN MARCOS: Quail Creek Country Club Semi-Private SAN SABA: San Saba River GC Municipal SEGUIN: Golf Club of Seguin Semi-Private Starcke Park Golf Course Municipal SPICEWOOD: Pedernales Golf Course Public SPRING BRANCH: River Crossing Club Private The Hawk Public SAN ANTONIO: Alamo Golf Club Public Brackenridge Park Golf Course Municipal Canyon Springs Golf Course Public Cedar Creek Golf Course Municipal Golf Club of Texas Public Hyatt Hill Country Resort Resort La Cantera Golf Club Public Mission Del Lago Golf Course Municipal Olmos Basin Golf Course Municipal Pecan Valley Golf Club Public Riverside Golf Course Municipal Silverhorn Public The Palmer Course Public The Republic Golf Course Public TPC San Antonio Resort Windcrest Golf Course Semi-private Willow Springs Golf Course Municipal Woodlake Country Club Semi-Private TEMPLE: Sammons Park Golf Course Public UNIVERSAL CITY: Olympia Hills Golf & Conference Center Public UTOPIA: River Oaks Public WIMBERLEY: Quicksand at Woodcreek Public

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PHONE (325) 247-5100 (512) 308-1234 (512) 278-1304 (830) 693-3300 (830) 609-4665 (830) 608-2174 (830) 281-3486 (512) 251-9000 (512) 388-2874 (512) 252-GOLF (512) 651-9850 (254) 947-5698 (512) 353-1665 (325) 372-3212 (830) 303-0669 (830) 401-2490 (512) 264-1489 (830) 904-4653 (830) 885-7495 (210) 696-4000 (210) 226-5612 (210) 497-1770 (210) 695-5050 (210) 677-0027 (210) 647-1234 (210) 558-4653 (210) 627-2522 (210) 826-4041 (210) 333-9018 (210) 533-8371 (210) 545-5300 (210) 558-2365 (210) 359-0000 (210) 491-5800 (210) 655-1421 (210) 226-6721 (210) 661-6124 (254) 771-2030 (210) 945-4653 (830) 966-5577 (512) 847-9700

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The Perfect Drive – Course Directory COURSE

TYPE

PHONE

THE COAST Alice Municipal Golf Course Brownsville Golf Center Buccaneer Bay Public Golf Course Colony Creek Country Club Corpus Christi Country Club Cottonwood Creek Golf Course Edinburg Municipal Golf Course El Campo County Club Fort Brown Municipal Golf Course Ganado Golf and Country Club Goliad Country Recreation Association Grande Caribbean at Dune Crest Harlingen Country Club L.E. Ramey Golf Course Newport Dunes Padre Isles Country Club Palm View Golf Course Rio Colorado Golf Course South Padre Island Golf Club The Victoria Country Club Tierra Del Sol Golf Club Tierra Santa Golf Club Treasure Hills Country Club Village Executive Golf Course Valley International Country Club

Public Public Public Semi-Private Private Public Public Private Public Public Public Public Private Public Semi-Private Private Public Public Public Semi-Private Public Public Semi-Private Public Semi-Private

(361) 664-7033 (956) 541-2582 (361) 790-7513 (361) 576-0018 (361) 991-2811 (956) 428-7758 (956) 381-1244 (409) 543-6592 (956) 542-9861 (361) 771-2424 (361) 645-2144 (361) 749-1974 (956) 412-4110 (361) 592-1101 (361) 749-4653 (361) 949-8056 (956) 687-9591 (979) 244-2955 (956) 943-5678 (361) 573-3712 (956) 702-2320 (956) 973-1811 (956) 365-3100 (956) 968-5331 (956) 546-5331

RIO GRANDE VALLEY Adobe Wells Country Club Alamo Country Club Brownsville Municipal Golf Course Cimarron Cottonwood 21 Ebony Hills Golf Course Fair Winds G.C & Practice Range Fort Brown Memorial Golf Course Harlingen Country Club Jim Paul Golf Course Llano Grande Golf Course Los Lagos Golf Club Martin Valley Ranches Golf Course McAllen Country Club Meadow Creek Golf Club Palacio Real Golf Course Palm View Golf Course Rancho Viejo Country Club Raymondville Municipal Course River Bend Resort Shary Municipal Golf Course South Padre Island Golf Club Tony Butler Municiapal Golf Course

Private Private Public Private Semi-Private Public Public Public Private Public Public Public Public Private Public Semi-Private Public Semi-Private Public Semi-Private Public Public Public

(956) 686-8801 (956) 787-0910 (956) 541-2582 (956) 581-7408 (956) 428-0766 (956) 381-1244 (956) 423-2010 (956) 541-0394 (956) 412-4110 (956) 943-7520 (956) 565-3351 (956) 316-0444 (956) 585-6330 (956) 928-0440 (956) 581-6267 (956) 381-0964 (956) 687-9591 (956) 350-4000 (956) 689-9904 (956) 548-0191 (956) 580-8770 (956) 943-5678 (956) 216-5970

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he Golf Club, Austin’s most trusted source for golf equipment, has moved to a new location at 1315 W. Ben White Blvd. They have an expanded inventory of the hottest new clubs and the most affordable and best selection of used equipment. Although, they have maintained the same attention to detail, customer loyalty and fair pricing that has sustained it for many years. Local Austin store owner John Rowsey recently purchased a larger building conveniently located between Manchaca and South 1st on the Southside of Ben White Blvd (or Hwy 290). “With our move, we went from 2,300 to close to 4,000 square feet” Rowsey said of the new store. Rowsey and his staff have enhanced and increased their fitting programs and commitment to placing clients into equipment that fits their swing and their size. “We already have the best service and now we have one of the largest inventories in the area.” At the core of their customer service is the top-notch free custom fitting that comes with every iron set purchase at The Golf Club. Whether it’s the hottest new putter, driver or iron set on the market, the staff at The Golf Club ensures the equipment is the perfect match for the player. The Golf Club’s pricing is generally less expensive than the “larger” retailers in the country. “We have smaller overhead and lower costs and we are able to pass those savings along to our customers,” Rowsey said. “On new iron sets, we are generally $50 cheaper than the larger stores. Drivers, Fairway Woods, Hybrids and Putters are 10%-15% less than the competition ” Add to that value and service an easy-to-access location in South Austin and one can see why the new location of The Golf Club is getting so much attention. Due to manufacturer’s pricing and internet policies, you will find similar prices on all websites. But, when you visit The Golf Club, due to the lower prices, you receive your discount when you walk in the door. For more information on The Golf Club call 512-453-0102 or to view the store’s website, visit www.teegolfclub.com.

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