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Growing the Game and Giving Back Home to the Barbers Hill Bank Southern Texas PGA Foundation Pro-Am benefitting Junior Golf April 25, 2011

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Eagle Pointe Golf Club and Recreation Complex Eagle Pointe has been providing golfers an experience as great as the game itself. In April, Eagle Pointe will help give back to the game by hosting the STPGA Pro-Am.

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Gantz Management Group Two Golf Courses receive a New Beginning

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

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Directory and Maps A comprehensive listing of featured courses and how to get there.

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Shell Houston Open 2011 Anthony Kim will defend his title at the SHO this spring.

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elcome to 2011! Thank you for picking up the Spring issue of Golfer’s Guide. Take a few minutes to page through our guide. You’ll find great information that will make selecting the venue for your next 18-hole outing a breeze. As always, we’ll walk you through the very best places to play, eat, practice and purchase great golf gear. One of my favorite courses is Eagle Pointe, a wonderful design with a proven track record of promoting and growing the game it’s built for. In April, Eagle Pointe will host the 6th annual STPGA Foundation Pro-Am in an effort to raise funds for junior golf programs. Help the members of Eagle Pointe and community leaders surpass last year’s totals and enjoy a great day on the links. Information on the event and the golf course can be found inside. We also have a story on line on local pro Tim Thelen, who recently notched a very gratifying and possibly life-changing win. Tim won the European Senior Tour’s Qualifying School and will be off to keep his card and live his dream when he turns 50 this June. Log on to www.Houston.GolfersGuide. com to read the story. To get the latest news and information on everything going on in the Houston golf community, be sure to visit Houston.GolfersGuide.com. Our latest online venture is called “Clubhouse Connections” and it’s changed the way you can get to know a course via online. Watch the website for contests and specials as well. Happy Holidays from Houston Golfer’s Guide and enjoy the upcoming season. Melanie Grafe Regional Publisher

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Eagle Pointe’s Contributions Will Carry On

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golf lf course can b be measured db by more than yardage, rating and slope. The tall pines shading the rolling fairways at Mont Belvieu’s Eagle Pointe Golf Club are literally pillars of the South Texas golf community. Operational for more than a decade, this multi-faceted facility 35 minutes from downtown Houston has displayed considerable gusto for growing the game and giving back. While the numbers aren’t alarming, golf participation was dropping as the decade wound to a close. According to the 8

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Nationall G Golf lf Foundation, d the h number b off golfers nationwide fell from 30 million in 2005 to 27.1 million in 2009. Eagle Pointe’s PGA Professional Jeff Strong has deliberately placed an emphasis on the game’s future at his course by providing juniors with the resources and opportunities necessary to get involved in golf. Noticing that the South Texas PGA Section’s Foundation was without a fundraising tournament, Strong volunteered his facility and energy and created an event that would raise money and promote a worthy cause.

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“Supporting junior golf is great for the future of the game and it’s great for the kids who are helped through the STPGA Foundation” said Strong, who served as a captain in the 2009 Joe Black Cup matches and was voted 2009 STPGA Golf Professional of the Year. “The tournament helps us give something back to the game, just as our predecessors did when we were young golfers.” In its first five years, the STPGA Pro-Am has raised more than $50,000 for junior golf. Most notably, the tournament raised $16,100 for the STPGA Foundation 2011 ISSUE 1

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in 2010. That’s a record for the five-year old tournament and exceeded the previous year’s tally by some $5,000. Considering the state of the economy, that’s a notable achievement. The money raised goes toward scholarships and junior golf programs. Eagle Pointe’s own junior golf program is flourishing and a great example of fostering a love of the game in the next generation. Started in 1999 when the course opened, Eagle Pointe’s junior program has grown from a measly 15 golfers to about 125 participants presently. Five sessions are

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offered in the summer, and the club also runs a Spring Break junior golf program. Pieces for next year’s STPGA Pro-Am are already falling into place. Barbers Hill Bank will return as presenting sponsor of the event. Companies who choose to get involved will have a chance to contribute to the STPGA Foundation. There are four levels of sponsorships available. For more information on becoming a sponsor, call Eagle Pointe GC. Strong applauded the swift and decisive action of the local business community. “Every year, this tournament has had great local support because the community knows the importance of the cause and the impact it has for junior golfers to play the game or to further their education,” he said. “Their involvement speaks volumes about the quality of the people who live, work and play golf in our area. On behalf of Eagle Pointe Golf Club and the STPGA Foundation, we appreciate 10

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everyone’s support.” Aside from the fundraiser and inhouse junior golf program, Eagle Pointe has welcomed elite high school golfers to play their championships on the course. The layout has hosted the 5A regional championship for nine years. The 2011 STPGA Pro-Am is scheduled for April 25, 2011. There will be a shotgun start in the morning and in the afternoon. For details on registration and sponsorship, please call Jeff Strong at (281) 385-6666. Houston’s Must Play Club is Worth the Drive Eagle Pointe’s loyal following has developed a fondness for the secluded nature of the par-71 track. The Rick Forester design is equal parts peaceful, eye-catching and playable. Eagle Pointe’s distinguishable characteristics are its rolling fairways, mature pines, dramatic elevation changes and

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water hazards. With no homes on 17 of the 18 holes, golf is what you get at Eagle Pointe. Eagle Pointe is also known for 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. 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 course has always been in good condition, and this season will be no different. Minor changes were made to

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the layout, including added length on the par-4 11th which will now measure 440 yards. Overall, golfers who escape the congestion of Houston should expect the same satisfying experience. Aside from daily-fee play, Eagle Pointe offers affordable annual memberships and Player Development programs. Information is available by calling the golf course. The facility also offers a state-of-the art fitness center and an 8,000-square-foot tournament pavilion that would be the perfect place for corporate outings, weddings or charity events in 2011. Visit www.eaglepointeonline.com or call (281) 385-6666 for more information. Eagle Pointe’s website is now more interactive, offering golfers more ways to connect directly to the golf course. Visitors can chat with a golf course representative in real time, text or call the club, catch up on the latest programs and specials, watch videos and read Facebook updates.

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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.

A AMENITIES • 36 Holes • Full practice facility • Quail Valley Grille • Meeting/Banquet space • Fully-stocked Golf Shop PERSONNEL Mgr/Head Pro.. Tyson Stittleburg, PGA Dir. Of Instruction ............ Rick Ellstrom Superintendent ................Jeff McCrory Map Key Number

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olf is a passion, not a chore. Beneath the towering Oaks and sturdy Pines that per 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. “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.” 2011 ISSUE 1

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AT A GLANCE Friendswood, TX (281) 993-1140 Timbercreekgolfclub.com Architect: Jay Riviere Directions: 1-45 S., exit & turn right on FM 2351, turn right at 2nd light Rates: Call the Pro shop for current rates or visit us Online for specials • 27 holes on 316 acres in Friendswood, Texas • Designed by Jay Riviere • Moved 1 million cubic yards of dirt to create rolling, wooded layout • 20 miles from downtown Houston • Golf Academy with full-time instructor David Pilsner • 6,500-square-foot clubhouse has restaurant/bar and well-stocked pro shop • 200-seat open-air pavilion for tournaments and special events

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Bayou Golf Course Texas City, TX (409) 643-5850 texas-city-tx.org

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esigned by Houston-based architect Joe Finger, the 200-acre site on the bank of Moses Bayou boasts a championship layout with elevated greens and tee boxes. Amid the blue sky and palm trees, golfers enjoy the tropical-like climate for year-round play. Omnipresent winds from Galveston Bay, water on 12 holes and 19 sand traps present a challenging course. For tee times, call (409) 643-5850.

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AMENITIES A • 18 Hole Golf Course • Blakey’s Grill • Beverage Cart • Fully-Stocked Pro Shop • Driving Range • Stay-n-Play - Magnolia Cottage STATISTICS S T Par: 71 P Yards Rating Slope Pro Tees 7196 75.2 139 Pr Gold 7006 74.6 135 G Green 6505 72.1 130 G White 5946 68.2 120 W Red 5040 68.5 114 PERSONNEL Architect .................. Thomas Blake

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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, stunningly tall pines, dramatic elevation changes

• Online Tee Times • Meeting/Banquet Rooms • Outdoor Pavilion • Two Restaurants • Recreation Complex & Wave Pool • Fully-Stocked Pro Shop • Memberships Available

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. . Visit www.eaglepointeonline.com or call (281) 385-6666 for more information.

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Eat, Play, Practice at Deer Park’s Battleground

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he Battleground at Deer Park has been serving championship golf with a side of history since it opened in 1996, but the facility’s menu also includes a tremendous practice area and welcoming clubhouse restaurant. Located within the Battleground’s main building, The Republic Grill cooks up a complete culinary roster for golfers on the go or guests craving a mouthwatering sit-down meal. Stop in for a special buffet every Sunday (11 a.m. - 2 p.m.) or drop by for the delicious Friday morning omelet bar (served 8-10 a.m.) A multifaceted training facility completes the all-in-one experience at The Battleground. Upgrade your game at the driving range (grass and carpet), short game area or on a 3-hole short course. A par 3, par 4 and par 5 separate from the 18-hole layout is the perfect way to prepare for or to conclude a rigorous warm-up session on the range. It’s also an ideal way to involve the entire family and beginners in the game of golf. Practice sessions and range balls are very affordable. The driving range is now offering an array of memberships to suit everyone. Individuals can purchase unlimited monthly access to the club’s driving range for $35, and for $50 the practice holes will be in18

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cluded. cluded Family access to the range ggoes for $85 a month, while the range/practice holes package sells for $100. Business associates, guests and groups can also be entertained at The Battleground. The kitchen staff at the Republic Grill can cater any event, and the on-site banquet hall has ample seating for all of your guests. Already wired for sound, The Battleground is a great venue for weddings, family reunions and charity golf events. Bring your colleagues and clients in for lunch. The facility is now equipped with wireless internet access free of charge to the public. For information on tournaments, meetings and events, please call (281) 478-2089. Located adjacent to the site of the famous Battle of San Jacinto, The Battleground golf course is one of the best values in Greater Houston. This “must play” layout measures just shy of 7,000 yards from the tips, and is flooded with an assortment of challenging and beautiful obstacles to entertain golfers of all skill levels. Recently overseeded for the winter season, The Battleground is in great shape and ready to test every aspect of your game. For more information, directions and tee times, please visit www.deerparktx.gov.

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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 PGA Professionals and 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 AMENITIES • Snack Bar sheets and tournament result scorecards. • Beverage Cart Located just 20 minutes from downtown Houston, The • Full-Service Restaurant • Fully-Stocked Pro Shop Battleground makes your event easy to plan and thoroughly • 3 Hole Practice Course enjoyable for all. Whether you are looking for a simple golf • Driving Range • GPS on Carts outing or an elaborate event, look into The Battleground at STATISTICS Deer Park. Par: 72 Yards Rating Slope We have a spacious room to accommodate golf outings, Black 6942 73.5 136 Gold 6303 70.5 125 parties, weddings and corporate meetings. The Republic Grill Blue 5526 67.1 119 has a wide assortment of menu options for your event and our White (w) 4779 69.4 115 well-stocked pro shop is a perfect place for your guests to shop. PERSONNEL

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GOLFER’S GUIDE NEWS Local Golf News from the PGA Southen Texas Section

Spring 2011

Thelen Triumphs in Portugal to Secure Euro Senior Tour Card Members of The Falls Golf Club in New Ulm may be clamoring for more shots per side during their twice weekly games with assistant professional Tim Thelen from now on. Already a very accomplished player, Thelen scored perhaps the biggest victory of his career in November. Thelen earned medalist honors at the finals of European Senior Tour qualifying school in Portugal. He is one of 16 graduates who will have playing privileges on the Tour in 2011. For four days, the two-time PGA Professional National Champion got into a groove he’s seldom experienced, even during a lengthy 10-15 year period of “pretty good golf.” Thelen finished 72 holes at 9-under par, and separated from the field with a final round 65. “I don’t think I could’ve played much better for the six rounds,” Thelen said a few weeks after the victory. “I found something in my golf swing, went with it for two weeks and really didn’t miss a lot of golf shots. It was very, very low stress. With winning two national championships, I don’t know if you doubt yourself, but the first win in anything is the hardest.” Thelen decided to qualify for the European Tour rather than the Champions Tour in order to salvage a full season. He’ll be eligible to compete after his 50th birthday in June. Once he becomes part of the globalization of golf, ping-ponging throughout the European continent,

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Thelen’s goals are clear despite a lack of experience in this particular corner of the world. “You’re always at disadvantage when you go somewhere you’ve never played,” he said. “Guys have played these events at

these courses numerous times. “It will be important to get enough rest for the mind and body. “I’ll be able to play practice rounds and the Pro-Am to get used to the course. I expect that my first goal is to finish in the top 40 and retain my card. I’d like to finish in the top 20, but I’m obviously behind the eight ball not getting to play the first six events or so.” For now, Thelen’s enjoying the accomplishment and for someone who’s devoted much of his adult life to golf, it’s nice to finally have a Tour to call home. “To know you do have a place to play is a really good feeling,” he said.

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STPGA Hands Out 2010 Awards The Southern Texas PGA is one of the mo most active sections in the nation. Each yea year its professionals compete against one ano another and contribute to their local commu munities. Recipients of year-end awards exe exemplify the strength and steadfast commitment to the game of golf exhibited by all members of the STPGA. Golf Professional of the Year doesn’t just have a low handicap; he or she leads by example, displays strong moral character and has a substantial record of service. This year’s STPGA Golf Professional of the Year is Marc DeWall. DeWall is the head pro at The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch. Local professional Jeff Strong of Eagle Pointe Golf Club was named Golf Professional of the Year for the Eastern Chapter. Onion Creek Country Club’s Lonny Alexander had a banner year in 2010. He received the coveted Harvey Penick Teacher of the Year award recognizing his acumen as an instructor. Alexander also took home STPGA Player of the Year by amassing more

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points than any of his peers during the 2010 season. Jennifer Burdette made an impression on aspiring young golfers in the area, and for her contributions she received the Southern Texas PGA Junior Golf Leader award. This prize is presented to an individual who promotes junior golfer and reflects the ideals of those who work with youth. Chuck Silva of Memorial Park Golf Course was recognized as the Eastern Chapter’s Junior Golf Leader. The Horton Smith Award annually goes to the individual who is deemed to be a model educator of PGA Golf Professionals. This year’s award went to Dustin Burell of The Quarry Golf Course. Other notable award recipients include Mark Steinbauer (Bill Strausbaugh), Matt Klein (Assistant Professional), Casey Grice (Amateur) and Tony Schleicher (Senior). For a complete list of STPGA award winners, as well as the latest section news, tournament listings and results, visit www.stpga.com.

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FEATURED COURSES 17 Bayou Golf Course M 409-643-5850 texas-city-tx.org 16 2800 Ted Dudley Dr., Texas City, TX 77590 24 Blaketree National GC PUB 936-449-4907 blaketreegolf.com 16 4430 S. FM 1486, Montgomery, TX 77316 25 Columbia Lakes R 979-345-PUTT columbialakesgolf.com 21 180 Freeman Boulevard, West Columbia, TX 77486 27 Country Place SP 713-436-1533 countryplacegolfclub.com 12, 13 3123 Flower Field Ln., Pearland, TX 77584 5 Eagle Pointe Golf Club & Recreation Complex PUB 281-385-6666 eaglepointeonline.com 8-11,17 12440 Eagle Pointe Dr., Mont Belvieu, TX 77580 41 Jersey Meadow M 281-896-0900 jerseymeadow.com 21 8502 Rio Grande St., Jersey Village, TX 77040 35 Quail Valley Golf Course PUB 281-403-5910 golfquailvalley.com 14 2880 La Quinta Rd., Missouri City, TX 77459 18 The Battleground at Deer Park PUB 281-478-4653 battlegroundgc.com 18-19 1600 Georgia Ave., Deer Park, TX 77536 37 Texas National Golf Club PUB 936-856-7262 texasnationalgolfcourse.com 12,13 8720 Clubhouse Drive, Willis, TX, 77378 36 Timber Creek PUB 281-993-1140 timbercreekgolfclub.com 15 4554 FM 2351, Friendswood, TX 77546 RESORTS & ACCOMMODATIONS 24 Blaketree National Golf Club 25 Columbia Lakes MAP KEY

TYPE Resort Destination

TYPE

SHOPPING 28 Edwin Watts 29 Edwin Watts 42 Edwin Watts 43 Edwin Watts TOURNAMENT REVIEW

LOCATION Retail Retail Retail Retail

PHONE 936-449-4907 979-345-5151

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WEBSITE

PG.

PHONE

Houston Galleria 713.627.2411 Houston 832.249.6133 Baybrook Mall - Friendswood 281.486.3212 Deerbrook Mall - Humble 281.540.3700 LOCATION

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CONTACT

Houston Mt. Belvieu

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LOCATION Montgomery West Columbia

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shellhoustonopen.com (281) 385-6666 LOCATION The Battleground at Deer Park

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Deer Park

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New Ulm

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General Directory COURSE

TYPE LOCATON PHONE

Alvin Golf & CC

PUB

Alvin

Augusta Pines

SP

Spring

PUB

Port Arthur

Babe Zaharias GC Bay Forest GC

PUB

La Porte

Bayou Din GC

PUB

Beaumont

M

Texas City

Bayou GC 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

COURSE

TYPE LOCATON PHONE

281-331-4541 Meadowbrook Farms GC PUB 832-381-1000 Melrose GC 409-796-1327 Memorial Park GC 281-471-4653 Moody’s Gardens GC 409-796-1327 Newport GC & Conf.Center 409-643-5850 North Shore CC 281-487-0050 Oakhurst GC 281-337-1459 Pasadena Municipal GC 281-859-8188 Pecan Lakes GC 409-796-1311 Pine Crest CC 979-865-9058 936-449-4907 Quail Valley GC

Katy

281-693-4653

PUB

Houston

281-847-1214

M

Houston

713-867-0386 409-683-4653

PUB

Galveston

PUB

Crosby

281-328-3576

Semi

Portland

361-643-6057

PUB

Porter

281-354-4653

M

Houston

281-481-0834

PUB

Navasota

936-870-3889

PUB

Houston

713-462-4914

M

Missouri City

281-403-5910

Brenham CC

SP

Brenham

936-894-2207 Raven Nest GC 979-836-1733 Rayburn Country

Brentwood

SP

Beaumont

409-840-9440 Red Wolf GC

PUB

Huffman

281-324-1841

Brock Park GC

M

Houston

281-458-1350 Redstone GC

PUB/PV

Humble

281-459-7800

PUB

Coldspring

936-653-2388 River Point GC

PUB

Richmond

281-343-9995

M

Anahuac

PUB

Sealy

800-553-7517

PUB

Houston

409-267-8235 River Ridge GC 713-738-8000 River Terrace GC

PUB

Channelview

281-452-2183

Colony Creek CC

PUB

Victoria

713-988-2099

Columbia Lakes

PUB West Columbia

Cape Royale GC Chambers County GC Clear Creek GC

Columbus GC Country Place GC Cypress Lakes

M

Columbus

SP

Pearland

PUB

Cypress

Cypresswood GC

PUB

Spring

Dickinson CC

PUB

Dickinson

Eagle Pointe GC

PUB Mont Belvieu

Evergreen Point GC

PUB

Baytown

Fox Creek GC

PUB

Hempstead

361-576-0020 Sharpstown GC 979-345-PUTT Sienna Plantation 979-732-5575 Southwyck GC 713-436-1533 Stephen F. Austin GC 281-304-8515 Swanson Golf Center 281-821-6300 Texaco GC 281-337-3031 Texas A&M University GC 281-385-6666 281-837-9000 Texas National GC

PUB

Huntsville

936-438-8588

R

Brookeland

409-698-2444

M

Houston

PUB

Missouri City

281-778-GOLF

PUB

Pearland

713-436-9999

SP

San Felipe

979-885-2811

Pub

Houston

281-440-1308

PUB

Houston

713-453-7501

PUB College Station 979-845-1723 PUB

Freeport

979-826-2131 The Battleground at Deer Park PUB SP 979-233-8311 The Falls Resort & GC

PUB

Spring

281-225-1200 The Golf Club at Cinco Ranch PUB

Glenbrook GC

M

Houston

Greatwood GC

PUB

Sugar Land

Green Caye GC

PUB

Dickinson

M

Houston

Henry Homberg GC

M

Beaumont

Hermann Park GC

PUB

Houston

713-526-0077

Heron Lakes GC

PUB

Houston

281-807-0207

High Meadow Ranch GC PUB

Magnolia

281-356-7700

Freeport GC Gleannloch Pines

Gus Wortham GC

M

Willis

936-856-4233

Deer Park

281-478-4653

New Ulm

979-992-3123

Katy

281-395-4653

Conroe

936-760-1776

713-649-8089 The Links at West Fork

PUB

281-343-9999 The Village GC 281-337-2021 The Wilderness

PUB Panorama Village 936-856-5531

713-928-4260 The Woodlands 409-842-3220 Timber Creek GC

PUB Lake Jackson R

979-297-4653

The Woodlands 281-882-3000

PUB

Friendswood

281-993-1140

PUB

Humble

281-540-1818

M

Bryan

979-823-0126

Waller CC

PUB

Waller

936-931-3335

Wedgewood GC

PUB

Conroe

936-441-4653

West Brazos Golf Center PUB

Brazoria

979-798-4653 936-594-9172

Tour 18 Houston Travis B. Bryan GC

Houston National GC

PUB

Houston

281-304-1400

Idylwild GC

PUB

Sour Lake

409-753-2521

Iron Oaks GC

PUB

Beaumont

Jersey Meadow GC

PUB Jersey Village

PUB

Trinity

Kingwood Cove GC

PUB

Kingwood

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

PUB

Houston

713-413-3400

R

Magnolia

281-259-2279 WindRose GC

PUB

Spring

281-370-8900

Legendary Oaks GC

PUB

Hempstead

979-826-4001 World Houston GC

PUB

Houston

281-449-8384

Longwood GC

PUB

Cypress

Lake Windcrest

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General Directory RETAILER

LOCATON

PHONE RETAILER

LOCATON

PHONE

281-443-2828

GOLF RETAILERS Big O’s Golf

League City

281-557-3300

Golf Warehouse

Houston

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 281-890-6026

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

Golf Etc.

Houston

281-480-4653

Golf Etc.

Pearland

713-436-5001

Golf Etc.

College Station

979-696-2733

Games People Play

281-486-3212

Golf Galaxy

Houston

832-203-1518

Golf Galaxy

Houston

832-478-1365

Golf Galaxy

Sugar Land

281-491-1888

Mulligan’s Golf

Houston

Golf Galaxy

The Woodlands

832-585-0505

Sport Shoppe

Houston

281-879-0929

Golf Galaxy

Webster

281- 332-3332

Spring Golf Center

Spring

281-288-8685

Golf USA

Houston

281-392-4653

Strictly Golf

Houston

713-629-4653

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GOLFER’S GUIDE

San Antonio, Austin, Hill Country, Texas Coast, Rio Grande Valley

Texas’ Most Read Golf Publication

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estled within the rolling hills of the Texas Hill Country in Boerne, Texas, Tapatio Springs Golf Resort and Conference Center - just 30 miles northwest of San Antonio, provides golfers of all skill levels a golf experience like no other. With unparalleled views and one of the most beautiful golf courses the Southwest has to offer, Tapatio Springs reflects the colors, beauty and ambiance of South Texas’ rugged natural landscape. Battered by extraordinary flooding and followed by a historic drought, this beloved golf course would at one time appear beyond disrepair; however, a stronger and more vibrant course would soon emerge. Acquired by a new ownership group in 2010 and under the guidance of renowned golf course management company, KemperSports to oversee the restoration and operations, an exciting new chapter for Tapatio Springs Golf Resort began. The central amenity for the resort is 27 holes of championship golf that incorporates three distinct challenging combinations of play. From new irrigation systems to improved turf conditions, first-class golf course restoration has been the utmost priority of the new management. Built in 1981, the original “Lakes” and “Valley” 9-hole layouts are ranked among the Top Ten Golf Courses in Texas by the Dallas

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Morning News. The two original layouts are now supplemented by the “Ridge” course that will provide all skill levels with a stimulating golf experience. To complement the revitalized and upgraded golf courses, Tapatio Springs has been further enhanced by adding innovative landscaping, fresh paint, parking lot renovations, and a unique commitment to “Best in Class” in customer service. In addition to golf, the community delivers numerous amenities including two lighted tennis courts, heated swimming pool, jacuzzi, complete fitness center, full service restaurant, horseback riding, freshwater fishing, and eight miles of hiking and biking trails. The resort also boasts 121 hotel rooms, 12,000 square foot conference center and a 35,000 square foot clubhouse – a perfect addition for your group’s next golf outing or tournament. Directed by the professional management of KemperSports, this once forgotten Texas golf treasure has again become a sparkling gem of the Hill Country. Come visit us at Tapatio Springs Golf Resort, and experience Texas Hill Country golf from a new perspective! To learn more about the renewed Tapatio Springs Golf Resort, call 1-888-906-3057 or visit www.tapatio/texaslinks.

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Contents

Pecan Valley Golf Club, San Antonio

32 Foresight Golf The Philosophy to San Antonio’s Premier Golf Management Group is, own and manage exceptional golf properties,provide a world-class service and make the game affordable for all players. Year after year Foresight delivers the best golf experience at comepetive rates 8 37 Star Ranch Golf Club Star Ranch, is an 18-hole championship course featuring a stone clubhouse overlooking a 1.000 acre master planned community. The golf course and its unique are available for golf tournaments, weddings, corporate events, and private parties 40 Valero Texas Open Has a New Date in 2011 The 2011 Valero Texas Open, scheduled for April 11-17, will return for its second year at the beautiful TPC San Antonio and JW Marriott. This April 2011 date, a month earlier than in 2010, is the week immediately following the Masters. 45 Texas Hill Country Golf The Texas Hill Country offers Visitors and residents as diverse a list of things to see and do as any major population center in the country 60 Directory & Maps Comprehensive listing of featured courses 28

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“America’s leading regional golf publications”

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reetings golfers and travelers! Another season of golf is upon us in Central Texas. As the winter fades and spring is on the horizon, this is a perfect time to start planning your golf outing or tournament. Trust Central Texas Golfer’s Guide as your sole resource and authority on the finest golf courses in the region. Speaking of some of the finest courses in Central Texas, one of our cover stories features Foresight Golf, home of the Bandit, The Buckhorn, The Republic and Pecan Valley. All four courses remain favorites for golfers of all levels. Their golf status in Central Texas has changed every year. They continue to get better and better. All four courses remain committed to delivering golfers three things: well-maintained high quality golf courses, outstanding service and affordable prices. We’ll also focus on the Golf Club at Star Ranch in this issue. Located in Hutto just north of Austin, Star Ranch is home to the “All-Inclusive Golf Package.” This beautiful course with a rustic ranch theme offers superb golf, a restaurant and meeting facilities. The club also offers state-of-the-art practice facilities and a staff of golf professionals. The Golf Club at Star Ranch should be at the top of your list to play in 2011. Inside this issue is a schedule that highlights The Valero Texas Open. The tournament’s new date this year is on April 11-17 following the Masters. As fate would have it, it’s the same week Fiesta San Antonio will host their event. I don’t know about you, but this is starting to look like one big party. Even better, as the city’s two major events collide to raise unprecedented amounts of money for charity, San Antonio will have the opportunity to showcase these amazing events to a worldwide audience. For the latest news, course features and contest, including a chance to win “Stay and Play” packages, free golf and tickets to major Central Texas golf events, visit us online at centraltexas.golfersguide.com. Mike Ratchman Regional Publisher

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Contributing Writers

“America’s leading regional golf publications”

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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. He formed his own company, Stricklin Fre-Lance & Books, in 1995. His books include “Thanks for the Memories” which chronicles the history of the Northwood Golf Club in Dallas and “Links, Lore & Legends: The Story of Texas Golf.” Nobody knows Texas golf better than Art Stricklin. He has personally witnessed nearly every professional and amateur golf tournament played in the state of Texas and talked with nearly every historic figure. For more information go to www.artstricklin.com.

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Office: (830) 964-2152 FAX: (830) 964-2153 mratchman@golfersguide.com Chairman/CEO/Publisher Marc A. Frey mfrey@golfersguide.com Director of Media Properties James McMahon jmcmahon@golfersguide.com Production Director Shawn P. Grimes sgrimes@golfersguide.com Online Editor Brandon Underwood bunderwood@golfersguide.com Contributing Writer: Art Striklin and Steve Habel CIRCULATION 300,000 per year reaching an estimated 750,000 readers Issue 1 of 3 ANNUAL EDITIONS For subscriptions or single-copy orders, go to www.golfersguide.com/order

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Copyright ©2010 Golfer’s Guide, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Reproduction without permission is prohibited. Golf course rates are subject to change at any time. Golfer’s Guide is not responsible or liable for any errors, omissions or changes in rates or information. *Publisher’s data. We are expanding our network of magazines and will be adding several new regions within the next year. If you would like to publish a Golfer’s Guide magazine with us in your home region send your resume and previous publishing samples to Golfer’s Guide, P.O. Box 5926, Hilton Head Island, SC 29938-9790, ATTN: Executive Publisher.

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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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At Foresight Golf Our Goal is Simple...

“To build, own and manage exceptional golf properties that provide a world-class golf experience at competitive rates, making the game affordable and enjoyable for all players.� Foresight Golf believes now more than ever that players are looking for a great value with their recreational money, so we strive to deliver the very best golf experience in every one of our markets.

THE BANDIT GOLF CLUB The Bandit Golf Club is as breathtaking as it is inspiring. With a reputation of being as beautiful as it is tenacious, The Bandit is a meticulously conditioned course with incredibly attentive staff both on the course and off! An easy 30-minue ride from downtown San Antonio, The Bandit is a great place to meet those coming from Austin or Houston and enjoy unforgettable golf. Now more than ever, The Bandit will steal your heart. www.banditgolfclub.net 32

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www.buckhorngolfcourse.net THE BUCKHORN GOLF COURSE The Buckhorn Golf Course, Foresight Golf’s first from-the-ground-up course is Hill Country golf at its finest! Designed by Art Schaupeter, the course opened in 2000 and was an instant success. With quaint views of the knobs and vistas overlooking the foothills of the Texas Hill Country, the course is quite a surprise to newcomers. Consistently terrific turf conditions from tee to green, the course has few hazards in the way of water or bunkers and is not terribly long, but it can manage a bite when played from the tips and with challenging pin placement. The Buckhorn is now sporting a new banquet room, too! A casual and relaxed atmosphere (what else would you expect?!), the great room is the perfect place to start or finish a tournament or host a fun party! One of the most fun and memorable courses you will ever play, The Buckhorn Golf Course exceeds every golfer’s expectations!

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THE REPUBLIC GOLF CLUB The reputation of The Republic Golf Club was firmly established when a USGA official called it one of the best designed facilities in Texas. That praise hasn’t stopped. Voted San Antonio’s favorite course in 2006, 2007 and 2009, The Republic is a favorite for all levels of golfer. With wide fairways and inviting greens, the championship layout solidifies the course’s reputation as solid, incredible golf. An easy 10-minute drive from the Riverwalk, The Republic couldn’t be more convenient to get to no matter what direction you’re coming from! The Republic Golf Club – History in the making! www.republicgolfclub.net 34

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www.pecanvalleygc.net

PECAN VALLEY GOLF CLUB 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 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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(512) 252-Golf (4653) Book Online at :

www.Starrranchgolf.com Located just north of Austin off the 130 Toll Road. – 2500 FM 685 Hutto, TX 78634 Now Booking 2010 Golf Outings Call 252-4653 ext. 2 for details.

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“All Inclusive” is the Staple of

Star Ranch

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here have been minor alterations to the popular program since it was rolled out in 2003, but for the most part the “All-Inclusive” golf package offered at Star Ranch Golf Club remains unchanged. Providing golfers with everything they need except a smooth, welltimed swing, the “All-Inclusive” package is dependable and competitively priced. For a base rate that varies by season, “All Inclusive” at Star Ranch includes greens fees for 18 holes (free space available replay), cart, unlimited range balls and two hot meals (breakfast and lunch). For up-to-date rates and online tee times, please visit www.starranchgolf.com. Senior and Junior rates are available. For current rates and specials at 38

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The Golf Club at Star Ranch, call (512) 252-GOLF. The uninterrupted layout at Star Ranch takes advantage of the Texas Hill Country’s wide-open spaces and rolling topography. Caliber and replay value have earned the course a reputation as a “must play” in the Austin area. Star Ranch can be experienced and enjoyed by all skill levels, but is also capable of challenging the most experienced golfer from the back tees. The course is renowned for its excellent year-round conditions. Star Ranch Golf Club was designed by the team of Bechtol & Russel and Carter Moorish, and has claimed many awards since it debuted on the Central

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Texas golf scene. Golf Digest bestowed a 4-Star rating upon Star Ranch and the Dallas Morning News named it one of the best values in the state of Texas. Always looking to improve and deliver a top-notch player experience, Star Ranch recently installed a new drainage system for its bunkers and packed them with new sand. The 170-yard par-3 15th hole was also enhanced with the addition of a sparkling new waterfall. In 2007, the club unveiled a brand new practice facility featuring a grass driving range, short game area with chipping greens, practice bunkers and putting green. Finally, Star Ranch just added a new fleet of golf carts. Star Ranch has multiple tee placements to accommodate every talent and experience level, and pace of play is above average. In fact, shotgun tournaments featuring 100 players often average less than four and a half hours per round. The Club at Star Ranch welcomes any type of social event or business function, including everything from banquets to luncheons to wedding receptions. With a tournament pavilion and indoor ballroom, the facility is also set up to host showers, dinners, golf outings and tournaments. Star Ranch annually hosts 2011 ISSUE 1

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dozens of corporate and charity events. Spring is the busiest tournament time, and spots for 2011 are filling up fast. Call the club today for more details at (512) 252-4653. For the most up-to-date rates, visit www.starranchgolf.com. Visitors to the website have the ability to sign up for a weekly eNewsletter to have specials and news on The Golf Club at Star Ranch delivered directly to their inbox. Online tee times are also available 24 hours a day online or by phone. The golf club is a 30-minute drive from downtown Austin. Directions are also available at the Star Ranch website.

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Valero Texas Open

Historic City Events Partner Creating a Stronger Sense of Community in the Spring The Valero Texas Open, April 11th – 17th. Ask almost anyone in San Antonio what’s so special about April, and you’ll get the same one word answer, “FIESTA”. This 11 day, “Party with a Purpose”, has been a San Antonio tradition since 1891.Although it humbly began as a commemoration of the 1836 Battle of the Alamo, it’s grown to become a commemoration of historic events, a celebration of the City’s rich and diverse cultures and an opportunity to raise money for many local organizations. The Valero Texas Open, a younger but very vibrant San Antonio tradition (begun in 1922), has brought national attention to the city and was founded in part to help establish San Antonio as a winter tourism destination. In some circles within the golf community, it is also seen as the birthplace of the organization that evolved into the modern PGA TOUR. As important a role as the tournament has played in weaving the fabric of the city and transforming the sport of professional golf, it’s most significant role has been as a charitable contributor to many worthy organizations … just like Fiesta San Antonio. As fate would have it, in 2011, these two historic city traditions will overlap. In April, San Antonio, one of the country’s fastest 40

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Tournament Preview 230 countries around the globe. Imagine how much value there can be to telling the wonderful Fiesta San Antonio and showcasing our beautiful city to such an audience. The partnership between the Valero Texas Open and Fiesta San Antonio is a winwin-win.It’s a win for the tournament, a win for the organizations involved in Fiesta and an enormous win for San Antonio through increased charitable fundraising and historic and charitable exposure.Visit the Valero Texas Open, April 11-17 as part of your Fiesta San Antonio activities!When you do, you’ll be playing your part in supporting San Antonio and the many organizations that help those in need.Visit www.valerotexasopen.org for more details.

Fast Facts Tournament Dates: April 11-17 Defending Champion: Adam Scott Prize Money: $6,200,000 First Place: $1,098,000 Television Coverage: Rounds 1 & 2 - Golf Channel 2:00pm - 5:00 pm Rounds 3 & 4 - CBS 2:00pm - 5:00 pm Par: 72 Designed by: Greg Norman with player consultant Sergio Garcia. Host Resort: J.W. Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa and TPC San Antonio Title Sponsor: Valero Energy Corporation Ticket Information: Monday – Wednesday: Admission is free Thursday – Sunday: Advance tickets $15 through Chip In for Schools program, $20 at select Valero Corner Stores, $25 at the gate Kids 12 and under: admission is free Tickets available now on-line at www.valerotexasopen.org and at select Valero Corner Store locations soon.

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Schedule of Events Monday, April 11 JV Industrial Companies Pro-Am • AT&T Oaks Course Tuesday, April 12 PGA TOUR Player Practice Rounds Wednesday, April 13 Oak Farms Dairy Charity Pro-Am • AT&T Oaks Course Bay Ltd. Palmer Pro-Am • AT&T Canyons Course Thursday, April 14 Round 1 - Valero Texas Open Golf Channel 2:00-5:00 p.m. Friday, April 15 Round 2 - Valero Texas Open Golf Channel 2:00-5:00 p.m. Saturday, April 16 Round 3 - Valero Texas Open CBS 2:00-5:00 p.m. Dynamic Industires Pro-Am AT&T Canyons Course Sunday, April 17 Round 4 - Valero Texas Open CBS 2:00-5:00 p.m. Awards Presentation - #18 Green (immediately following play)

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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

Yards Rating Slope 6819 70.8 124 6412 68.3 117 5552 72.0 118 5235 72.0 118

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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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The Rugged and Refined Wonderment of the

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ak tree-lined fairways and the Live Oak Creek Fredericksburg, TX (800) 950-8147 meandering through this beautiful Hill Country (830) 997-4010 layout make Lady Bird Johnson Golf Course a www.golffredericksburg.com Central Texas favorite. RATES 18 Holes You can’t go wrong with the reasonable green fees offered by Monday-Thursday $33.00 Monday-Thursday Twilight $24.00 Lady Bird, but don’t be fooled by the low rates – the 6,400-yard Friday-Sunday $39.50 championship course is consistently in great shape and the friendly Friday-Sunday Twilight $29.00 Senior Rates Available. staff is always extremely helpful. Rates include cart. A newly built 10,000-sq-ft. clubhouse has a fully-stocked golf Twilight time changes seasonally– shop, restaurant and a great meeting room for your corporate out- please call for times. Rates subject to change ings or tournaments. Practice facilities include a driving range and PERSONNEL two practice greens. Architect ................ Jeffery D. Brauer There are lots of very good golf courses in The Hill Country, Head Pro ........................ Shelly Ross Meeting Facility Coordinator so what makes Lady Bird special? ........................................ Shelly Ross It’s the people, the staff; the attitude of the folks that work at Superintendent ........... Brian Roeder Course Record ......... Carl O’neill, 61 Lady Bird is positive and upbeat. They treat you like a customer and a welcomed guest. No matter where you go around the complex it’s the same. The people in the well-provisioned pro shop, the head golf pro, the folks in the Red Bird Grille, even out on the course, it seems like everyone who works at “the Bird” has one 53 Map Key Number thing in mind, make the golfing experience as great as they can. 46

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Faith – and the gumption to use it in your golf game By Steve Habel Special to Golfers’Guide

If golf has a Holy Grail or an ultimate lesson son, it’s that the game game, like life life, is all about the art, not the outcome; it’s about the journey not the arrival. Faith and that journey can be found in the small Texas town of Utopia, at least according to top sports psychologist Dr. David Cook’s book Golf’s Sacred Journey: Seven Days at the Links of Utopia. Utopia, a real-life town of less than 400 folks about 80 miles from San Antonio, is the setting for the story of an aspiring unnamed golf pro and his inadvertent journey of discovery to golf’s big picture. After having a meltdown in the midst of a big tournament, he strikes out for parts unknown and eventually takes a fork in the road to Utopia. There, in the town’s smoky diner, is posted a handwritten note about a driving range where you can “Find Your Game.” A “goat ranch” golf course encircling an old cemetery (yes, both actually exist) sets the stage for Cook’s everyman story and its account of a chance meeting between the unnamed golf pro and an unorthodox mentor, Johnny, a small town rancher with uncommon insight. Johnny’s unusual and memorable golf teachings incorporate lessons using fishing, painting and flying, and against this backdrop, Cook takes readers step by step through the critical mental aspects of the game, from a confidence-building, pre-shot checklist to lessons on instinct over intellect, truth over tradition, excellence over acceptance, and expecting the unexpected. Golf’s Sacred Journey is as much a story of faith as it is a forum for Cook’s 30-plus years of hands-on experience coaching hundreds of PGA, NBA (he advised the two-time world champion San Antonio Spurs), MLB and NFL players as well as Olympians and collegiate champions. Cook, who studied under noted mental golfing coach Bob Rotella at the University of Virginia, has been named by Golf Digest 2011 ISSUE 1

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as one of the top ten mental-game coach coaches in game the game. “Golf is like a Texas two-step,” Johnny tells the young pro. “Until you feel the music, you ain’t nothin’ but a step counter.” Along with the pro, readers learn that feeling the music is about infusing a swing with rhythm, balance and patience. It’s about seeing past the interference to a shot we envision in our minds. It is about emotional control, conviction and not over thinking. Cook’s, and by literal proxy, Johnny’s lessons boils down to just three tasks: see, feel and trust (SFT). Seing, the rancher explains, means making the shot deliberate by envisioning what you want to happen – “calling the shot” in terms of shape, target and trajectory. Feeling is the internalizing of that shot – its rhythm, balance and patience. And trusting is what sports psychologists would call an absence of mechanical control, but what the rancher dubs “letting it happen.” Trust, according to Johnny, is a decision. But there’s more to “SFT” than meets the eye. Golf’s Sacred Journey’s success has spawned a cottage industry of sorts for Cook. His three-day Utopia, Texas retreats and one-day “Golf’s Field of Dreams” seminars, modeled after the book’s story and lessons, are drawing scores of fans and transforming souls along with golf games. I found myself comparing the notions taught in Golf’s Sacred Journey with those forwarded by famed teacher Harvey Penick in his Little Red Book and its three subsequent sequels. Keeping things simple and remembering that enjoyment from golf is derived from the playing of the game in its usually wonderful settings are the core values and things that bring golfers happiness. With that comparison, and by helping golfers move closer to that “Zen” ideal rather than worrying about pars and birdies on the scorecard, Cook’s book succeeds immensely. It’s a quick read and well worth your time and attention.

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The Flying L Guest Ranch Dude Ranch Character, Modern Comfort is Worth the Drive

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he land of opportunity can often be the land of redundancy. If you’ve ’ b been tto th the attractions tt ti iin one A American i ttown, you’ve visited them all. At Bandera’s Flying L Guest Ranch you won’t find a different slant on the same old thing; you’ll find an authentic Texas experience. In this pocket of Americana guests marinate in dude ranch character and modern comfort, not to mention championship golf. It’s no stretch to say that the Flying L Guest Ranch is worth the drive from Austin, San Antonio, Houston and beyond. “No other resort in America has all of the amenities that we have at one place,” remarked Jeff Hoard, the Flying L’s new director of golf. Rattling off the list of activities alone will leave you breathless, and that’s before you’ve saddled up or teed off. Overnight visitors to the Flying L are treated to a full breakfast every morning during their stay and dinner each night at an on-site restaurant. Once the day begins, get ready for an adventure that includes summertime entry into the resort’s water park (opening mid-March for spring break), horseback riding, golf on Flying L’s 18-hole championship course, nightly western entertainment, various activities for the kids, wagon rides across the 550-acre ranch, Creekside picnics with all the fixins’, basketball, tennis and swimming (adult pool, hot tub). It’s all here at the Flying L. The Flying L is a family-friendly establishment blanketed in real western décor. The rolling terrain of the Texas Hill Country makes it a popular venue for golf tournaments and outings. A true Texas atmosphere permeates the buildings and rooms. Best of all, the resort is a stone’s throw from downtown Bandera, where more adventure awaits. Known as the “Cowboy Capital of the World,” Bandera boasts a charming downtown with lovely shops, restaurants and saloons. How could you embark upon a “cowboy” vacation without spending a night here? The staff at the Flying L is known for their great attitudes and accommodating spirit. For more information on staying and playing at the Flying L in the heart of cowboy country, please visit www.flyingl.com or call 800-292-5134. The Flying L has a proven track record of hosting golf tournaments and team building activities. Call today to book your outing, corporate meeting, banquet or business seminar. 48

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he growth at Vaaler Creek Golf Club is set to continue in 2011 with the addition of a multi-purpose pavilion at the turn. Providing golfers shelter and space for relaxation, the new open-air building will promote Vaaler Creek’s ability to host larger tournaments and weddings. Capacity is expected to be up to 150 guests, and décor will be similar to the ranch-style motif found in buildings around the property. The facility will feature a fullyenclosed kitchen where preparations will be made to feed event guests. Swirling ceiling fans will generate a cool breeze to break through the hot Texas heat, while propane heaters will be employed to warm visitors during the winter. Combined with a 5,550-square-foot deck bordering a pond that guards the 18th green, the open-air pavilion gives Vaaler Creek ample flexibility when planning your big day. Posttournament functions can begin on the deck with drinks, and head to the pavilion for appetizers and awards. Options are also plentiful for wedding receptions; your party can seek shelter under the pavilion or congregate under the oaks shading the deck. To discuss custom wedding packages, call Tosha Grosch at (830) 833-0706.

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Golf continues to be the main draw at Vaaler Creek. Now entering its 2nd full season, the 6,864-yard layout is quintessential Hill Country close to Austin and San Antonio. It’s a visually stunning and uniquely memorable layout that sets out to challenge more avid and 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. Both sides feature spectacular panoramic views of the Texas Hill Country, an abundance of live oaks and rolling topography. The course is in tremendous shape heading into 2011, and is right earning a reputation as one of the “must play” golf destinations in Central Texas. Frequent players have a chance to win at Vaaler Creek each month. Every time you tee it up at this Hill Country gem, drop your name into the fishbowl in the pro shop as you register for your round. Monthly drawings will be held with the winner receiving a customfitted set of Titleist irons. The club is also pleased to announce its “Thirsty Thursday” promotion. Every Thursday guests and golfers can enjoy $1 off all beers. For more information on Vaaler Creek, visit www.vaalercreekgolfclub.com.

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Lago Vista Golf Course Lago Vista, TX (512) 267-1170 lagovistagc.com RATES 18 Holes .................................$39 Twilight ....................................$35 Seniors ....................................$35 Prices include cart. Twilight valid after 3pm.

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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.

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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. 52

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Legends Golf Course Kingsland, TX (325) 388-8888 www.legendsgolftx.net

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asterfully designed by Tom Kite, Roy Bechtol and Randy Russell, the Legends Golf Course is an enjoyable challenge for golfers of all abilities. Our par-72 course features Tifsport Bermuda grass tees and fairways with TifEagle Bermuda grass carpeting the greens. The architects transformed 200 acres of farm land into a masterpiece that flows through open links on the front nine and transitioins into the beautiful Hill Country on the back. If you want an extended stay, the Villas at the Legends are available for nightly, weekly or monthly rentals. Visit our website for more information at legendsgolftx.com.

RATES Starting at $40 w/cart. Stay & Play Packages starting at $125. Memberships are available. Online specials listed on website. STATISTICS Par: 72 Yards Rating Slope Gold 7260 75.2 129 Blue 6726 72.4 126 White 6148 69.3 125 Red 5218 70.0 115 DIRECTIONS From Marble Falls take 1431 west 11.5 miles to Kingsland. Take a right on 2342 before the Colorado River. The Legends is 1 mile on the left. AMENITIES • 18 hole championship golf course designed by Tom Kite, Randy Russell and Roy Bechtol • Practice range and putting green • Pro Shop and food and beverage service• PGA Golf Instruction • Tournaments welcome PERSONNEL General Manager ................... Rob Strain Head Golf Pro ...................Steven Rosow Map Key Number

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Delaware Springs Golf Course

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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.

Burnet, TX (512) 756-8471 www.delawaresprings.com RATES Weekday Weekend STATISTICS Par: 72 Black Blue White Red

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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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NOW THE ROAD TO SUCCESS LOOKS A LOT LIKE A CART PATH Introducing the NEW Non-Resident Membership When it comes to closing deals, cultivating contacts and cementing relationships, the NEW Non-Resident Membership at TPC San Antonio will be your competitive advantage. Home to the Valero Texas Open, TPC San Antonio will be your home away from home for hosting family, friends and entertaining your business contacts with remarkable golf and Hill Country hospitality. Benefits Include: A Host of Benefits and Amenities at the Adjoining JW Marriott Hill Country Resort & Spa Advance Reservations & Preferred Pricing Accompanied and Unaccompanied Guest Privileges No Capital Assessments or Food and Beverage Minimums

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The Perfect Drive – Course Directory COURSE

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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

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(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

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San Saba River GOLF COURSE

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

Tournament Schedule – 2011 March 19-20 ......... Individual Stroke Play April 16-17 ...................4-Person Scramble May 14 ........................... 4-Lady Scramble May 21-22 ... 3-Person Scramble/Shamble June 25-26 ............................Guys & Dolls July 16-17 .................... 2-Person Scramble August 20-21 ............... 3-Person Shamble September 10 ................ 4-Lady Scramble September 17-18 ...................Guys & Dolls October 15-16 ....... Individual Stroke Play For more information or to sign-up Please call 325-372-3212

Green Fees 18 holes with cart $30 9 holes with cart $21

18 holes with cart $35 9 holes with cart $26

All Prices are Per Person

Play All Day

$25 Monday – Friday Only Coupon Required. Expires 5/1/11

Bring an RV, Stay & Play at the San Saba River Golf Course & RV Park 1 mile east of town on Hwy 190 turn left on CR 104-102 1/2 mile 723 CR 102 • San Saba, TX 76877

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Advertiser’s Directory MAP KEY

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COURSE

TYPE

Crystal Falls Golf Club Delaware Springs Golf Course Flying L. Guest Ranch Golf Club of Seguin Highland Lake Country Club La Loma Grande Lady Bird Johnson Golf Course Lago Vista Golf Course Legends Golf Course Olympia Hills Pecan Valley Golf Club Salado Del Rio San Saba River Golf Course Silverhorn Golf Course Star Ranch The Bandit Golf Club The Buckhorn The Republic Golf Club Tapatio Springs Resort Vaaler Creek Golf Club Newport Dunes

MAP KEY SHOPPING Edwin Watts 21 2 Edwin Watts 3 Edwin Watts 83 Edwin Watts 80 The Golf Club RESORT 47 1 90

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

TYPE Retail Retail Retail Retail Retail

ESPN “Golfer’s Guide Radio” TOURNAMENTS Valero Texas Open

PHONE

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(512) 259-5855 (512) 756-8471 (800) 646-5407 (830) 303-0669 (512) 267-1170 (210) 222-9386 (830) 997-4010 (512) 267-1170 (325) 388-8888 (210) 945-4653 (210) 333-9018 (210) 222-9386 (325) 372-3212 (210) 545-5300 (512) 252-4653 (830) 609-4665 (830) 995-5351 (210) 359-0000 (800) 999-3299 (830) 833-0706 (361) 749-4653

LOCATION Round Rock San Antonio San Antonio Corpus Christi Austin

& ACCOMMODATIONS Flying L Guest Ranch Tapatio Springs Resort TPC San Antonio

SERVICES

YDS./PAR

TYPE Resort Resort Resort ACCESS

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

LOCATION Bandera Bandera San Antonio

TIME

WEBSITE

WEBSITE

San Antonio

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PHONE PG. (800) 292-5134 48-49 (800) 999-3299 26-27 (210) 507-4191 56-57

1250AM Radio Saturdays 7-8am 1250theZone.com LOCATION

PG.

valerotexasopen.org

PG. 64 PG. 40-41

Golf Giveaway, logo on to www.centraltexas.GolfersGuide.com for a chance to win a Golf Getaway at Columbia Lakes and more.

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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: Maverick 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 Packsaddle 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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TYPE

PHONE

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

(830) 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 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

2011 ISSUE 1

1/17/11 9:38:45 PM


Fire Brand: A Longer, Better Burner

D

esigners of TaylorMade’s Burner 2.0 irons promise that the next generation of this highly-successful brand will be better, faster and above all, longer than its predecessor. Using thin-face technology to produce more ball speed and distance and individually engineered shafts and head shapes to promote feel and control, TaylorMade has taken the No. 1 selling irons in golf and made them even better. “We’ve succeeded at creating a better performing iron with the Burner 2.0, which is just as long, easier to play and more refined in its feel and sound,” said Bret Wahl, senior director of research and development for irons, wedges and putters. “Every Burner 2.0 iron is better than its predecessor and, when compared against the longest, best-selling iron we’ve ever made, that says something truly significant.” Improved weight distribution in long irons will promote easy launch, and create greater stability and forgiveness. Every individual Burner 2.0 iron boasts a different face thickness. The thinnest and fastest faces are in the long irons, with the face in each successive iron growing thicker down through the middle- and short-irons. An improved vibration management system will make these revolutionary clubs feel better in your hand at impact. “Golfers who play the current Burner iron will notice a difference in the sound and feel, which is significantly softer and more satisfying in the Burner 2.0,” said TaylorMade Manager of iron development Brian Bazzel. “We put in a lot of effort to refine and improve the vibration-management system in the cavity in order to reach our target for sound and feel.” The sleek set of irons coated in metal and black hit retail locations in early October, and a will be offered at $699 for steel shafts and $899 for graphite shafts. 2011 ISSUE 1

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Stay and Play Featuring World-Class Golf, Fishing and more… Are you looking for the perfect spot for a vacation or an off-season trip with your buddies? “The Fishing Capital of Texas” now boasts one of the finest ocean-side links golf courses in America. This incredible golf course is Th located in the world-class fishlo ing village of Port-Aransas, TX in on Mustang Island, 40 minutes from downtown Corpus Christi. fr Newportt D Dunes offers multiple Stay and Play N Packages with a variety of lodging options including local beach homes, condos, cottages, town homes and hotels. We provide concierge central booking with each of our preferred lodging partners. Call 361-749-4653 x 104 or visit our web site (featuring a complete Stay and Play section) at www.newportdunesgolf.com

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