Can’t Beat the Retreat
May 31 2013 by Michael Gelfand
Barton Creek Resort Austin, TX
General description: Surrounded by 4,000 acres of magnificent Texas Hill Country, Barton Creek is nestled into its surroundings as if it grew there out of the ground along with the trees. With four golf courses (two designed by celebrated golf course designer Tom Fazio, as well as two other championship courses designed by some of golf’s up-and-comers named Palmer and Crenshaw), Barton Creek clearly attracts guests with a distinct golf obsession; but recently redesigned guestrooms, an enhanced spa, updated tennis complex and a collection of restaurants and shopping attractions round out the resort nicely for folks who simply need a break from the hustle and bustle. With 43,000 square feet of award-winning meeting space (Barton Creek was a recent Meetings & Conventions magazine Gold Key award winner), there are plenty of quiet spaces for serious conversations.
Unique features: Cocktail hotspots abound: The Rock House, located next to the 18th hole at Fazio Canyons course, is ideal for private parties, while the Resort Pavilion’s 40-foot observation deck offers panoramic sunset views of the Texas Hill Country. Don’t miss the Callaway Performance Center, where you can have your shank swing evaluated (and confirmed) by the same technology the top golf pros use.