2. Hyatt Regency Lost Pines, Lost Pines, TX; 512-308-1234, lostpines.hyatt.com
Austin may be best known for its live music, barbecue and Texas football, but developing its own distinctive status is the area's newest golf resort, the family-friendly Hyatt Regency Lost Pines. Its affiliated golf course, Wolfdancer is primarily the creation of Chris Wilczynski, then of Arthur Hills/Steve Forrest Associates, who let his imagination run rampant in solving the puzzle of how to route golf holes over three distinct landforms -- rolling prairie land, a forested ridgeline and a valley populated with pine and pecan trees. The upper section of the course could fairly be called Texas heathland, with breezes to match. The showstopper here is the 155-yard, drop-shot, par-3 12th, its green clinging to the side of a mountain, which looks like it could give way should a foursome of NFL lineman choose to putt simultaneously. If variety equates to fun, you'll have a blast at Wolfdancer.