Best Resort Golf Courses in Texas

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Barton Creek (Fazio Foothills) -- Austin Situated on the grounds of Texas' top-ranked resort, Tom Fazio's 1986 design holds its own thanks to holes that climb out of valleys and plunge into woods, together with its memorable par-5 18th, which tangles with a natural limestone cave. ($150-$250; 512-329-4653, bartoncreek.com)
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Barton Creek (Fazio Canyons) -- Austin Tom Fazio's successful 2000 follow-up to his Foothills course is located two miles from the resort, but it's worth the effort to lock horns with gorgeously sculpted holes, several that are bisected by limestone bed creeks. ($150-$250; 512-329-4653, bartoncreek.com)
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JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country/TPC San Antonio (AT&T Oaks) -- San Antonio Slender fairways, steep bunkers and abundant oaks define this 2010 Greg Norman/Sergio Garcia collaboration that serves as the home to the PGA Tour's Valero Texas Open. ($159-$249; 210-491-5800, jwsanantonio.com)
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JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country/TPC San Antonio (AT&T Canyons) -- San Antonio As with its narrower, flatter sibling, the AT&T Oaks course, you must stay at the hotel to play this Pete Dye/Bruce Lietzke design, but it's worth the freight, with many holes offering eye-catching views of a 750-acre nature preserve. ($159-$249; 210-491-5800, jwsanantonio.com)
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Westin La Cantera (Palmer) -- San Antonio Designed by the King, this character-filled spread has long been overshadowed by its Tour-hosting Resort sibling, but elevation changes and trouble on both sides of most fairways in the form of trees and canyons make this the stronger test. ($69-$140; 210-558-4653, westinlacantera.com)
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Westin La Cantera (Resort) -- San Antonio Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish crafted a fun, playable layout with sprawling bunkers that proved overly friendly for the Tour pros and unforgettable for all, thanks to front-nine holes that are backdropped by the roller-coaster at the Six Flags amusement park next door. ($69-$140; 210-558-4653, westinlacantera.com)
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Black Jack's Crossing at Lajitas Golf Resort -- Lajitas Hewn from the flooded remnants of Robert Trent Jones Jr.'s old Ambush at Lajitas course, this new design from Lanny Wadkins embraces its rugged setting along the edge of the Rio Grande and Big Bend National Park. ($90; 432-424-5080, blackjackscrossing.com)
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Horseshoe Bay (Slick Rock) -- Horseshoe Bay The original Robert Trent Jones creation at Horseshoe Bay dates to 1972, but what never gets old is the remarkable par-4 14th that whisks golfers on a ride through a waterfall that spans 35 yards. ($100-$150; 830-598-2561, hsbresort.com)
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Horseshoe Bay (Ram Rock) -- Horseshoe Bay Natural rock outcroppings form a tough, if visually appealing hazard to those who stray at this 1981 Robert Trent Jones Sr. design that edges its siblings as toughest of the three at the resort. ($100-$150; 830-598-6561, hsbresort.com)
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Horseshoe Bay (Apple Rock) -- Horseshoe Bay Robert Trent Jones Sr. completed his triple play with this 1986 design which boasts top-notch views of Lake LBJ, notably during the dramatic descent from the 10th tee down to the lake shores at the 11th. ($100-$150; 830-598-6561, hsbresort.com)
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Westin Stonebriar (Fazio) -- Frisco Adjacent to the private Stonebriar Country Club, Tom Fazio crafted a handsome, playable test in suburban Dallas framed with thick native grasses and mounds that funnel wayward shots back to safety. ($122; 972-668-8000, westinstonebriar.com)
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Wolfdancer at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort -- Lost Pines Off-the-beaten-path, 20 miles southeast of Austin, but worth howling about is this Arthur Hills design fashioned over three distinct landforms, from forested ridgelines and rolling prairie land to a valley peppered with trees. ($119-$149; 512-308-4770, wolfdancergolfclub.com)
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Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort -- San Antonio A delightful 27-hole romp through an oak-studded acreage, this tranquil 1993 Arthur Hills design known as Hill Country Golf Club appeals equally to scratch swingers and once-a-month Joes. ($135-$145; 210-647-1234; hillcountry.hyatt.com)
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TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas -- Irving The longtime home of the HP Byron Nelson Classic is graced with a stellar closing stretch, including the strategy-laced, water-guarded par-4 14th and the dramatic, gallery favorite 17th, redesigned by D.A. Weibring to bring the lake further into play. ($195; 972-717-2530, fourseasons.com)