The Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin, Tex. recently reopened after a nearly year-long, $150-million renovation.
Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa
  • Location: Austin, TX
  • Rooms: 493
  • Courses: One
  • Amenities: Three restaurants / pool / spa
  • Also good for: Best for Buddies

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6 things you need to know

  • Best time to go: Spring and fall are the most popular for golf.
  • Daily stay-and-plays start at: $500
  • Golf experience: An embarrassment of riches: two courses by Tom Fazio, one by Ben Crenshaw, one off-site by Arnold Palmer.
  • Best non-golf amenity: The new multi-floor Mokara Spa with views of the Texas Hill Country.
  • While you're there: A visit to 6th Street — the live music capital of Texas — is a must.
  • Insider tip: If you make it to nearby Texas BBQ shrine Salt Lick, it’s cash only, no exceptions.

Travelogue

Recently reopened after a nearly year-long, $150-million renovation, the original golf resort in the scenic Hill Country has been reborn as one of the area’s grandest and most luxurious. New owner Omni added a third lodging tower and a huge new spa along with four pools, including one indoor. Thankfully there is no change to the scenic rolling scenery or to the great golf offerings. Both Tom Fazio courses — the original design next to the resort and the Canyons a mile away — have been ranked the Nos. 1 and 2 public courses in the state. The Ben Crenshaw course across the street from the resort, designed by the native son and longtime Barton Creek visitor, has Texas-sized greens and dramatic views. The fourth course, Barton Creek Lakeside, is 30 minutes from the resort, near Willie Nelson’s private layout.