Home to three acclaimed golf courses designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., a private Jack Nicklaus Signature course and a host of watersports and recreational activities, Horseshoe Bay Resort is helping establish Central Texas as one of the nation’s premier destinations for golf and luxury vacations.
GOLF‘s first-ever ranking of the Top 100 Resorts in North America appears in the October 2019 edition of the print magazine and online at GOLF.com. Under the expert guidance of industry veterans, travel writers, GOLF.com readers, and GOLF’s Top 100 panelists and editorial teams, resorts were rated on five key variables: golf experience, accommodations, service, food, and ambience, then placed into four experience categories: Luxury, Buddies, General Excellence and Families.
A testament to the rich experience guests find at the versatile Horseshoe Bay Resort, the property was selected in the magazine’s Family category and was recommended as a leading destination for Buddies.
“We’re thrilled to be chosen for this honor by GOLF Magazine,” said general manager Bryan Woodward. “We’ve made great investments in upgrading the resort and the quality and variety of the golf experience. Gaining this national recognition solidifies Horseshoe Bay Resort as a premier national destination for buddies’ trips, families, corporate groups and couples.”
Nestled along the gleaming shores of the constant-level Lake LBJ and just outside of Austin, Horseshoe Bay Resort completed a resort-wide $90-million resort and multi-course renovation earlier this year. The AAA-Four Diamond- and Conde Nast Readers’ Choice Award-winning property increasingly continues to be named one of America’s premier golf destinations. Horseshoe Bay Resort was also recently selected for the 2019 Editors’ Choice Award by Golf Digest as one of the “Best Golf Resorts in the Southwest.”
RENOVATIONS REINVIGORATE BELOVED LAYOUTSIn 2016, Horseshoe Bay embarked on an expansive $7.5-million project to upgrade all three of its Robert Trent Jones, Sr. designs, Slick Rock, Ram Rock, and Apple Rock. The improvements to the courses and overall golf product has the resort community in position to earn nationwide attention.
“The restoration of our three championship Robert Trent Jones Sr. courses has elevated the quality of our golf to create one of the most memorable golf destinations in the country,” Woodward says.
Before there was ever a Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, Horseshoe Bay Resort was home to three very distinct courses designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. The Ram Rock course, constructed in 1981, has made its reputation as one of the toughest courses in Texas. Slick Rock, the first golf course built (in 1971) at Horseshoe Bay Resort, features a pleasing parkland setting and quintessential elements of Jones’ renowned architectural sensibility. Wall-to-wall renovations on all three RTJ courses have enhanced playability and fun from the forward and middle tees while maintaining each layout’s legendary challenge for scratch players.
The final course and renovation project, Apple Rock, recently re-opened in June, having undergone many of the same renovations as its sister courses. The course offers some of the most picturesque views in the region. Jones Sr. strategically routed holes to take advantage of the many higher elevation points that overlook Horseshoe Bay and Lake LBJ.
Punctuating the re-opening of the Ram Rock and Apple Rock courses will be the unveiling of the luxe, new Cap Rock Clubhouse. Members and guests of Horseshoe Bay Resort will enjoy the new Cap Rock setting with its expansive views of the courses and Texas Hill Country. It will feature a dining room and bar area along with a pro-shop, swimming pool, cabana, pavilion area for groups, and a practice/teaching facility.
In addition to the resort golf, Horseshoe Bay Resort also offers a distinctive members-only experience with the Jack Nicklaus Signature design, Summit Rock (which opened in 2012). The course offers some of the most stunning scenery in Texas. Nicklaus routed holes along a high ridge, a setting that showcases spectacular views that stretch for more than 40 miles over the Texas Hill Country and Lake LBJ.
ONE-OF-A-KIND PUTTING COURSEComplementing the championship golf is the highly-unique Whitewater Putting Course, a tropically-adorned 18-hole day/night real-grass putting course that sits adjacent to the hotel and is routed around the energetic Whitewater 360 Sports Club, a full-service destination for pub food, cocktails and live sports on 16 HDTVs surrounding the bar. It is the perfect attraction for golf buddy groups, couples and families.
For more information and reservations, visit www.hsbresort.com or call 877-611-0112.