Lakeway Resort and Spa in Austin: Distinctive Lake Travis setting delivers access to exclusive golf

By Travel ArticlesFebruary 2, 2012, 5:00 am

AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas golf resorts are big-time: San Antonio's Westin La Cantera resort and the JW Marriott Hill Country Resort both have PGA Tour pedigrees. Meanwhile, in the hills west of Austin is Barton Creek Resort, home to a pair of Top 100 designs by Tom Fazio.

So it's understandable why golfers may not consider Lakeway Resort and Spa at first. But in fact, the resort holds its own among the top golf resorts in the state with its own distinct amenities, including access to three private golf courses.

Lakeway Resort and Spa features 168 rooms, including a handful of multi-bedroom cottage units overlooking the lake. It's a small-scale alternative (for Texas, at least) compared to the stark contrast to the 1,000-room JW Marriott and TPC San Antonio facility an hour's drive south -- or even nearby Horseshoe Bay Resort and Barton Creek Resort. Taking on its own distinct ambiance, Lakeway invites a cozy, more club-like vibe where guests feel they have the run of the joint.

Lakeway Resort and Spa: New management, same lakefront location

Lakeway's location boasts something that is unique to itself, though: a one-of-a-kind setting perched on the banks of Lake Travis in the Texas Hill Country just west of Austin. One of the reasons Austin is known for being such a livable city is this very oasis located just a few miles west of town.

On summer weekends, boats fill the largest of the seven Texas Highland Lakes with wake boarders, sailboats, party cruises and jet skis. While the summertime is the high season on Lake Travis, the main event at Lakeway all 12 months is the San Saba Spa, which features a full menu of massage and beauty treatments, plus a recently enhanced fitness center open to all guests of the resort.

Upgrading the fitness center was one of the many new initiatives set forth by the resort's new management company. In 2010, the resort appointed Houston-based Redstone, which operates the PGA Tour host facility as well as the Houstonian, one of the city's premier hotel-and-club properties. Lakeway is the company's first venture for Redstone outside of Houston, and with it they've rededicated themselves to promoting the golf product by offering a variety of golf packages. Whether guests book a package or request a last-minute tee time through the concierge, golf can be had.

The city of Lakeway began in 1962 with the construction of the Lakeway Inn, which would later grow and become the Lakeway Resort and Spa. Now with more than 10,000 residents, some often come by the resort to use the pool area overlooking the lake or dine at the restaurant, Josey's, which features Hill Country staples such as Southwestern soup, quesadillas or a delicious cut of filet mignon. 'Farm to Table Wednesdays,' for example, features a weekly set menu by Chef Jeff Axline and features ingredients from some of the area's many food producers.

So to some, the golf at Lakeway plays second fiddle to Lake Travis or the Spa, but it's still as abundant as anywhere else in the Hill Country.

Lakeway Resort and Spa: Four Texas Hill Country golf courses

While just a small city, Lakeway has a serious golf habit, that includes Hills of Lakeway Country Club, one of Austin's top private clubs that features four golf courses. But nearby, guests can take on Flintrock Falls, a collaboration between Jack Nicklaus and his son, Jack Nicklaus II. The course features a championship-caliber design more than 7,000 yards long with Hill Country staples such as waterfalls trickling down limestone rock and plenty of up and downs to navigate.

Nearby, one of the Austin area's top daily-fee courses is Falconhead Golf Club, on which the resort also receives preferred tee times. Falconhead opened in 2003 with great fanfare, deigned by PGA Tour Design Center. All great Hill Country golf courses features at least one remarkable par 3, and at Falconhead, it's the 17th that lies atop a limestone shelf hovering over water.

Also within minutes of the resort are two of the Hill Country's more classic golf courses, Live Oak and Yaupon. Live Oak opened in 1965 and was the first of the Lakeway golf courses, while the Yaupon Course came along in the 1970s. Each present a shorter, charming and walkable alternative to the showier, more demanding FlintRock Falls and Falconhead.

?Within minutes of Lakeway Resort & Spa, golfers can choose exactly which type of golf club they want to enjoy. So it matters little these golf courses aren't official 'resort' courses. For those looking for championship design with a country club setting and resort amenities, Lakeway is as much of a destination as anywhere in the Hill Country.

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CareerBuilder purse payouts: Rahm wins $1.062 million

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 12:50 pm

Jon Rahm defeated Andrew Landry on the fourth hole of sudden death to win the CareerBuilder Challenger. Here's a look at how the purse was paid out in La Quinta, Calif.:

1 Jon Rahm -22 $1,062,000
2 Andrew Landry -22 $637,200
T3 Adam Hadwin -20 $306,800
T3 John Huh -20 $306,800
T3 Martin Piller -20 $306,800
T6 Kevin Chappell -19 $205,025
T6 Scott Piercy -19 $205,025
T8 Brandon Harkins -18 $171,100
T8 Jason Kokrak -18 $171,100
T8 Sam Saunders -18 $171,100
T11 Harris English -17 $135,700
T11 Seamus Power -17 $135,700
T11 Jhonattan Vegas -17 $135,700
T14 Bud Cauley -16 $106,200
T14 Austin Cook -16 $106,200
T14 Grayson Murray -16 $106,200
T17 Andrew Putnam -15 $88,500
T17 Peter Uihlein -15 $88,500
T17 Aaron Wise -15 $88,500
T20 Ricky Barnes -14 $57,754
T20 Stewart Cink -14 $57,754
T20 Brian Harman -14 $57,754
T20 Beau Hossler -14 $57,754
T20 Charles Howell III -14 $57,754
T20 Zach Johnson -14 $57,754
T20 Ryan Palmer -14 $57,754
T20 Brendan Steele -14 $57,754
T20 Nick Taylor -14 $57,754
T29 Lucas Glover -13 $36,706
T29 Russell Knox -13 $36,706
T29 Nate Lashley -13 $36,706
T29 Tom Lovelady -13 $36,706
T29 Kevin Streelman -13 $36,706
T29 Hudson Swafford -13 $36,706
T29 Richy Werenski -13 $36,706
T36 Jason Dufner -12 $27,189
T36 Derek Fathauer -12 $27,189
T36 James Hahn -12 $27,189
T36 Chez Reavie -12 $27,189
T36 Webb Simpson -12 $27,189
T36 Tyrone Van Aswegen -12 $27,189
T42 Bronson Burgoon -11 $18,983
T42 Ben Crane -11 $18,983
T42 Brian Gay -11 $18,983
T42 Chesson Hadley -11 $18,983
T42 Patton Kizzire -11 $18,983
T42 Hunter Mahan -11 $18,983
T42 Kevin Na -11 $18,983
T42 Rob Oppenheim -11 $18,983
T50 Alex Cejka -10 $14,025
T50 Corey Conners -10 $14,025
T50 Michael Kim -10 $14,025
T50 Kevin Kisner -10 $14,025
T50 Sean O'Hair -10 $14,025
T50 Sam Ryder -10 $14,025
T50 Nick Watney -10 $14,025
T57 Robert Garrigus -9 $13,039
T57 Tom Hoge -9 $13,039
T57 David Lingmerth -9 $13,039
T57 Ben Martin -9 $13,039
T57 Trey Mullinax -9 $13,039
T57 Brett Stegmaier -9 $13,039
T63 Scott Brown -8 $12,449
T63 Wesley Bryan -8 $12,449
T63 Brice Garnett -8 $12,449
T63 Sung Kang -8 $12,449
T67 Talor Gooch -7 $12,095
T67 Tom Whitney -7 $12,095
T69 Matt Every -6 $11,623
T69 Billy Hurley III -6 $11,623
T69 Smylie Kaufman -6 $11,623
T69 Keith Mitchell -6 $11,623
T69 Rory Sabbatini -6 $11,623
T69 Chris Stroud -6 $11,623
75 John Peterson -5 $11,210
76 Abraham Ancer -4 $11,092
77 Ben Silverman 4 $10,974
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After Further Review: Tiger's return comes at perfect time

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 2:19 am

Each week, takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.

On the current state of golf as Tiger Woods returns to competition ...

Less than four days before Tiger Woods returns to official competitive golf for the first time in a year, Jon Rahm, the new second-ranked player in the world, won on the PGA Tour and Rory McIlroy made an impressive 2018 debut on the European Tour (T-3).

Not since Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus crossed paths at the 1960 U.S. Open has there been so many superstars all poised for big seasons, with world No. 1 Dustin Johnson having already won this year and Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas both coming off stellar seasons.

It’s a good time for golf. - Rex Hoggard

On Tommy Fleetwood's continued success ...

There have been scores of talented European players whose skills didn’t translate to the PGA Tour … and maybe, in a few years, Tommy Fleetwood will prove to be no different.

He sure looks like the real deal, though.  

His title defense in Abu Dhabi – on the strength of a back-nine 30 in windy conditions – was his third title in the past 12 months and 11th top-10 overall. A few of those have come in majors and World Golf Championship events, too, which led the reigning Race to Dubai champion to accept PGA Tour membership for this season.

Beginning at Riviera, he plans to play exclusively in the States through May, then reassess for the rest of the year. Hope he sticks, because he’s a fun personality with tons of game. - Ryan Lavner

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Rahm passes Spieth to become world No. 2

By Nick MentaJanuary 22, 2018, 1:25 am

With his win Sunday at the CareerBuilder Challenge, Jon Rahm picked up his second PGA Tour victory and moved to No. 2 in the FedExCup points standings.

He picked up one more No. 2, too.

The 23-year-old Spaniard passed Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, behind only Dustin Johnson.

In 19 months, since June 2016, Rahm has rocketed from No. 776 in the world to No. 2, thanks in part to his low divisor, his number of events played.

Asked after his playoff victory over Andrew Landry to discuss his rapid ascent up the world rankings, Rahm was almost at a loss.

“It's hard to believe to be honest, passing Jordan Spieth,” he said. “That's a three-time major champion. I only have two wins. He's got 10-plus, right? It's again – I've said it many times – I never thought I was going to be at this point in my life right now.”

Rahm may only have two PGA Tour titles, but this is his fourth worldwide win in the last year, dating back to last season’s Farmers Insurance Open. He also took the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and the DP World Tour Championship on his way to claiming the European Tour’s 2017 Rookie of the Year Award.

Dating back to the start of last season on the PGA Tour, Rahm has racked up 12 top-10s, three runner-ups, and two wins.

He will head to Torrey Pines next week ready to defend for the first time.

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Brady compares self to Woods after winning AFC title

By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 1:05 am

Tom Brady and Tiger Woods are two of the all-time greats in their respective sports ... a fact that is not lost on the five-time Super Bowl winning quarterback.

Fresh off leading the New England Patriots to a AFC Championship victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Brady was asked about winning the game despite a cut on his throwing hand - which made national news heading into the matchup.

His response invoked the name of a certain 14-time major winner, something that would be tough to pull off, if not for the fact that he is, you know, Tom Brady.

“I think it's kind of arrogant to say it bothered me when we had a pretty good game, so I wouldn't say that," the 40-year-old told reporters after the game. "It's like when Tiger Woods said, ‘That was my C game’ and he won the tournament."

Tiger Woods winning with his "C game" may be a distant memory for golf fans, but no matter what game he brings, his next chance to win comes next week at Torrey Pines during his official comeback to the PGA Tour.

Brady has a shot at his sixth Super Bowl title in two weeks. The Patriots would probably benefit from him bringing a little better than his "C game" as well.