Falconhead Golf Club in Austin is a rare public course in a prestigious Hill Country zip code

By Travel ArticlesMarch 23, 2012, 4:56 pm

AUSTIN, Texas -- Austin's west side borders the Texas Hill Country, where you'll find some of the state's most visually dramatic golf courses, including Falconhead Golf Club.

Falconhead is a rare public course in an area of Austin that is littered with private clubs. Located near Lakeway, The Hills of Lakeway Country Club's four courses are all within a chip shot. Also in the neighborhood are Spanish Oaks Golf Club and the University of Texas Golf Club, which are both among the most prestigious and exclusive clubs in central Texas.

So Falconhead's real estate just west of town is coveted, which makes the fact that it's a daily-fee course with a semi-private component a welcomed sight for public golfers. Falconhead, which opened in 2003, is now owned by the New Orleans Firefighters' Pension and Relief Fund and has found a niche as one of the area's best places to play in the Hill Country.

Falconhead Golf Club: A tour-worthy challenge

The layout, designed by PGA Tour Design, is easily one of the best in town. The course features five sets of tees and can satisfy the game's top sticks with a maximum yardage of more than 7,300 yards. While part of residential development, there is plenty room in the fairway to swing away. The golf course winds up and down rolling hills. And, in keeping with tour tradition, the course isn't shy about presenting elevated greens. No hole is flat and running up approach shots isn't easy.

The showstopper -- and easily one of the Hill Country's most well known holes -- is the 17th, which is as dramatic a par 3 as the Hill Country allows. The green sits on a limestone shelf that hovers over water, and it's as remarkable a par 3 as any of Tom Fazio's holes at nearby Barton Creek Resort, Jack Nicklaus' seventh hole at The Hills of Lakeway or the Cordillera Ranch's 16th hole in Boerne.

But unlike the other courses mentioned, Falconhead allows public play every day.

Falconhead Golf Club: The verdict

Along with a tour-quality course design, Falconhead Golf Club is also consistently one of the better-conditioned golf courses in the Hill Country, thanks in part to its water contract. The Lower Colorado River Authority mandates the club water its course each night to lower the area reservoir, which means the course manages to maintain its grass during droughts better than most area courses.

The club has many trimmings of a resort course and might become one soon. New ownership has plans for an on-site hotel at Falconhead. For now, Lakeway Resort and Spa offers golf packages to Falconhead as well as three of the four courses at Lakeway Golf Club.

Regulars to Falconhead should keep an eye out for a swap of the nines that is expected to take place in April 2012, which means the signature par 3 will now come on the front nine.

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Lewis fires 61, two behind Herbert in Portugal

By Associated PressSeptember 22, 2018, 8:13 pm

VILAMOURA, Portugal – Tom Lewis came within two shots of tying English countryman Oliver Fisher's European Tour record on another day of low scoring at the Portugal Masters on Saturday.

Lewis returned a 10-under 61 in the third round, just 24 hours after Fisher carded the first 59 on the circuit. Lewis moved to two strokes behind leader Lucas Herbert of Australia.

Lewis acknowledged the thought of another 59 crept into his mind: ''It's something I noticed with three holes to go. I wasn't that bothered at the end of the day.

''I'm pleased that I shot 10 under par. I can only continue to make birdies and see what happens tomorrow.''

Herbert, who is playing off invites this season as he looks to earn his full tour playing privileges, shot a 64 for a 19-under total of 194.

Fisher took 10 more strokes than he did on Friday and was in a group on 14-under 199.

Sergio Garcia of Spain, trying to find form ahead of next week's Ryder Cup, was on 204 after a 68.

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Tiger Tracker: Tour Championship

By Tiger TrackerSeptember 22, 2018, 7:25 pm

After grinding out a 68 on Friday, Tiger Woods is trying to get the lead all to himself in Round 3 at the Tour Championship. We're tracking him.


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Highlights: Tiger birdies six of his first seven

By Nick MentaSeptember 22, 2018, 7:08 pm

Tiger Woods entered Saturday tied atop the board and wasted little time taking the outright lead at East Lake.

Woods moved clear of the field with this birdie at No. 1, whipping the Atlanta crowd into an early frenzy.

Following a 4-foot par save at the second, Woods moved ahead by two and reached 9 under par when he played this approach from 144 and sank this 8-footer for birdie at the third.

One hole later, Woods reached double digits at 10 under par when he poured in a bending 21-footer that just crept over the lip.

He made it four birdies in his first five holes when he bombed a 320-yard drive, wedged to 7 feet, and converted again.

He looked in danger of not capitalizing on his first crack at a par-5 after he came out of a fairway wood on his second shot, but a splash from the bunker and a make from 6 feet gave him his fifth circle in six holes.

He went Vintage Tiger at the seventh, playing this fairway bunker shot from 172 yards to 5 feet, setting up his sixth birdie in his first seven holes and advancing him to 13 under, five clear.

Iowa State Cyclones cheerleaders pause at a memorial in the Jacobson Building honoring Celia Barquin Arozamena, at Jack Trice Stadium on September 22, 2018 in Ames, Iowa. Getty Images

Iowa State honors Arozamena before football game

By Associated PressSeptember 22, 2018, 4:57 pm

AMES, Iowa - Iowa State honored slain golf star Celia Barquin Arozamena with an elaborate ceremony ahead of the Cyclones' game against Akron on Saturday.

Iowa State's band used a formation that spelled out Barquin's initials, and both teams wore a decal on their helmets in her memory.

A tribute to Barquin played on a video screen before a moment of silence, and fans were also asked to wear yellow, one of Iowa State's main colors and a nod to Barquin's Spanish roots. Most of the roughly 60,000 fans in attendance complied with yellow and with golf shirts on a chilly morning in central Iowa.

"I think it's fantastic. The tribute is amazing. But ultimately, it would have been perfect if she could have been here for her tribute, which was going to happen anyway." said Ed Hamilton, a retired police officer from nearby Ankeny, Iowa.

Barquin, the Cyclones' first conference champion in 25 years, was finishing up her degree at Iowa State and working toward her ultimate goal of becoming a professional golfer.


A memorial honoring Celia Barquin Arozamena at Jack Trice Stadium. (Photo by David Purdy/Getty Images)


Barquin competed in the U.S Women's Open earlier this summer, and coach Christie Martens said she was approaching "the pinnacle of her career."

"Iowa State fans are very loyal. We haven't had too many winning football teams over the years. Yet the fans turn out. There's a great loyalty here -- but it spills into other sports as well," said Iowa State fan Kent Hollrah of Denison, Iowa.

Collin Richards, also 22, has been charged with first-degree murder in Barquin's death. Police said Richards stabbed Barquin and left her body in a pond on the course, where it was found after other golfers noticed her abandoned bag.

Cyclones coach Matt Campbell also wore an Iowa State golf hat on the sideline to show solidarity with his colleagues.

"Be with all of us today Celia, your legacy will forever live on & we are forever grateful for your impact. Much love from your Cyclonitas," Iowa State linebacker Willie Harvey tweeted earlier Saturday, using the nickname that Barquin had for her teammates.