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Spring 2019

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My wife and I flew in for a Texas two-step through this Texas Hill Country. Austin and San Antonio are close enough to visit both of these golf-friendly cities. Austin exhibits the trendiness of New Y ork City's Soho and the funk of Seattle while being a good, old-fashioned college town of 50,000 University of T exas students. It's home to some of the best barbecue and an assortment of food co-ops. The golf is pretty good too. "Keep Austin weird" is the unofficial motto that leaps triumphantly from the mouths of native Austinites, signifying the city's pride in how this metropolis of nearly 1 million manages to maintain its village vibe. The self-proclaimed "Live Music Capital of the World" supersizes the party several times a year, drawing hordes of music lovers for the SXSW South By Southwest global music convention in March, the Austin Fine Arts Festival in April and the Austin City Limits and Old Pecan Street Fall festivals double-header in September. 62 SPRING 2019 | NCGA.ORG T R AV E L TEXAS Two-Step B efore Austin became the "Live Music Capital of the World" and sometime after Davy Crockett reminded us to remember the Alamo in San Antonio, these two Texas stalwarts expressed their affinity for golf. The city of Austin is where Ben Crenshaw first picked up a putter and Tom Kite became a worldbeater, both under the tutelage of famed instructor Harvey Penick while San Antonio is home to the third-oldest tournament on the PGA Tour and the longest held in the same city. Horseshoe Bay Resort offers three Robert Trent Jones Sr.-designed courses and a fourth—Summit Rock (pictured)— a Jack Nicklaus layout that extends a members-only experience to resort guests. Only an 80-mile scenic drive through the Texas Hill Country separates Austin and San Antonio, two cities where the golf and good times go hand in hand. BY ADAM SCHUPAK

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