Tee Off at these Beautiful Golf Courses in Central Texas

What better way to spend the dwindling days of summer than with 18 holes on some of Central Texas’s scenic golf courses? The area around Plum Creek features a wide variety of courses to challenge and delight every player, whatever their skill level or taste. Whether it’s to talk business or just to relax and play, these nearby courses will allow you to enjoy the Texas Hill Country at its finest.

Central Texas Golf Course

Photo courtesy of Grey Rock Golf Club

Grey Rock Golf Club

Just South of Austin, The Grey Rock Golf Club offers world class amenities only 30 minutes away from Plum Creek. With a spacious clubhouse nestled in a grove of live oaks, it’s a picturesque venue, great for relaxing after a round on the course, or for holding an event. The club also boats extensive practice facilities, with a well maintained putting green and driving range. With a friendly staff and a great layout, this course promises a superb golfing experience surrounded by the gorgeous Central Texas scenery.

Central Texas Golf Course

Photo courtesy of Landa Park Golf Course

Landa Park Golf Course

Landa Park Golf Course in New Braunfels is located adjacent the serene Comal River. Known for being well manicured and maintained, this course also is often visited by local wildlife such as deer and wild turkeys. With a challenging layout and a beautiful setting, this course truly showcases the natural beauty of the Texas Hill Country. A great choice for golf outside of the immediate Austin area, the river setting is what truly makes this course stand out.

Central Texas Golf Course

Photo courtesy of Plum Creek Golf Club

Plum Creek Golf Club

Right here in Plum Creek, the Plum Creek Golf Course offers a high-caliber golf experience just minutes away from home. This Texas-sized course on over 200 acres offers challenging play with unique character in the heart of the Plum Creek community. Seeded to stay green all year round, this course is one of the best in the area and also home to the Texas State Men’s and Women’s golf teams. Designed so that no two fairways touch, and with black tees at a challenging 7100+ yards, Plum Creek offers a distinctive golf experience that all players will enjoy.

Central Texas Golf Course

Photo courtesy of Clay-Kizer Golf Course

Clay-Kizer Golf Course

As Austin’s largest municipal golf complex, the Clay-Kizer facility offers players 36 holes on two courses in South Austin. These small courses are known for being reasonably priced and well maintained, and suitable for players of all levels. With tree-lined fairways surrounded by Williamson Creek, these courses offer a variety of play at one convenient location. Five sets of tees make the course the right challenge every player. An Austin staple since 1974, these muni courses are a great golf experience at an affordable price.

Central Texas Golf Course

Photo courtesy of Fazio Foothills at Barton Creek

Fazio Foothills at Barton Creek

One of the most highly rated courses in all of Texas, the Fazio Foothills at Barton Creek offers a stunning experience in the heart of Austin. Known as the hardest of the four Barton Creek courses, nearly every hole of The Foothills boasts fabulous, postcard-worthy views. Though the Fazio Canyons is the signature course at Barton Creek, The Foothills is a local favorite as well. This premiere course features waterfalls and caves and takes advantage of the best of Central Texas’s natural features. It’s a little pricier, but the resort facilities and unforgettable layout are worth it. Ranked first in Golfweek’s 50 Best Resort Courses in the US and also named the Best Resort Course in Texas by Golf Digest, this course is one of Central Texas’s must-plays.

Rodeo Austin brings 23 days of authentic, western fun to Central Texas

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Photo courtesy of 365 Austin

Texas often gets stereotyped as a state full of cowboys, ranches and gun-slinging shootouts. And, while the more populated, urban parts of the state defy this stereotype, it’s fun to embrace it on occasion. This March, the 76th annual Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo provides the perfect opportunity for doing so, with 23 days of authentic western fun. Located in east Austin near 183 North, the annual event brings western sports, livestock shows, live music, concessions and more to the people of Central Texas.

Rodeo Austin begins Friday, March 8th and continues daily until March 23rd. The family-friendly event is packed with activities for the young and old alike, making it the perfect weekend or Spring Break activity to you and your family. Tickets to the fairgrounds are $7 for adults, and $4 for kids, but there is much more to the event, available at a small additional charge. The main attraction of Rodeo Austin is, of course, the ProRodeo – the 5th largest indoor, regular season rodeo in the country. The rodeo events occur each night at 7:00 p.m. and performances include 7 exciting western events including Bareback Riding, Steer Wrestling, Tie-Down Roping, Barrel Racing and more. Live music performances follow the Rodeo events, and are included in the ticket price, which ranges from $25 to $175 depending on the seats. Bands performing after the rodeo include Eli Young Band, Sara Evans, Alabama Shakes, Merle Haggard and Three Dog Night among others. A full line up of concerts at the rodeo are available online.

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Alabama Shakes, photo courtesy of Last.fm

In addition to the rodeo and live music events, there are countless other authentic western activities available at the rodeo this year, including fair food, shopping, livestock shows, and a carnival. The carnival features tons of rides and activities, and is available for rodeo-goers at an additional charge. Online, a day full of unlimited rides and fun is $27 for adults, $24 for children, while tickets are $32 and $29 at the gate. On March 8th though, carnival rides are only $1 and parking is free!

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Photo courtesy of ATMTX

Other events and activities at the rodeo include livestock shows, a BBQ cook off, a K9 high-flying, dog trick action show, pig races and a gun-slinging western showdown. Food and shopping are available as well. Think typical fair food: funnel cakes, nachos, corndogs, candy apples, turkey legs, and FRIED KOOL AID. Yes, we said it.

So, if you’re looking for some good, family-friendly fun this March, head north to Austin for a day full of western events and activities. Yeehaw!


Fitness in Central Texas

Every January, the number of 24 Hour Fitness, Lifetime Fitness and Gold’s Gym commercials skyrocket, as people make their fitness New Year’s resolutions. If you made a commitment to become healthier in 2013, or you just want to get out there and be more active, we’ve made a list of of places in Central Texas to help you to achieve these goals while enjoying the out-of-doors, and supporting local business.

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Photo courtesy of Texas Parks & Wildlife

One of the great things about living in Central Texas is the number of places for being active outside, including several nearby state parks and natural areas. One, west of Kyle, is Enchanted Rock, the enormous pink granite dome 15 miles north of Fredericksburg that is steeped in Native American mysticism and lore. The rock formation itself is surrounded by the Enchanted Rock State Natural Area which features miles of hiking trails, campgrounds, as well as spaces for picnicking and technical rock climbing. The Summit Trail is one of the most popular hiking paths, which leads to the top of the dome and offers panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. The three-quarter mile trail is relatively short, but the 800 foot climb up the structure can be strenuous – so come prepared.

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Photo courtesy of Outdoor Basecamp

Also located west of Kyle is the Pedernales Fall State Park. Most of Pedernales’ activities are water related – and therefore more suited to warmer weather – but the park is also a favorite for family hikes – with a duck pond, a quarter-mile nature trail to a scenic overlook of Twin Falls, and a wheelchair-friendly wildlife-viewing station. The park also features a beautiful 7-mile trail that wraps around the Tobacco and Wolf Mountains, and the small canyons created by the Mescal and Tobacco creeks, so you can enjoy the scenic beauty of the Hill Country while getting your workout on.

East ways, the Bastrop State Park also provides opportunities for backpacking, camping, canoeing, and viewing wildlife, as well as hiking and biking. In fact, a 12-mile scenic bike route between Bastrop and Buescher State Parks takes you along Park Road 1C, through the mesmerizing Lost Pines of East Central Texas. This winding and hilly trail is actually a part of the MS-150, too, the famed annual bike race from Houston to Austin.

Plum Creek, Texas

Photo courtesy of AustinBike.com

Other great locations for bicycling around Central Texas abound. AustinBike.com is a great resource for those interested in mountain biking, as the group travels around the area, testing out and reviewing mountain bike hot spots. Two such spots include the Madrone Trail in Canyon Lake and Rocky Hill Ranch in Smithville. The Madrone Trail takes bikers on an 8.4 mile loop along the scenic areas around Canyon Lake’s, well, lake! It’s ranked a “medium” as far as difficulty goes, and there is a wide variety of trails available, making for a fast ride with lots of twists and turns. Rocky Hill Ranch offers a variety of trail options in Smithville, too. The main loop is about 16 miles long and takes you through trails to ledges, short climbs, twists, turns and bunny hops over logs and more. To top it off, the trail ends at The Rocky Hill Café, which offers burgers, fries and ice cold beer to reward you after the ride. Can’t ask for much more than that, eh?

If street riding is more your thing, there are a number of bike riding resources available from those up in Austin. Bike lanes are everywhere up there, and BicycleAustin.com even offers a route from Austin through San Marcos all the way to San Antonio.

Plum Creek, Texas

Photo courtesy of Plum Fit, located in Plum Creek

If this cooler, winter weather has deterred you from outdoor activities, indoor fitness opportunities are everywhere, too. Plum Fit is a 24-hour, key-card controlled fitness facility located in Plum Creek that provides local residents with a wide variety of fitness opportunities, including cardio and weight machines available at any hour of the day. And the City of Kyle is offering fitness programs for Kyle residents this year, contracted through Live Well personal training. These programs include indoor and outdoor bootcamps, walking and running training, as well as Pilates and Yoga classes.

So, as you’re embarking on your 2013 health and fitness agenda, keep in mind the wonderful indoor and outdoor opportunities available in Central Texas. There’s so much more out there than the big, corporate gyms, so explore the area and support local business!

Thunderhill Raceway TV Update

Thunderhill’s new TV series is moving forward as two LA producers continue their work.  The show has been in the building stages for the last few months, and the momentum will speed up considerably once a network has accepted the offer.

The first Open Test-n-Tune session will be held a month from now on Saturday, February 5.  These practice sessions are scheduled from noon until dark every Saturday in February.  The first race of the 2011 racing season is scheduled for Saturday, March 5 – exactly two months from today!

Mark your calendars and get ready for what’s to come!!

Thunderhill Raceway Lands TV Series

You may have previously read about Thunderhill Raceway here, but did you know that this Kyle favorite is slated to star in its own TV series??  Awesome!!!

Los Angeles-based producers Paul Hogan and Sarah Platt will be venturing to Kyle at the beginning of the 2011 racing season to start shooting an unscripted series.  They are in talks with several networks and hope to begin  pre-production work in early 2011.  Mary Ann Naumann, Thunderhill Raceway’s Owner/Promoter, stated that, “This series will certainly be a positive boost for both the Kyle community and stock car racing in South Texas.”  Everyone is extremely excited to move forward with the project.

Be sure to visit once the 2011 season gets underway!  We’ll keep you posted when they start warming up the engines.