Omni Barton Creek Resort - Fazio Foothills Course
|White (W)||72||5900 yards||74.2||135|
|Black M: 75.4/143||460||381||178||420||611||392||442||529||175||3588||440||446||282||477||170||537||422||203||560||3537||7125|
|Gold M: 73.6/140||428||367||153||404||571||367||407||494||155||3346||418||425||266||430||156||515||395||187||546||3338||6684|
|Blue M: 71.9/137||415||346||140||380||539||353||374||471||135||3153||385||388||253||395||144||493||374||172||533||3137||6290|
|White M: 70.1/134 W: 74.2/135||378||337||103||369||506||322||351||450||120||2936||376||367||240||373||132||474||337||154||511||2964||5900|
|Red W: 70.4/123||335||258||90||328||432||303||319||422||106||2593||298||263||233||351||122||425||290||150||460||2592||5185|
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Looking sharp after renovation
Omni Barton Creek is undergoing a huge transformation - I didn't quite grasp the the whole scope of it - and while the resort doesn't reopen until May 1st 2019, the Crenshaw and Foothills courses have been renovated.
The work on the Foothills was predominantly bunker work and some regrading but perhaps most importantly tree management. There are more open vistas and space around greens now which really helps turf quality. I noticed on Trip Advisor some golfers complaining about the edges of many greens and that was addressed in a big way with the tree management.
The Fazio design itself is a showy one with lots of elevated tees, scenic overlooks, greens beside rock outcroppings with waterfalls, and holes that dangle across ridgelines. It is a candidate for Top 100 lists and I can see why. Greens are a little smaller compared to Fazio designs that were built in the 90s and 2000s.
It's great they don't overseed either (except par-3 tee boxes) which makes conditions in the spring and fall presumably excellent. One bummer for purists: members can walk the Barton Creek courses but resort guests can't. Never quite understood clubs that institute this policy.
What a Bummer
This course is designed absolutely fantastic. The layout, the structure, course pathway, everything on that end is perfect. Long holes play down-wind, short holes play into the wind.
With that being said, the conditions were considerably lacking. Loads of dead spots on the green where it meets the collar. This course SHOULD be the best one on property, but the conditions just did not match the design here. Considering the budget to build this course, with the waterfalls, greens hanging off ledges, elevation changes, etc. you would think they would keep this course in great shape. All of the other courses on property were in superb condition so you cannot blame the weather for the lack of quality conditions at FF. Fazio did fantastic work here on the design, cannot underscore that enough.
Sand traps terrible
Sand traps unplayable. Shouldn't charge these rates for the condition.
Excellent golf course. The scenery was beautiful and the fairways and greens were in excellent shape.
The layout of this course is superb, from tee to green a great course! The marshals are very present on the course and kept the slower groups moving.