Crenshaw Cliffside golf course at Barton Creek - hole 18
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Crenshaw Cliffside golf course at Barton Creek - hole 18
Barton Creek features four golf courses located west of Austin, including the Crenshaw Cliffside Course. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
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Horseshoe Bay Resort - Summit Rock golf course - hole 10
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Horseshoe Bay Resort - Summit Rock golf course - hole 10
Summit Rock, designed by Jack Nicklaus, is the newest course at Horseshoe Bay Resort and available only to members. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Fazio Foothills golf course - Barton Creek - 16
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Fazio Foothills golf course - Barton Creek - 16
Tom Fazio has two designs at Barton Creek Resort, the Canyons and original Foothills (pictured) Courses. You must be a guest of the resort to play at Barton Creek. Courtesy of bartoncreek.com
Vaaler Creek Golf Club - No. 17
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Vaaler Creek Golf Club - No. 17
In Blanco, affordable Vaaler Creek Golf Club has one of the Hill Country's top ratings by Golf Advisor reviewers. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Lago Vista Golf Course - hole 9
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Lago Vista Golf Course - hole 9
The ninth hole tumbles downhill toward Lake Travis at Lago Vista Golf Course, a municipal course overlooking Lake Travis. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Ram Rock golf course - Horseshoe Bay Resort - 4th
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Ram Rock golf course - Horseshoe Bay Resort - 4th
Ram Rock is the most difficult of the three golf courses at the Horseshoe Bay Resort and hosts many of Texas' top amateur events. Courtesy of Horseshoe Bay Resort
Hills Couse - Hills of Lakeway - No. 7
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Hills Couse - Hills of Lakeway - No. 7
The Jack Nicklaus-designed Hills Course at the private Hills of Lakeway Golf Club has one of the Austin area's most picturesque holes. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
River Place C.C. golf course - No. 4
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River Place C.C. golf course - No. 4
Just west of Austin, River Place Country Club has some of Austin's most dramatic terrain for golf. The club offers regular, but limited public access. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Highland Lakes golf course - fawns
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Highland Lakes golf course - fawns
Highland Lakes is a bargain play located near Lake Travis just west of Austin. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Apple Rock golf course - Horseshoe Bay - hole 16
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Apple Rock golf course - Horseshoe Bay - hole 16
Apple Rock is one of three golf courses at Horseshoe Bay Resort that bring the Texas Hill Country to life. Courtesy of Horseshoe Bay
Falconhead Golf Club
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Falconhead Golf Club
Falconhead is the public course in Lakeway, Texas, located just west of Austin, and is one of the area's top daily-fee courses. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Boot Ranch GC
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Boot Ranch GC
Fredericksburg, Texas is a top retirement and wine destination, and Boot Ranch, a golf and living community, elevates the area golf scene. Courtesy of Boot Ranch
Escondido Golf & Lake Club
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Escondido Golf & Lake Club
One of the most exclusive clubs in the Hill Country is at Horseshoe Bay's Escondido Golf & Lake Club, home to a Tom Fazio-designed course. Courtesy of Escondido Golf & Lake Club
River Crossing Club - No. 15
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River Crossing Club - No. 15
North of San Antonio, River Crossing Club is a top semi-private play with excellent conditions. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Cordillera Ranch golf course - hole 8
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Cordillera Ranch golf course - hole 8
In Boerne, Texas, north of San Antonio, Cordillera Ranch features a Jack Nicklaus Signature course that is among the best in Texas. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Delaware Springs G.C. - greens
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Delaware Springs G.C. - greens
One of the great municipal courses in Texas is the affordable Delaware Springs Golf Course in Burnet. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Lighthouse Country Club golf course - 6th
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Lighthouse Country Club golf course - 6th
In Kingsland, Texas, affordable Lighthouse Country Club (formerly Packsaddle) has enjoyed a resurgence with a new name and ownership. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Tapatio Springs golf course - 2nd hole
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Tapatio Springs golf course - 2nd hole
Tapatio Springs, an affordable resort course in Boerne, recently renovated its routing. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Escondido Golf & Lake Club
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Escondido Golf & Lake Club
In Horseshoe Bay, Escondido Golf & Lake Club is a very high-end option, home to excellent amenities on Lake LBJ and a Tom Fazio-designed golf course. Courtesy of Escondido Golf & Lake Club
Austin Country Club - No. 13
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Austin Country Club - No. 13
The par-4 13th at Austin Country Club plays along Lake Austin. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor

Beyond Austin: Tour the many different golf courses in the Texas Hill Country

AUSTIN, Texas -- When the Dell Match Play World Golf Championships debut at Austin Country Club , located west of downtown on Lake Austin, it will showcase the spectacular Texas Hill Country.

A.C.C., as its often referred to, is about as exclusive as Austin golf gets, as there is a reported 10-plus-year waiting list and $100,000 initiation. It's certainly not the only prestigious club in the Hill Country, which is comprised of 25 counties and lies west of Austin and north of San Antonio.

Throughout the Hill Country, there are various small towns like Fredericksburg, Wimberley and Boerne. Their populations pale in comparison to their nearby metropolises, but there is always a golf course nearby. Some are municipal and lower-end, while others are among the most exclusive golf courses in Texas .

This slideshow showcases the many sides to Hill Country golf, starting with Barton Creek Resort, located just minutes west of downtown Austin, to courses closer to Horseshoe Bay and Lake Travis.

Brandon Tucker is the Managing Editor for Golf Advisor. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and over 500 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at BrandonTuckerGC.
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