200 Hi Cir N, Horseshoe Bay, Texas 78657, US
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About Horseshoe Bay Resort

Horseshoe Bay Resort is a Texas Hill Country Mecca for golf, home to four 18-hole championship golf courses. The resort, about an hour's drive west of Austin and an hour's drive north of San Antonio, features three 18-hole championship courses designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., as well as a private course, Summit Rock, designed by Jack Nicklaus and available to members and property owners. The resort sits on the shores of Lake LBJ and features a yacht club with small beach area. Guests can choose between hotel tower rooms or larger, family-friendly villa accommodations. The resort completed a sweeping renovation in 2020 that enhanced every corner of the resort from golf to lodging. The Whitewater Putting Course is a natural grass, 18-hole course that can be enjoyed by all ages. The Jungle Kids Club also keeps kids entertained while the family enjoys this Hill Country enclave.

Facts

Price Range$$$
Property Class★★★★
Acres7000
Year Opened1971
Number of Units300-500

Amenities

RestaurantsFine, Bar, Casual
Room TypesRoom, Suite, Villas/Casitas
Short CourseYes
TennisYes
Fitness CenterYes
Practice FacilityYes
MarinaYes
Beach AccessYes
Golf School/AcademyYes
Banquet SpaceYes
SpaYes

Services

Kids ProgramYes
Room ServiceYes
ConciergeYes

Rules

Is the resort pet friendly?Yes
Is resort stay required for a tee time?Yes
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4.3
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Reviews 304
Handicap 5-9
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I Recommend This Course
4.0
Golf Advisor

Late-summer at Ram Rock

It's been a relentless summer in central Texas and that has to be stressful to bent grass in these parts. Ram Rock's bent greens have some wear on them at this stage of the summer. I played on the first 70s day in months, so hopefully cooler climes bring them back for fall.

Playing a bonus nine on Apple following Ram reaffirmed my belief that I think Apple is the better course for most handicaps. Greens seemed to be holding up better, too.

Progress continues to be made on the clubhouse and it appears to be on pace for a spring opening.

Conditions Average
Layout Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 72
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Austin Advisor
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

One Of The Top 'x' Courses In Texas!? Um, YEAH!

Ram Rock is experiencing a little construction around the pro shop etc; aka new buildings/facilities. But don't mind that because the course renovation was completed within the last year or so. Go. Play. This. Course!

The driving range holds the normal number of folks but plays to a big-ish downhill and (on this day) into a strong Hill Country wind which I imagine is often the case. But that's just what they had to work with on this hilly landscape. The putting green was in fine shape with plenty of room for a number of golfers.

One complaint (of sorts) is that the golf carts don't hold larger base drinks (e.g. big Gatorades). Some of the newer carts accommodate various sizes but these are kind of old school with the four (4) standard drink holders. But the carts themselves are new/modern/equipped and include built-in rain covers, two (2) USB ports, and soft brake system (no click). Hey, you like having a golf towel in the cart? Well the ones they provide at Horseshoe Bay Resort are probably better than the towels in your house.

That renovation money was spent improving a number of things but with the primary goal of making the course a little more forgiving for the average golfer. I've read up some on the improvements and I'm sure they helped us out quite a bit. But don't worry, there's still PLENTY of challenges awaiting you on this course with a number of well placed fairway bunkers and even more greens being protected by both bunkers and water.

I'd normally break down tees, fairways, hazards, and greens into separate paragraphs. But honestly, all of these were in excellent condition. They use normal sand for divots; I'd prefer the green stuff. The bunkers had plenty of sand but some were a little compact most likely due to the (larger) amounts of water they have to put on the nearby grass etc to keep it in such fine shape during the super hot and dry months (August in this case). The greens were soft and receptive. Man I love fixing my ball marks! I really do -- mostly because I'm not a big greens-in-regulation guy to begin with. You'll find bentgrass greens and notice the large black fans around many of them. I'm told this grass provides a smoother putting surface; I'd have to concur. A couple of the greens had a few burned spots around the edges, but it's August and hasn't really rained for six (6) weeks. The grounds crew is doing a FANTASTIC job of keeping this course in prime condition. For this time of year, we were more than pleasantly surprised at the conditions from tees to greens!

What could this course use to improve the player experience? I'd like to see some sort of large hole layout display at each tee box. You know the kind -- showing the hole, the hazards, and standard yardage for the various tee boxes. Having never played this course before, we found the GPS based golf apps on our phones very helpful in determining the hole layout, doglegs, hazards, et al. I know the members are familiar with the course, but guests of the Resort would certainly benefit from these ... and have a slightly more enjoyable round.

This is one of just a few courses I've played that don't come back to the clubhouse at the turn. Being that you don't get back to the clubhouse, there are several bathroom facilities on course. And, yes, they have air conditioning. They also have cold water, ice, and cups. They also have a snack shack of sorts after #9 that serves various sandwiches, snacks, and drinks. It wasn't open on our day of play. And I suspect it's rarely open if ever right now. You need to have a large number of players out to make it worthwhile; probably best during tournaments/outings. So prepare your drinks/snacks accordingly before playing. They did have a beverage cart running on this day; she passed us three (3) times.

Might I suggest some sort of stay-n-play package; it'll make for a great weekend with your significant other and/or fellow golfing friends.

Conditions Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 304
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Golf Advisor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Walked

Fun natural grass course for the family

Hope you like waterfalls and fountains, Whitewater is an oasis in the middle of the Horseshoe Bay resort complex. It's a very cool and relaxing place to be in the early evening or even at night when the course is lit for night play. The course is natural grass and features a mix of straightforward, short holes and longer doglegs that require a little more thought. Holes wind thru natural sand bunkers and rocks.

The resort, as part of its recent enhancement, built a new sports bar in the middle of it that has good food and a nice vibe. You can sit either inside and watch sports or sit outside and relax.

This is a great amenity that helps make HSB one of the better family golf resorts in the region.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Easy
Played On
Reviews 72
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 250 Contributor
Austin Advisor
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Divots, ball marks, speedy greens, oh my!

Being part of the Horseshoe Bay Resort, the clubhouse and amenities are pretty much what you'd expect. Everything is kept quite meticulous and nothing is left without some sort of thought nor personal touch.

The golf cart attendants are like stealthy hunters waiting for their prey. They don't miss a beat. They're quick to either unload your bags or meet you wherever you park in order to assist you with your bags. And after the round they'll help just the same along with cleaning your clubs, etc.

It's always nice to see the newer style carts -- multiple big drink holders, USB ports, nice sized soft towels, rain cover, a cooler preloaded with bottled water and ice, and the soft brake system wherein you don't have to click it to lock it.

The course has an ample driving range with a number of colored yardage target flags. There's one putting green that can easily handle a half dozen or so players and it's a nice sampling of undulation to prepare you for your upcoming round.

All of the tee boxes were played a bit but in nice shape. The fairways also showed that golfers play here. Some courses just show more than others. With the irrigation system and course maintenance, this course's fairways allow you to go after the ball and take a divot. Therefore, you see more divots accordingly. And being a membership based course, these players are likely a bit more on the serious side. I do like that they use a very dark brown 'dirt' instead of sand. For some reason, I just don't care for the look of normal sand; it's not visually appealing in a fairway. And there are several sand boxes to use for refills along with ball washers located around the course.

Another nice feature is the ice machine with cups and cold water located as part of the nice bathroom facilities on the course.

One thing you don't see too often are disappearing cart paths. Most courses have paths from the first tee box to when you leave the 18 green. Here, the cart path often stops when you reach the fairway and pics back up next to the green. I don't mind it one way or the other; it's just different to see that.

Are you a long bomber with that turtle-on-a-stick driver? Well get ready to be disappointed. The vast majority of par 4s will have you reaching for that 3W, 5W, or hybrid as they have a nice dogleg left/right at about 230 yards. So you think you can cut it over the trees, or houses, or whatever? Well, I can't say I'd advise it. It's almost as if they left a particular grouping of trees in place just tall and long enough to prevent your cutting any corners. Play smart my friends.

What could this course use to improve the player experience? I'd like to see some sort of large hole layout display at each tee box. You know the kind -- showing the hole, the hazards, and standard yardage for the various tee boxes. Having never played this course before, we found the GPS based golf apps on our phones very helpful in determining the hole layout, doglegs, hazards, et al. Now I'd normally say they could also use 100-150-200-250 red/white/blue/yellow painted stripes on the cart paths but they don't always have a path so that's not exactly an option. They do, however, have flat plate markers in the fairways. Hopefully you're using GPS in some manner. Hmmm, aside from cost, I wonder why higher priced courses don't always have GPS and scoring in the carts.

70+ bunkers! Now re-read that sentence. The bunkers are certainly in nice shape, but I found way too many of them during this round. And the thick grass surrounding some of them was so perfect that I actually reached down to touch it because it looked fake. I'm not really sure what type of grass it was.

Now there are also a dozen +/- water hazards. But other than one random burner that went swimming, we didn't seem to have any trouble with them.

The greens are very, very nice. They were certainly on the speedy side as we had numerous shots run past the hole far more than we were comfortable -- and that was after we thought we were adjusting for the speed. I especially appreciate the nice collars that I believe were added during the 2016 renovation. And soft! I've never had to fix so many ball marks in my life. That's a sign of a very well maintained course with excellent conditions.

Might I suggest some sort of stay-n-play package; it'll make for a great weekend with your significant other and/or fellow golfing friends.

Conditions Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 304
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Golf Advisor
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Ram is back

We had the chance to be one of the first groups out on Ram Rock following its extensive renovation. What a pleasure it was putting soft and smooth bent grass greens that were blemish-free.

It was cool to see Ram Rock for the first time in about 8 years. The renovation went really well. Bunkers were rebuilt and reduced in size, while the greens were entirely rebuilt and enlarged to resemble their original sizes.

I really enjoyed the course off the tee. There are a lot of dogleg lefts, so I hope righties out there can hit a draw. In the middle of the round, there are some low-lying, very narrow holes where driver is not the play. There are quite a few elevated greens and forced carries on the approach throughout.

Ram has an infamous reputation as one of the toughest in Texas. I'd say the holes that really make the case are the par-4 3rd, a dogleg left that slopes right and goes uphill to an elevated green, and the challenging par-3 8th, which was a long shot, all carry into the wind.

The clubhouse is currently under construction and should open in the first half of 2019, along with a totally renovated Apple Rock.

Conditions Excellent
Layout Good
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 304
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Golf Advisor
Previously Played
Used cart

Great RTJ routing ready for a facelift

In August 2018, Apple Rock will be the last of the three RTJ-designed Horseshoe Bay Resort courses to close for a renovation. I'm excited for that, because in some ways, Apple Rock (the newest of the RTJ trio) is the best layout. It certainly has the flashiest stretch of holes, Nos. 10-12, which play above and ultimately along Lake LBJ. The rest of the layout is quite nice and a little more manageable than Ram Rock for higher handicaps.

But right now the bunkers are a bit red and cakey and the greens have shrunk in size to a considerable degree over the years. That naturally happens to courses over time, but some of the greens are comically small. There is no strategy to them besides staying below the hole and hoping to hit the green.

Having played updated Ram Rock on opening day the following day, I'm very excited to see the finished product of Apple Rock in the spring of 2019. I've always enjoyed RTJ Sr. (and his mentor Stanley Thompson) designs off the tee, and the renovation should make the approach shots exciting once more.

The clubhouse is also currently being built and should open in the first half of 2019 as well. Right now, there is a limited pro shop and food truck. When complete, this resort will be back among the Texas A-list once more.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 17
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

First Class Golf Trip

We had 12 guys, played 4 rounds in 3 days.
Two bedroom Paseo condos were perfect for us - everyone got their own bed and bathroom. Ram Rock was being renovated, so we played Apple and Slick twice each. Courses were in good shape and enjoyed both layouts. I've never seen that many deer in one area. The HB team was outstanding: Golf pro Eric came out to say hello and provided us with group scorecards for each round; Chase was terrific at organizing our weekend and answering any/all questions; thanks to Angelie and Shelley for keeping our rooms and dinner reservations straight. We'll definitely be back.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 114
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Texas Advisor
Top 50 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather

Making the rounds at HSB - Slick Rock

This was the third and final round we played at HSB. Ram Rock is a tough track to follow, but Slick Rock did an admirable job.

This was certainly the easiest course of the bunch, but conditions were top notch. The fairways are very generous, and even offline there isn't too much terrible trouble. The greens are also accessible and friendly.

The layout of the course is fun, but not particularly challenging for good players. If you're driving the ball well you can overpower the course a little bit and you generally don't have to think twice about blasting a driver.

The resort makes a big deal out of the recent renovations to the course. You can definitely tell the work paid off. Tee to green everything was in great shape. The "million dollar" hole (#14) wasn't all that impressive, but at least it got a catchy name!

This was an enjoyable way to end our trip, and it's a course anyone can enjoy. It'd definitely worth a try if you're in the area.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 114
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Texas Advisor
Top 50 Contributor
First Time Playing

Making the rounds at HSB - Ram Rock

This was our 2nd round out at HSB. Ram Rock was definitely my favorite course there. Despite being on the same property as Apple Rock, Ram Rock felt much more upscale. The conditions were superior from tee to green.

The layout of the course is very challenging. There are not a lot of easy tee shots or approach shots. Tee shots are very demanding. Sometimes you have small landing areas and others there are trees or things you see from the tee that give the illusion of confined landing areas. Very hard to get comfortable.

Once you get off the tee it doesn't get much easier. Many of the greens are tiny and elevated/mounded. So being short or offline at all and you end up with tricky chips and pitches.

The conditions were great though, so lies were always pretty reasonable and greens rolled very true.

This was a very enjoyable course. If you only have one round at HSB, make it here... but bring some extra balls!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 114
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Texas Advisor
Top 50 Contributor
First Time Playing

Making the rounds at HSB - Apple Rock

this was the first HSB course we played on a recent visit. got a great stay and play deal through Deal Caddy.

i'm glad we played Apple Rock first because it was my least favorite of the three courses. The layout is actually pretty interesting, but the conditions were a mixed bag. Unfortunately the greens had been recently punched, but it also seemed like some of the fairways and tee boxes were not in top shape. It certainly wasn't bad by any means.

You do get a few lake views, which is cool. Overall, it is a nice experience, but doesn't feel like a premium course. If you only had one or two rounds to play at HSB, I'd recommend Ram Rock or Slick Rock.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 42
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Texas Advisor
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing
Wet weather
Used cart

One of Hill Country's Best Courses

Ben Crenshaw once said that Horseshoe Bay Resort's Ram Rock Golf Course was the hardest test of golf in Texas. Rumor is Tom Kite has never shot below 80 at the course and he hated it. Of course, both of these bits of trivia are more than 20 years old. This Robert Trent Jones Sr design is magnificent. It has held many professional and amateur events over the years and is still sought by Texan elite golfers as a stern test of golf. The opening hole is a sweeping, downhill dogleg left that reflects RTJ's signature design: BUNKERS. Great hole to start a round of golf that will have play every club in the bag. Hole #4 is an island green par three. A bunker needs to be carried to hit the green and long shots will hit a back bunker that presents a downhill play to the flag. Holes #5, #6, #8, #9, #10, #18 are championship worthy. You need to leave your ego in your car and be prepared to play every club you bring to gain a decent score here. Hard par, easy bogey indeed.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 42
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Texas Advisor
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Beautiful course on Lake LBJ

Apple Rock is one of four courses at Horseshoe Bay Resort. The arrival experience is visually stimulating. The pro shop and starting tees are perched upon a high hill in Texas Hill and Lake Country. The views are stunning. My favorite holes are #'s 10 - 12. Starting off high on the hill and you hit it towards Lake LBJ, the first two holes are Par 5. #12 is an incredible par 3 that plays 100 - 140 yards over a cove of the lake to severely sloped green. Wildlife abounds: deer, fox, fowl, and turtles can be seen. The closing hole is an uphill dogleg left to a small green sitting below the club's outdoor Cabana restaurant. Absolutely beautiful! There are challenges on every hole for every level of player. This course is worth the trip. You must be a guest of the resort to have access to this course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 8
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
4.0
Previously Played

Not what I expected

When hearing about Horseshoe bay I always expected something a lot different than this course. My experience started off really good. I thought I was in for a treat with how nice the area around the clubhouse was. Than you start off playing the actual course and it goes slightly down hill from there. This course is very tight and honestly too tight. Too many holes if you barley miss it leaves you OB. The greens were also not holding anything and were very small on top of this. What leaves you coming back are the views and the overall condition of the course. Beyond the greens not holding approach shots everything was fine for the conditions. Also holes like 4 (Island green) and 6 (beautifully short par 4) leave you coming back. But other holes were just stupid and it felt like they were just squeezed in there to fit homes around it. Overall I would say for how much money it is to stay at the resort, just go somewhere else.

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 98
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Texas Advisor
Top 100 Contributor
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Best Conditioned Course in Central Texas

We had played this course back in the early 1970s when it was new. It didn't seem very difficult back then.
Now we are talking about a different layout.
This course is in amazing condition, because the hill country just had one of the harshest winters in many years. The greens on the back nine have recovered nicely from a fungus. They are impressive.
When you arrive at the course you are greeted by friendly and helpful cart attendants. The pro shop guy was a bit confused because I had already checked out.
It took him awhile to figure it out.
The starter here is a very brusk individual, more suited for non-public contact work.

Slick Rock follows the Robert Trent Jones, Sr. concept of “hard par, easy bogey.” The front nine is strategically routed through colorful outcroppings of Texas granite and a magnificent mixture of trees: native oak, persimmon, willow, Chinese tallow and eldarica pine.
The back nine is open and rolling with Crenshaw Bentgrass greens and 419 Bermuda tee boxes. All in great shape.
Robert Trent Jones Sr. has used
his bunkers to dominate the greens approach on many of these holes.
This wide spread use of bunkers here, is consistent with the "hard par, easy bogey" policy.
Slick Rock is home to Horseshoe Bay Resort's awe-inspiring "Million Dollar Hole"* (No. 14) featuring a winding cart path that takes golfers on a ride through a waterfall that spans more than 35 yards.
There is more brick and tile work on the cart paths and surrounding walls here than any other course.
The original developer/owner Norman Hurd created this magnificent course as a part of three great golf courses in what was once a barren, undeveloped area south of lake LBJ.

Slick Rock Golf isn't just a walk in the park, it's
an adventure in first class golf.

* based on 1970s costs.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 304
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Golf Advisor
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

One of Jack's newest and most fun courses

If you are fortunate enough to play it, Summit Rock is a standout Hill Country private club and one of Jack Nicklaus' more fun designs. The course has a wonderful setting and the amenities are even better (the driving range is complete with rocking chairs, music, fire pits, you name it -- you could spend all day here working on your game). The course has lots of risk-reward options like reachable par 5s, drivable par 4s, etc. In typical Jack fashion, you will be tested, particularly off some tee boxes, and the greens are very difficult, while bunkers can be menacing. The course is open only to members, but hopefully one day they will open it up to resort guests too (like with the club's three other courses).

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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