Four reasons to spend time on one of Texas’ resort golf courses.
At a little more than 900, Texas has the third most golf courses in the U.S. So, it only makes sense that at some point in time, sooner rather than later, your group is going to want to meet on one. Here are four favorite resort courses where you can stay, play and celebrate.
Lajitas Golf Resort
Assistant general manager and interim golf pro: Matt Fawkes
Course designer: Lanny Wadkins
Number of holes: 18
Types of events held: Corporate client entertainment, corporate retreats, board meeting outings, team building, golf tournaments.
Accommodations: 120 rooms with 17 different room types, including standard hotel rooms, junior suites, two-bedroom condos and cottages, and three-bedroom villas.
Event space: 6,000-plus square feet of indoor meeting space, 15,000 square feet of outdoor event space. Amenities include an on-site meeting coordinator, catering, 24-hour business center, A/V equipment.
“Whether you are planning client entertainment or a corporate retreat for team building, our staff at Lajitas will coordinate every detail for your visit. Our team will assist with setting up private charter reservations on our direct air service from Texas major markets to Lajitas International, customizing dining experiences like our Cowboy Dinner with a spectacular setting atop a mesa to running a golf tournament built specifically for your group. Our number one goal is to make it as easy as possible for the event planner and to exceed expectations from start to finish. Our greatest compliment that underscores client satisfaction is our repeat group business that grows year over year, and while Lajitas is one of the most remote resorts anywhere in the world, the destination is worth the journey. And once you’ve experienced the magic of the Big Bend region of Texas and Lajitas Golf Resort, we are certain that you will feel the same.” - Terry Olson, Director of Sales & Marketing
Pine Dunes Resort & Golf Club
903.876.4336 | pinedunes.com
Golf pro: Jay Mitchell
Course designer: Jay Morrish
Type of course: Public and Resort
Number of holes: 18
Types of events held: Corporate outings and golf tournaments.
Accommodations: 11 condominiums can sleep up to 43, six double rooms can sleep 12, six single rooms can sleep six. The resort also offers a members-only Double Eagle Private Club & Lodge.
Event space: The resort’s Clubhouse Grill can accommodate 75 individuals, with additional space available on the outside deck. Pine Dunes is currently building a new 10,000-square-foot club house.
“Pine Dunes in Frankston, Texas: The best hidden gem in America. I’m telling you, it is a must play. Hard to find, off the beaten path, but when you find this golf course, it is one of the most spectacular 18-hole courses you’ll ever play.” - Shane Bacon, Co-Host of “Golf Today,” Golf Channel
Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa
Golf Pro: Rufus Brijalba
Tom Fazio – Fazio Foothills, Fazio Canyons
Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw – Coore Crenshaw Cliffside
Arnold Palmer – Palmer Lakeside (27 mile drive from resort)
Number of holes: 72
Types of events held: Group golf outings, PGA events and fundraisers. Golf professionals can also arrange lessons, night golf, glow golf and more for group outings.
Accommodations: 493 rooms and suites.
Event space: 76,192 square feet of total event space available, including:
Hill Country Pavilion (accommodates up to 617 guests)
Brazos Ballroom (accommodates up to 1,500)
Darrell K Royal Ballroom and Atrium (accommodates up to 300 guests)
Rock House, Fazio Canyon’s rustic ranch house, original to the property, has a large lawn with sweeping oak trees.
“Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa is the ideal destination for golf groups of all sizes. With four championship caliber and unique golf experiences, there is something for every golf event looking for a home. From PGA of America Championships to small team-building events, Barton Creek is truly a one-stop shop and should be on everyone’s must-play list.” - Spencer Cody, Director of Golf Operations
Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas / TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas
Golf pro: Mike Kiesling
Course designer: Originally designed in 1982 by Jay Morrish, with player consultants Byron Nelson and Ben Crenshaw. The course was redesigned in 2008 by former PGA tour player D.A. Weibring and his partner, architect, Steve Wolfard
Number of holes: Two championship 18-hole golf courses.
Types of events held: Golf tournaments.
Accommodations: The 400-acre property features a 431-room hotel with villas. Recreational facilities include indoor and outdoor tennis, jogging tracks, racquetball, fitness center, restaurants, three swimming pools and childcare center. The resort is a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary and “Environmental Leader in Golf” award winner. There are 35 bluebird nest boxes around the course and 42 acres of native grasses and wildflowers that provide critical habitat for butterflies, bees and other wildlife. The course is also a Certified Ground Water Guardian Green Site, using reclaimed water to irrigate both golf courses.
Event space: 84,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space, including a two-level 34,000-square-foot conference center with 31 multipurpose function rooms. There are two private dining rooms at the on-site restaurants, as well as the option for a full buyout.
“Our talented and experienced team have become experts in the art of events. We obsess over the details—from the immaculate course conditions to food and beverage to event setups. We strive to provide the most upscale and unique experiences that you can’t get anywhere else.” - Brent Duncan, Director of Event Sales & Planning