Course name: Omni Barton Creek (Fazio Canyons)
Location: Austin, Texas
Course architect: Tom Fazio
From the tips: 7,153 yards
Saturday morning green fee: $$$$$ (Over $200)
Caddie service: No
Walker friendly: No
Starter: There’s not a better-conditioned, more-scenic course in Texas’ Hill Country than Fazio Canyons, which is part of the 72-hole Omni Resorts Barton Creek complex. It’s pricy, but if you’re looking for a memorable round that captures the raw beauty of the Austin area, Fazio Canyons is it.
Play because …: With six sets of tees ranging from 5,098 to 7,153 yards, Fazio Canyons offers plenty of shot-making options for all levels of play. If this isn’t the best public-access course in Texas, then it’s on the short list of honorees.
Takeaway: Fazio Canyons poses a stern test for scratch golfers but, as a resort course, features plenty of fun holes and some leniency off of most tees. Big greens that roll private-club true offer many options for hole locations, changing the character of the holes from day to day.
RATINGS [1 to 10 scale, 10 being the highest]
Pro shop: (under construction)
Clubhouse: (under construction)
Course difficulty: 8
Pace of play: 7
THE COURSE | Scorecard
Best par 3: No. 8 (212 yards). Downhill mid-iron or hybrid shot to a canted green guarded by a bunker right and framed by the Hill Country in the background. It’s a hint at even greater beauty to come on the back nine.
Best par 4: No. 13 (357 yards). It’s not the toughest par 4; that distinction belongs to the brutal, uphill ninth. A limestone outcrop on the right side of the fairway frames this short dogleg left, which plays slightly downhill and across the omnipresent creek that winds through the property. It would be a good risk-reward match-play hole for the long hitters who might be tempted to aim at the green. For mere mortals, it’s a strategic drive and short iron.
Best par 5: No. 18 (561 yards). Elevated tee shot to a massive fairway tempts any player to let it fly on the last hole. A creek crossing the fairway shouldn’t come into play on the second shot, but it cuts back across the fairway in front of the green and demands a precise third shot.
RATED BY: Steve Harmon