When architects Ben Crenshaw and partner Bill Coore designed this course, they focused on the natural beauty of the Texas Hill Country. They harmoniously wove rolling hills, natural plateaus, soft contours and native vegetation into a playable championship layout with a variety of interesting holes designed to delight members and visitors alike.
“We believe the best architect is nature and the best players’ courses make good use of the natural terrain. We let the land dictate the routing rather than imposing ourselves on the landscape,“ says Austin native Ben Crenshaw. His “old-style” philosophy, influenced by his study of golf’s history, created a course plays across the land quite naturally and most magically while maintaining a rare taste of a traditional layout.
Durable grasses were incorporated into the design as part of the environmentally sensitive considerations. With Bermuda 419 on the fairways and Champions Bermuda for the greens, the grasses are drought and heat tolerant and have less of a need for manual intervention. The highlight is the 18th hole, an exciting climax that plays slightly uphill. Golfers must achieve approach shots across a running creek to land on a low-lying green, which is seemingly etched into the hillside. Forgiving for the novice, the Crenshaw Cliffside golf course is still challenging for the seasoned golfer.
Golfers will enjoy broad, rolling fairways and widely varied green sizes – a fitting tribute to the way the game was once played. They will experience their biggest challenge from the large, undulating putting surfaces. The low handicap player will be challenged with positioning the ball at the most advantageous point for an approach putt and the average golfer will attempt to use the natural slopes to aid an approach shot.
The Dallas Morning News rated Crenshaw Cliffside 38th among the “50 Best Courses in Texas.”
To book a tee time, please call (512) 329-4653.