Horseshoe Bay Resort
200 Hi Circle North
Horseshoe Bay, Texas 78657
Resting along the shores of Lake LBJ is the Horseshoe Bay Resort, an upscale, lifestyle vacation destination. A short drive from Austin or San Antonio, the picture-perfect Texas Hill Country scenery inspires Horseshoe Bay Resort guests to unwind in modern rooms, suites and villas — many with views of the lake. Taste creative local cuisine at HBR restaurants, enjoy a day at the resort spa, play a round of golf on one of three championship golf courses designed by Robert Trent Jones or enjoy fun family activities, from boating to tennis. In addition to the three golf courses, Horseshoe Bay also has an exclusive member course and a unique, 18-hole competitive putting course.
Length: 6,687 yards
Opened in 1972 as the “Original Course” at Horseshoe Bay, Slippery Rock received a complete renovation in 2016. In remaking the course, Robert Trent Jones Sr. created a challenging course with more than 70 bunkers and 12 water hazards. The course wanders through a landscape of Texas granite outcroppings, pampas grass and native oak, willow and Eldarica pine trees. The most memorable feature of the course has to be the awe-inspiring “Million Dollar Hole” (No. 14), where players follow a winding path across a 35-yard waterfall. It is the most photographed golf hole at Horseshoe Bay.
Length: 6,999 yards
Apple Rock is touted as one of the most scenic and breathtaking championship golf courses in Texas. Spanning 147 acres, Robert Trent Jones, Sr. used some of the highest, most picturesque land in Horseshoe Bay for the Apple Rock layout. The course begins in high, rocky terrain and finishes along the shoreline of Lake LBJ, boasting dramatic elevation changes, high-quality Bermuda fairways and Bentgrass greens that offer faster and truer putting surfaces.
Upon opening in 1985, Apple Rock was named among the Best New Resort Courses in America by Golf Digest, and has hosted the Texas State Open, USGA Qualifying events and other regional professional tournaments. With more than 50 bunkers, and water coming into play on seven holes, it creates a welcome challenge for even the most skilled players.
The signature 12th hole is ranked among the most scenic in Texas, with a fairway that stretches along the beautiful shoreline of Lake LBJ.
Length: 6,926 yards
Opened in 1981, the course famously known as the “Challenger,” features narrow fairways, dramatic elevation changes and a demanding island green par 3 hole (No. 4). Native landscaping, rugged natural rock outcroppings and Texas Hill Country views add to its designation as one of the top courses in the state. With 62 deep bunkers, 10 water hazards and natural dry creeks surrounding its Crenshaw Bentgrass greens and Bermuda fairways, Ram Rock challenges golfers of all skill sets.
Length: 7,246 yards
Summit Rock is Horseshoe Bay Resort’s exclusive, members-only course. This Jack Nicklaus Signature designed layout opened in 2012 and boasts some of the most stunning scenery in Texas. It is considered to be among the Golden Bear’s best work.
Nicklaus said each hole of Summit Rock is a “Signature Hole” as he blended the course layout through the scenic topography and stands of Texas Live Oaks. Holes 1 and 2 play through a wide-open, level-playing area and afterward, players are rewarded with a 30-mile Hill Country view from the elevated tee box at the famed 3rd hole. There are many elevated tee boxes with spectacular views through holes 4-12 before heading down the scenic ridgeline on Hole 13. Most of the greens are large, raised and guarded with slope and undulations that will challenge any putter.
On the day Nicklaus opened Summit Rock, he played holes 10 through 13, shooting -3 at the age of 72.
This intriguing 18-hole, par 72 putting course was designed to play just like a competitive course, but much smaller in size. The dwarf Bermuda grass putting course offers a scenic landscape of waterfalls, rose gardens, exotic birds and a trail. Golfers use only their putters to play through fairways with challenging bunkers and water hazards and putting surfaces.
Awards and Recognitions
#12 Top 50 Courses You Can Play in Texas (Ram Rock) – Dallas Morning News, 2018
#13 Best Golf Courses in Texas (Summit Rock) – Golf Digest, 2015-2018
#24 Top 50 Courses You Can Play in Texas (Slippery Rock) – Dallas Morning News, 2018
#25 Top 50 Courses You Can lay in Texas (Apple Rock ) – Dallas Morning News, 2018
#62 Top 100 Courses Across Texas (Ram Rock) – Dallas Morning News, 2018
#88 Top 100 Courses Across Texas (Slippery Rock) – Dallas Morning News, 2018
#90 Top 100 Course Across Texas (Apple Rock) – Dallas Morning News, 2018