The history of the four municipal golf courses that make up Austin Public Links spans a good portion of the history of the city itself. The story begins with the Hancock Golf Course, a short nine-holer founded in 1899 and named for former Austin mayor Lewis Hancock, Jr. The links-style Roy Kizer Golf Course, meanwhile, was named in honor of the longtime superintendent of the Lions Municipal Golf Course, which played host to the likes of Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson. In addition, the Morris Williams Golf Course has been newly reopened after heavy renovations.
Taken together, the courses cover a wide range of styles?from the hilly 9 holes of Hancock to the 7,023-yard endurance test at Morris Williams. Lions features traditional tree-lined fairways, whereas Roy Kizer has a links-style layout with 22 acres of wetlands and 37 acres of lakes.
The Austin Park and Recreation department oversees the operation and upkeep of a diverse array of facilities serving the local community, including parks, swimming pools, golf courses, playgrounds, and tennis courts. Visitors can engage in outdoor activities to nurture an appreciation for natural surroundings and add to a burgeoning stick collection, or join artistic programs such as community theater and arts education. The department attained national accreditation from the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies, one of just 89 nationwide to receive the honor.
Channeling Austin's spirit of community, honesty, and music through the doors of its service garage, the two mechanics who founded Groovy Automotive stand by their services with a one-year or 12,000-mile guarantee that is honored at a nationwide network of certified shops. At all four locations, Automotive Service Excellence?certified technicians leap into action to remedy ill vehicles with repairs or foster peak road prowess with upkeep and maintenance. The care they show cars also extends to the community. They donate to organizations such as the Helping Hand Home for Children, and recycle oil, tires, and coolant to relieve the environment of toxins and prevent disgruntled car-part protests outside junkyards. As an additional gesture of goodwill, Groovy Automotive's courtesy-car service lets clients keep on trucking while their own rides are down for the count.
Founded in 2009, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf currently has four locations within Austin, opening 2 more soon. CBTL is a locally owned Texas franchisee of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, the oldest and largest privately-held specialty coffee and tea retail business in the United States.
When you first enter Freebirds World Burrito, two things might immediately jump out at you: the Statue of Liberty riding a motorcycle hanging above diners’ heads, and the colorful wall mural with the word “freedom” splayed across it. More than a bit of nationalism, the word is actually Freebirds’ motto, thanks to their create-your-own burrito business model. The convivial dining room adjoins the line for food ordering, where customers can order burritos, tacos, nachos, salads and more. Want Spanish or cilantro-lime rice? Queso or shredded cheese? Freshly prepared vegetables and salsa? You can have it all, or in any combination, at Freebirds. The employees are as fun and individualistic as Austin itself, and no corporate dress code means you may be waited on by someone in a Dr. Seuss hat. “It’s not normal” states the Freebirds menu; that’s for sure.