Family-Friendly Marriott Resort with Three Championship Golf Courses
Horseshoe Bay Resort Marriott has been named one of the best golf resorts in the country by Golf magazine. There, three championship courses incorporate the lovely Texas Hill Country scenery; the Slick Rock course, for example, has what's called the "Million Dollar Hole," where a winding cart path takes you through a 35-yard waterfall that empties into a dark-water creek. Though golf is a big draw, there's plenty more to do at the sprawling resort: you can take advantage of a full-service spa, waterfront dining venues, and family-friendly activities.
But if you want to play golf, you'll choose from three championship courses designed by renowned architect Robert Trent Jones Sr. Two options in this Getaway include an 18-hole round of golf for two. Named 1 of the top 15 courses in Texas by Golfweek magazine, the Ram Rock course features 10 water hazards and deep bunkers. At the Applerock course, you can drive your cart across 147 lakeside acres that sprawl out from the water's edge up to the highest point of Cap Rock. The Whitewater putting course has a regulation 18-hole golf course trimmed with rose gardens and exotic-bird habitats.
The resort also boasts seven restaurants and bars ranging from formal fine-dining venues to casual poolside bars. If you choose to bring the kids along, there's a wide range of family-friendly activities, including glow-in-the-dark line dancing, dive-in movies, and s'mores by the fire pit.
Horseshoe Bay, Texas: Tranquil Countryside Dotted with Recreation Lakes and Granite Mountains
The resort town of Horseshoe Bay carves a notch into Texas's Hill Country, a region of rolling hills and valleys blanketed in blue bonnets. The area also occupies a large cove on Lake LBJ, a popular place to take out ski boats, waverunners, and paddleboards.
About 10 miles from the resort, you can find the natural springs at Marble Falls as well as Lake Marble Falls, which is part of the largest chain of lakes in Texas. Head to the town's charming 19th-century Main Street for a day of shopping, or check out the mammoth cliffs in Llano Basin. In particular, the 640-acre pink-granite formation at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area is worth a visit for its great hiking and rock-climbing opportunities.