5 Tips for a Texas Hill Country Golf Vacation
Immerse yourself in the beautiful landscapes of Texas Hill Country. From modern Austin to the timeless cowboy towns, there’s an abundance of experiences to enjoy in Texas’ most diverse region. Sip wine in opulent vineyards, explore the murky history of the Wild West, and amble around the cosmopolitan, European-style streets of San Antonio.
With a year-round temperate climate, you can enjoy Hill Country through the seasons. Here are 5 unmissable experiences of a Hill Country Golf Vacation
1. The Real Austin
Booming Austin is a polished 21st-century city, with shiny glass skyscrapers and stylish rooftop poolside bars.
However, while the Austin boom provides an abundance of opportunities, from 5* Hotels to fine dining, there’s more to Austin than an overpriced cocktail. Travel 5 blocks out of downtown and you’ll find plenty of ‘old Austin’ to enjoy.
A true Austin tradition is BBQ, with Franklin’s, Cooper’s, and Terry Blacks among the long-standing favorites. Pick up a tray, order your meat by the pound, and enjoy the most tender and tasty plates you’ll find almost anywhere.
Austin is music city (although Nashville and Memphis may disagree) with over 250 live music venues spreading from downtown into the suburbs. Thanks to the vast student population of the city, you’ll find bustling gigs 24/7. Be sure to take in as much music as you can during your trip.
2. Sample Hill Country Wines
Hill Country wine is exploding, with over 50 vineyards and wineries scattered across the lush landscape. Each offers its own distinct character and elegant surroundings. Take a drive along Highway 290 from Johnson City to Fredericksburg, where you’ll find over 20 wineries in a 15-mile stretch. You may want a driver for this!
3. The Wild West
Fredericksburg is the heart of Hill Country. The quaint old town was founded in 1846 by German pioneer immigrants traveling west. Unspoilt, the high street still has a traditional Western feel, fit for a movie set.
Nearby Luckenbach is a small hamlet of authentic Western buildings, complete with a saloon and general store. Less than an hour’s drive south is the self-proclaimed ‘cowboy capital of the world’, Bandera. Immerse yourself in the streets, stores, and saloons that feel like a step back in time. Consider a trip to a dude ranch, for horseback riding, roping, and live music around a campfire.
4. Explore Historic San Antonio
Few cities in the US are built to be enjoyed on foot, however, the famous Riverwalk allows visitors to explore the city with ease, in beautifully landscaped surroundings. The main sight in downtown San Antonio is the Alamo, the site of the Battle of the Alamo in 1836. A visit to the building, now a museum, is a somber but poignant experience.
The Riverwalk itself is filled with bars, restaurants, and open spaces to relax. If you’ve not had your fix of BBQ by this point, we recommend Pinkerton’s off W Travis Street. Experience authentic Mexican food at the atmospheric Mi Tierra Cafe y Panaderia, complete with a mariachi band.
5. Play World Class Golf
Hill Country is home to some of the best golf in the USA, and Premier Golf is proud to offer resorts, including luxurious Horseshoe Bay and TPC San Antonio at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa, home of the Valero Texas Open.