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Winter Golf Getaways: School of the South

George Fuller


The Barton Creek Resort & Spa’s recent renovation—which included the addition of an outdoor camp area with tepees and a s’mores fire pit—has made the Austin, Texas, retreat more conducive to family fun. But golfers have never lacked for diversions at this 4,000-acre Hill Country resort, where they can play four 18-hole courses and hone their skills at the Chuck Cook Golf Academy.

Before doing battle with Barton Creek’s courses—which include Tom Fazio’s Foothills layout—many golfers enroll at the academy, where Cook, who is ranked among the country’s top instructors, often leads classes himself. The facility offers programs of all types, from family to individual, low-handicap to women-only. The resort’s Guys Golf Getaways—two- and three-day stays that begin at $299 per person—do not involve sessions at the academy, but they do include a bucket of beer and chips as a welcome amenity for arriving guests.

Barton Creek Resort & Spa, 866.572.7369, www.bartoncreek.com

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