This 180-acre golf course is the third home for Austin Country Club since its founding in 1899. Designed by Pete Dye, whom Golfweek Magazine named one of the top architects in the world, the course has been characterized as a &complex and guileful challenge&.
Austin Country Club has deep pot bunkers, undulating turf, and a dramatic 18th hole fairway fall, the course is reminiscent of those Scottish classics Royal Dornoch and Gullance Hill. A Texas accent is added by extensive use of massive limestone slabs, quarried on site, to build revetments for tees, greens and fairways.
Like the land where the game was born, this course has its "lowlands" and "highlands". Holes three through seven, nearest the lake, are the lowlands. The rest of the course is higher and more typical of the Texas Hill Country. The course embodies the principle of playing to restricted targets. Indiscriminate play simply to the close-mown area of the fairway will only by accident provide the comfortable approach. Similarly, a good birdie chance or an easy two-putt is unlikely unless the approach is precise enough to end on a particular part of the green. Yet aggressive play to the most desired targets often crowds the course's amply-provided hazards. Players enjoy a truly unique golfing experience.
Avery Ranch Golf Club features the best golf in Central Texas and a real Hill Country golf experience. Former Jack Nicklaus Architect, Andy Raugust, has blended panoramic vistas and gentle rolling hills with oak-lined fairways and a 60-acre lake. The 18-hole championship course offers 5 tee placements that will challenge the low-handicapper while creating an enjoyable golfing experience for all levels of players.
Avery Ranch features the best Tif Eagle greens and 419 Bermuda fairways and tees in the Austin area. All GREENS ARE DOUBLE-CUT DAILY to ensure the most consistent putting surfaces in Central Texas. Come experience Austin's Premier Daily-Fee Facility today.
The course begins with a very challenging front 9, including the picturesqe #7 signature hole. The back 9 is a unique blend of three par 3's, three par 4's and three par 5's, allowing players to use a more risk/reward strategy. The round closes with &the best finishing hole in Austin&. The 18th hole is a beautiful 477-yard, par 4 bordering Avery Lake and providing a fantastic view of the Texas Hill Country. It truely is the perfect end to your round.
Avery Ranch Golf Club offers the best in equipment and apparel to compliment your game. Stop by the fully-stocked Golf Shop before or after your round and browse through name brands such as Taylor Made, Titleist, Nike, Adidas, Greg Norman Apparel, Under Armour, Black Clover Headwear, Pukka Headwear and more!
The Practice Range includes a two-tier manicured grass Tee Box stretching over 100 yards wide and 75 yards deep with laser measured yardages to 4 target greens & 4 Target Nets. For the short game, they offer two separate Putting Greens with over 20,000 square feet of practice area, plus a Chipping Green with practice bunker.
With a breathtaking view of Avery Lake, the Sunset Bar and Grill features 4 Cordon Bleu trained chefs and a trained wait staff to compliment your dining experience. Our full menu is more than just the traditional burger and fries (although our burgers are darn good!). Choose from a variety of appetizers, salads and featured items, as well as a fully stocked bar with ice cold beer on tap. In addition to an excellent personal dining experience, we specialize in catering for Corporate Events, Weddings/Receptions and Parties. Join us before or after your round or just come in to enjoy the amazing food and view of Avery Lake!
Let Avery Ranch transform your tournament into that special event that everyone will remember. Whether it's a corporate outing or charity fundraiser, Avery Ranch has experienced PGA Professionals trained to take care of every aspect of tournament planning and operations so you can relax and enjoy the event. The Lakeview Room is indoor and air-conditioned or heated so that you can get out of the elements before or after your event. Choose from a variety of Food & Beverage packages.
Balcones Country Club boasts the 18-hole Spicewood Course, open to non-members and a popular option for those who want a new challenge with every game. The 6,360-yard course plays for a full 18 holes.
Balcones Country Club is home to the 18-hole Spicewood course, a popular place for members and non-members to play. The course is open to both.
The course was opened in 1957 and features 6,360 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 70.
The Golf Pro Shop is there for all of your golfing needs, whether its clothing, clubs, lessons or outings.
Barton Creek Country Club offers four championship courses, designed by masters of the game, feature layouts that showcase the rugged beauty of the Texas Hill Country as they challenge golfers at every level. Barton Creek also features four golf shops, four driving ranges, six putting greens, four short game areas and a world class golf academy.
Renowned course architect, Tom Fazio, designed two of the four courses, the Fazio Foothills and Fazio Canyons, which are recognized among the top courses in Texas and receive countless awards year after year. The Crenshaw Cliffside Course, designed by Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore, incorporates their traditional links style design into the surrounding terrain. And, just 25 minutes away, the Palmer Lakeside Course designed by Arnold Palmer, offers breathtaking views of Lake Travis and the Texas Hill Country.
Members may choose to participate in a variety of Club organizations and events:
Play the premier course at The Barton Creek Resort & Spa, voted the #1 Golf Resort in Texas. The resort boasts four championship courses and the renown Barton Creek Golf Academy.
The Barton Creek Resort & Spa bills itself as Austin's Premier Golf Resort and the #1 Golf Resort in Texas.
Barton Creek is home to four championship courses and the renown Barton Creek Golf Academy. The entire resort is on 4,000 acres of gorgeous Texas Hill Country land.
The accolades and awards for Barton Creek's golf program include notable rankings from Golf World, Golf Digest and USA Today:
The resort has also won various eco-friendly awards for its environmentally conscious use of resources to maintain the courses. It became the first resort in Texas to be certified as the "Audubon International Signature Sanctuary course" in 2003.
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What a perfect setting for a long weekend of casual elegance at Barton Creek Resort & Spa. We arrived in the late summer, an ideal time of year to bask in perfect 90-degree weather, with clear skies and the rolling Texas Hill Country surrounding this slice of paradise.
The resort invokes the history of Barton Creek, when the area was pristine without development, and well-to-do families would travel by train for a well-deserved break from the hustle and bustle of city life. We were enamored with framed turn-of-the-century photos that were featured throughout the entire resort. Scenes from the turn of the century depicted early Austin residents swimming and playing in Barton Springs and Barton Creek. The images transported us to an idyllic time, when the rhythm of life was in tune to the ebb and flow of nature instead of our daily inbox.
Extravagant touches coupled with rustic additions are seen throughout the guest rooms and common areas.
The Barton Creek Resort & Spa claims nearly 4,000 secluded acres along the watershed creek. Thanks to the fully capable hands of the resort management, the feeling of escape is immediate as guests pull into the brick-lined courtyard parking lot of the resort's main area.
While the resort and spa is located just minutes from the Texas state capital city of Austin, the architecture and layout harkens back to a calmer, slower pace of life. The main lobby is set up like a main ranch house, with double doors leading out to stone-lined patios. In the common areas, you'll find plenty of glam-ranch style furnishing and small conversation areas, along with a genteel feeling of a bygone era.
As soon as you exit your vehicle, attentive Barton Creek staff descend to accommodate every need. In fact, the staff appears trained to anticipate the needs of guests. For example, as we made our way to the check in area, a valet attendant named Hunter suggested we update our reservation for a room close to the elevators - anything numbered below 50 would do. It was a fantastic suggestion for our active weekend; if we had been assigned a room with a higher number, it would have felt as if we were hiking in the great indoors, in order to get to the great outdoors.
Our suite included a king-sized bed, charming balcony, and was appointed with what appeared to be new furnishings. Special touches like the cowhide desk chair and the 42" flat screen television are typical of this highly-rated resort, which strives to create an atmosphere of a well-appointed ranch house. Extravagant touches coupled with rustic additions are seen throughout the guest rooms and common areas.
If you're the type of traveler who has a romantic view of the great outdoors - but prefers plenty of pampering, rather than the romantic notion of 'roughing it' - this resort was created just for you.
Unfortunately, housekeeping overlooked a few details in our room. Of course, our private balcony felt special, with its double-doors opening onto a perfect view of the Crenshaw Cliffside golf course, one of four championship courses located at the resort. But, the resort failed to provide any type of outdoor furniture. Undeterred, we dragged the desk chair onto our balcony and took turns sitting in it. Not exactly roughing it, but close enough.
On the first night, the handles on our ice bucket broke, and the bucket was never replaced during our stay. Another disappointment, especially since we entered the resort on a promising note and expected top-notch accommodations and attention to detail. Also of note: None of the bathrooms were equipped with exhaust fans, which made us wonder why they would overlook this seemingly standard feature.
Those shortcomings were duly noted, then quickly overlooked. After all, we came to Barton Creek Resort & Spa to experience as many rounds on the four, 18-hole championship golf courses as was humanly possible during our stay.
The resort's four courses - Fazio Canyons, Fazio Foothills, Palmer Lakeside, and Crenshaw Cliffside - all offer a unique perspective on the game. Since golf is one of the main activities of the resort, the staff pays superior attention to ensure a smooth, on-time tee time. We played at a relaxing pace, yet never felt rushed to keep up with the group in front of us. In fact, scheduling a tee time is so simple here. We booked about 10 days before our stay, using the resort's online reservation system.
Our favorite of the four courses by far was the Crenshaw Cliffside course. The links-style course accommodates beginners with its wide-open fairways. But novices will enjoy the challenging greens with their many bunkers and contours. Four sets of tees meant that I could work on my long drives, while my female partner was able to make it to the greens without exhausting her enthusiasm.
The resort delivers what traveling golfers would expect: Storage and quick retrieval of golf clubs, a freshly washed cart waiting for your arrival, and convenient tee-times that encourage an unhurried game. However, if you prefer a faster-paced game, tee times are spread out enough so that you are never on the heels of the group in front of you.
After our first game, we explored the lobby and decided to peruse the menus of the resort's two main dining venues, The Hill Country Dining Room and the 8212 Wine Bar & Grill. Though it was early in the afternoon, I couldn't help but notice the excellent cigar selection in the wine bar. Since the cigars were enclosed in a locked case, I settled on the notion that a good smoke would have to wait until later that evening when the restaurants opened. I was wrong.
We played at a relaxing pace, yet never felt rushed to keep up with the group in front of us.
An attentive concierge named Sammy noticed my interest and quickly retrieved the key within a few minutes. I enjoyed a Romeo y Julieta Churchill cigar on the spot, and we naturally anticipated an excellent evening ahead.
We decided to take a relaxing stroll along the Barton Creek Nature Trail, which is a half-mile path that offers plenty of shade and water stations. My companion also got a glimpse of the resort's spa, which is housed in a rustic-style building but is thoroughly modern throughout.
After a shower and a quick change, we were ready to enjoy an evening of fine dining at the newly revamped 8212 Wine Bar & Grill. Comfortable leather chairs and a candlelit ambiance put us in a relaxed mood right away. The extensive wine list features some of the best Texas Hill Country wines available, along with the usual favorites and a few rare surprises.
For starters, we shared the Garlic Seared Tiger Shrimp . The succulent shrimp were piqued with ancho chilies, and the fried avocado accompaniment was delightful surprise.
Since I had worked up an appetite out on the golf course, I chose the Smoked Cowboy Ribeye Steak for my main entree. The excellent cut was highlighted with a yellow mustard demi-glace, and the three cheese baked macaroni had a creamy rich texture without being soggy. My companion chose the Red Snapper entree, which was perfectly broiled and flaked to the touch.
The next day, to complete our experience, we booked a 50-minute Deep Tissue Massage and a Hot Stone Whipped Avocado Body Wrap.
Before heading to the spa, we decided to eat breakfast downstairs. The breakfast buffet was a first-class affair. We enjoyed the egg station and made-to-order eggs Benedict, along with a fresh asparagus omelet. A fresh fruit medley of cantaloupe and strawberries rounded out our early-morning experience.
Comfortable leather chairs and a candlelit ambiance put us in a relaxed mood right away.
We headed back to the nature trail, which also leads to the Barton Creek Spa. The Spa is beautifully appointed with cherry wood cabinets and armoires that hold towels and other necessities. Private rooms for men and women prepare you for the spa experience.
My masseuse gently prepared my muscles with a light touch before working on the deep tissues. (Target areas, $145. Full-body, $205.)
To her credit, she chatted early in our session, then sensed that I was being transported into a dreamlike state, content to enjoy the massage in peaceful silence. She seemed to easily identify my sore spots, then somehow kneaded out the pain without interrupting my state of bliss. Afterward, I felt completely invigorated and refreshed.
Next time, I'll schedule a massage at the beginning and at the end of a long weekend. She suggested the sports massage would be beneficial before a long weekend of golf, and the deep tissue massage would ease any soreness at the end of the weekend.
As we pulled away from the resort, we noticed the magnificent mega-mansions dotting the hills around us. It was a storybook ending to a perfect weekend. Truth be told, we came home relaxed, indulged and eager to return to Barton Creek soon.
Bluebonnet Hill Golf Course offers golfers pristine views Lake Walter E. Long. The 4-hour pace of play makes it a favorite among residents, along with the links-style layout that offers challenging holds with easier recovery zones.
Bluebonnet Hill Golf Course is located 15 minutes east of downtown Austin. In fact, golfers can enjoy a wide variety of views on the court, including a spectacular vista of Lake Walter E. Long.
One of the most celebrated aspects of the course is the staff's commitment to a 4-hour pace of play policy. The idea of a 4-hour round, along with impeccable Bermuda greens has earned Bluebonnet a stellar reputation among locals.
The links-style course of Bluebonnet can be challenging on windy days, in the spirit of the original Scottish links-style courses.
Here you'll find Bluebonnet's signature #17 hole, which is a 195-yard challenge at a par 3 and includes putting over a lake.
Like the rest of Bluebonnet, the challenging holes are usually matched with easier recovery zones.
Butler Park Pitch & Putt gives you all the fun of golf without the time commitment or complications. Just bring a putter and a pitching wedge and have a blast on this 9-hole, par 3 course.
Butler Park Pitch & Putt has been called a microcosm of city life in Austin: Laid-back, full of interesting characters and something that doesn't take itself too seriously.
Since it is a pitch and putt course, leave the rest of your irons at home and just bring a putter and pitching wedge. Leave the official golf attire at home, throw on a pair of shorts and a t-shirt...and you're ready for Butler Park Pitch & Putt.
The 9-hole, par 3 course is a favorite for a quick afternoon of fun and golf.
Just west of Austin, Texas stands Falconhead Golf Club which is an Austin golf course that truly rises to meet the promise of its handsome site in the famous Hill Country of Texas. This is perfect land for golf, and Falconhead is the perfect layout for the Austin landscape. From our knobby oaks and cedars to our rolling hills to our creeks and ponds, we have an Austin golf course that stands above others in the area.
What makes Falconhead Golf Club particularly special is that it was laid out by the PGA Tour Design architects so you can be sure that every inch of the layout measures up to the exacting standards of the PGA and that the course will offer you the same kind of quality golf that the pros experience.
Need balls, gloves or even clubs? Maybe just a new golf shirt or a visor? Visit the Falconhead Golf Shop for the best in golfing merchandise in the Austin area. Featuring such outstanding brands as Nike, Adidas, and Footjoy in clothing, also carring Titleist clubs and balls and can special order any equipment that Austin golfers desire.
This is a great place to shop for a present or gift certificate for the golfer in your life. Think about providing a gift certificate for a round of golf on Falconhead’s outstanding, PGA Tour designed course. Or maybe someone in your family would appreciate the gift of golf lessons.
In time for your next tournament or outing, you’ll also want to stock up on plenty of golf shop gift certificates to give to your guests as prizes.
The management of Falconhead is committed to setting the standard for the Austin area for golf tournaments. Their can-do attitude, along with their intriguing course, can create an incomparable Tournament for your event and welcome groups of any size, large or small, and can tailor the Tournaments to suit your wishes.
Talon's Bar & Deli has a catering menu that includes hamburger and hot dog picnics, barbecue, fajitas and deli buffets serving guests in our open-air outdoor pavilion which can handle 150 guests. While you dine, the scoring is done for you so that the honors can be given out in your awards ceremony. They can also provide box lunches or a light breakfast. No player goes hungry or thirsty at Falconhead, your home for Austin golf.
Your next 18 holes are mere minutes from downtown Austin at Grey Rock Golf Club, yet worlds away in the heart of the Texas hill country. Where 160 acres of stately oaks and majestic views reach their full potential at the hand of master course designer Jay Morrish. And where an exceptionally friendly and knowledgeable staff share your passion for the game.
Grey Rock is committed to improving your golf experience for 2012 and beyond. Some of the items that you will notice over the course of the year are:
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Play the oldest golf course in the state of Texas, the Hancock Golf Course. The fast, 9-hole course looks simple, but the dog legs and tricky opening hole are anything but. The tranquil Waller Creek meanders through the course.
Hancock Golf Course has a distinction like no other: It is the oldest golf course in the state of Texas. Established in 1899, the course is located in the heart of downtown Austin and is a perennial favorite among locals. It's a 9-hole course that plays fast with plenty of dog legs and a deceptively challenging opening hole.
The location is picturesque, with the course meandering up and down hills and over Waller Creek, which flows through the course.
Since the course was established at the turn of the century, it's relatively short by modern standards and was the first site of the Austin Country Club.
Harvey Penick Golf Campus is a 9-hole, PGA Tour Designed public golf course, and home of The First Tee of Greater Austin (TFTGA).
As a non-profit business, owned and operated by The First Tee of Greater Austin, all revenues stay on the campus and are used for course maintenance and to subsidize TFTGA programs.
Features include a 9-hole golf course, 3 hole short course, a driving range, a practice putting and chipping green and individual or group lessons.
The Harvey Penick Golf Campus is available to entertain your business clients by hosting a corporate golf outing, birthday party, family reunion, or fund-raising event. In addition to the golf event possibilities, the campus also has a 4,000 sq. ft. pavilion available for meetings, meals and entertainment
Famed golf course architect Joe Finger designed the Jimmy Clay Golf Course, a 6918-yard jewel and one of the city's premier 18-hole courses. Lush, elevated greens kick up the fun factor here.
The Jimmy Clay Golf Course opened in 1974 and is one of the city's premier 18-hole public golf courses. Surrounded by Williamson Creek, the course is 6918 yards and was designed by golf course architect Joe Finger.
Major renovations in 2007 brought huge improvements to the course. All of the greens were revamped and replanted and all of the bunkers were rebuilt.
The relatively challenging course is known for wide-open areas and large, elevated greens. A few undersized greens, however, will keep golfers on their toes.
Local golfers often comment on the vigorously healthy greens and fairways, attributing the lush growth to the fact that the course was built on top of a landfill.
Play "Old Muny," the affectionate nickname for Lions Municipal Golf Course. This is the most popular golf course in Austin, earning high ratings every year by area residents. Narrow, tree-lined fairways and small greens mean you'll find a good share of challenges throughout this 18-hole course.
Lions Municipal Golf Course is an Austin institution. Since its beginnings in 1934, it has remained one of the most popular courses among local residents.
Fondly nicknamed "Old Muny," the Lions Municipal Golf Course was constructed by the Lion's Club and has hosted such noteworthy golfers including Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson, Tom Kite and Ben Crenshaw. Of note, the 16th hole is known as "Hogan's Hole."
Though the course is 6001 yards, Lions Municipal Golf Course is lauded for its narrow tree-lined fairways and small greens, always providing a challenge for golfers at all levels of play.
Lions is home to two major tournaments every year. The Firecracker is one of the oldest amateur golf tournaments in the state of Texas, and the Spring Partnership is held every spring.
The Morris Williams Golf Course has been renovated and looks incredible. Come check out the changes we have made to the golf course as well as our brand new clubhouse and cart barn!
Morris Williams Golf Course was opened in 1964 as Austin's third municipal course. Designed by Leon Howard, one of the most prolific golf course architects of the time, the course features elevated, contoured greens and rolling terrain.
Named after Morris Williams Jr., one of the best golfers ever developed in Austin. Morris Williams Jr. won every trophy available to him in the Austin Area; from the Texas Junior Championships to the National Air Force Trophy, now named in his honor. He lost his life as a young man during the Korean war in a jet plane crash in Florida. The City of Austin Golf Division is proud to have his name in our history books and on our score cards.
This golf course once served as the home for the University of Texas golf teams under legendary coaches Harvey Penick and George HAnnon. During this time, the University won 2 NCAA Championships with teams that featured Tom Kite and Ben Crenshaw.
Onion Creek Club is Austin's most historic golf club. Founded in 1974 by three-time Masters Champion, Jimmy Demaret, and golf legend, Jimmie Connolly, Onion Creek Club has built a rich tradition of understated elegance based on quality and family values.
The Club’s full range of sports, fitness, dining and social activities caters to every member of the family. Onion Creek Club truly embodies the philosophy of its founder, Jimmy Demaret: friendliness, camaraderie, and good fun. There is no other golf club in the Austin area that provides the history steeped in tradition and quality, the convenience to downtown and surrounding neighborhoods, and most importantly, the opportunity to make new friends and have fun!
Onion Creek Club is known mainly for being the "Birthplace of the Senior PGA Tour" hosting the first ever Senior PGA event in 1978. The Legends of Golf was held at Onion Creek Club from 1978-1989. Professional Golf reappeared in Austin at Onion Creek Club hosting The Harvey Pennick Invitation, an LPGA Tour Event from 1999-2001.
Our Golf membership options offer year-round golfing privileges for members and their families.
The newest fashions, great customer service, custom club fitting, equipment repairs and superior instruction makes Onion Creek your down home country club experience with:
If you're looking for a course steeped in history, Riverside Golf Course will take you back with mature trees and open fairways. The public course is steeped in Austin history and boasts excellent course conditions year-round. Breathtaking and intimidating water hazards are the norm here.
Riverside Golf Course brings visitors a step back in time. The public course is steeped in Austin history and boasts excellent course conditions year-round.
Riverside Golf Course is known for its mature, stately trees and big, open fairways. The 18-hole regulation course is located 3 miles from downtown Austin and offers 6562 yards of enjoyable golf.
Riverside Golf Course was designed by renowned architects J. Press and Perry Maxwell. The historic site was the training and proving ground for Tom Kite and Ben Crenshaw.
Watch out of the water hazards, made all the more hazardous by the breathtaking - and distracting - scenery that gives this course much of its charm. Stately oaks, pecans and maples line the fairways and slick Bermuda grass greets golfers on the greens.
Riverside is known as a challenging course even for the seasoned golfer.
ShadowGlen Golf Club boasts an 18 hole Championship golf course filled with excitement, variety, and undulation. Conveniently located outside of Austin and easily accessible from Houston on Highway 290, 2 miles east of the 130 Toll Road. With four sets of tees, ShadowGlen Golf Club can provide a variety of difficulty that will allow you to enjoy and challenge your game.
A Scenic Austin Golf Course
The rolling hills and undulating terrain provide a distinct golfing experience not commonly found in the area. The secluded front 9 drifts through the native terrain requiring your full attention with sharp elevation changes. The back 9, traditionally designed, wraps around multiple water features, proving to be a great test as you conclude your round.
The clubhouse is set with a beautiful pro shop and grill that overlooks the 18th hole. The grill serves a variety of food and keeps six draft beers on tap, a perfect setting to recap a truly great golfing experience.
ShadowGlen Golf Club offers a 380 yard driving range with various target greens to hone your skills. A 3,000 sq. ft. putting green, manicured perfectly to mimic course greens, allows you to focus on your putting. A recently added short game facility was installed in 2011. Equipped with multiple bunkers and course like conditions, the new short game facility is sure to improve your game.
The University of Texas Golf Club is a 7,412 yard, par 71 championship-caliber golf course created by Bechtol Russell Golf Design. Built in the Texas Hill Country, the course overlooks Lake Austin and borders the Balcones Natural Wildlife Preserve, offering challenging shots and views that rival the best in Austin.
The Club offers distinctive practice facilities complete with multiple chipping, pitching and putting greens and also a two hole private pitching area tucked behind the driving range. Practice facility access is available to members who have golf privileges.
The award-winning UT Golf Club Pro Shop features a fine selection of exclusive logo golf apparel for men and women. The Pro Shop also offers fitness and fashion apparel, as well as gift items perfect for that special someone. Open daily to the general public, the Pro Shop is the central location for making tee times and inquiries about course conditions. Come by in person or shop online.
The staff is professionally trained to meet your golf instruction needs and grow your game to its full potential. The staff utilizes unparalleled technology to help tweak your swing and improve your game. Lower your score and increase your driving distance by learning from the expert staff.
There are a variety of options for our junior golfers with the staff of professionals offering private lessons, group lessons, as well as Summer Junior Camp. For those junior golfers looking for instruction on a regular basis, our Swinging Bevos & Junior Longhorn Team are great ways to improve their game at an early age.
Ladies wanting to improve their game, no matter their skill levelthe club offers private lessons, group lessons, drop-in clinics, Tuesday Lady Links, as well as other games throughout the year.