Omni Barton Creek Resort - Fazio Foothills Course

4.4761666667 4.5 stars from 5 (11)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7125 yards
  • Slope: 143
  • Rating: 75.4
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes - "Barton Creek Golf Academy"

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 7125 yards 75.4 143
Gold 72 6684 yards 73.6 140
Blue 72 6290 yards 71.9 137
White 72 5900 yards 70.1 134
White (W) 72 5900 yards 74.2 135
Red 72 5185 yards 70.4 123

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.5 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.7 stars from 5
Value: 3.6 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.4 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.9 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.7 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 11 Reviews
5 stars:
5
4 stars:
5
3 stars:
1
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

11 out of 11 reviews


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"Hill Country at its finest"


golfingbrock's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/12/2019
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

Driving through Austin to get to the course you can see that it is some-what hilly, but when you turn from Bee Caves Rd to Barton Creek Blvd the view and the drop-off is breath-taking. Omni Barton Creek has the Fazio Foothills and Coore-Crenshaw course at the resort, and the Fazio Canyons course a few miles down the road.

I drove down from Fort Worth that morning for a 10:00 a.m. tee time with a group of local Golf Advisors, and got to play at the resort rate. Normally you must be a resort guest or a member to play. The pro-shop was small but adequate, with a parking garage next door that kept the car cooler in the summer heat and the staff were very friendly and accommodating. The 19th hole at the resort was closed, but we were able to go to the pool bar for a late lunch after the round.

The Course:

As we played the first hole, a downhill wide open par 4, we could see the 8th green that had a creek and waterfall immediately to the left, and we joked about how many waterfalls we may encounter on this Fazio design (we eventually lost count) but I became a Fazio fan . While there were several forgettable shots hit, there were few if any forgettable holes, and the course conditions were perfect.

Par 3's:

3 of the par 3's are about the same distance, but they were all unique. The 3rd hole has a nice gorge carry with a false front and shallow back to front, the 9th hole is downhill and has a gorge and waterfall/creek left and generous bail out area to the right. #17 is a beautiful uphill redan.

Par 4's:

Great variety from split fairways, dog-legs with safe and adventurous options, and even a short driveable hole(#12), and a biarritz green. The fairways are wide and generous, but penal if you miss, often with woods on one side, and a creek or pond on the other side. Visually intimidating drop off's require commitment to your shot(#10 drops about 100 ft from the tee to the fairway and I wasn't committed!). If I played here again, I would only use driver on about half of the par 4's

Par 5's:

This was probably the funnest set of par 5's I've ever played!

#5 is a 611 yard monster with split fairway on the approach. You can either play the high side or the low side before you cross the creek to the green. #8 is 529, with a good chance to go in 2 with a good drive down the left. Too far right and it's blind to a green that you absolutely can't miss left. #15 is fairly straightforward, but has a huge bank to the right of the green and a great chance for birdie.

#18 has a generous fairway to hit, but if you hit it well, you have a decision to make. There is a MASSIVE gorge full of Pro-V's that starts about 50 yards in front of an uphill green. You can either hit it long left and be even with the pin with a wedge, lay up short and have a blind wedge uphill, or go for the glory and bring the gorge in play.

Final Thoughts:

I don't recommend driving 4 hours with very little sleep then pegging it up. Despite the course not being walkable (due to hills, routing, heat, etc.) and being more $ than I would normally pay for a round, the world class experience here was totally worth it. No matter how you play, you will want to play here again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



"Fazio's take on Hill Country Golf"


toothysaw2's avatar
Top 50 Contributor
Texas Advisor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/12/2019
Previously played Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

Subtle is not a good description of this course. It's got some flair... elevation changes, undulation, ample bunkering, water, and of course waterfalls. It's a fun course.

This course is pretty tough as there are trees lining most holes, but at its heart it's still a resort course. Many of the holes set up looking very narrow, but open up 150 or so yards from the tee. I certainly found that way more of my drives stayed playable when I was sure they were goners. This keeps the course more playable for all skill levels.

Still ,there are some challenging shots. A couple of par 3s over water to smaller greens, and the brutal uphill par 5 18th.

You should still bring your A game, but this course is very enjoyable. The conditions are as good as any place I've played in town, and the staff were very friendly and professional.

Definitely not a course for walkers though!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Stunning tour of the Texas hill country"


youngpowell's avatar
Texas Advisor
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/12/2019
First time playing

Reviewed on

Played with a group of solid golfers early on a weekday. I believe we got a special deal as unless you are a member you must stay to play.

Driving in you are met with the enormous resort buildings. After paying for my green fee I went to the (short) driving range - it’s probably only 220 yards long but there are no signs for irons only. But it’s a quality setup with grass and turf hitting areas. The practice green was also reasonably true to the course.

As you would expect there is nothing out of place.

Heading out to Fazio foothills my general impression is that it is a reasonably playable course for any level of golfer. It is not overly long and there are some wide and forgiving holes. Approach shots can test your distance control, with creeks running beside and in front of several greens.

The conditions were perfect. The fairways were lush and green and the greens even paced and true. Some excellent views of the hill country are available as well.

Staff were friendly and the tacos at the Nopales restaurant overlooking the 18th were excellent.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



"Awesome Changes"


James3547088's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/10/2019
Previously played Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

Played the course for the first time in about 5 years. I have to say that the course was in great shape. I was really impressed by the amount of trees and brush that they removed from the course. It opened up the layout and showed you the beauty of the course. I would recommend this course to any of my friends.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Nice Course!"


mqyux5uEqmtlDSgxZfpM's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/26/2019
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

If you are in the Barton Creek area (Stay at the Omni Barton Creek) the Coore Crenshaw is a good place to play. As expected, the course was wide open but the greens were very tight and undulated. If you want to full review, go to my blog: www.birdiesandbliss.com. It was a bit pricey for what the course was, in my opinion.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



"Looking sharp after renovation"


BrandonTuckerGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/01/2019
Previously played Used cart Cold weather

Reviewed on

Omni Barton Creek is undergoing a huge transformation - I didn't quite grasp the the whole scope of it - and while the resort doesn't reopen until May 1st 2019, the Crenshaw and Foothills courses have been renovated.

The work on the Foothills was predominantly bunker work and some regrading but perhaps most importantly tree management. There are more open vistas and space around greens now which really helps turf quality. I noticed on Trip Advisor some golfers complaining about the edges of many greens and that was addressed in a big way with the tree management.

The Fazio design itself is a showy one with lots of elevated tees, scenic overlooks, greens beside rock outcroppings with waterfalls, and holes that dangle across ridgelines. It is a candidate for Top 100 lists and I can see why. Greens are a little smaller compared to Fazio designs that were built in the 90s and 2000s.

It's great they don't overseed either (except par-3 tee boxes) which makes conditions in the spring and fall presumably excellent. One bummer for purists: members can walk the Barton Creek courses but resort guests can't. Never quite understood clubs that institute this policy.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



"What a Bummer"


TXGolferTX's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Texas Advisor
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/28/2016
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

This course is designed absolutely fantastic. The layout, the structure, course pathway, everything on that end is perfect. Long holes play down-wind, short holes play into the wind.

With that being said, the conditions were considerably lacking. Loads of dead spots on the green where it meets the collar. This course SHOULD be the best one on property, but the conditions just did not match the design here. Considering the budget to build this course, with the waterfalls, greens hanging off ledges, elevation changes, etc. you would think they would keep this course in great shape. All of the other courses on property were in superb condition so you cannot blame the weather for the lack of quality conditions at FF. Fazio did fantastic work here on the design, cannot underscore that enough.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Sand traps terrible"


Walter1506165's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/30/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Fair weather

Reviewed on

Sand traps unplayable. Shouldn't charge these rates for the condition.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Scenery"


u000002951667's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/26/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Excellent golf course. The scenery was beautiful and the fairways and greens were in excellent shape.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great Views"


TheOBchef's avatar
Top 50 Contributor
Texas Advisor
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/07/2014
First time playing Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

The layout of this course is superb, from tee to green a great course!

The marshals are very present on the course and kept the slower groups moving.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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