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TheVirginia Explorer 30 V I R G I N I A G O L F E R | M AY / J U N E 2 0 1 5 28_VSGA_MayJune15.indd 30 OMNI BARTON CREEK RESORT & SPA Austin, Texas In a vast state not easily given to consensus, Barton Creek, a 72-hole property located on the outskirts of Austin, is the best-liked resort in the Hill Country. For women, the top golf option is Fazio Foothills, a fantastic layout routed around limestone outcrops, gurgling brooks, live oaks and fragrant cedars. With its waterfalls, caves and 100-foot drops, the course boasts a handful of the most thrilling holes in Texas. Thanks to designer Tom Fazio’s broad fairways and accessible greens, the course is thoroughly enjoyable from the women’s red or white tees (5,185 and 5,900 yards, respectively). For a firmer test, tee it up at Fazio Canyons, where Short Springs Branch, a limestone bed creek, meanders through a stately layout framed by sycamores and red oaks. The resort also has stylish, comfortable accommodations, an excellent golf academy and superb dining, most notably at 8212 Wine Bar & Grill, which offers casual dining with a Texas twist. Three Springs Spa—‘Quieting the Mind, Healing the Pine Needles is a woman-friendly Carolina classic. Body, Renewing the Spirit’—is a haven of tranquility. The spa’s facial treatments and salon services are exceptional. After hours, head a few miles east into Austin, the selfproclaimed “Live Music Capital of the World” (omnihotels.com/hotels/austin-bartoncreek; 512-329-4000). w w w. v s g a . o r g 5/8/15 11:46 AM SUNRIVER RESORT as one of the Empire State’s most popular golf getaways, with three championshipcaliber courses carved from rolling, wooded terrain. The best choice for women is Shenendoah, a links-style design marked by wide fairway corridors and open-entry greens that offer a fair test at 5,185 yards from the forward tees. Something shorter? Sandstone Hollow is a superb nine-hole par-3 course known for its dramatic rock outcrops and large swift greens. Rainy day? Turning Stone’s Golf Dome, an indoor practice facility, has 40 hitting stations, a short-game practice area and a TaylorMade Tuned Performance Center. Top digs a