Government Connections - Fall 2013 - (Page 10)

GOING PLACES Tee Off in Texas With a mild climate and more than 800 courses strewn across rugged desert mountains, lush piney woods, hill country elevation changes, and seaside links, Texas is a giant playground for golfers. Premium public, private and resort courses have been developed across the Lone Star State, making Texas a yearround golf destination rivaling any locale in the country. The rugged landscape, limestone cliffs, clear springs, towering oaks and meandering creeks make a golfing experience in the Hill Country challenging and fun. Known as the “Mecca of Golf” to many, Austin and its surrounding areas have received positive attention for its professional level courses. Having to work around the knobby terrain, architects have created innovative greens that cannot be found elsewhere, making the Texas courses distinctly unique. Barton Creek Resort and Spa is known as one of the best golf resorts in Texas. Players can perfect their swing on one of four distinct courses all designed by professionals Tom Fazio, Arnold Palmer and Ben Crenshaw, including the signature Fazio Foothills, the impressive Fazio Canyons, stunning Crenshaw Cliffside and the secluded Palmer Lakeside. The Hyatt Regency Lost Pines and Resort, located just outside of Austin, provides golfers championship level services and facilities. The resort’s course, named Wolfdancer, is a challenging yet satisfying experience. Travel just an hour south and experience golf in San Antonio, choosing from an incredible selection from more than 50 acclaimed courses, practice greens and academies. Paired with premium courses and the abundance of playable days, the Alamo City is a prime destination for avid golfers. Additionally, the city is home to championship PGA tour courses at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa and the Westin La Cantera Resort, which only adds to their already impressive portfolio of links. Additionally, the J.W. Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa is the newest addition to the PGA Tour’s TPC Network of premier clubs offering 36 holes of golf designed by two of the most innovative architects and World of Golf Hall of Fame members, Pete Dye and Greg Norman. Barton Creek Resort and Spa 10 GOVERNMENT CONNECTIONS | FALL 2013 Traveling to the coast presents many opportunities for those hoping to practice their swing. The cool breeze from the Gulf of Mexico and scenic views of wetlands and tropical landscapes from Galveston to Corpus Christi to South Padre Island keep golf vacationers returning year after year. Unique courses such as the Newport Dunes Golf Club in Port Aransas, often compared to courses in Ireland, and the Rockport Country Club, with its towering oak trees, present magnificent challenges, making them longtime favorites amongst golfers. Additionally, those looking for a resort-style getaway can head to Moody Gardens Resort and Spa in Galveston where days of golf and relaxation go hand-in-golf-glove. Not far from the coast, Houston and the surrounding areas present a golfer’s paradise with complex landscapes and first class resorts. Mere minutes from downtown, the Redstone Golf Club plays host to the Shell Houston Open PGA Tour, where professionals compete and vie for excellence playing one of the state’s longest courses. Other player favorites include Tour 18 Houston, which offers fun holes mimicking Augusta, Colonial, Bay Hill and Pinehurst in addition to Memorial Park Golf Club, one of Texas’ classics. In the heart of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, the Four Seasons Resort and Club annually holds the HP Byron Nelson Classic PGA Tour. Since the 1940s, thousands of diehard fans and onlookers have gathered here for this annual charity tournament. Other links and greens in the region have continuously entertained for generations including the Trails of Frisco, notably ranked as one of Texas’s top public courses, and The Cowboys Golf Club in Grapevine, the world’s first NFLthemed golf course paying tribute to the five time world champion football team the Dallas Cowboys.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Government Connections - Fall 2013

President’s Letter
Editor’s Letter
Going PlacesTee Off in Texas
Finding Contract Solutions and Savings
Three Rules for Working with Difficult and Nasty People
Meet a MemberNick Hussein, DoubleTree by Hilton Bay City-Riverfront
Conference ConnectionMeeting Planners by the Numbers
CGMP Corner
Question for Our MembersHow Have Changes in Government Meetings Impacted Your Company?
National Updates
SGMP Nation
Advertisers’ Index

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