By Roger Cox, Editor
Barton Creek Resort dates to 1987, but has since become part of the Omni family and under them relaunched in May 2019 following a $150 million expansion and renovation. Among the changes was the addition of a new tower of rooms, bringing the total to 493, a Mokara Spa with a rooftop deck, four swimming pools, seven restaurants, a complex of 11 brand-new hard courts, the last located at the adjacent country club and its golf courses. All of this is just 10 miles from the center of Austin.
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Pro Shop: 512-329-4008
Our tennis professionals offer helpful and friendly advice to players of all levels. Monte Williams is our director of sports and has worked as a USTPA certified tennis pro since 1994. He has served all over the country, but grew up in Lubbock, Texas. Before coming to Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa, he was the director of tennis at Starmount Forest Country Club in Greensboro, NC. He joined Barton Creek in 2008. Lessons Juniors: Call the pro shop for times and fees depending on age and skill level.
Courts & Fees. 11 hard courts
Golf Courses. The Omni Barton Creek's four golf courses fan out into the Texas Hill Country, a varied landscape of cliffs, creeks, waterfalls, plateaus, lakes, red oaks, and sycamores. Tom Fazio designed two of the courses—his Canyons course is an Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary—while Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore collaborated on a third and Arnold Palmer took a hilltop setting above a lake 25 miles to the west and laid out long, scenic fairways to delight big hitters.
Spa & Fitness Center. With 17 treatment rooms and a rooftop pool and garden, the 13,000-square-foot Mokara Spa provides a mix of services, including facials, body treatments, massages, and salon services. The fitness center, which is complimentary, spaciously accommodates a full range of exercise equipment and paraphernalia while offering TRX, Pilates, yoga, and stretch classes along with personal training. There's also an indoor lap pool
And ... From its perch overlooking the 18th green of the Fazio Foothills golf course, multi-tiered pool deck with an infinity pool, hot tubs, and bar is at one an oasis and gathering point.
Options range from new tower rooms and newly renovated hotel rooms to one- and two-bedroom suites with deluxe amenities.
There are baker's half dozen restaurants and lounges, including a steakhouse, a Latin restaurant, and a coffee house.
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Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa
8212 Barton Club Dr.
Travel Instructions. By air: The nearest airport is Austin, roughly 56 miles to the southeast.
General Tourist Information. For general information about vacationing in Texas, visit the Texas Tourism website or contact them at 800-888-8TEX.