Fazio-designed course is tops in Lone Star State’s Hill Country region 

HORSESHOE BAY, Texas (Aug. 3, 2019) – Escondido Golf & Lake Club, with its Tom Fazio-designed track located on Lake LBJ in the midst of the Texas Hill Country, tied its highest-ever rating in the recently released Dallas Morning News statewide golf course rankings, sixth among all Lone Star courses and first in Central Texas and the Texas Hill Country.

Escondido, a member-owned club located 50 miles west of Austin and north of San Antonio, was ranked as the best course in its region in the prestigious Morning News statewide poll, the state’s only comprehensive rankings with voters considering more than 800 Lone Star links.

“Certainly we are gratified with this high ranking,” said newly named COO/general manager J.J. Wagner, a Texas native who recently returned from California. “Our goal of being No. 1 in the state for our members and their guests is still to be achieved, but thanks to the hard work by our talented staff, current and past presidents and board of directors, we are certainly headed in the right direction.”

Opened in 2006, Escondido features an award-winning par 71 Tom Fazio Golf course along with a gorgeous, Tuscan-style Clubhouse. The full-service Lakeside Club has boats for rent to Members, heated pool with fountains, and a Pizza Kitchen and Pool Bar.

For the guests of Members, there are four modern guest houses on property offering four master bedrooms, each with their own bathroom, a fully stocked kitchen, common living area, covered back porch leading to a putting green, and two fire pits overlooking Pecan Creek and the scenic club grounds.

For golfers, the biggest thrills are found on the course, which plays at 7,165 yards from the back tees, but can be played from a variety of tee locations. Much of the year, the course, which winds gracefully through the community, is covered with wildflowers, dozens of hardwoods, and families of deer, along with plenty of natural, and spring fed creeks. 

Golfers get to graze too at the impressively stocked comfort stations, including the halfway house which serves up their famous brisket tacos. Escondido is also home to the acclaimed Dave Pelz Short Game School.

Brandon Dixon, the club’s director of golf, said the statewide ranking was an honor to be shared with those who made it possible.

“This is a most unique course and club which can be accessed by a private dockside, a winding highway through the Hill Country or a private airstrip just minutes away,” Dixon said. “I don’t know of another course with a variety of entrances to a place so enjoyable and golf challenging to members and guests.” 

Escondido was only one of four courses in the top 10 statewide to move up this year and has been ranked in the statewide top 10 every year for a decade, making it a premium club fixture.




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