With the exception of perhaps a couple weeks in the middle of winter, golf is a year-round sport in Austin. Drought has made the groundskeepers really earn their wages, but no rain means more days you can chase that little white ball.

There are so many great courses in the area, but how do you keep your game in peak condition without breaking the bank? Well, the trick is to play some of Austin’s cheaper courses. Here are five of the best values you can find in and around Austin.

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5.) Texas State University Golf Course

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A golfer stands on the No. 2 tee box at Texas State University Golf Course. Photo: Jenni Roberts, courtesy Jenni Roberts Photography.

The Texas State University Golf Course is a hidden gem in San Marcos. It is a little rough around the edges, but it offers a laid back golf experience. You’ll meet locals and students who just want to get outside and have some fun.

Though there are no par-5’s on this nine-hole course, but you can use every club in your bag. The course forces golfers into some interesting choices. No. 4 is a the 310-yard par-4 daring golfers to pull out the driver on a narrow fairway with water at about 200 yards. No. 8 is also a risk-reward hole. Hit your tee shot over water and tall trees then see how close you come to the concealed green.

The course’s signature hole is No. 2. This 173-yard par-3 forces you to carry water and thread the needle between two rows of massive cypress trees.



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