Fazio Foothills Silver Anniversary
Light the candles! A modern era Lone Star classic turns 25 in July
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The Silver Jubilee commemoration for Barton Creek Resort & Spa’s Foothills course is fitting. Since opening, the Fazio Foothills course has consistently received the highest accolades. Texas, of course, always does well in beauty pageants. When the Dallas Morning-News began assembling a rotating panel of statewide golf glitterati, Tom Fazio’s first Barton Creek design fell right in behind such historic venues as Colonial and Champions.
And, the old lady hasn’t lost her luster, remarkable for a course of its vintage. The four holes voted among the “top 18 most beautiful in Texas” in the poll’s inaugural year of 1989, were still there in 2010. The famous cave, creeks, gnarled oaks, and water features “carved from the eye-popping Hill Country,” as one panelist described the course, continues to offer equal parts challenge and beauty.
Silver is appropriate for another reason. One week, each year from 1990 to 1994, the course was book solid with those who’d won lots of golfing silver. For example, in 1994: 12 claret jugs, six U.S. Open trophies, seven Wanamaker trophies, 10 green jackets and a collective bounty of over 300 PGA Tour wins. Yes, ever since 10,000 fans turned out to watch Chi Chi Rodriguez and Tom Kite get in the pockets of Lee Trevino and Ben Crenshaw in a festive skins game, the Legends of Golf found Barton Creek a fitting playground. Winners included Lee Trevino and Mike Hill (twice), Dale Douglas and Charles Coody (1990) and Harold Henning in 1993, when the team event was contested individually. Winners in the Raphael Division (60 and up) included Bob Toski & Mike Fetchick in 1990 and ’92, Roberto DiVicenzo and Charlie Sifford in 1991 and Don January in ’93. Winners in the 69+ Demaret division included Jerry Barber (’93) and Jay Hebert/Al Balding.
The Foothills also enjoys an unofficial presidential seal of approval. Even before he left Texas for the White House, George W. Bush took a stand for the Foothills being the best course in Texas, and his personal favorite.
Subjective as ratings invariably are, even Tom Fazio and Coach Darrell Royal were willing to aver that the newer Fazio Canyons, was better. One columnist likened this decisions to choosing between favorite flavors of ice cream. Now with both Fazio courses, Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore’s first design – Cliffside and many members’ favorite – Lakeside, the acclaimed Austin resort continues to serve up a remarkable variety of Hill Country favorites, but Foothills started it all. . .