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Destination Tennis, Horseshoe Bay: The Remarkable Resort
Encompassing a hotel, marina, beach, golf courses, tennis center, yacht club, spa—and even its own airport—Horseshoe Bay is a complete universe of upscale relaxation and recreation.
Published Aug 28, 2023
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Following the maxim that everything is bigger in Texas, Horseshoe Bay Resort covers 9,000 acres of Hill Country and offers a sprawling slate of favorite vacation activities. It sits on the shores of Lake Lyndon B. Johnson—the size of 100,000 tennis courts.
At the same time, Horseshoe Bay excels at intimacy. The resort earns its AAA Four Diamond designation with a mastery of luxury in a peaceful setting about an hour north of Austin. Encompassing a hotel, marina, beach, championship golf courses, tennis center, yacht club, spa and even its own airport, Horseshoe Bay is a complete universe of upscale relaxation and recreation, fresh off a $100 million renovation.
“It has that secret-spot kind of feel, if you’re looking to disconnect,” says Destination Tennis host Monica Puig. “I loved the calm feeling I got when I was there.”
Visitors can choose from the hotel or rental homes and villas, all with access to the resort’s spectacular amenities set amid a verdant oasis. Strolling or biking the grounds, you’ll spot parrots and other exotic birds, and even giant, gentle tortoises on an 18-hole putting course. Horseshoe Bay is the only resort in the world with three Robert Trent Jones golf courses, including the famously scenic Million Dollar Hole.
Jet skis, pontoons, sunset cruises and fishing boats buzz around the marina on Lake LBJ. Waterfalls spill into picturesque lagoon-style swimming pools. The scent of authentic Texas brisket wafts from the restaurants at lunchtime. Breathtaking views of Texas Hill Country beckon at cocktail hour. A full calendar of concerts and festivals brings excitement.
And Horseshoe Bay is always going bigger. Soon, it will add a swimming pool floating on Lake LBJ, only the second one in the world. The other is in Lake Como, Italy. Horseshoe Bay gives that renowned lap of luxury a run for its Euros.
Horseshoe Bay Resort
- 200 Hi Circle North
- Horseshoe Bay, Texas
- $350/weekend night
One Thing You Need to Know: Horseshoe Bay’s tennis center has six red-clay courts, an unusual amenity in the United States.
Tennis at a Glance
Facilities: 8 hard courts, 6 red-clay courts, 12 dedicated pickleball courts.
Rates: Court rental, $25 per hour; clinics, $30 per hour; private instruction, starting at $135 per hour.
Good to know: Ultimate Doubles Weekends feature mid-match coaching to improve technique and strategy in a live situation. Rates start at $525 per person, based on double occupancy.