A golf fan who walks 18 holes at the Austin Country Club during the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play would average five to six miles — about 16,000 steps. That will easily get us hungry, and therefore thinking, what are the best food options for spectators (or golfers) making the turn?
Following your favorite top-64 golfer in the world around the sprawling hillside of Austin Country Club during The WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play will build up quite an appetite. The tournament, which is held from March 23 to 27, has loads of food in their food court that you can’t miss out on. Around the 9th and 10th holes is where you’ll find Austin’s food favorites, such as:
Ranch Hand: Ranch Hand is a healthy, locally-sourced restaurant specializing in organic bowls made from proteins, veggies and grains.
Amy’s Ice Cream: Established in 1984 Amy’s Ice Cream offers handcrafted artisan, super-premium ice creams, dairy-free fruit ices and frozen yogurt.
Burro Cheese Kitchen: Burro Cheese Kitchen revels in the glory of artisan, grilled cheese sandwiches. High-quality bread, artisan cheeses and in-house sauces are designed to pair with each particular grilled cheese sandwich combination.
Shawarma Point: Shawarma Point serves up a New York-style Mediterranean cuisine deep in the heart of Texas. They specialize in a variety of halal wraps, plates, salads and sides. Heat-seekers can bravely explore their varying spice levels, but mild diners need not worry as they cater to all comfort levels.
Located in East Austin on Manor Road at the Morris Williams Golf Course is Fairways Cantina, the sister restaurant to Colleen’s Kitchen. Fairways Cantina’s food is creative with splashes of color in everything they offer. I was impressed by the names of their food items such as the Happy Gilmore, the “grab-n-go” Turn Dog and the Trevino Verde house-made salsa. If you’re a golfer, you’ll know these names. Fairways Cantina hosts a family-friendly atmosphere with a gorgeous wrap-around patio, which makes this one of the top golf course restaurants in Austin.
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Onion Creek Club is one of Austin’s historic, private golf clubs founded in 1975 by a three-time Masters Tournament champion Jimmy Demaret. Members and their guests enjoy 27 holes of golf designed by Demaret and Ben Crenshaw.
What I love about Onion Creek is that members and their families have the ability to play other sports such as tennis (four hard and two clay courts), pickleball, a junior Olympic-sized pool and a fitness center.
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If swimming, playing tennis and golfing is possible all in one day, you’ll be a legend and deserve the casual, contemporary fare that’s locally sourced by Onion Creek’s executive chef. The menus change seasonally, with weekly and daily specials offered based on the availability of regional, fresh ingredients. Enjoy indoor dining with TVs on every wall or opt outside to overlook the rolling fairways surrounding Onion Creek.
Lions Municipal Course — or “Muny” — opened as the first public golf course in Austin in 1924, making its combination with Cisco’s, established in 1950 in East Austin, a perfect marriage to keep Austin local. Located at the turn, Cisco’s Muny Cafe is known for its migas, huevos rancheros, salsa ranchera and homemade biscuits. What I love about Cisco’s is that breakfast is served all day and they make their biscuits and bolillo roll all in-house. Try the Picadillo roll stuffed with ground beef, and let the big dog eat — add queso!
We’re throwing you a snap hook on this one as we know it’s not par for the course, but it offers an opportunity for every skill level to join the party. Topgolf Austin has three levels of hitting bays where golfers hit targets and the system automatically keeps score so you can focus on friends and the food.
About the Author
Weston Carls has over 15 years of experience in Austin’s health and fitness industry as a creative director and photographer. When he’s not creating content, Weston’s hitting the links with his friends at munies around Austin.