Delaware Springs Golf Course - 1st
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Delaware Springs Golf Course - 1st
The first hole at Delaware Springs Golf Course is a reachable par 5. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Delaware Springs G.C. - dogs
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Delaware Springs G.C. - dogs
Dogs are allowed on a leash and laid-back Delaware Springs Golf Course in Burnet, Texas. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Delaware Springs Golf Course - hole 1
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Delaware Springs Golf Course - hole 1
A creek runs through the first fairway at Delaware Springs Golf Course in Burnet, Texas. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Delaware Springs G.C. - greens
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Delaware Springs G.C. - greens
Putting greens are pure and fast at Delaware Springs Golf Course in the Texas Hill Country. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Delaware Springs Golf Course - 6th
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Delaware Springs Golf Course - 6th
Delaware Springs Golf Course's sixth hole is a scenic par 5. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
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Delaware Springs G.C. - deer
There is plenty of wildlife at Delaware Springs, G.C., including on-looking deer. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Delaware Springs Golf Course
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Delaware Springs Golf Course
Delaware Springs Golf Course in Burnet, Texas. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Delaware Springs G.C. - 13th
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Delaware Springs G.C. - 13th
One of Delaware Springs Golf Course's prettiest holes is the short, par-3 13th. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Delaware Springs Golf Course - 16th
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Delaware Springs Golf Course - 16th
Delaware Springs Golf Course's 16th hole is a stout, 202-yard par 3 over native grasses and gunch. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Delaware Springs G.C. - 13th
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Delaware Springs G.C. - 13th
The design team of Proctor & Axeland laid out Delaware Springs Golf Course in Burnet, Texas. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Delaware Springs Golf Course - dogs
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Delaware Springs Golf Course - dogs
It's a down home vibe at Delaware Springs, where dogs are welcome and the staff is very friendly. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
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Delaware Springs Golf Course in Burnet: A Texas Hill Country gem

BURNET, Texas -- It may be a "hidden gem" to national audiences, but golfers in the Texas Hill Country know Delaware Springs Golf Course quite well.

Owned by the City of Burnet, it's one of the best municipal layouts in Texas and is regularly among the top-rated courses in the state on Golf Advisor despite it's low green fee.

I named it as one of my 10 favorite U.S. courses under $50 and the price tag is often well below that in the afternoons or weekdays.

The course was designed by the team of Dave Axeland and Dan Proctor. While not as well known as some nationally recognized architects, they have designed top-100 course Wild Horse in Nebraska, and have also shaped many courses for the Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw design firm.

Delaware Springs is a lot of fun to play, especially some of the short par 4s and risk-reward par 5s. The greens are sneaky tough and often as fast as any private club in the area.

Complete with friendly service and a great practice area, the facility really is the total package, with perhaps its only shortcoming being that it's a little too far from Austin to be a regular play for its residents. But I'll be sure to make the trek out here more often, and perhaps combine it with a trip to Inks Lake State Park.

Brandon Tucker is the Sr. Managing Editor for GolfPass and was the founding editor of Golf Advisor in 2014, he was the managing editor for Golf Channel Digital's Courses & Travel. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and nearly 600 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at @btuck34.
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