Highland Lakes Golf Course - hole 2
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Highland Lakes Golf Course - hole 2
The par-4 second hole at Highland Lakes Golf Course plays uphill. Brandon Tucker/GolfAdvisor
Highland Lakes Golf Course - hole 8
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Highland Lakes Golf Course - hole 8
The eighth hole at Highland Lakes Golf Course is a par 5 littered with bunkers. Brandon Tucker/GolfAdvisor
Highland Lakes Golf Course - hole 10
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Highland Lakes Golf Course - hole 10
The 10th hole at Highland Lakes Golf Course shows off the scenery. Brandon Tucker/GolfAdvisor
Highland Lakes Golf Course
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Highland Lakes Golf Course
Deer is plentiful at Highland Lakes Golf Course, including this family of fawns near the 10th hole. Brandon Tucker/GolfAdvisor
Lago Vista Golf Course - hole 9
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Lago Vista Golf Course - hole 9
The ninth hole at Lago Vista Golf Course tumbles downhill toward Lake Travis. Brandon Tucker/GolfAdvisor
Lago Vista Golf Course - hole 10
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Lago Vista Golf Course - hole 10
The par-5 10th hole at Lago Vista Golf Course has a scenic backdrop. Brandon Tucker/GolfAdvisor
Lago Vista Golf Course - hole 14
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Lago Vista Golf Course - hole 14
There's a lot of trouble on the par-4 14th hole at Lago Vista Golf Course near Austin. Brandon Tucker/GolfAdvisor
Lago Vista Golf Course - 15th
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Lago Vista Golf Course - 15th
The 15th hole at Lago Vista Golf Course is a par 5 that trudges steeply uphill. Brandon Tucker/GolfAdvisor
Lago Vista Golf Course - hole 16
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Lago Vista Golf Course - hole 16
The view of Lake Travis is large on the elevated 16th tee at Lago Vista Golf Course near Austin, Texas. Brandon Tucker/GolfAdvisor
Lago Vista GC - hole 18
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Lago Vista GC - hole 18
Lago Vista G.C. culminates with a par 3 that plays more than 200 yards from the back tee. Brandon Tucker/GolfAdvisor
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Play scenic golf along Lake Travis at Lago Vista and Highland Lakes in the Texas Hill Country

LAGO VISTA, Texas -- Affordable golf can certainly be found in the Texas Hill Country, and two of the best bargains are the municipal Lago Vista Golf Course and Highland Lakes Golf Course.

Owned by the city of Lago Vista, just west of Austin, these two facilities are separated by a short drive. They feature rolling hills and scenic views of Lake Travis. The courses were privately owned when built in the 1980s, but the city later acquired them. Each course plays between 5,100 and 6,500 yards, making them pleasant for beginners and mid-handicappers. The most striking difference between the two courses are the conditions: Highland Lakes doesn't have the same water supply as Lago Vista (which uses effluent) so Lago Vista can stay well maintained even in severe drought.

Located in the heart of Lake Travis boating country, the two courses are good, affordable options for those on a weekend getaway from the nearby city.

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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