Tee off from out of town

Putting together a golf vacation can be a hassle: between their popularity and reservation policies, the best courses can be as unattainable as the very pins you'd so desperately whack towards if only given the chance. Helping to get you on those greens, Austin Golf Trail.

This recently launched "golfing concierge" leverages partnerships to arrange customizable links + lodging packages centered around tough-to-book Hill Country courses; the idea was hatched by a local pro who'd noticed the rounds played at area clubs had leveled off despite golf's popularity spike, and figured who better to pick up the slack than out-of-towners like you, McNichol, Kevin, and "The Goose". To set up 2- to 5-day itineraries (called white/blue/gold/black tees), call or fill in the online form asking for dates/budget/no. of players/add'l expectations, after which a golf-savvy travel expert will follow up to suss your needs more exactly; plans start below $500, rates reasonable enough that wife-abandoning golf addicts will still have cash for their Rocco Divorce Mediation. The 15 courses include Barton Creek (featuring vaunted semi-privates Fazio Foothills and Canyons), Horseshoe Bay (Slick, Apple, and Ram Rock), and Lost Pines' Wolfdancer, as well as upscale public links like Avery Ranch (best cart girls in Texas), Grey Rock, and Star Ranch; the nine partner hotels include the resorts, plus Austin's Wyndham Garden, Inter-Continental Stephen F. Austin, and downtown Hampton Inn, assuming Casey Hampton hasn't booked it to capacity with only his left quadricep.

Packages can be extended to 10 days, and to round things out, they'll also snag you venue tickets in Austin, which they call "ultimate 19th Hole"; sadly, "venue" doesn't cover the Yellow Rose, or you'd really have something to whack toward.