As brash as he was on the tennis courtroom, that’s how modest Andy Roddick is off it, particularly when discussing his golf sport. “Having executed one sport at a good degree, I do know sufficient that I’m not an awesome golfer within the grand scheme of issues,” says the previous world No. 1 and 2003 U.S. Open champion. Perhaps not, however few of us ever get right down to a zero.four handicap. “An entire aberration,” he says. “I stay between a 2 and a three. I don’t do anybody factor that nicely—aside from not make doubles.”
Roddick retired from tennis in 2012 and instantly started teeing it up virtually each day. “Golf dictates many components of my social existence post-career, and I really feel fortunate to have discovered it,” he says. The place his satisfaction swells is discussing his hometown since age 4: Austin, Texas, host every March of the PGA Tour’s WGC-Dell Applied sciences World Match Play Championship, at his former hang-out, Austin Nation Membership.
“This metropolis is much more than a one-trick pony. It’s an enormous tech hub. Complete Meals began right here. Cool manufacturers like Tiff ’s Treats and Outside Voices. It’s change into an actual melting pot for enterprise,” Roddick says. “In fact, the tradition actually is wonderful—everybody is aware of concerning the [South by Southwest] music competition and the historical past of music right here. I’ll at all times name Austin residence.” Right here’s his information to the place to go on and off the course.
“Barton Creek at all times will get talked about on the ‘finest public’ lists, and rightly so. One of many cool spots in Austin is its first public course, Lions Municipal— and never as a result of ‘Muny’ is among the finest programs you’ll ever play. It’s virtually a ceremony of passage, and Austin golfers take a look at it via a romantic lens. Anybody who considers themself a golf fanatic in Austin has in all probability performed a bunch there. It’s an actual staple, a ‘Preserve Austin Bizarre’ sort in fact. On the personal facet, Ben Crenshaw’s private course, Austin Golf Membership in Spicewood, is fairly superior, and I’m additionally keen on my membership, Spanish Oaks, only a bit exterior of city. And it’s loopy to have performed Austin Nation Membership 100 occasions after which see it on TV—that makes it far more enjoyable to look at. It’s such an excellent match-play course, with the shorter par 4s and some quirky holes.”
“You would blindly throw a dart at a map of Austin and discover a good Tex-Mex place the place you’ll depart comfortable. Most individuals don’t match Texas and sushi, however I like Uchiko on Lamar Boulevard—it’s completely lights-out. In the event you’re in search of one thing on a extra informal word, Ramen Tatsu-Ya can be incredible. Josephine Home is the informal sister restaurant subsequent door to Jeffrey’s, a well-known fine-dining spot, they usually each at all times do nice meals.”
Breaking a Sweat
“About 15 minutes from downtown is a wilderness protect referred to as Wild Basin. It’s a ravishing place to go for a hike. I used to coach by doing path runs there. There are nice views, and also you’ll run out and in of tree canopies and see the limestone rock that Austin is known for. If you wish to play tennis, Caswell Tennis Middle was my hang-out as a child—it’s the place I took my first actual lesson. Mother would drop me off at eight or 9, I’d attempt to hustle lunch within the morning, then eat it and play all afternoon.”
“Austin’s model of Central Park is City Lake [now officially Lady Bird Lake]. You’ll be able to go in 1,000,000 completely different instructions right here. There are loops inside loops for operating. You’ll be able to see the massive buildings on the town from one facet of the lake; on the opposite facet, you get Zilker Park, which has all the pieces from a Frisbee golf course to botanical gardens. That is the mecca when it comes to the place to spend the day in Austin.”
Taking in Tunes
“Except you’re going to see a particular act, the 2 major standbys for music are Antone’s and The Continental Membership. These are the old-school locations, the place you are feeling such as you’re strolling into historical past. It’s that entire ‘If these partitions might speak’ sort of factor.”