San Antonio isn’t short of a golf course or two, that’s for sure. With some offering short, fun games and others offering the kind of challenge that would test the nerve of the most seasoned pro, there’s enough on offer to suit every skill set and age group. Whether you’re a novice or a scratch golfer, you’re guaranteed to find something to please on our round-up of the ten best San Antonio golf courses.
10. River Crossing Golf Club
Located just north of San Antonia is the excellent River Crossing Golf Club. The resort’s 18-hole championship golf course was recently voted “13th Best Course In The State” by Texas Golfer. Although beware- it’s also been voted “3rd toughest private courses in the area” by The San Antonio Business Journal, so be sure to bring all your precision and skills on the day.
9. Silverhorn Golf Club
If you want a challenge, then that’s exactly what you’ll find at Silverhorn Golf Club. Created by nationally recognized designer Randy Heckenkemper, the par 72 course’s strategic use of sand, water, and the undulating landscape makes for a true challenge. The signature par-5 6th hole and par-4 15th hole will test the skills of even the most seasoned pro; fortunately, those who want to get in some practice before taking on the challenge can avail of the excellent weekly clinic. Kids can also hone their skills thanks to the club’s excellent range of junior programs and camps.
8. Tapatio Springs Golf Resort
Given the abundant range of amenities at Tapatio Springs Golf Resort (including lodging, an insanely good clubhouse, a spa, dining and shopping facilities, and more besides), you might be inclined to think the golf course is more of an afterthought than anything else. You’d be wrong. Over the last couple of years, the resort has invested more than $2 million into improving the course, and the results speak for themselves. Bordered by mature oak trees and set in rolling hill country, the course (which was recently voted #1 “Most Improved Public Course In The Nation” by Golf Inc. Magazine) offers a challenging but playable game and some truly breathtaking views.
7. TPC San Antonia AT&T Canyons Course
As the former home to the PGA Tour Champions' San Antonio Championship, TPC San Antonia AT&T Canyons Course is one of the best-known courses in San Antonio’s canon - and for good reason. The Pete Dye-designed course is a masterpiece of design, strategy and breathtaking surrounds, offering a uniquely challenging experience for scratch golfers and newbies alike.
6. Canyon Springs Golf Club
Over 20 years after Golf Digest and Golf Magazine named the then newly opened course "America's Best New Public Golf Course", Canyon Springs continues to impress. Its expertly laid out, Thomas Walker designed championship golf course utilizes its stunning natural setting to full advantage, offering a challenging but never intimating game that’s suitable for all skill levels thanks to the four sets of tees on each hole. In addition to the excellent course, the club offers a full complement of amenities, including a practice facility, a Junior Golf Program for kids, and the option to take some lessons with a team of top PGA teaching professionals.
5. Brackenridge Park Golf Course
Located at the heart of the Alamo City Golf Trail, Brackenridge Park Golf Course is one of San Antonio’s most popular golf courses with tourists and locals alike. As well as offering a fun city-park layout, Brackenridge comes with a wealth of history: as well as being the original home of The First Texas Open (the 3rd oldest tournament on the PGA Tour), it’s now the site of the Texas Golf Hall of Fame, given visitors the rare chance to visit past masters and new champions at the clubhouse’s "Walk of Fame", the "Wall of Frames", and the Texas Tournament Trophy Room.
4. Cedar Creek Golf Course
Since it welcomed its first guests in 1989, Cedar Creek Golf Course has become one of San Antonia’s best-loved courses, as well as the home of The San Antonio Open. Described as “a beautiful hill country golf course”, its unique setting paves the way for some dramatic elevation changes and doglegs, although with each hole coming with four different tee boxes, it’s suitable for all skill levels.
3. The Quarry Golf Course
Created by internationally recognized golf course designer Keith Foster, The Quarry Golf Course is a fabulous combination of challenge and reward. With its unique setting, it offers golfers the chance to play 9 holes in a 100-year-old abandoned quarry (the other 9 being set on an equally stunning landscape of rolling hills and immaculate fairways). With 2 of its holes named "Escape from Alcatraz" and "Reload," the course is in no way a walk in the park (and definitely not one where you can afford to take your eye off the ball, no matter how gorgeous the views). That said, few come away from the experience without a huge sense of satisfaction- even if it does take a few drinks in the resort’s excellent restaurant to wind down.
2. Hyatt Hill Country Golf Club
The dramatic, championship-winning, 27 hole, Arthur Hills and Associates designed golf course at Hyatt Hill Country Golf Club is a little beauty. Set in 200 acres of wooded gorges, rolling meadows, and steep hillsides, it combines a challenging game with immense playability. For novices, there’s an additional 9-hole Family Express Golf course with tees placed at shorter distances: perfect for a fun round, regardless of skill level.
1. La Cantera Hill Country Resort
The shining jewel among San Antonio’s numerous golf destinations is unquestionably the sublime La Cantera Hill Country Resort. The 7,001-yard, par 72 world-class golf course is exquisitely challenging, with 75 white sand bunkers that will test the nerve of even the most experienced golfer. Fortunately, each hole has five sets of tees, making it an enjoyable experience for all skill levels. The stunning views over San Antonio and the scenic Texas Hill Country, meanwhile, are guaranteed crowd-pleasers, while the resorts Signature restaurant offers the ideal place to unwind with a drink and some truly delicious food after a day on the course.
Written by Allen Lee
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