Let’s Play Two!

“Let’s play two” is a phrase usually associated with double headers in baseball, but when you’re with friends and playing well, there are few things better than playing 36 holes.  San Antonio is a terrific golf vacation destination for those who want to go around again.  In addition to great food, unbelievable margaritas, and the world-famous Riverwalk, San Antonio is also home to some of the best golf courses in Texas.

 

There are few better places to play 36 than TPC San Antonio, which features the AT&T Oaks Course and the AT&T Canyons Course.  Greg Norman, with player consultant Sergio Garcia, designed the Oaks Course, which is the home of the PGA Tour Valero Texas Open.  Relatively flat with only 100 feet of fall from the highest point on the course to the lowest, the course has a traditional design with tree lined fairways.  The late, great Pete Dye designed the Canyons Course, which is a fantastic compliment to the Oaks Course.  The Canyons Course challenges golfers with dramatic elevation changes and was the host of the PGA Tour Champions San Antonio Championship from 2011 to 2015.

 

 

Another top Texas golf vacation spot for those looking to play 36 is La Cantera Resort & Spa.  The resort has two well renowned courses, the Resort course and the Palmer course.  The Resort Course at La Cantera hosted the PGA Tour Valero Texas Open for 15 years and was designed by Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish.  Six holes have amazing views of San Antonio and the surrounding hill country, including the par-4 7th that has an 80 foot drop from the tee box to the fairway.  The Palmer course is aptly named after its designer, Arnold Palmer.  The clubhouse is about 10 minutes from the rest of the resort and the course is immersed in its natural surroundings.  Majestic oaks line the fairways, and waterfalls, lakes, and white sand bunkers demand skill from tee to green on this picturesque course.

 

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Hill Country Golf Club at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa is a fun option to play 36 holes during your golf trip to San Antonio.  This 27-hole facility was designed by nationally acclaimed Arthur Hills and Associates on 200 acres of rolling meadows and lush hillsides.   Hill Country GC offers golfers 3 unique and balanced 9-hole loops, The Oaks, The Creeks, and The Lakes.  Each 9-hole course is par-36.

 

 

The Club at Sonterra just north of downtown San Antonio, is home to two 18-hole championship courses, each with their own unique settings and challenges.  The South Course, built in 1954, was designed by Press Maxwell.  It offers golfers a traditional layout with large oaks lining the fairways and Emerald Bermuda greens.  The club’s North Course rates as a Top 100 course in Texas per the Dallas Morning News and was built in 1985.  The course has notably few trees, but an abundance of fairway bunkers penalizes wayward shots off the tee.

 

 

About 30 to 45 minutes northwest of downtown San Antonio resides Fair Oaks Ranch Golf & Country Club, home to two Gary Player signature courses.  Gary Player and Denis Griffith designed the Blackjack Oak course while Player and Ron Kirby designed the Live Oak course.  Both courses run along hilly terrain and have large, undulating greens.  The tree lined fairways strategically narrow in the landing areas, rewarding good course management and club selection.

 

 

One more option to play two different courses while playing 36 holes in one day is pairing up Brackenridge Park Golf Course with The Quarry Golf Course.  Both courses are just outside of downtown San Antonio and only 10 minutes apart from each other, so playing both courses in one day is no problem.  Brackenridge Park is a historical gem and one of the few public A.W. Tillinghast designed courses in the country.  Home to the Texas Golf Hall of Fame, “Ol’ Brack” is a must play when you visit San Antonio.  World Traveler Magazine ranked The Quarry as the #7 Most Unique Golf Course in the U.S.  Designed by Keith Foster, the back nine sits in a 100-year-old quarry pit.  You’ll find yourself taking pictures throughout your round while enjoying a one-of-a-kind Texas golf experience.

 

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Your Best Golf Vacation

What makes for a great golf vacation? First and foremost, it’s the people. The guys and gals you’ve invited along on your trip, obviously, but also the people you’ll meet along the way. During a Texas golf vacation, you’re sure to get plenty of “howdy’s” from warm, smiling faces. Some genuine Texas hospitality will have you in a great frame of mind once you step into the first tee box!

When planning a golf weekend getaway or even a longer golf trip package, the quality of your accommodations can play a huge role in how much you enjoy yourself as well. Austin and San Antonio are home to some of the best hotels in the country, boasting fantastic properties like JW Marriott, Hotel Granduca, Hotel Van Zandt, Hotel Emma, and Hotel Contessa, just to name a few. Utilizing a golf concierge service like Texas Golf Trails will ensure you get the most out of your budget, and we’ll also take into account your desired nightlife scene and convenience to the courses you’re playing when putting together our custom Texas golf specials.

Speaking of nightlife, good food and drink is a staple for any vacation. Austin is home to world-famous BBQ joints like The Salt Lick and Franklin Barbecue. Get some Texas ranch eats and enjoy them outdoors at Contigo. Odd Duck, Fixe, Uchi, and a host of other first-class restaurants will delight those looking for an inspired dinner out. Looking for something unique and casual? Check out the food trucks that are scattered throughout town. In San Antonio, get the meat sweats at Cured in the restaurant-rich Pearl Brewery district. If you’re on the River Walk and looking for a 5-star meal, check out Biga on the Banks. If you’d like to experience some authentic Tex-Mex, San Antonio is the undisputed champion.

Last and certainly not least, you have to have great golf courses. Austin and San Antonio are home to 19 of the top 50 courses you can play in Texas (according to SportsDayDFW.com), and 5 of the Top 10. We’ll make sure you play the best during your Texas golf vacation, optimize your experience, and maximize your value!

Why use Texas Golf Trails?

If you’re interested in a golf buddy trip and want to learn about golfing in Texas, you’ve come to the right place. Once you arrive at TexasGolfTrails.com and fill out our Get A Quote form, that’s when you start to receive the value of our service.

 

We build custom golf vacation packages based on the info you provide. Nothing we offer is cookie-cutter. We choose the accommodations and golf courses that optimize your Texas golf vacation based on your budget and specific requests. That could include a golf resort package or a hotel and golf package or even just a golf package if you already have accommodations. It all depends on what YOU want!

 

If you’d like to stay at Barton Creek Resort, Horseshoe Bay Resort, La Cantera Resort, or one of the other fantastic golf resorts in San Antonio, BUT you want to play more than just the courses at that resort, we can make that happen for you. We’re headquartered in Austin, so you can rely on our local knowledge and be assured that we’re choosing the right courses for your Texas golf vacation and developing the best golf package for your money.

 

If nightlife is a key component of your Texas golf vacation, we can book you a hotel in downtown Austin or on the Riverwalk in San Antonio, and still get you on the best golf courses in Texas. We also ensure our Texas golf packages are convenient. We know you don’t want to spend half your day in a car, so we make sure the golf courses in your itinerary make sense with the accommodations in your package as well as any day-of-arrival and day-of-departure requests.

 

Bottom line, Texas Golf Trails is the surest way to the best Texas golf vacation to Austin or San Antonio.