My buddies and I have been trying to plan our own "Ryder Cup" golf tournament for a while now and we did just that at Tapatio Springs on April 20th - 22nd. We were looking for an unlimited play golf resort within reasonable driving distance from Houston, College Station, and Dallas. Compared to resorts in Austin and Louisiana, the value of Tapatio Springs trumped every other place we looked at.
Check-in was very easy. My buddies arrived a few hours before me and they had no trouble getting into their rooms that were booked under my name. We also were able to switch a few rooms to stay next door to each other, therefore I have no complaints about the hotel staff. The rooms were spacious, clean, and walking distance to the clubhouse. The only complaint our group had was that the mattresses are way to firm.
Saturday and Sunday morning breakfast was provided in our golf package for the weekend. Pretty basic buffet, but I always appreciate simple and convenient. The clubhouse at the resort is pretty impressive. It houses a large restaurant, good size bar, outdoor bar/patio/fire pit area, private men's locker room, and the pro shop. The restaurant has great views of the golf course. We had both lunch and dinner there. Menu has a great selection and prices are extremely reasonable compared to other golf clubs I've been to. Our only complaint was that service was pretty slow, but when you only have 2 waitresses tending 15+ tables that's to be expected. I was there to relax and play golf all weekend, so I was in no rush.
Now for the golf course. The club has the original 18 holes (Lakes and Valley courses) plus an additional 9 hole course called "Ridge." We played the original 18 holes on Saturday and Sunday morning and played the Ridge twice (18 holes total) on Saturday afternoon. The courses are short in length, but the hazards and design really make you think. You'll be penalized for poor shots, but rewarded when you play smart shots. Playing the "Ridge" was a blast. Although the course was even shorter than the Lakes and Valley courses, the elevation changes and hole designs are unlike anything I've ever played. A 120 yard par 3 with an elevation drop of 75 feet is just exciting to play. The condition of all three courses was better than expected, especially given that this is South Texas. There were some burned spots on the fairways and greens, but nothing really to complain about. The greens rolled very slow in the morning due to the dew, but were extremely fast in the afternoon once they dried out. The golf course staff was very friendly and helpful. One of our cart's died on Saturday afternoon and they brought us a new one right away. I heard the girl in the pro shop was even keeping score on our little tournament, so they were fun to chat with after the rounds.
All in all, great resort, great value, great golf course, and we had a great time. We're already planning another trip for the fall.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Purchased in April 2011 by Country Music Legend George Strait and long time friend Tom Cusick, The Resort at Tapatio Springs has been completely renovated into the “Jewel of the Hill Country.” Located 30 minutes outside of San Antonio, Texas, the resort sits on 250 acres: 111 guest rooms (each over 400 sq. ft) including 6 suites and 2 luxury suites, 18-hole golf course, full service spa, 3 restaurants and over 15,000 sq. ft of banquet event space. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Resort At Tapatio Springs Hotel Boerne
- Tapatio Springs Hotel
- Tapatio Springs Resort