We have been playing here since they built this course almost twenty years ago. When this tract was finished it was the only upscale golf in San Antonio except for the private venues. USAA owns this property and Troon golf manages the course. The PGA was induced to move the Texas Open here from the classic Tillinghast course at Oak Hills Country Club.
Many PGA pros disliked La Cantera because it was a very hilly and gimmicky. Over the years the leading money winners avoided La Cantera because of its quirky design and an excess of uphill and side hill fairways. Tiger Woods only played here once in his rookie year.
This Weiskopft-Moorish design is the least playable
resort course in San Antonio.
The golfer faces the #1 hole and #2 hardest handicap holes to start. Hole #1 is a monster 600 yard plus hole and #2 is a blind second shot to a small elevated green. This design is unbalanced with a lot of trick holes like #7, a short par 4, where the drive appropriately heads into the roller coaster at Six Flags Amusement Park.
Hole #8 and #16 are also two very short par 4's. Hole #9 and 10 can seem ridiculous because of the depth of the hill on the approach to the green. Hole #12 is the signature hole but it is completely changed now without a waterfall.
We arrived early for our prepaid tee time. There was a big rain/cold front forecast to move into the area within 2 hours. There were no golfers on the course at 8:45 am and the next group was scheduled to tee off at 10:30. I spoke with Laura, one of the pro shop managers, about teeing off earlier. Laura was very rude and uncooperative. She initially refused to allow us to tee off early. Then grudgingly agreed to permit us to tee off. This "attitude" was disappointing and surprising, when compared to that of the sibling Palmer Course operation.
There is a starter here named Bobby. He lacks courtesy and probably tries too hard to play policeman. He was acting like a bully until he found out that we were not tourists and have played here before. Contrast this guy with the starter Bob and Marshall Sullivan at the Palmer course.
Their GPS system here is a constant irritant. The computer generated chimes, video displays and warning voice are over the top. This is an intrusive monitor system that sounds like a nagging Big Brother. I suggest using your own GPS and disable their GPS. My Garmin was more accurate and quicker to respond.
This course is not in good shape. The tee boxes have just been rototilled, the fairways are cut uneven, and the greens are very thin and bumpy.
La Cantera Resort is much less of a golf course than the Palmer Course next door. When you add the attitude in the pro shop and on-course experience, this makes a very negative experience for the golfer.
Tourism accounts for at least seventy five per cent of their tee times and tourists can
play sporadically. This is not a good place for locals to play.
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