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“Bringing up the Rear”

Resort Course at La Cantera
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Owner description: The site of the PGA Tour's Texas Open.
Reviewed November 21, 2013

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.

1  Thank bobemac
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Reviewed November 14, 2013 via mobile

I had the opportunity to play the Resort Course and really enjoyed it. All the staff was as nice as they could be. The course was in fine condition with the greens rolling really fast. If you have the chance, don't pass it up. A delightful experience.

Thank LAHust
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Reviewed November 6, 2013

Just finished playing the Resort Course at La Cantera and the eight of us who played agreed it was one of the best days of golf we've ever experienced. As a group we have been playing top courses throughout the U.S., Canada and overseas for over thirty years so we've had some great experiences. Here are some of the reasons the day was so great even if the weather was a bit on the cool side (for San Antonio).

1. We booked through Golfpac so we got a great rate.
2. The location is easy to get to from downtown San Antonio.
3. The course is in a very picturesque location in the Texas hill country.
4. The resort architecture is very pleasing to the eye and does not overwhelm the surroundings.
5. The staff from arrival to departure were knowledgeable, friendly and there to serve without being obsequious.
6. The pro shop was well stocked with pictures of some of the great moments from the Texas Open just outside.
7. The course was almost deserted so we played at our own pace.
8. The course was in very good condition - perhaps this was because there had been rain and the long drought seems to be over.
9. The 1st hole, at over 600 yards is a real challenge, but if you par it, as some in the group did, it gets your game off to a great start.
10. There are no houses or other distractions, just nature and the resort.
11. Actually there is one good distraction - the really neat view of the Six Flags amusement park roller coaster from No. 7 tee.
12. Lots of wildlife and wildflowers. Saw a buck chasing two does and a flock of wild turkeys.
13. Great bar for apres golf drinks with a very witty bar lady
14. For filling out a survey you get a nice copper bag tag with your name engraved on it.

This was my first time playing a Morrish/Weiskopf designed course and first time at a Troon golf facility - it won't be the last.

Thank maritimeexplorer
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Reviewed March 18, 2013

My wife and I played the Resort Course at La Cantera many times over the past number of years and have always been impressed by the beauty and maintenance of the course. Just played the course for the first time in a while and the conditions were very disappointing. I know that the PGA moved its San Antonio event to the JW Marriott (I liked La Cantera's course better), but the Resort still has a thriving business and the course is part of Troon Golf, so I would expect it to maintain a semblance of what it has always been. Part of the poor conditions are likely to be blamed on the drought and water restrictions in the Texas Hill Country, but some of the disappointment related to course maintenance issues that appear to have lagged. It was a shame to see such a good course fall so far. Same is true for the adjoining Palmer Course.

Thank RRDN
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Reviewed March 15, 2013

This was my first time playing golf in Texas and I got a recommendation to plat the Resort course and was not disappointed. All thought it was March and they don’t over seed the fairways were in great shape and the greens were rolled and were fast and true. I will be back!

Thank Brian D
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