San Antonio certainly has no shortage of golf courses. There’s something for everyone, with some offering short, exciting games and others offering the type of challenge that would put even the most seasoned pro to the test. Whether you’re a seasoned golfer or just starting, our list of the best San Antonio golf courses is sure to please.
The Golf Club of Texas
The Golf Club of Texas claims to be the state’s course. In 2015, this iconic track undertook a significant renovation. While they kept the original routing, every playing surface was resodded with Zoysia grass, which is the stuff of dreams.
Even though this layout is fairly open, grassy areas and native marshlands make it difficult to find your ball if you color outside the lines. While the golf course itself is a work of art, the amenities are second to none. This place does everything right, from the check-in experience to the post-round grub and brews to the practice facilities.
La Cantera Hill Country Resort
The sublime La Cantera Hill Country Resort is, without a doubt, the crowning jewel among San Antonio’s various golf destinations. The par 72, 7,001-yard world-class course is intricately challenging, with 75 white sand bunkers that will put even the most competent golfer to the test.
Fortunately, every hole has five sets of tees, making it a fun experience for golfers of all abilities. Meanwhile, the scenic Texas Hill Country and the breathtaking views of San Antonio are sure to please, and the resort’s signature restaurant is the ideal place to relax with a drink and some delicious food after one day on the course.
The Quarry Golf Course
The Quarry Golf Course, which dates back to 1908, has been carved from stone and tailings into a memorable golf experience in Texas. Formerly the “village” of Cementville, you could almost hear the dredges and picks common here many years ago.
This track, designed by Keith Foster and launched in 1993, features large greens and wide fairways. But don’t stray too far from its center. Mishits are waiting to be devoured by rocks and native grasses.
Make it a point to visit the Quarry on Thursday afternoons because of the Blast! Two-man teams fight in fun formats for the top gross prize for only $35 per player. Greens fees, range balls, cart, a free beer, KP and long drive prizes, chicken wings, and live music after the round are all included in the entry fee.
Hyatt Hill Country Golf Club
The championship-winning, dramatic 27-hole golf course designed by Arthur Hills and Associates at Hyatt Hill Country Golf Club is a little piece of heaven. It combines a challenging game with enormous playability and is set on 200 acres of rolling meadows, wooded gorges, and steep hillsides. There is also a 9-hole family express course with tees placed at shorter distances for beginners: ideal for a fun round regardless of skill level.
SilverHorn Golf Club
SilverHorn is a ritzy public golf course, but the price you pay makes it an excellent value for the experience you will receive. This Randy Heckenkemper style is a hill country gem and one of Golf Digest’s “Best Places to Play.” Well-placed bunkers and tree-lined fairways necessitate precision off the tee and into the green.
You will not forget the signature par-four 15th hole. As trouble lurks, the tee shot necessitates both accuracy and distance. The second one is a mid to long iron over two creeks to an elevated green. If you make par here, you’ll have a tale for years.
SilverHorn is a memorable round that is well worth the admission price.
Cedar Creek Golf Course
Cedar Creek Golf Course, which opened in 1989, has become one of San Antonia’s most popular courses and houses of The San Antonio Open. It’s been described as a gorgeous hill country golf course, with some dramatic doglegs and elevation changes, but with four different tee boxes on each hole, it’s suitable for all skill levels.
Canyon Springs Golf Club
Canyon Springs Golf Club was labeled “America’s Best New Public Golf Course” by Golf Magazine and Golf Digest when it first opened in 1998. The Thomas Walker design complements the natural hill country environment. Each hole stands on its own and offers a different experience.
When you play, you will not be alone on the course. The course can become congested not with other golfers but with plentiful whitetail deer and longhorn steers.
If you’re looking to hone your skills, Canyon Springs also has some of the best practice facilities in the area. If you’re in town, this is a must-see.
The Palmer Course at La Canterra
This is possibly the most beautiful course in the San Antonio area. This course is set in the classic hill country and features glistening waterfalls and dramatic elevation changes that may make it difficult to concentrate. Holes four and eighteen are particularly memorable and will test your ability to judge yardages precisely.
The bunker design is another distinguishing feature of this course. Recovery can be difficult due to deep bottoms and jagged edges.
Brackenridge Park Golf Course
Brackenridge Park Golf Course, located in the heart of the Alamo City Golf Trail, is among San Antonio’s most famous golf courses among locals and tourists alike. Brackenridge has a fun city-park layout and a lot of history.
Aside from being the original site of The First Texas Open, it is now the Texas Golf Hall of Fame, giving visitors the rare opportunity to visit new champions and past masters at the “Wall of Frames,” the clubhouse’s “Walk of Fame,” and the Texas Tournament Trophy Room.
TPC San Antonio AT&T Canyons Course
TPC San Antonio course, the former home of the PGA Tour Champions’ San Antonio Championship, is among the most well-known courses in San Antonio – and for a good reason. The Pete Dye-designed course is a work of art in terms of strategy, design, and breathtaking scenery, providing a uniquely difficult experience for beginners and scratch golfers.
Olympia Hills Golf Club
Olympia Hills Golf Club offers the best bang for your buck in San Antonio. You’d better be on your game from tee to green here, as elevation changes and narrow fairways make hitting full shots crucial. This is particularly true when the afternoon breezes pick up.
If you want to practice, use the 10,000-square-foot short game area and full-length driving range.