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The Alamo - San Antonio

Nine reasons for San Antonio golfers to be thankful

San Antonio golfers have plenty for which to be thankful this holiday season. And only a fraction of it involves golf. Yes, the Alamo City has burst on to the scene as a golf destination with the arrival of TPC San Antonio and other resort facilities. But the city offers so much more, including the famed River Walk, theme parks, the Spurs, Mexican food and great weather. And remember the Alamo.
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Evergreen Point Golf Course - 12th

Evergreen Point Golf Course in Baytown, Texas: An enjoyable golf battleground

Evergreen Point Golf Course, which sits some 30 minutes east of Houston, is basically an everyman's course. Conditions are always pretty good; it drains pretty well, especially considering the lack of altitude, and staff and owners are welcoming. If you're looking for a fair test at a fair price, you can't go wrong at Evergreen Point, Mike Bailey writes.
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Tour 18 Houston - Bridges

Take on Amen Corner and many more famous holes at Tour 18 Houston in Humble

Those who haven't had a chance to play very many famous courses around the U.S. will get a kick out of playing the selection of holes recreated at Tour 18 Houston, particularly on the front nine. For those not particularly out for a replica experience, the golf course still delivers a fun test in a quiet setting.
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Texas Golf Destinations

  • Austin

    Austin is known for its legendary music scene and beautiful Hill Country terrain and natural resources, like the Colorado River and the lakes that were spawned from it. The topography makes for a great golf canvas, and the city and surrounding area certainly have great places to play, whether it's resort golf, muni or quality daily-fee plays.

    Lions upstaged the prestigious sand-greened Austin Country Club when it opened with Bermuda greens in 1923, and has been Austin’s most beloved municipal ever since. Although no one knows for sure who officially designed this short, 6,000-yard classic, it appears that many members of Austin’s golf scene were involved, including Harvey and Tom Penick, and perhaps even the legendary John Bredemus.
    Falconhead Golf Club sits just west of Austin in the midst of the scenic Hill Country, tumbling across a rolling landscape covered with knobby cedars and towering oaks. The challenging layout was designed to PGA standards, making it one of the most popular public golf courses in the area.
    This is a 36-hole city-owned operation that features one of Austin’s newest and best muni track, the Roy Kizer Course, which complements the 1970s Jimmy Clay layout.
  • The Dallas Metroplex

    The Dallas Metroplex area has never had a problem with attractiveness. The Oil Boom brought great wealth here and Yankees by the multitudes continue to move to Texas to escape the cold winters of the North. The Dallas area is now an amalgamation of classic Texas scenery and attitude with lavish consumerism.

    Lost Creek Golf Club is located on the southwestern edge of Fort Worth and labels itself “the best golf value in Fort Worth.” The golf course, designed by Leon Howard in 1971, has changed ownership too many times to count and is now a public course. Howard’s design utilizes elevated tees and a tree-lined creek to add character to the course.
    Press Maxwell came along in 1952 to mold this 171-acre tract highlighted by ancient oaks and Five Mile Creek into the Golf Club of Dallas. Maxwell’s design features small greens and a few of the toughest holes in Dallas.
    Formerly known as Oakridge Country Club, Duck Creek Golf Course is a short target course that plays only around 6,500 yards from the tips (par 71) and around a very hacker-friendly 6,000 yards from the white tees.
  • San Antonio

    More than 26 million people visit San Antonio each year. And while most of them know that the Alamo City is indeed famous for its nickname mission that has inspired several movies, San Antonio offers so much more when it comes to tourism, not the least of which is its golf. With several first-rate golf resorts in and around the city, San Antonio just might be Texas' best golf destination, especially when you consider all the other things to do.

    Located inside the Rockin' J Ranch community deep in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, Vaaler Creek Golf Club is a Michael Lowry/J.R. Newman design that features breath-taking vistas of the rolling countryside and live oaks. Golfers who book tee times at Vaaler Creek G.C. can expect beautiful water features and expertly placed bunkers.
    Tapatio Springs has three different combinations of outstanding Hill Country golf. The design of all three tracks ingeniously incorporates the rugged Hill Country terrain. Giant oaks line the fairways and the fabled Frederick Creek runs throughout the design.
    The Golf Club is Lee Trevino's only Texas signature course, located in the historic Briggs Ranch and created to be friendly for the average golfer. This open course rolls through a nice Hill Country setting, is loaded with oaks, yuccas, and wildflowers, and features water on eleven holes.
  • Houston

    There's no denying the nation's fourth largest city has plenty to offer in terms of entertainment, restaurants and golf. In addition to three pro sports teams, thriving downtown theater and museum districts, loads of shopping and warm weather year-round, the Houston area boasts about 150 courses, the majority of which are public.

    Located just southeast of downtown Houston, Glenbrook Golf Course tumbles across dramatically rolling terrain. The course traverses a bayou, which adds scenery but makes it a tough layout to walk since you often have to cross long bridges.
    Houston National Golf Club, located in the northwestern part of the city, definitely follows the old adage that "everything is bigger in Texas." This whopping course stretches to 7,578 yards from the back tees. It is a lengthy golf course no doubt, but it doesn't just favor those who can hit long. The layout has a unique links design, so long hitters will be pleased but they will have to be careful of the numerous pot bunkers and other strategically placed hazards.
    The Carlton Gipson-redesigned Moody Gardens Golf Course is one of the most difficult tracks in Texas, universally considered one of the top five municipals in the state. The Gulf winds pound the course and water comes into play on every hole.
  • West Texas

    As the old saying goes, the harder you have to work for something, the more you appreciate it. This is applicable to West Texas' golf scene. Although miles outside of many of Texas' metropolitan areas, West Texas offers some incredibly attractive golf courses that many casual visitors may overlook.

    The Canyon Course is the original layout at Meadowbrook, with wide-open fairways and hardly any hazards. Designed more for the average golfer, Canyon features less water than the Creek Course, but more bunkers.
    Originally known as the Merkel Golf Club, Tin Cup Country Club offers a short 18-hole, par 70 track, that covers about 100 acres. Originally just a 9-hole course, the new nine opened in 1997.
    The 18-hole East/West at Painted Dunes Desert Golf Club in El Paso, TX is a public golf course that opened in 1991. Designed by Ken Dye, East/West at Painted Dunes Desert Golf Club measures 6925 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 134 and a 72.