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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.

    Located just 15 minutes northeast of downtown Austin, ShadowGlen Golf Course is considered by locals to be one of the area's hidden gems. At 7,174 yards from the back tees, it is a long, tough course that will test even the most seasoned players. Some consider it to be the most difficult public golf course in Texas.
    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.
    The 18-hole Wolfdancer Golf Club in Lost Pines, TX is a public golf course that opened in 2006. Designed by Arthur Hills and Steve Forrest & Associates, Wolfdancer Golf Club measures 7205 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 137 and a 76 USGA rating.
  • 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.

    The 18-hole West Fork Golf & Country Club in Conroe, TX is a public golf course that opened in 2004. West Fork Golf & Country Club measures 6908 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 135 and a 73.4 USGA rating. The course features 4 sets of tees for different skill levels.
    The 18-hole Tournament Course at Golf Club of Houston in Humble, TX is a public golf course that opened in 2005. Designed by Rees Jones, Tournament Course at Golf Club of Houston measures 7342 yards from the longest tees. Greens and fairways are bermuda grass.
    The 18-hole Biloxi/Charleston at River Plantation Country Club in Conroe, TX is a private golf course that opened in 1968. Designed by Jay Riviere, Biloxi/Charleston at River Plantation Country Club measures 6515 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 121 and a 70.
  • 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.
    Northern Hills opened in 1969 with a Joe Behlau design that plays to a par-71, 6,536-yards from the tips, featuring small, multi-level greens and tree-lined fairways. Behlau didn't have much room to work with on this centrally located facility, so you'll notice that the front side rolls to the right, while the back nine works back to the opposite direction.
    The Lakes features two memorable back-to-back par 4s. No. 5 plays 371 yards through a chute of trees off the tee down to a fairway at least 40 feet below, with Frederick Creek looming left.
  • 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.

    Utopia Golf Course is tucked away in the scenic Sabinal Canyon. It is a popular nine-hole course in an idyllic location that served as the inspiration for a book, which then became the movie "Seven Days in Utopia," starring Robert Duvall.
    The Canyon Course is the original layout at Meadowbrook G.C., with wide-open fairways and hardly any hazards. Designed more for the average golfer, the Canyon features less water than the Creek Course, but more bunkers.
    Santa Fe Golf Course is a city-owned track set along the Concho River in downtown San Angelo. It's the perfect place to work in a leisurely round in a short amount of time and practice your game.
  • 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.

    The Fred Couples Signature course is the centerpiece of the Bridges at Preston Crossing. The golf course sprawls across rolling hills that most don't associate with north Texas. Mature trees dot the lush meadows, sliced with ribbons of tall native grasses. The parkland layout has a fair amount of challenges and it is especially tough on a windy day.
    Sugar Tree is a course easy to fall in love with because of its unique character and small-town charm. Every hole is memorable, with magnificent old oak trees, 55 bunkers in play, water in play on most of the holes, lots of interesting blind golf shots, and quality, average-size greens that putt true.
    Designed by PGA Pro and fomer Texas Longhorn Mark Brooks, Southern Oaks is a very tough test of golf. Tipping out at over 7,300 yards to a par 71, it has lightning-fast greens highlighted by very extreme undulations. And while multiple tees offer shorter distances, average golfers will still struggle to have decent rounds on Brooks’ first design.