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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

  • 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.

    This 6,949-yard Jay Riviere track now sports new Bermuda 419 fairways, Tifdwarf greens, and new trees to go along with the management's policy of offering customer service- oriented amenities to make this a first-class golf destination.
    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.
    Nestled along Lake Conroe in Montgomery, Texas, La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa is a self-contained retreat that offers outstanding golf, a variety of lake activities, and lodging in its 21-story hotel complex overlooking the lake. The Dave Marr-designed golf course at La Torretta plays around 7,100 yards from the back tees. Pines and oaks line the fairways and the bunker-laden track is spiced up with waterfalls, fountains, lakes, and even an island tee box.
  • 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.

    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.
    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.
    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.
  • 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.

    Laid out along the wind-swept shores of Lake Ray Hubbard, Rockwall Golf and Athletic Club was designed in the late 1970s by Ralph Plummer, who served up his typical 7,000-yard-plus layout. Plummer's design involves the lake on five holes, as well as water on another seven. With its lack of trees, the main challenges are the water and the wind off the lake.
    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.
    Long and susceptible to the wind, White Stone Golf Club rolls through an impressive Hill Country-like setting with huge oak trees, lots of rocks, and loads of native oaks, cacti, yucca, and wildflowers.
  • 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 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.
    Western Texas has been the municipal course of Snyder since the late 1970s. This 9-hole course, located on the grounds of Western Texas College, allows you to take full advantage of the West Texas winds, as most holes seem to play downwind.
    Former Haskell Country Club superintendent Mark Bailey and his wife Gayle first broke ground for this course northeast of Hawley on New Year’s Day, 1996. Two and half years later, the original nine holes opened. Construction on the next nine wrapped up in 2002, leaving 18 outstanding holes for the public.
  • 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.

    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.
    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.
    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.