Vaaler Creek Golf Club in Blanco is one of the Texas Hill Country's newest additions
BLANCO, Texas -- Located in the heart of the Hill Country between San Antonio and Austin is one of the state's newest courses, Vaaler Creek Golf Club.
Vaaler Creek opened its 18-hole course in its entirety in 2009 (the back nine opened in 2007) and is part of the 1,100-acre Rockin' J development, a few minutes from the town center of Blanco.
The golf course was designed by Mike Lowry and J.R. Newman and is named after local golfer and war veteran Jack Vaaler, who was friends with the owner of Rockin' J, Colonel Lee Roper. The course has four sets of tees playing as long as 6,864 yards.
The front and back nines, built two years apart, have a noticeable difference around the greens. On the front nine, putting surfaces generally have more slope and tiers to them, which affords some difficult pin positions if the greenskeeper is up for it. The back nine, while a little longer, has flatter greens and some opportunities for birdies on the short, par-5 16th or the split-fairway, par-5 10th hole.
Vaaler Creek has a dangerous finish, with two difficult, water-heavy par 4s. Afterwards, golfers can cool off with a cold beverage on a large, shady deck that sits beside the lake. Facilities also currently includes a driving range and short area with a practice bunker.
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