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Destination: 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 courses that many casual visitors may overlook.

A good example is Lajitas Resort and Golf Club. While not for everyone, Austin entrepreneur developer Steve Smith took a chance and it seems to have paid off. People call it the "Ultimate Hideout" and if you ever come to play golf at The Ambush at Lajitas you will know why. It's a place where Gen. John "Blackjack" Pershing commanded a U.S. Cavalry Post when Pancho Villa and his revolutionaries threatened settlers in far West Texas. Comanches camped out here, staging raids into Mexico along the Rio Grande River for horses and silver. It became part of the pony path named The Great Comanche War Trail.

There is a distinct vision of this place that comes into the mind's eye of any Yankee who has never visited Texas. He sees Lajitas' desert landscape surrounded by mountains and cowboys of the Old West chasing Comanches. He sees a dusty and hot barren land, dotted with cacti and agave, basically treeless and pure desolation. This vision makes for some great golf and excitement surrounding Lajitas.

Another example of West Texas golf is Painted Dunes, a true desert golf course. Certainly unique in the landscape of Texas golf, views of the Franklin Mountains highlight this challenging course in El Paso. Far away from the traditional parkland layouts of the early Texas inner cities, all you have to know is some geography to discover why this affordable, but upscale city municipal, is kin more to Arizona than to Dallas.

First of all, El Paso is closer to Phoenix than to Houston. It is also closer to four state capitals than it is to its own capital of Austin.

But don't think of this far West Texas city as a lonesome boondocks nowhere, either. As part of the greater Juarez, Mexico and Las Cruces, N.M. population center, it's the largest international metroplex in the world, with 2.3 million inhabitants.

Not to be forgotten in the complex world of Texas golf, West Texas and courses like Lajitas and Painted Dunes are a quiet version of everything Texas golf has come to represent.

West Texas Transportation

If West Texas is your destination, you'll have a short drive from whichever airport you arrive at. El Paso International Airport serves westernmost Texas and has American, American West, Continental, Delta and Southwestern flights daily from Atlanta, Los Angeles, Chicago, Salt Lake City, San Diego, Las Vegas, Phoenix and Texas' major metros. If you are headed to Abilene, Lubbock or Amarillo, you might have to fly into Dallas or San Antonio.

If you are driving to West Texas, you can take I-10 through the southwestern part of the state. Interstate 40 runs nearly parallel to I-10, but through Amarillo and the northern part of the state. From Amarillo, which is in the panhandle, you can take I-27 south to reach the other corners of West Texas.

West Texas FAQ

How do I get to west Texas?

If you are driving to West Texas, you can take I-10 through the southwestern part of the state. Interstate 40 runs nearly parallel to I-10, but through Amarillo and the northern part of the state. From Amarillo, which is in the panhandle, you can take I-27 south to reach the other corners of West Texas. More information can be found in our transportation section of the West Texas Destination Guide.

Is West Texas in the middle of no where?

Yes and no. While there's no Metroplex or Houston in west Texas, the epicenter of the region it's closer to four other state's capitals than its own, Austin. El Paso is closer to Phoenix than Houston, and the greater Juarez, Mexico area, which spills into Texas along with parts of New Mexico make up the greatest international metropolitan area in the world with over 2.3 million residents.

What's western Texas golf like?

The altitude in most of western Texas is between 3,000 and 4,500 feet, so you'll get a little extra (between eight and 12 percent) length on your shots. Western Texas golf is "off the beaten path" to its extreme, with upscale courses few and far between. The result is courses that are amazingly cheap, easy to get on, and the courses are usually in worse condition than average Texas courses, most with very few bunkers. It's a very unique experience.

Is there such thing as "upscale" in west Texas?

You won't pay for it, but the best play according to state rankings by Golf Digest is El Paso's Painted Dunes Golf Club, coming in at 14th according to the latest poll. But unlike the rest of the list, rounded out by pricy and private courses, visitors can play Painted Dunes for about $40 including cart.

So if "metropolis" is to scale in west Texas, where are the big cities?

In the northwestern-most corner of Texas, sometimes referred to as the Big Nothing, Lubbock and Amarillo are the only cities with a significant population. As for golf, there are 49 golf towns, 73 golf courses, and 945 golf holes, with over 90 percent of the facilities open for public play. Few towns have populations of over several thousand or anything beyond a single nine-hole golf course.

What is the weather like?

June is the hottest month of the year, at an average scorching 95 degree high. March through May and September and October are the most temperate times of year, at between 87 and 70 degrees. Winters get cool but west Texas is always accommodating to golf, with highs in the winter at 57 degrees.

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Horizon Golf Club
Tee Times
Horizon City $12
Desert Oaks Golf Course Laughlin AFB $25
Sammy Baugh at Western Texas College Golf Course
Tee Times
Snyder $10
Nueva Vista Golf Club
Tee Times
Midland $21 - $40
Lone Star Golf Club El Paso $16.50 - $24.50
Creek at Meadowbrook Golf Course
Tee Times
Lubbock $10
Lorenzo Country Club
Tee Times
Lorenzo $15
Scott Schreinder Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Kerrville $31 - $41
Regulation Course at Sunset Country Club
Tee Times
Odessa $17 - $22
Diamondback Golf Club
Tee Times
Abilene $28 - $39
The Rawls Course at Texas Tech
Tee Times
Lubbock $25
Canyon at Meadowbrook Golf Course
Tee Times
Lubbock $13
Utopia Golf Course Utopia $10
Yoakum County Golf Course Denver City $16
Roadrunner at Hogan Park Golf Course Midland $15.00 - $20.25
Ballinger Country Club Ballinger $15
Shady Oaks Golf Course Baird $28
Ozona Country Club Ozona $15
Big Spring Country Club Big Spring $25
Scurry County Golf Course Snyder $10 - $15
Concho Springs Golf Course Eden $12.50
Ratliff Ranch Golf Links Odessa $21 - $25
Haskell County Country Club Haskell $25
Santa Fe Park Golf Course San Angelo $8
Anson Golf Club Anson $10
Alpine Country Club Alpine $10 - $29
Ranchland Hills Country Club Midland $35 - $40
Lake Sweetwater Municipal Golf Course Sweetwater $10 - $16
McCamey Country Club McCamey $10
The Club At Comanche Trace - The Creeks Course Kerrville $77
Rotan Golf Club Rotan $5
Maxwell Golf Course Abilene $28.50
The Club At Comanche Trace - The Hills Course Kerrville $77
Levelland Country Club Levelland $29
Iraan Golf Club
Tee Times
Iraan $5
Albany Golf Club Albany $10
Sundown Municipal Golf Course Sundown $16 - $18
Shadow Hills Golf Course Lubbock $33
Rankin Country Club Rankin $5
Permian Basin Golf & RV Resort Stanton N/A
Mesquite Ranch Golf Club San Angelo $10.00 - $12.00
Brady Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Brady $10
Kent County Golf Course Jayton $20
Lamesa Municipal Golf Course Lamesa $20
Par-3 Course at Sunset Country Club Odessa $8 - $11
Comanche Trail Golf Course Big Spring $18
Eldorado Golf Club Eldorado $5
Salt Fork River Golf Course Seymour $20
Hamlin Golf Course Hamlin $10
Winkler County Golf Course Kermit $30
Tin Cup Country Club Merkel $20 - $27
Big Lake Country Club Big Lake $25
Sunset Course at Underwood Golf Complex El Paso $16 - $24
Old Course at Odessa Country Club Odessa $50
Ascarate Municipal Golf Course - Delta Nine El Paso $11 - $17
Fairway Course at Abilene Country Club Abilene $50
Tangle Oaks Golf Club Hawley $17 - $26
North/West at Green Tree Country Club Midland $45 - $60
Quicksand Golf Course San Angelo $32.00 - $39.99
Reese Golf Center Lubbock $24.55 - $32.00
Andrews County Golf Course Andrews $15 - $23
Bronte Longhorn Golf Club Bronte $7
Ascarate Municipal Golf Course El Paso $9 - $28
East/West at Painted Dunes Desert Golf Club El Paso $21.50 - $41.00
Lamesa Country Club Lamesa $21
Sunrise Course at Underwood Golf Complex El Paso $16 - $24
Spur Golf Course Spur $5
Junction Golf Course Junction $10 - $15
Desert Pines Golf Course Fort Stockton $40
Lubbock Country Club Lubbock $133
Vista Hills Country Club El Paso $20 - $30
El Paso Country Club El Paso $125
T-Bar Country Club Tahoka $12
San Felipe Springs Golf Course Del Rio $10 - $30
Marfa Municipal Golf Course Marfa $6.38
North/East at Green Tree Country Club Midland $45 - $60
Gaines County Golf Course Seminole $12 - $26
Sweetwater Country Club
Tee Times
Sweetwater $25
Bentwood Country Club San Angelo $46
Mountain View Valley Golf Course Van Horn $10
Crane Country Club Crane $13
Midland Country Club Midland $62 - $105
Sonora Golf Club Sonora $20
Ward County Golf Course Monahans $20
Mountain Creek Golf Club Robert Lee $10
Hondo Golf Course Hondo $20
LakeRidge Country Club Lubbock $26 - $50
North/West at Painted Dunes Desert Golf Club El Paso $21.50 - $41.00
Mesquite Grove Golf Course Dyess AFB $20
Reeves County Golf Course Pecos $15.00
Rocksprings Country Club Rocksprings N/A
East/North at Painted Dunes Desert Golf Club El Paso $21.50 - $41.00
The Club At Comanche Trace - The Valley Course Kerrville $77
Stamford Golf & Country Club Stamford $15
Menard Golf Club Menard $10
Judy Course at Midland Country Club Midland N/A
Winters Country Club Winters $21
Aspermont City Golf Course Aspermont $10
Coronado Country Club El Paso $55
Club Course at Abilene Country Club Abilene $50
Hillcrest Country Club Lubbock $35
Frio Valley Ranch
Tee Times
Concan $18
Riverhill Country Club Kerrville $56 - $65
Links Course at Odessa Country Club Odessa $50
Lake Creek Golf Course Munday $12
Quail at Hogan Park Golf Course Midland $15.00 - $20.25
West/East at Green Tree Country Club Midland $45 - $60
Willow Creek Golf Center Abilene $9.50
Throckmorton Country Club Throckmorton $10
Wolf Creek Golf Links Colorado City $15 - $18
Coleman Country Club Coleman $12
Comanche Creek Golf Course Mason $20
Knox City Country Club Knox City $15
San Angelo Country Club San Angelo $45
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