Destination Guide

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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Courses

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