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

Course City Rates from
Course City Rates from
Club At Concan
Tee Times
Concan $18
Creek at Meadowbrook Golf Course
Tee Times
Lubbock $10
Nueva Vista Golf Club Midland $21 - $40
Tangle Oaks Golf Club Hawley $17 - $26
Sammy Baugh at Western Texas College Golf Course Snyder $10
Iraan Golf Club
Tee Times
Iraan $5
Canyon at Meadowbrook Golf Course
Tee Times
Lubbock $13
Butterfield Trail Golf Club El Paso $35 - $65
Brady Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Brady $10
East/North at Painted Dunes Desert Golf Club El Paso $21.50 - $41.00
Utopia Golf Course Utopia $10
The Rawls Course at Texas Tech
Tee Times
Lubbock $25
Horizon Golf Club
Tee Times
Horizon City $12
North/West at Painted Dunes Desert Golf Club El Paso $21.50 - $41.00
East/West at Painted Dunes Desert Golf Club El Paso $21.50 - $41.00
T-Bar Country Club Tahoka $12
Lorenzo Country Club Lorenzo $15
Ascarate Municipal Golf Course El Paso $9 - $28
Hondo Golf Course Hondo $20
Vista Hills Country Club El Paso $20 - $30
Sunset Course at Underwood Golf Complex El Paso $16 - $24
Rocksprings Country Club Rocksprings N/A
Eldorado Golf Club Eldorado $5
Lake Creek Golf Course Munday $12
The Club At Comanche Trace - The Valley Course Kerrville $77
Big Spring Country Club Big Spring $25
Lamesa Country Club Lamesa $21
Fairway Course at Abilene Country Club Abilene $50
Coleman Country Club Coleman $12
Leaning Pine Golf Course Laughlin AFB $25
Alpine Country Club Alpine $10 - $29
Rankin Country Club Rankin $5
Salt Fork River Golf Course Seymour $20
LakeRidge Country Club Lubbock $26 - $50
Ascarate Municipal Golf Course - Delta Nine El Paso $11 - $17
Hidden Springs Golf Course Harper $32
Andrews County Golf Course Andrews $15 - $23
Ratliff Ranch Golf Links Odessa $21 - $25
Coronado Country Club El Paso $55
Chaparral Ridge Golf Course Lubbock $9 - $12
Quicksand Golf Course San Angelo $32.00 - $39.99
Ozona Country Club Ozona $15
Ballinger Country Club Ballinger $15
Sweetwater Country Club Sweetwater $25
Marfa Municipal Golf Course Marfa $6.38
West/East at Green Tree Country Club Midland $45 - $60
Scott Schreinder Municipal Golf Course Kerrville $29
Shadow Hills Golf Course Lubbock $33
Midland Country Club Midland $62 - $105
Haskell County Country Club Haskell $25
Spur Golf Course Spur $5
Throckmorton Country Club Throckmorton $10
Mesquite Ranch Golf Club San Angelo $10.00 - $12.00
San Angelo Country Club San Angelo $45
Riverhill Country Club Kerrville $56 - $65
Winkler County Golf Course Kermit $30
Gaines County Golf Course Seminole $12 - $26
Knox City Country Club Knox City $15
Levelland Country Club Levelland $29
Hillcrest Country Club Lubbock $35
Bronte Longhorn Golf Club Bronte $7
Maxwell Golf Course Abilene $28.50
Lake Sweetwater Municipal Golf Course Sweetwater $10 - $16
Wolf Creek Golf Links Colorado City $15 - $18
Albany Golf Club Albany $10
Stamford Golf & Country Club Stamford $15
Winters Country Club Winters $21
Ward County Golf Course Monahans $20
Anson Golf Club Anson $10
Big Lake Country Club Big Lake $25
Diamondback Golf Club Abilene $28 - $39
Sonora Golf Club Sonora $20
Santa Fe Park Golf Course San Angelo $8
Roadrunner at Hogan Park Golf Course Midland $15.00 - $20.25
Junction Golf Course Junction $10 - $15
Comanche Creek Golf Course Mason $20
Yoakum County Golf Course Denver City $16
Ranchland Hills Country Club Midland $35 - $40
The Club At Comanche Trace - The Creeks Course Kerrville $77
Hamlin Golf Course Hamlin $10
Tin Cup Country Club Merkel $20 - $27
Shady Oaks Golf Course Baird $28
Lubbock Country Club Lubbock $133
El Paso Country Club El Paso $125
Aspermont City Golf Course Aspermont $10
Links Course at Odessa Country Club Odessa $50
Club Course at Abilene Country Club Abilene $50
McCamey Country Club McCamey $10
Regulation Course at Sunset Country Club Odessa $17 - $22
Rotan Golf Club Rotan $5
North/East at Green Tree Country Club Midland $45 - $60
Comanche Trail Golf Course Big Spring $18
Mountain View Valley Golf Course Van Horn $10
San Felipe Springs Golf Course Del Rio $10 - $30
Judy Course at Midland Country Club Midland N/A
North/West at Green Tree Country Club Midland $45 - $60
Quail at Hogan Park Golf Course Midland $15.00 - $20.25
Lamesa Municipal Golf Course Lamesa $20
The Club At Comanche Trace - The Hills Course Kerrville $77
Permian Basin Golf & RV Resort Stanton N/A
Scurry County Golf Course Snyder $10 - $15
Lone Star Golf Club El Paso $16.50 - $24.50
Sundown Municipal Golf Course Sundown $16 - $18
Reese Golf Center Lubbock $24.55 - $32.00
Mountain Creek Golf Club Robert Lee $10
Old Course at Odessa Country Club Odessa $50
Sunrise Course at Underwood Golf Complex El Paso $16 - $24
Willow Creek Golf Center Abilene $9.50
Menard Golf Club Menard $10
Par-3 Course at Sunset Country Club Odessa $8 - $11
Crane Country Club Crane $13
Kent County Golf Course Jayton $20
Desert Pines Golf Course Fort Stockton $40
Concho Springs Golf Course Eden $12.50
Reeves County Golf Course Pecos $15.00
Bentwood Country Club San Angelo $46
Mesquite Grove Golf Course Dyess AFB $20
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