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 $14
Utopia Golf Course Utopia $10
Butterfield Trail Golf Club El Paso $35 - $65
East/North at Painted Dunes Desert Golf Club El Paso $21 - $37
Iraan Golf Club
Tee Times
Iraan $5
Tangle Oaks Golf Club Hawley $17 - $26
East/West at Painted Dunes Desert Golf Club El Paso $21 - $37
Brady Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Brady $12
Sammy Baugh at Western Texas College Golf Course Snyder $10
The Rawls Course at Texas Tech
Tee Times
Lubbock $27
Canyon at Meadowbrook Golf Course
Tee Times
Lubbock $13
Horizon Golf Club
Tee Times
Horizon City $12
North/West at Painted Dunes Desert Golf Club El Paso $21 - $37
Creek at Meadowbrook Golf Course
Tee Times
Lubbock $12
Club Course at Abilene Country Club Abilene $50
Regulation Course at Sunset Country Club Odessa $17 - $22
The Club At Comanche Trace Kerrville $77
Sundown Municipal Golf Course Sundown $16 - $18
San Angelo Country Club San Angelo $45
Comanche Trail Golf Course Big Spring $18
Reese Golf Center Lubbock $24.55 - $32.00
Fairway Course at Abilene Country Club Abilene $50
Anson Golf Club Anson $10
Lake Creek Golf Course Munday $12
Ozona Country Club Ozona $15
Andrews County Golf Course Andrews $15 - $23
Par-3 Course at Sunset Country Club Odessa $8 - $11
Nueva Vista Golf Club Midland $21 - $40
Big Lake Country Club Big Lake $25
Desert Pines Golf Course Fort Stockton $40
Sonora Golf Club Sonora $20
Diamondback Golf Club Abilene $28 - $39
El Paso Country Club El Paso $125
San Felipe Country Club Del Rio $24
Sunset Course at Underwood Golf Complex El Paso $13 - $25
Permian Basin Golf & RV Resort Stanton N/A
Vista Hills Country Club El Paso $20 - $30
Rocksprings Country Club Rocksprings N/A
Santa Fe Park Golf Course San Angelo $8
Spur Golf Course Spur $5
Concho Springs Golf Course Eden $12.50
Lorenzo Country Club Lorenzo $15
Lake Sweetwater Municipal Golf Course Sweetwater $10 - $16
Hillcrest Country Club Lubbock $35
Sunrise Course at Underwood Golf Complex El Paso $13 - $25
Mesquite Grove Golf Course Dyess AFB $20
Salt Fork River Golf Course Seymour $20
Albany Golf Club Albany $10
Riverside Hills Golf Club San Angelo $26.50
Shadow Hills Golf Course Lubbock $33
Ward County Golf Course Monahans $20
T-Bar Country Club Tahoka $12
Scott Schreinder Municipal Golf Course Kerrville $29
Lamesa Country Club Lamesa $21
Chaparral Ridge Golf Course Lubbock $9 - $12
Kent County Golf Course Jayton $20
Coronado Country Club El Paso $55
North/East at Green Tree Country Club Midland $45 - $60
Rankin Country Club Rankin $5
Gaines County Golf Course Seminole $12 - $26
Lubbock Country Club Lubbock $133
Quail at Hogan Park Golf Course Midland $10.00 - $15.25
Riverhill Country Club Kerrville $65
Reeves County Golf Course Pecos $15.00
Lake Ridge Country Club Lubbock $26 - $50
Shady Oaks Golf Course Baird $28
Creeks Nine at The Club At Comanche Trace Kerrville $77
Big Spring Country Club Big Spring $25
Throckmorton Country Club Throckmorton $10
Quicksand Golf Course San Angelo $27 - $38
Comanche Creek Golf Course Mason $20
Links Course at Odessa Country Club Odessa $50
Roadrunner at Hogan Park Golf Course Midland $10.00 - $15.25
Hidden Springs Golf Course Harper $32
Tin Cup Country Club Merkel $20 - $27
Aspermont City Golf Course Aspermont $10
Menard Golf Club Menard $10
Yoakum County Golf Course Denver City $16
Haskell County Country Club Haskell $25
West/East at Green Tree Country Club Midland $45 - $60
Eldorado Golf Club Eldorado $5
Crane Country Club Crane $13
Ratliff Ranch Golf Links Odessa $19 - $23
Mountain View Valley Golf Course Van Horn $10
Old Course at Odessa Country Club Odessa $50
Lone Star Golf Club El Paso $16.50 - $24.50
Winkler County Golf Course Kermit $30
Midland Country Club Midland $62 - $105
Ascarate Municipal Golf Course - Delta Nine El Paso $11 - $17
Levelland Country Club Levelland $29
Winters Country Club Winters $21
Bronte Longhorn Golf Club Bronte $7
McCamey Country Club McCamey $10
Marfa Municipal Golf Course Marfa $6.38
Ranchland Hills Country Club Midland $35 - $40
Lamesa Municipal Golf Course Lamesa $20
Bentwood Country Club San Angelo $46
Leaning Pine Golf Course Laughlin AFB $25
Mountain Creek Golf Club Robert Lee $10
Hondo Golf Course Hondo $20
Stamford Golf & Country Club Stamford $15
Willow Creek Golf Center Abilene $9.50
Hamlin Golf Course Hamlin $10
Junction Golf Course Junction $10 - $15
Alpine Country Club Alpine $10 - $29
Ballinger Country Club Ballinger $15
Scurry County Golf Course Snyder $10 - $15
Knox City Country Club Knox City $15
Coleman Country Club Coleman $12
Wolf Creek Golf Links Colorado City $15 - $18
Maxwell Golf Course Abilene $28.50
Rotan Golf Club Rotan $5
Sweetwater Country Club Sweetwater $25
Ascarate Municipal Golf Course El Paso $9 - $28
North/West at Green Tree Country Club Midland $45 - $60
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