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