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Streamsong Resort is in the middle of nowhere. I didn’t know that was possible in Florida, but a flight into Tampa Bay and then an hour or so drive to the center of the state gets you there. The middle of nowhere. Swamp and sand. Dunes and gators. One windmill and three world-class tests of golf. The remoteness is actually a great thing because it separates you from everything else going on in your world. You stand on a tee box, look around and see golf. Only golf. If that’s your focus, Streamsong fits the bill.

I was there in mid-October for a golf trip with three of my best friends. I had seen all the pictures on instagram and read several articles, so I was really looking forward to seeing these courses in person.  I knew very little about the lodging or restaurant accommodations, however. I did not leave disappointed.

We flew into Florida from Fort Worth, Houston, Dallas, and Nashville and shared an Uber from the Tampa airport to the resort. The ride cost about $120 but the resort does offer a more expensive shuttle service option, which we utilized on our way back to the airport. Due to the remoteness of the resort, calling for an Uber is somewhat difficult for the return trip to Tampa.

Streamsong Black

We arrived on property with only minutes to spare for our 2 p.m. tee time on Streamsong Black so our Uber driver dropped us off at the clubhouse. The Streamsong property is essentially three buildings separated by swamp and dunes-land: the main lodge, the Red/Blue Course Clubhouse and the Black Course Clubhouse. A shuttle bus service runs regularly between the three, getting you where you need to go swiftly and easy.

The Black Course clubhouse is modern and predominately walled with large windows and metal posts, providing incredible views both inside and out. The building comes equipped with a nice sized pro shop, stocked mostly with gear with the Black Course logo. Bone Valley Tavern, the on-site restaurant, is a gastropub with plenty of TV screens for game watching. The bar is huge and well-stocked. The views of the course and sunset complete “BVT” as an ideal post-round dinner spot. And that is exactly what we did when we walked off the Black.

Black Course proshop

Black Course Clubhouse

Streamsong is primarily for walking golfers, but carts are available upon request. However, in order to get a cart, they require the use of a forecaddie as well. Cart rentals will run you $35 per man and a fore-caddie is $100 for the foursome. We decided to walk each round of our trip, but if I were to suggest the services of a fore-caddie or caddie for any round, it would be for Steamsong Black.

The rounds at Streamsong aren’t cheap by any standard, but the particular time of year can certainly make or break a budget weekend trip. In October, they weren’t overly crowded, either. We saw plenty of other golfers but didn’t spend much time waiting on shots. And, the pro shop staff was more than accommodating if we wanted to push back our tee times a bit. Honestly, everyone we met that worked at Streamsong was incredibly friendly and professional.

The Black is a par 73 design by Gil Hanse and the newest of the three resort courses, having only opened in 2017. Everything on this course is big. The fairways, the bunkers, the green complexes, the undulation–all big. I would say that the greens are tricked up, but I was told that the preferred language at the resort is to say that the Black greens “have character.” A caddie could do wonders for you and if you do decide to splurge for one, again, I’d do it here on Black.

The large features do present some breathtaking views. Golf here is beautiful.

Several holes require blind shots into those large greens, which can be frustrating if this is your first time playing the course. Blind shots into greens with character might turn good shots into bad ones once you walk up and see the end result. We only played this course one time, but I imagine a second loop around would’ve been a completely different experience.

The windmill, which is the course logo, can be seen from pretty much everywhere on the course. It’s a cool reminder that you’re at Streamsong playing one of the top courses in the nation. A welcomed reminder for me as I struggled most of the day to figure out exactly where I should be hitting my ball on this links-style track. The greens here run a little slow but that makes sense due to the severity of their slope. Any faster and they would be downright not fun. But that’s links golf.

The Black course is the longest of the three at Streamsong, playing 7,331 yards from the tips with more room to stretch it out if they wanted. Length is the obvious advantage here but course knowledge is perhaps even more important. If you can read these greens and find your two putts, you will have a tremendous leg up on your playing partners. With that said, the fairways are HUGE. Which is actually fun as hell. Grip it and rip it on every tee box.

The par-5 closing hole is absolutely fantastic. If you can find a way to play the Black in the afternoon, maybe for your discounted replay round of the day, the walk down the final fairway as the sun is dropping–magic. A good drive will leave you with a challenging but doable long iron or metal into this green under regulation. It’s a carry over water, which is rare on the Black, but the glass clubhouse serves as an inviting backdrop for the approach. Birdie 18 and then head to the tavern for a cold beer and to watch the sun go down. Ain’t nothing better.

View back down 18 fairway

A two-acre putting course called “The Gauntlet” surrounds the Black clubhouse, offering even more post round fun with a beer in hand. We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at the Bone Valley Tavern and the Thai chicken wings are no joke. One of the great things about Streamsong is that each clubhouse can serve as your all-day hangout spot for each round. If you are on the Black course in the afternoon, for instance, you can get there early to hit balls, have lunch (the lobster rolls from the snack stand on the course was incredible), play 18, get back for beers and the gauntlet, use the locker room to freshen up and then have dinner. No real need to head back to the hotel room if you don’t want to.

After dinner, we did finally make it to the main lodge for check-in. The resort hotel itself is quite large, with several restaurants on-site and a rooftop bar called Fragmentary Blue. We got into our rooms, showered and changed and then headed up for one final drink before bed. The bar was lively and they had a full array of top-shelf liquors. The rooftop patio offers great night time views of the neighboring pond, full of alligators, I’m sure.

Frag Blue Bar

Streamsong Red

Day two of our trip was a 36 hole doubleheader beginning with breakfast at P2O5, the lobby restaurant. They offer a solid breakfast buffet or full menu…much needed before a full day of walking close to 15 total miles. Then you hop on the shuttle and head for the Red/Blue Course shared clubhouse.

Hotel Restaurant in main Lobby. Solid breakfast.

Main Hotel/Lodge

The Red/Blue clubhouse is big, equipped with the main pro shop, locker room with day lockers and showers, and a surprisingly phenomenal steakhouse called Fifty-Nine. Same situation at this clubhouse, though. If you want to spend all day here away from the resort, you can easily do so. Showers on-site and all you’ve got to do is ask the pro shop for a key to a guest locker and they will hook you up.

Blue/Red Clubhouse

Blue/Red Proshop

The Red course is incredible. There’s no other way to say it. Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw delivered another home run here, and for a number of different reasons. First, it’s fair. The 2012-built course plays to 7,148 yards from the back tees with several of the tee boxes elevated, offering tremendous views. In fact, there aren’t many holes out there that play longer than the scorecard indicates. The Red does present a bit more trouble (water, tall grass, etc.) than the other two courses, but the fairways are wide enough to avoid the bad stuff on every hole without much stress.

The Red absolutely provides the best scenery on property. It weaves in and out with the Blue Course, as both tracks share property lines, but the Red’s use of dunes and marsh gives you some truly phenomenal Florida golf holes. By contrast, the Black feels more desolate. The fairways on Black are surrounded by natural waste bunkering rather than tall, lush grass that waves in the wind. For my eye, give me the Red course all day long.

Number 1 Tee on Red

Length just isn’t as important on the Red Course. Though Coore/Crenshaw don’t punish long hitters, there are several holes that reward the best decision off the tee instead of the longest drive. Accuracy and smarts are prioritized here. Like so many other of their designs, the fairway bunkers often can be found right in the landing zone of a good drive. Swing hard with the big stick and try to carry it or play it smart just short? Decisions like this make golf fun.

And the best part about those decisions is that you know what the choices are when you are standing on each tee. The designers laid it all there in front of you. No blind shots to tricky greens. No hidden bunkers behind dunes. It’s all in front of you. You see the options and you decided which route to take. Brilliant. Hitting the shot is another thing entirely, but Mr. Coore and Mr. Crenshaw didn’t hide anything from you here on the Red Course. Your first time around will be just as fun as your tenth. And I would absolutely love to play this course ten more times.

Some of the bunker complexes are ginormous. The kind of bunkers that make you say “wow, I hope I don’t hit it in there.” The land on which Streamsong is built provides some great soil and sand for these types of bunkers. But there were some green-side bunkers that were a little too “natural” for my group’s tastes, however. Weeds and pebbles present. And I get it…it’s a links course and manicured conditions just isn’t the name of the game here. Maybe I’m just soft. Still, I can’t say enough how much I enjoyed my overall experience on the Red.

Golf Digest’s most recent “Top 100 Greatest Public Courses in America” lists the Red Course at number 19. Comparatively, Streamsong Blue comes in at number 24 and the Black is ranked number 32. Not a bad little three-course weekend for you bucket-listers.

My new friend Carmen. First-class Marshall.

BBQ Stand at the Turn. Pit out back.

Blue Course 

The Blue Course is happy mix of both Red and Black, which is funny to say since it was also built in 2012. The fairways and greens aren’t quite as large as they are on the Black Course, but many of the greens are just as severe. Just a classic Tom Doak design, in fact. If you’ve played any of his other tracks, you know what I mean. His trademarks are unmistakable. Hidden pins tucked just over false fronts are a regular occurrence. A second shot course, for sure.

#1 Tee on Blue

The first tee of Blue sits on top of a massive sand dune, immediately giving you the best view you will have of the course all day. In front lays the inviting fairway, setting the table for what to expect the rest of the day. Tee shots are easy, but don’t miss on your approach. If you look behind and to each side, you can see several holes on both the Blue and Red Courses, including the signature par three 7th hole on Blue. Just phenomenal views. And the clubhouse sits comfortably nearby, wishing you good luck with sunny reflections off its dark tinted windows.

It’s clear that Doak wanted to set the tone with that first tee shot. Leave your bag at the bottom of the hill because its a no joke hike up to the tee. The view makes it worth it, but don’t be in a rush. I absolutely had to catch my breath a bit before hitting my drive.

Hidden Flag tucked behind fairway mound. Classic Doak.

The Momma Gator

The Blue is a par 72 that plays 7,176 yards from the tips. None of these Streamsong courses are necessarily short, but the links-style of play does allow for firm fairways and lots of roll. I didn’t hit many shots with my 56* loft at all. There just isn’t much need off of the tight lies. In fact, some of the groups best shots came from 7 iron bump and runs. I gotta admit, it is fun to watch one of those shots maneuver the contours of a big, Doak green and nestle in close to the hole.

The par three 7th is a special hole. By far the most memorable hole of the Blue Course, and probably the entire Streamsong property, it is a full carry over alligator-infested water to a green that is beautifully framed by dunes and bunkers. It could play as long as 203 yards, but the elevated tee shot provides some confidence. And the hole is just so much better from back there. To get to the green, you leave your bag at the bottom of the hill and cross a long bridge with only your putter (hopefully.) Once you’ve holed out, you walk back across and up to the next tee. The feeling on that green, isolated and surrounded by hills and water, was unlike anything else on site. Like I said, it’s a special hole.

Par-3 7th green. Signature hole on property.

Many of the holes on the Blue course don’t have as much tall grass and sandy dunes as the Red, giving it more of a similar feel to the Black. It’s true links-style golf and not nearly as strategic as the Coore/Crenshaw design. While I think the Red course makes you think more on your tee shots, the Blue allows you to swing a bit more freely. The strategy comes into play with your approaches into these greens and course knowledge could definitely benefit you in that regard.

The closing hole on Blue is a long and tough par four headed back to the clubhouse. Two dunes frame the fairway and gives the hole a much grander feeling than several of the previous holes. It’s probably the best finishing hole of the three courses and I would imagine Doak is proud of it.

We finished up our round and headed into the clubhouse for dinner at Fifty-Nine, which serves a beyond good steakhouse-style menu. Shared sides, three huge NY strips and one order of chicken was just what we needed. The showers and locker rooms on site were just enough to make us feel comfortable for dinner and the service was excellent. I wouldn’t miss a chance to eat at Fifty-Nine if you are planning your Streamsong visit.

Streamsong Overall

Streamsong needs to be on your list. It has a lot of the same qualities of Bandon Dunes, but it’s much easier to get to for many of us. The golf courses are unique enough from one another to present you with different challenges and feelings each round while still giving you that satisfaction of knowing you’re on a top track in the nation. The hotel and amenities are as good here as you’ll find at any similar type golf resort. Probably even better. The food is fantastic and the rooms were large and comfortable.

Poolside hitting mat to floating green.

There are tons of things to do outside of golf (that’s not my thing…sorry) as the resort also offers fishing, clay shooting, and archery. There is also a pretty amazing lakeside swimming pool, something I haven’t seen offered at the Bandons or Sand Valleys of the world. It’s clear that Streamsong is trying to separate themselves from other buddy trip golf destinations by offering things to do other than 36 holes each day. And I can respect that. But if golf is your only focus, Streamsong checks all those boxes as well.

 

I loved the Red Course. That was easily top of the rankings for me. The blind approaches to greens with character on the Black Course frustrated me, but looking back on my round, I have began to appreciate that uniqueness of the course more and more. I would rank it second and Blue would be third. I think Blue had some of the best individual golf holes of the trip (#7 & #18) but there were times in which I think the course dragged on a bit. Definite highs and lows on Blue. But the highs are really high.

What’s funny is that my buddies ranked them differently. And adamantly so. One in our group swears up and down that Black is the best course on site but it no doubt fits his game the best. We spoke to several other resort guests and they each had their own favorites as well. There is something for every golfer at Streamsong. It is absolutely worth the visit to middle-of-nowhere, Florida.

If you want help planning your next golf experience or just have any questions about some of mine, reach out to me on Twitter or Instagram and shoot me a message. I look forward to hearing from you!

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Johnny Newbern writes for GolfWRX from Fort Worth, Texas. His loving wife lets him play more golf than is reasonable and his son is almost old enough to ride in the cart with dad. He is a Scotty Cameron loyalist and a lover of links style courses. He believes Coore/Crenshaw can do no wrong, TMB irons are almost too hot and hole-in-ones are earned, not given. Johnny holds a degree in journalism from Southern Methodist University.

23 Comments

23 Comments

  1. Dale Winstead

    Oct 29, 2019 at 9:40 am

    My buddies and I went a couple of months ago. Completely agree with the golf experience–wonderful courses. Our experience with service at the resort was different, however. The people are nice, but the service management and systems are poor. As an example, it took us over an hour to get checked in at the lodge. I also agree with Pelling who said the caddies there are overpaid. They actually get indignant if you don’t tip them 100% on top of the fee.

    • Pelling

      Oct 29, 2019 at 11:48 am

      Dale-Many of the caddies are broken down horse players. This weekend will be especially bad due to The Breeder’s Cup. The loopers always have a hand out, and often can be heard chirping, “What, did I do something wrong?” after the player generously proffers a $20. I remember one caddy named Craig who sagely claimed a putt could break either way. A trained goat would be better company…

  2. Carlos F

    Oct 28, 2019 at 7:35 am

    Awesome write up and pictures. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Stacey Uchtman

    Oct 27, 2019 at 3:40 pm

    Great writeup

  4. Dave

    Oct 27, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    Looks amazing. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Josh

    Oct 27, 2019 at 1:12 pm

    Great article Johnny! Well written with good photos… it makes me want to go. I also really enjoyed your Whistling Straits/Sand Valley article. Both of these places are on my list. Aside from weather typically being better year round at Streamsong, for a buddies trip solely focused on fun golf, where would you rather go? Sand Valley or Streamsong?

    • Johnny Newbern

      Oct 27, 2019 at 2:43 pm

      @Josh Goodness that’s a tough question. If we are focusing my answer solely on golf, I would say head to Wisconsin and Sand Valley. You get a GREAT Coore Crenshaw course + one of my favorite courses of all time in David McLay Kidd’s Mammoth Dunes. Plus the sandbox par 3 course is amazing fun.

      That said, the food and accommodations are going to be better at Streamsong. And you get an extra course (for now) in Florida with three 18 hole tracks. You can’t go wrong with either choice.

      But if you can sprinkle in a stop at Kohler for Whistling or Black Wolf….well…it don’t get no better than that.

      • Josh

        Oct 27, 2019 at 3:30 pm

        Thanks for your feedback Johnny! Yah I’m sure it’s splitting hairs a little trying to compare the two. I truly appreciate your work in putting these articles together, I really felt like I got to live vicariously through your experiences a little bit.

        I’m likely a few years away from putting my buddies bucket list trip together, but your articles have given me something to look forward to. So again, thanks for the great work…keep it up! Can’t wait to see your next travel article. Maybe send your wife away on a girls weekend first though… 😉

        • Johnny Newbern

          Oct 27, 2019 at 3:56 pm

          @Josh HAHA She is coming with me on the next one! Scottsdale!!! I heard they have a spa there 😉

          Reach out when you put your trip together and I’ll see what I can do to help you out.

      • Pelling

        Oct 28, 2019 at 6:18 pm

        Both sites have terrible, overpaid caddies who could easily be replaced by goats.

  6. MT

    Oct 27, 2019 at 11:55 am

    Man Johnny, your on these bucket list trips like 3 times a year. I’m a bit Jealous..

    • Johnny Newbern

      Oct 27, 2019 at 1:02 pm

      Haha. I agree its crazy. Shoot me a message and let’s some something up. Come with me on the next one, pro.

  7. TO

    Oct 26, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    Kduooooooche, kduoooooooooooche, kduooooooooche….

  8. HiTrajLoSpin

    Oct 26, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    I’ve been to Streamsong twice; I think that you’ve captured the essence of the place well, although I wouldn’t rank the courses in the same order as you. Nevertheless, I would agree that golf junkies should have it on their to-play lists.

    P.S. I didn’t realize there is a shuttle service from the Tampa airport … good to know. I’ve also flown into Punta Gorda (near Naples) and taken a rental car to Streamsong.

    • Johnny Newbern

      Oct 27, 2019 at 2:45 pm

      Thanks so much for reading and for your kind comment. I loved my time at Streamsong and am already eager to get back. Meet me there and lets share some golf!

  9. Ronald Montesano

    Oct 26, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    Why rank the courses? What purpose does that serve, other than to predispose future visitors?

    • Johnny Newbern

      Oct 27, 2019 at 2:50 pm

      It’s entertaining, Ronald my friend! We loved talking about our favorite courses while on the trip. And it’s a question I often get when I return home. Life is fun! Ranking courses is fun too! And I hope you noticed that all of my playing partners had different rankings than me. Everyone is different.

  10. Matt Schulze

    Oct 26, 2019 at 1:10 pm

    Looks like a great place. Too bad none of our tourist dollars are going to the USA for the foreseeable future – I’d prefer to take my family somewhere with some semblance of firearms responsibility and leadership that can actually string a sentence together.

    • Phil

      Oct 26, 2019 at 2:31 pm

      You must be a blast at parties ????

      • John

        Oct 26, 2019 at 4:25 pm

        What the heck does your comment have to do with golf? I bet you never even GET INVITED TO PARTIES!!!

  11. Hey Donkey

    Oct 26, 2019 at 12:58 pm

    Kuch,
    Can you lend me a few bucks, so I can go play?

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Ari’s Course Reviews: Seminole Golf Club

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Like all of us, I am excited for the return of golf to TV on Sunday as DJ, Rory, Rickie, and Matt Wolff tee it up at Seminole for a charity match. Seminole is a very special place and one that most don’t get a chance to see, so it’s very exciting that they have opened their doors for this match and allowed the whole world to watch.

Seminole Golf Club opened in 1929 and was designed by Donald Ross. The course is consistently ranked as the best course in Florida and one of the best in the country. It is generally considered to be Ross’ best course along with Pinehurst No. 2.

The course is situated on a squarish 140-acre piece of land that sits in between Ocean Ave. on the west and the Atlantic Ocean on the east. There are two large north-south running dune ridges—a 40-foot dune to the west side of the property and a smaller dune on the east edge along the ocean—that define the property. Ross uses these dunes to great effect in shaping the holes. In fact, 13 of 18 holes are directly influenced by these dunes.

The lower elevation parts of the property are actually below sea level and feature a few drainage ponds and canals to shuttle water away from the turf. The routing is quite exceptional in its variety and uses every inch of this small property to its advantage. Each hole runs a slightly different direction which makes it difficult on this very windy site to always determine the exact direction of the wind.

A recent restoration by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw has returned the bunkering to its original Ross glory as well as opened up old sandy waste areas on the dunes that had been lost to time. The course was also worked on in the mid-late 1940s by Dick Wilson, who brought the course back after WW2. Despite being worked on by these other architects, Seminole is considered very true to its original Donald Ross design and one of the most authentic Ross courses left in the country.

The course is famously difficult despite its moderately short length, though new back tees now stretch it to over 7,300 yards. The main defense of the course is its small, contoured greens and its many bunkers, often deep and treacherous, especially around the greens. Ben Hogan famously used to practice here to get ready for The Masters. Similar to Augusta, this is largely a second-shot golf course where positioning on the greens relative to the hole location is key for success.

Like a lot of older, classic courses, and typical of Ross, it’s always best to be below the hole and anyone who finds themselves past the hole or especially over the green are in for a very tough next shot or lag putt. This is made more difficult by the firm and fast greens that are hard to hold on all but the best-struck shots. It has a reasonable mix of shot requirements into the greens with many requiring an aerial shot and a few holes where you can use the typically firm turf to run the ball up onto the green.

The course is a real treat to play, especially if you like windy, firm, and fast golf.

Official Seminole scorecard. The pros will play from championship tees beyond the gold.

Seminole Golf Club: Hole by hole

The 1st hole is a mid-length par 4 that starts down in the low area by the clubhouse and is a gentle handshake of a start. The fairway is flat with bunkers staggered on both sides and the green tilts away from the line of play with bunkers left and right but open in the front.

The 2nd is a longer par 4 that gives you your first introduction to the dune ridge to the west. A new back tee makes the carry over the water about 240 yards. The fairway is flanked by bunkers and the first sandy waste area up on the left. The real fun is at the green, which is set up into the dune ridge, is surrounded by bunkers and is extremely difficult.

The 3rd is a dogleg-right par 5 that’s reachable for long hitters. The tee sits up on the dune ridge and the tee shot drops down back to the flat part of the property. The tee shot is over the sandy waste area and a set of bunkers set into the fairway. The green is set back on top of the dune and slopes hard back to front. I once watched a player who has won multiple amateur major championships hit this green in two and then putt off the green into the front bunker.

The 4th is a par 4 that plays along the top of the dune ridge to a fairway that serpents through fairway bunkers and sandy waste area set on both sides. The green is slightly elevated and slopes off on all sides.

The 5th is the first par 3. It is typically a mid-iron to a small, rounded green that is completely surrounded by six deep bunkers. Always a tough target to hit and hold.

The 6th is a hole that was singled out by Hogan as one of his favorites. A shorter par 4 of a little under 400 yards, the fairway is squeezed between the out of bounds property line of trees on the right and a sandy waste area on the left and is flanked by bunkers on both sides. A line of three bunkers coming off the right side of the green cut into the middle of the fairway short of the green to about 75 yards. The slightly uphill, hourglass-shaped green tilts to the left and away from the line of play and is very hard to judge and hold.

6th hole. VERY difficult up and down from that bunker. Will do well just to hold the green from there.

The 7th plays from an elevated tee on the dune ridge down to a flatter fairway flanked by bunkers on both sides. There’s water fronting the green which is also flanked on both sides by bunkers.

The 8th is a long par 3 that plays slightly uphill to a large green that is open in front allowing a run-up shot if hit towards the middle of the green. A longer shot to one of the bigger greens on the course. Four bunkers around the green catch any stray stray balls hit in their direction.

The 9th is a par 5 that is pretty straight playing along the boundary line of the property. There is a little water canal that creeps in on the left side and then pinches the fairway. There are bunkers on both sides staggered up the fairway from tee to green. The green itself is small, flanked by a single bunker on both sides, and extremely contoured, especially on the front—another hole where you can run the ball onto the green.

The 10th heads back away from the clubhouse and is back down on the lower, flatter land. A classic cape hole, there’s water left off the tee that also wraps around the front and left of the small, contoured green. It’s the third hole in a row where you can use the firm turf and contours to run the ball onto the green, though I doubt you will see anyone do that Sunday!

The 11th is a long, tough par 4. The tee shot is over a water hazard that also wraps around the right side of the fairway. The approach shot is uphill and partially blind to a narrow green surrounded by trouble. One of the harder holes on the course.

Heading up the hill towards the difficult 11th green.

The 12th is a very interesting, mid-length par 4. The tee shot is downhill off the dune ridge to a fairway with a little canal of water left and a couple of bunkers towards the end of the fairway to make the longer hitters think a bit. This green is just diabolical with a very narrow front section and six bunkers surrounding it. This is my personal favorite green on the course.

The diabolical 12th green. My favorite on the course.

The 13th is a fantastic par 3 that plays directly at the ocean. Another small target to hit especially with a lot of wind, the green tilts left to right and the green is surrounded by nine bunkers. The green sits on top of the eastern dune ridge and is set right at the edge of the beach. This is Seminole’s version of a reverse redan.

The reverse redan 13th. Hitting directly at the ocean and usually into a stiff breeze.

The 14th is the first of two par 5s in a row and is very reachable for the longer hitter. The fairway landing area is flanked by bunkers on both sides and there’s water left of the bunkers that rides the left side as well as another water hazard on the right near the landing area for many players layup shot. The green is small and surrounded by bunkers. It is set up back up on the dune ridge again.

The 15th is a hole that I really like. It is a mid-length par 5 with two different fairway options off the tee. The right fairway is more narrow, requires a longer carry over water and has a row of trees and bunkers on the left side. The water you have to carry off the tee also wraps around the right side of the fairway. Hitting it here makes the hole play shorter and provides a better, more open angle into the green for the player trying to reach in two. The left side is a much shorter carry over the water and has a little more room but provides a longer next shot with a worse angle. A very interesting and strategic hole that plays very different day to day based on different wind direction and intensity.

The 16th is mid-length, dogleg-right par 4 that plays to a fairway with a sharp right bend to it. The inside of the dogleg has five bunkers to catch the aggressive long hitter who takes the better line into the green. The green is again small and very hard to hold with 4 deep bunkers to penalize misses.

The approach shot into the 16th green. The first of a great stretch of 3 finishing holes.

The 17th is an all-world, short to mid-length par 3 where you are happy just to hit and hold the green. The tee is set next to the beach and offers one of the best views on the course. The green is extremely narrow and surrounded by seven deep bunkers that make par very difficult. The green is very hard to hold even with a short club in your hands. Par feels like an accomplishment on this one especially when the wind is up.

The 17th green. One of the hardest greens to hit in golf with a short to mid-iron in your hands.

The 18th tee also offers a great view of the ocean. The hole is a mid-length, dogleg-left par 4. The tee shot plays downhill to a fairway that slopes and bounces right and is once again flanked by bunkers on both sides. The approach shot is back uphill to a green sitting on the dune ridge that is surrounded by deep bunkers and generally slopes back to front and left to right. A great finishing hole.

A day playing golf at Seminole is not one to be missed. It’s one of the best golf experiences in the country and easily my favorite course in Florida. The facilities are top-notch and it has my favorite locker room in golf. The diagram of Claude Harmon’s course record round is one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen and it’s a testament to the course and its lasting challenge that his course record still stands.

I’ve been lucky enough to play the course a number of times over the years, and I can say that the work that Coore/Crenshaw and the club have done here is fantastic. The bunkers are much better than ever before and I absolutely love the look of the sandy waste areas that have been brought back as well as all the new, long views from up on the dune ridge where you can nearly see the whole course.

I am extremely excited to watch these four guys on Sunday take on this course in a way that most of us never could. I’m sure they will pull off some amazing shots and moments, but I’ll bet that Seminole proves once again it cannot simply be overpowered with length. Cheers to the club for opening their doors to all of us for this event, and let’s all enjoy golf being back on TV this Sunday!

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A typical day of Korean golf, Gangnam style

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I think every golfer dreams of being on a beautiful golf course on a warm Saturday morning, surrounded by good friends and playing well to boot.

Perhaps in reading this, you might think that the above isn’t all that much to ask for; but then again, depending on where you are, it can quite a challenge.

I started playing golf in Korea from the fall of 2000 when there were less than 240 courses here, most of them being private member clubs. Booking a tee time was very difficult unless you owned a membership at a course (often hundreds of thousands of dollars), and I often tagged along with those who had such privileges.

If you were out of luck in the affluent acquaintance department, then you had to try to reserve a tee time at least 3-4 weeks in advance. If you were in a bigger hurry, some services offered ‘scalped’ tee times for a fee. These companies would book the preferred tee times in advance, and then sell them to golfers who wished to play on a specific day and time at a premium.

With tee times being so hard to come by, your foursome had to be committed to playing on D-day, come hell or high water. Walk-ons have never been allowed on any course and is still not in practice today. But what if a fourth in your group happens to be a no-show? The remaining three had to foot the cost of the absent player, caddy fee and all.

There were just too many eager golfers willing to pay Pebble Beach-esque prices and not enough golf courses.

GOLF IN KOREA, 2020

Fortunately, the number of golf courses has more than doubled here since 2000, and is projected to grow to a maximum of 600 (18-hole) courses by end of 2025. The price, however, still remains quite high.

Over 60 percent of these courses are public and access to tee times golf courses are easier than ever before. Nowadays, we can open an app on our mobile device and can usually reserve a tee time 1~3 days in advance. Progress.

But still, playing a round of golf in Korea is a labor of love.

It requires a full day with careful planning, taking into account the main factors as follows:

  • Choosing a foursome – As most courses still will charge green fees for FOUR players regardless of how many shows, all players are expected to show up on the day. If one has a less than a favorable track record of backing out last minute, they can expect to be uninvited to future foursomes.
  • Choosing a golf course – There’s no guarantee that tee time is open at a course we want. More often than not, courses are fully booked from sun up to sundown, so it’s more of a compromise of choosing from what available that fits everyone’s schedule. The mobile apps to help book tee times usually lists all the available times and days to choose from.
  • Price and location – As a general rule, the closer the course is to a large metropolis, the higher the green fee. Thus, cost and logistics, as well as the prestige of the golf and country club, also comes into play when choosing where to play. For example, from the Gangnam area of Seoul, most courses within 30-minute drive distance tend to be more expensive (green fee of $150~200) or more exclusive, meaning tee times are harder to come by. More distant courses may cost less at $80~150 but can take well over an hour each way along with toll fees and extra traffic.

Most courses are carved on the sides of low mountains and hills, with plenty of out-of-bounds stakes along most holes. This puts a premium on hitting the ball especially straight in Korean courses.

The golf season in Korea typically runs from late March to early November. For those willing to brave the cold weather, however, they can play all year round if well-prepared (my typical winter round is described below).

Outdoor rounds also tend to drop off during late July and August when the heat and humidity can be excruciating but otherwise, almost all of the courses in the country do robust business.

In peak season, golf courses can book up to 70~80 foursome per day, meaning tee times can be mere 7~8 minutes apart. With so many golfers, it can be time-consuming to hit a provisional and look for lost balls (which can result in less revenue!).

To save time and maintain the pace of play, Korean courses encourage golfers to continue to the OB/Hazard tee, which is marked in the fairway about 230-250 yards from the tee box. The golfer plays their 3rd or 4th shot from here depending on the penalty incurred from the errant tee shot.

Holes tend to be far apart, and most courses require you to ride a 5-seater power cart with a caddy. A single caddy is mandatorily assigned to a foursome to help with the pace of play, and also help fetch clubs, clean your golf ball, and occasionally help line up your putts. The foursome typically splits the cost of the caddy fee (120,000 KRW or about $100US) after the round.

Power carts are driven by the caddy and only on the cart path. The carts are also automated and can be controlled by a remote.

The clubhouses at many courses are enormous five-star resort-like buildings with high ceilings and chandeliers. Expensive sculptures and artwork decorate the vast lobbies and dining halls, and receptionists wear tailored suits or uniforms. Locker rooms and bathing facilities are opulent and meticulously maintained, making it feel like you’re at a luxury hotel rather than a golf course.

I’ve often wondered why a clubhouse would need to look like the Waldorf Astoria, but I’ve been told it’s a status thing that lingers from the old days. In fact, in the early years, I was reprimanded at two different country clubs for changing into shorts after a round of golf and walking into the front lobby. I wasn’t invited back to either clubs since then.

But things are definitely changing. In recent years, more golf clubs are allowing (proper length) shorts during the extremely hot summer months, and a formal jacket is no longer required at country clubs, save the very few most exclusive ones.

An average round here can last about five hours. It can be frustrating to be stuck behind a slow group as passing the foursome ahead is not allowed. Add to it an average of two hours to get to and from the course, along with time to shower and bathe (a social must!).

If you are playing with friends or entertaining business guests, having dinner together at a nearby restaurant is almost a certainty. All-in-all, if you spent less than $250 and managed to get back home within nine hours of having left, you’ve had a very successful day of golf. Seriously.

Despite all the obstacles of time and expense to play this often frustrating game, it seems we can’t get enough. In 2016, a report showed that over 3.3 million rounds of golf were played throughout the land of the morning calm and more potential golfers are waiting in the wings.

Not only do we like to play golf, we also work quite hard at improving our game through lessons, tons of practice and simulation golf, and the search for the latest and greatest equipment. So why is golf thriving here more than elsewhere despite the higher cost and time-consumption?

From my own experience, I think it’s mostly about social status.

In a country where golf requires a disproportionately large investment of time and money to play, a single-digit handicap is a sure-tell sign that one has the necessary means and the time to indulge this difficult game. Of course, this is just my opinion, and I’m sure not everyone plays golf for the sake of vanity.

But whereas my 8.2 handicap is not much of a deal back in Canada, here I am treated like a rock star in most golf circles (oddly enough, I seem to gravitate to those groups that treat me as such). But that’s a story for another time.

Some par-3 holes have a “hole-in-one” insurance machine. For 10,000 krw ($8.50), the foursome is insured for 2 mil. Krw ($1,700) payout in case of an Ace!

A TYPICAL (WINTER) ROUND OF GOLF

PLANNING FOR G-DAY

7 days to G-Day – After talking about playing a round of golf for over a month, I and three friends finally get around to syncing our schedules to book a tee time a week out in late February at a country club one of us has been raving about. Once the decision has been made and course booking confirmed, trash talk over messenger ensues.

3 days to G-Day – There had been no snow on the ground to speak of all through 2019 and 2020 winter, and yet Korea is hit with the biggest snowstorm resulting in 20cm of snow 3 days before our round. Crap. The course we have originally booked has informed us that they do not foresee their course being open on the day. Panic ensues.

2 days to G-Day – After checking all other options and frantically cross-check messaging each other, we finally decide on Shilla Country Club for the same day since one of us is only able to play that day. The most important factor in choosing this particular course wasn’t the price, travel time or location, but their reputation for being open most days.

The day before – Upon calling the course, Shilla CC says they will be open for business tomorrow but we will be playing at our own risk, since not all snow has been cleared or melted. “Oh, and perhaps you’d like to bring some orange-colored balls.”

GOLF DAY

9:00 AM – One of my friends arrives at my house to carpool to the country club, located 40 miles away, for our tee time at 11:12 am. Our navigation system shows that it will take about 67 minutes by car.

10:30 AM – We arrive on course to change and meet the other two at the clubhouse restaurant for breakfast/lunch. A typical meal at this time of day is about 15 dollars.

11:15 AM – After being greeted by our caddie and rolling a few putts on the practice green, we head to the first tee. After a light group stretch routine led by the caddy, we are away. Luckily, my first shot finds the left fairway despite a low pulled hook. Another short iron to an uphill green, but manage to scramble for a par. Great start and the snow is only spotty at best. Life is good.

Korea courses typically use a hardier type of grass that turns yellow in winter. Sturdier roots make for smaller irregular divots.

1:40 PM – After the front nine, we are told there are four groups ahead of us waiting to tee off the back nine. It is common to have a break/wait time of anywhere between 10-30 minutes between nines. We head into the restaurant/resting area next to the practice green to grab a snack and wait to be called.

2:05 PM – Food items and drinks are quite pricey at most courses and it’s no exception here. After a light snack of fishcake and soup, we tee up on the back nine with renewed hope and trash talk.

4:45 PM – We walk up the 18th fairway chatting how lucky we were in deciding not to cancel today’s round. It turned out to be a gorgeous sunny day, not nearly as cold as we thought it would be. The snow had mostly melted and wasn’t an issue for the most part. Now if only our scores could’ve been better…

5:00 PM – After paying (divide the total fee of about $100 and any tip by four) and thanking the caddy, she checks our clubs and asks for our signature to show all of our clubs are accounted for. Then we all go to the parking lot to put our golf bags into our respective cars, before retiring to the locker room.

5:35 PM – We chat about the game and how we played while soaking in a hot pool. All bathing amenities and towels are provided at the club. After changing into fresh clothes we brought with us, we go to the front desk to settle our tab for the day. Most golf courses pay after the round is done, which includes green fee (super cheap off-season price at $50!), my share of the power cart fee ($22) and any food/snacks we’ve eaten ($20), and anything procured at the pro shop. I print out my scorecard at the digital Kiosk to rub it in their noses of others during dinner.

5:45 PM – After checking the road navigation app, we decide to eat dinner nearby to wait for the evening traffic to lessen back into Seoul. A quick search of nearby restaurants on the App leads to one with favorable reviews by many past golfers who have visited. We all share the address by messenger and head out in our cars to meet at the restaurant.

6:50 PM – After a mediocre dinner, the navigation app indicates 62 minutes back home. We part ways at the restaurant with good-natured ribbing suggestive of a bigger ass-kicking next time and drive back home, careful not to fall asleep.

8:00 PM – We arrive at my place and my friend thanks me for the ride. He has another 15 miles to drive across to the other end of Seoul. I don’t envy him.

8:15 PM – Carefully placing my clubs back in the house, I shed out of my clothes like a chameleon and retire to bed early with my phone. Lack of sleep the night before and spending over nine hours for golf takes its toll!

But tomorrow is another day, and I have to be prepared both mentally and physically to go through this wonderful process at any time. For who knows when the opportunity to play golf in Korea may present itself next?

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The TPC San Antonio Experience

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There are few places I enjoy playing golf more than the Texas Hill Country. It is just a gorgeous part of the country and the golf there feels different. More rustic, maybe. Limestone rocks along the walls of bunkers and live oak trees and prickly pear cactus lining the fairways. Whitetail deer rise with the sun to meet early morning tee timers. And the natural landscape of those Texas hills provide a beautiful opportunity for elevation change golf holes with scenic views. At TPC San Antonio, you get all of those things plus the thrill of playing a PGA tournament course.

TPC San Antonio is a part of the JW Marriott Resort property. There are two courses on site, the The Oaks and The Canyons. The Oaks Course is the host site of the Valero Texas Open each year on the PGA Tour. The Canyons course was the host venue for the AT&T Championship on the Champions Tour from 2011 to 2015. I was able to stay on property and play both courses.

The JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa

The JW Marriott is massive and honestly, quite luxurious. I was a bit surprised at the blend of class with Texas charm. I half expected a more western motif, but the hotel itself feels high-end. It sits on 600 acres of prototypical Hill Country terrain, giving most every room incredible vista views. The dominant feature of the property, however, is undoubtedly the nine-acre water park complete with a lazy river and dozens of slides. The pool stays heated during winter months, too, so it is always able to be enjoyed as long as you stay in the water. The weather was a bit too windy and cool for us to brave it.

I traveled to San Antonio with a big group for this trip. There were 8 adults in our posse plus three kiddos under three years old. I was interested to see how the resort would handle a party of our size, but everything went off without a hitch.

Our rooms were spacious and complete with a good-sized balcony overlooking the waterfall and pool area below. My wife was impressed with the size of the bathroom and kept saying how nice it was. Our particular room had a pretty great view of the Canyons Course, even though I didn’t know which course it was at the time. But you can see the rolling hills of the course perfectly and that gets you excited to get out on the course.

          

The main lobby is on the second floor of the hotel with a fantastic bar and hang out area down below on the ground floor. At check-in, the front desk gives you a coupon for two free drinks from the main lobby. Touch of class there. It was a great way to meet up with our friends and family after we all got situated in our rooms. Fireplaces make the area cozy and just outside the doors are more sitting areas with sounds from the nearby waterfall. Not a bad place to have a glass of wine.

We weren’t playing golf on our first day since that was our travel day. But we did get a chance to check out 18 Oaks, the resort’s steakhouse inside of the TPC Clubhouse. The dining room overlooks the 18th green of the Oaks Course, thus the name. And though the restaurant is upscale, they had absolutely zero problem with the kiddos joining us at the table for dinner. The resort is without a doubt geared towards the golfer, but family is not far behind on the priority list.

And the food was legit. You can expect high-end steakhouse prices but my T-bone (I ate the bone) was savory and worth the money. I knew this was going to be the best meal of the trip so I ponied up. Also, the goat cheese topped fried cauliflower was the crowd favorite side dish. Bellies full, we went to bed early and prepared for The Oaks course in the morning.

The Oaks Course

TPC San Antonio is young, relatively speaking. Opened in February of 2010, both courses are obviously a part of the Tournament Players Club network. The clubhouse is large and still feels new. TPC Members have their own wing of the building for locker rooms and a member’s grille. Additionally, members get a separate practice area of the driving range for personal use.

Both TPC San Antonio courses are semi-private, meaning the only way to get on to play is if you are a TPC Network Club Member or a guest of the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa. The simplest and best value way to get on is to book a stay and play package with the resort. I recommend picking out a weekend and then calling the resort to work out a deal. I found everyone at the resort to be incredibly friendly and eager to accommodate.

The pro shop is a big one, but like all TPC courses I have played, the same brands appear in stock and there are some glaring omissions. No Peter Millar, for example, but instead mostly athletic brands like Adidas, Puma, and Nike. I never expect much from TPC pro shops anyway as I know the logo is not one I will be wearing much of anyway. Lack of originality can ruin a logo.

 

The Oaks Course is a Greg Norman design with PGA Tour Player Consultant Sergio Garcia and it is no joke. The par-72 course can stretch to 7,435 yards and it winds through narrow corridors of the Cibolo Canyons, just north of San Antonio. From the tips, called the Tiburon tees, the course has a 145 slope and a 76.6 rating. Of course, it is much more manageable from one of the other six tee boxes, but The Oaks course is widely considered one of the toughest stops on tour.

This course offers challenges from tee to green, and I am not just saying that. Some courses are second shot courses with demanding approaches. Some courses require precision off the tee. Some courses throw challenging green complexes at you and call for delicate short-game play. The Oaks course is a balance of all three. Some fairways are large and inviting, but the green itself will punish a lack of focus. Some holes need an accurate drive off the tee to have any shot at par. It really is a tough course but I wouldn’t call it unfair at all. It just takes concentration all round. There aren’t any break holes out there.

The defining features, for me, were the bunker systems. HUGE bunkers on every hole, but especially around the greens. And they are devastatingly deep. They loom ruggedly on most every full shot and none should surprise you. If your ball finds its way into one, it’s not because you couldn’t see it. Let’s just hope you can get out.

The most memorable hole on the course is undoubtedly the par-3 16th. Water is present front left of the green, but it is really not in play. The hole plays 192 yards from the back and 163 from the traditional men’s tees, but aiming for the middle of the green isn’t an option. Waiting for your ball there is a bunker, smack dab in the center of the green, surrounded on all sides by undulating Champions Bermuda, funneling your ball around the sand trap.

The grandstands were already going up behind the green in preparation for the Texas Open coming up in April. It’s always a cool feeling playing a course with tournament stands around. The 1,002 room JW Marriott Hill Country Resort looms in the distance, welcoming you back home as your round comes to a close.

 

The course is in wonderful condition, which makes sense with the PGA Tour event less than a month away. But the greens were genuinely sensational. They held approaches really well and my putts weren’t bumpy at all. Not too fast or too slow, either. And while the natural undulations of the Hill Country can play tricks on the eyes, the reads weren’t unfair. I think they can be mastered but probably not in your first round. I am sure the assistance of a caddie would do wonders.

The 18th hole is a classic. Now that I have played a few of the TPC Network courses, I realize that a solid finishing hole is a priority for them. This one is an almost 600-yard par 5 with a meandering creek down the left side that crosses the fairway in front of the green. With the right wind, getting home in two is achievable for the pros, but that creek does give some hesitating thoughts. The clubhouse is elevated green side and left, offering views of the closing hole from the patio of 18 Oaks restaurant.

My wife and son were waiting for us on 18 green, which is becoming a bit of a tradition for these articles. He’s a sweet little boy who loves to putt with dad at the end of the round. I am excited for him to be able to play all 18 with me soon.

The Oaks Course was an absolute beast and a grind, but I loved the layout. It is not a course where you are going to score low without a perfect ballstriking day, but the scenery and conditions made it such a nice time. Still, I was more exhausted after that round than any I can remember. It’s not a bad course to walk at all, but you are just grinding mentally all day. Overall, I feel really happy having played it once but not sure that is a course I would want to play every day. It will be fun to watch the pros attack it in April now that I have played it myself.

After our round, it was definitely time for some food and drink. We needed a recharge and the ladies had already discovered the famous strawberry jalapeno margaritas from the resort restaurant Cibolo Moon.

We ended up eating dinner at High Velocity, a laid back grill and sports bar that is just off the lobby bar in the main hotel entrance. High Velocity is a relaxed environment with a great beer menu. The Golf Channel was on the big screen and mood was good. Honestly, a pretty great place to unwind after a round of golf to talk about the course.

The Canyons Course

The Canyons Course at TPC San Antonio shares the same clubhouse and practice facility as The Oaks, but the course runs along much closer to the resort hotel. And though they share the same property, the two courses couldn’t be much more different.

The Canyons, a Pete Dye design with influence from PGA Tour Consultant Bruce Lietzke, can be stretched out to 7,106 yards from the back tees but is a more manageable 6,142 yards from the tradition men’s tees. The par is 72. While Pete Dye is known for his ‘dyeabolical’ designs, this course plays much easier than the The Oaks. And in my opinion, it’s a much more fun course because of it. The course conditions aren’t quite on the same level, though.

The first hole is a straight away par 4 with an elevated tee and wide-open fairway. Swing away. But to the right of the teebox is a great view of a couple other holes, all below you in elevation with sneak peeks into the course that lays ahead. It’s an exciting glimpse into the literal rises and falls the course is going to provide. That is in absolute contrast to the Oaks Course. While the Hill Country surrounds on all sides, the Oaks Course only has about 100 total feet of elevation change all round. That is not the case here at The Canyons. Many more cliffs than valleys on this Dye design.

                

The bunkering on The Canyons, while still impressive, is much more shallow and manageable than the day before. Dye uses positioning, rather than size and depth, to bring strategy into play. And the classic coffin bunkers are still present, though a bit bigger than any others I have seen on his courses.

I enjoyed the Canyons’s par 3’s a bit more than those on The Oaks. The par-3 fourth hole plays only 162 yards, but water hugs the left side and creates a more-nervous-than-you-should-be swing. Miss slightly left and you’ll be wet but plenty of room right. Be careful though, as the entire green slants towards the water and it isn’t hard to chip one completely across. The whole was a nice surprise after the first three holes, which were more traditional in design. We found out the hard way.

 

The par 4 ninth hole is wonderfully design. A bunker hugs the left side with a subtle hat tip to more famous church pew bunkering. The hole bends right to left around that bunker and then steep downhill towards the narrow green, 348 yards away. The perfect drive with a right to left ball flight can be propelled down that hill and get you much closer to the green than you’d expect.

And then of course, the Canyons closes with perhaps the best hole on property, the 441 yard par four 18th. A slight bend around famous Pete Dye bunkers, the hole feeds you back towards the resort. And the slope of the fairway feeds your ball down to those bunkers, if not through them to the native Texas grass and brush down below. The Live Oak trees don’t come into play near as often on this course, which definitely gives it a more ‘swing away’ feeling on most every hole.

I thoroughly enjoyed my round at The Canyons course, but if you are making the trip to TPC San Antonio, you should without a doubt play both courses on property. Each one offers different challenges and rewards. If you want to play where the pros play, test your game and enjoy world-class course conditions, you’ve got that at The Oaks. If you want a course with phenomenal views where you can enjoy swinging hard and having fun from tee to green, that is The Canyons. Play them both and get the best of both worlds.

The City of San Antonio 

We spent one extra night in downtown San Antonio, just so we could show the kiddos the famous River Walk and the Alamo. Don’t sleep on this city. It really is a fun weekend destination for you and the family to accompany your golf fix. And of course, Sea World is always a huge hit with the little ones. All and all, I would say this was a great trip for the whole family. The JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort is an awesome place to stay. They were more than accommodating to us with the kids and the food options were wonderful. The golf was a great sampling of Texas Hill Country golf. And the City of San Antonio is a uniquely cool place to visit.

If you want help planning your next golf experience or just have any questions about some of mine, reach out to me on Twitter or Instagram and shoot me a message. And definitely check out my other golf experience articles. I look forward to hearing from you!

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