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The Golf Club of Texas

The Golf Club of Texas in SanAntonio bills itself as the “friendliest course in Texas” and after a recent round here, it’s a claim that’s all but impossible to dispute. From the minute you check in, the way a golfer is treated on the course and while using the facility’s cool amenities after the round sets this place apart – and earns it a spot in our hearts as well as on the list of “must plays” in South Texas. “Not only is our golf course one of the best in San Antonio, but our staff is amazing and their efforts to provide our guests the best experience possible allow the Golf Club of Texas to excel,” said Bo LeHew, the Golf Club of Texas’ Vice President of Operations. “We all take great pride in what we have here.” It’s not just that attitude that shines at the Golf Club of Texas – its golf course is also a showcase.The Golf Club of Texas, set in the southwest sector of the Alamo City off Highway 90, turns up the fun factor a notch or two with its Roy Bechtol-designed, links-style course that’s turfed throughout with dif- ferent strains of Zoysia grass. The Golf Club of Texas is located on a 1,900-acre site at the steps of the Hill Country and incorporates the rugged South Texas landscape where it meets a lush, sprawling flood plain. Four-holes wide in spots and fol- lowing a meandering creek, the course provides a core-golfing experience at its best. Indigenous plants are juxtaposed against surprisingly wide fairways and mostly large and challenging greens. “I love the way the course plays and the feeling that you are constantly sur- rounded by golf and nature,” LeHew said. “The course is challenging but also can play to a golfer’s strengths.There are places you can miss a shot or two, but the routing provides ways to get those shots back with good execution.” The Golf Club of Texas was originally designed by Bechtol, the Austin-based golf course architect and master planner, as a Lee Trevino-signature course and has always been a favorite haunt for golfers looking for a combination of playability and challenge. It opened in 1999 and in 2014 was renovated, reworked and re-routed, with the nines switched. “You stand on the deck of the clubhouse here and see nothing but golf across the wide plain to the south,” Bechtol said. “There’s the feeling here that golf was the most important aspect of the site.” It’s the only course in the United States whose putting surfaces are Zoysia, an experiment that was embraced eight years ago when the course was reno- vated. Zoysia, a versatile, drought-resistant and hearty turf, makes every lie in the fairway seem like it’s on a tee.The grass also repels pitch marks on putting surfaces while allowing the greens to remain receptive to approach shots. Golfers will also love the facility’s expanded practice area, which includes a dual-sided driving range and a private teaching area.Two lighted practice put- ting greens have also been fashioned in the shadow of the updated clubhouse, one with some challenging slopes that act as its own place for fun and competition. The circular outside bar, the Tin Cup, is adjacent to the clubhouse and driving range and is the perfect place to recap the day on the course, settle up bets and enjoy a few more minutes with friends, both those you knew before the round and those you’ve made during your stay.

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