A brief Introduction to Golf Courses in South Texas

You might think of Texas as the land of cowboys, rodeos, chili, and country music, but the Lone Star State also offers a wide range of more sophisticated sporting activities for the visitor who wants to experience the great outdoors.  South Texas, a region that begins at, and includes, the city of San Antonia in the west and stretches to the Gulf of Mexico in the east and the Rio Grande in the south, has, for instance, a surprising number of golf courses, ranging from links style courses like you might find in England and Scotland, to tropical looking courses with water hazards that evoke images of Florida.

South Texas courses include public courses (9- and 18-hole), luxurious golf resorts and spas, semi-private courses that accept non-member walk-on golfers, and private country clubs.  Following is a sample of some of the courses available to the traveling golfer.

San Antonio

La Cantera Resort:  A public resort course, located near San Antonia, La Cantera Resort has two courses, the Resort Course and the Palmer Course, both open to daily fee players, and they don’t require players to be guests of the resort.  Surrounded by rolling hills with beautiful views of San Antonio, this is one of the most scenic inland courses.

Olympia Hills:  Olympia Hills is a public golf course owned and operated by Universal City, north of San Antonio.   The greens fees here make this one of the most affordable golf courses in Texas.

Comanche Trail Municipal Golf Course:  Tucked into the hills near Big Spring, Texas, Comanche Trail Golf Course is a rolling hills golf course that features a 6,576 yard hole, one of the longest for a par 72 course.  A popular course, players are advised to schedule tee times five days in advance.

Victoria

Colony Creek Resort:  Victoria, Texas is just south of Houston, at the northern end of the area known as the Rio Grande Valley.  Colony Creek Resort, a semi-private course with tree-lined, but tight fairways.  It is not a particularly challenging course at first glance, with huge greens and all hazards and the layout visible from the tee, but, it can fool the unwary player with severe slopes and undulations on some greens, and residences on both sides of some fairways.

Corpus Christi

Newport Dunes:  Located in Port Aransas, not far from Corpus Christi, Newport Dunes is a links course that opened in 2008 in a planned resort community that is situated in an area that is famous for fishing, bird watching, dining out and wild nightlife.  Carved into the sand dunes along the Gulf of Mexico, it is the first Arnold Palmer ocean side design course in North America, and the only ocean side golf course in Texas.

South Padre Island

Long Island Village:  Just about as far south as you can go before crossing into Mexico, Long Island Village is a gated community located near South Padre Island.  A full service community, rentals are available, both long and short term, which gives the visitor access to the golf course.  While the course is not all that challenging, the views of the Gulf and the Intercoastal Waterway, along with the boating and fishing opportunities, make this a great destination for winter travelers who want to get away from the cold.