Nice try at restoration
Having played both the current and previous course, while I liked the renovation of the greens for the front side I have to say I was not impressed with the restoration effort on the back side. Due to lack of space caused by Hwy 281, some of the original design holes are far too short and appear gimmicky. Also, the normal price for the course is too much for what you get. While I am glad I got to play the restored course for a decent price, due to GolfNow, I cannot say that I will play the course again.
April 5, 2013
Difficult - But Beautiful!
Well maintained for an old course. Plenty of trees to keep things interesting, and don't forget your beach ball and suntan lotion. You are going to spend some time on the beach. There is sand everywhere!
April 1, 2013
Well maintained public course
This is the first time I played the course and was pleasantly surprised. The course is well maintained and the greens will actually hold a shot real well. The course is short, but challenging. Shot placement is very important. I rarely used my driver. They honor both active duty and retired military with a discount. They have a players club card you can buy that gives you great discounts and 6 FREE rounds of golf. I look forward to playing again.
March 22, 2013
After reading the course review in golf digest a few months ago I was really looking forward to playing "the old brack". What a disappointment! Fairways were barren, greens were slow and full of unprepared pitch marks. Wanted to play the back tees but they were up with the whites. The track is a classic and whoever is running this place is slapping it's heritage in the face with its upkeep.
March 21, 2013
I played this course, because of the history.
I had a 1330hr tee time. We was greeted by the starter and he was super friendly. This is a great course for beginners, but enough challenging holes for a experience golfer to enjoy. I played the course with my son and he enjoyed the layout. I would recommend this course to family and friends. The course staff was really friendly and nice.
March 17, 2013
Spring Break get away
My wife and I played the course while on a quick get away for Spring Break. We chose the course because of it's history and location near downtown. The course is just beginning to come alive with the signs of Spring and was in great condition. The fairways and bunkers are well maintained as were the the greens that rolled true, the course was very playable and I'm certain a real beauty once in full bloom. At many points on the course the downtown skyline is visible, making this the perfect place to play just a 5 minute drive fromt he Riverwalk district. We look forward to playing on future trips. We were pair with a local twosome who were very friendly and offer dining tips from a locals point of view. We took them up on their recommendations and had lunch at Mexican Manhattan, very nice more authentic meal, and breakfast the next morning at Lulu's Bakery & Cafe...chicken fried steak was very good as was the 3 lb cinnamon roll we brought home for the kids.. We reccommend the course and the dining!
March 13, 2013
nice course with great maintenance
The course is very good condition now, green is so great and challenging too, I n my friend will be back again
February 14, 2013
great course at a great price
Had a great time, no issues, everything was smooth.
February 5, 2013
This course is interesting
The course is challenging, short but narrow. Some of the holes are a little "unfair" if you will. The square greens are cool, a throwback to the old days. The course conditions are pretty good, the greens will hold a good shot. As this course ages, the new trees planted will make it really difficult.
January 26, 2013
Good course. Worth money if you can get a deal....not worth if for the full green fee price.
Course was in good condition. Greens were very nice for January. Front nine has some holes stacked on top of one another so errant shots will find their way into other fairways. Not an extremely challenging course. Only 6300 from the tips. We got a deal for $50 per person....definitely worth it for that price, but not worth the $70+ normal green fee that the course charges. Also expect a long round close to or over the 5 hour mark
January 20, 2013
Great greens,,,, best in San Antonio
This is a great course, especially for a metro course. It has a lot of golf history (former home of the winter tour), and for that reason you PAY for it. If the rate was comparable to other courses in the area this would be a MUST play often. Unfortunately it's not. There is ONE thing wrong with the course. The normal greens fee is about $20 more than it should be!
But pull out the extra twenty and play it at least once! You will have a great time.
January 20, 2013
I used to play course for $25 now I have to play $50 to play and the only changes is bunkers in fairway. Not worth the money. The only thing they have going for them is their staff. Both in checking in and the starter getting us off they did a great job.
December 29, 2012
Course has been well maintained going into winter. Enjoyed the layout and the pace of play. Courtesy of the staff wasn't bad, but it wasn't as good I've come to expect from other courses. Great value.
December 24, 2012
great course with great history.
Very similar to the old Muni layout as I remember it, just spruced up quite a bit.
December 10, 2012
Excellent Layout; back tee not available
One of the bast layouts in San Antonio and well maintained. Back tees were not in play; rating from Blue was therefore innapropriate. Greens in excellent condition and running close to 9 Stimp. Late afternoon Super Senior 4 Ball jumped onto 10 tee as we completed the first nine and held us up for 9 holes; 3 holes were open in front of the geriatric 4 ball. This was the ONLY disappointment and the worst example of etiquette seen to date in the USA. Lack of a Starter was perhaps the problem here; or maybe a Marshall on the course would have helped.
November 30, 2012
Nice course very well kept, sometimes too crowded and play can be slow, no driving range, very good value with golf now or with the player club.
November 27, 2012
Nice course, but not very well marked if you don't use a cart.
Nice walk. Some challenging hazards on the back nine. Very fun. Nice energy to the course.
November 26, 2012
Fairly short but interesting course with some challenging holes and nice greens
Fun course, not super long but fairly challenging because of narrow fairways and a good deal of trouble. Greens are interesting and in good shape. Negatives would be the pace of play was a bit slow (it's a muni after all) and some of the holes were a bit too close together for my liking (had someone slice a teeshot onto one of the greens we were currently putting on). Overall a fun little course though.
November 24, 2012
You won't find greens such as these at many if any Municipal courses. The Par 3's are outstanding examples of Tillinghast at his best (6200 yards). For women and shorter hitters it is one of the best courses you can play just about anywhere. We chose to play the course because we are both panelists for a national magazine ranking Top 100 and best in state courses as one of our motivations, we are also Tillinghast Association members, we were in no way disappointed. Pace of play was just under 4 hours on a Monday in November.
The routing of the course is a joy to walk, don't take a cart, walk this gem. The only caveat is that for today's modern equipment, most of the par 4's are to be considered shortish, but the greens provide challenge to any player. Please note that this is not a ***** from just anyone, this is a wonderful golf course.
November 12, 2012
This course is tight!
It was a bit tough, it plays as a links style, but it was GREAT!! It was windy but we were on a golf course so all was right with the world!!
November 11, 2012
The course is a tight little driving course and the greens are firm and super fast, will hold shots with good spin. We had a great time and it's an easy course to walk which we did. Pace of play was decent for a Saturday. Lots of bunkers so bring your sand game.
November 11, 2012
Great overall experience
The greens were in perfect condition...very fast and true. The on-cart rangefinder was useful. The mini-museum in the clubhouse is not to be missed. All members of my foursome were delighted.
October 31, 2012
the course is always in good condition
Love tha pace of play. Im averaging less than four hours for a foursome on a Saturday.
October 22, 2012
An uncommon Texas golf course, lots of tall trees!
The course was in good shape, but was very, very short. As a 7 handicapper who drives the ball 300+, wasn't very challenging. No driving range, which always takes away from the experience, but it's rare to find a Texas golf course with tree lined fairways and very tall tress. Being the oldest public course in Texas means the course is very mature and was very nice to play. I would recommend it to someone, but not if you're a lower handicap or longer hitter.
October 13, 2012
Dodge ball course
The course was convenient to downtown and the staff was very friendly. There was no driving range there though. Had to go to the 1st tee facility close by. A neat feature attached to the carts was a distance finder.
The big problem was dodging balls coming from other fairways. Almost got hit at least 3 times. Fairways are that close.
September 24, 2012