The Quarry Golf Club

2CentGolf Rating: ★★★★☆

Course Information

Course Name: The Quarry Golf Club
Address: 444 E. Basse Rd.
City: San Antonio
State: Texas
ZIP: 78209
Phone: 210-824-4500
Type of Course: Links
Price Paid: $49.00
Month/Year Played: August, 2009
Public/Private: Public
Par: 71
Yardage
Ladies: 5576
Mens: 6128
Pros: 6740
Rating
Ladies: 66.7
Mens: 69.2
Pros: 72.4
Slope
Ladies: 111
Mens: 120
Pros: 128

Play Information:
Tees Played: Mens
Time: 4 Hours 0 Minutes
Walkable: No
Snake Holder: N/A

Comments

Bone: Located in the middle of San Antonio, this course was built in an old quarry. In the 30’s and 40’s this are was known as “Cementtown” because the tailings left over from the rock was made into concrete at the plant adjacent to the quarry. That plant is now a high-end shopping center and the shanties that the workers lived in that surrounded the quarry are now $400,000 to $1 million homes…no shacks here! The front nine is in the quarry and can get Africa hot in the summer due to no wind circulation. The holes are named as well as numbered. The #1 handicap hole is “Water Grave” due to rain runoff that fills the deepest parts of the quarry. There is “Devil’s Ditch”, “Escape from Alcatraz”, and “Fire in the Hole”. These are apt names due to the fact that accuracy is at a premium on this course. Don’t let the short professional yardage fool you. Championship length is long enough for 99% of us. Some trees are under sheer cliffs of Texas limestone. The back nine is somewhat cooler, but it has its challenges. This is an affordable course with many challenges for all types of golfers. You must play it once…but do it in the winter!!!

Course Ratings

Course Condition - Rating: ★★★☆☆

Fairway Condition - Rating: ★★★☆☆

Greens Condition - Rating: ★★★☆☆

Sand Trap Condition - Rating: ★★★☆☆

Rough Condition - Rating: ★★★☆☆

Driving Range - Rating: ★★★★☆

Practice Green - Rating: ★★★★☆

Playability - Rating: ★★★☆☆

Scenery - Rating: ★★★★☆

Fun Factor - Rating: ★★★★☆

Restaurant - Rating: ★★★★★

Beverage Cart - Rating: ★★★★☆

Pro Shop - Rating: ★★★★☆

Friendly Staff - Rating: ★★★★☆

Difficult? - Yes

Play it again? - Yes


Westin La Cantera - Palmer Course

2CentGolf Rating: ★★★★☆

Course Information

Course Name: Westin La Cantera - Palmer Course
Address: 16641 La Cantera Parkway
City: San Antonio
State: Texas
ZIP: 78256
Phone: 210-558-6500
Type of Course: Hilly Links
Price Paid: $100.00
Month/Year Played: May, 2008
Public/Private: Public
Par: 71
Yardage
Ladies: 5066
Mens: 6535
Pros: 6926
Rating
Ladies: 65.3
Mens: 72.4
Pros: 74.2
Slope
Ladies: 116
Mens: 139
Pros: 142

Play Information:
Tees Played: Mens - Palmer Course
Time: 4 Hours 30 Minutes
Walkable: No
Snake Holder: N/A

Comments

Bone: This is the sister course, designed by Arnold Palmer, of the Resort Course at La Cantera which hosts the Valero Texas Open. It has elevation changes on every hole and no two holes are remotely alike. It is very challenging with extremely hard to read greens that are very fast. The area has a fault line which runs through the course and the putts break towards this. Add a foot or more to your read! The wind was blowing 25-35 mph today and the course has many holes in this Texas Hill Country around the top of those very hills. The pro shop has been rated in the top 100 for many consecutive years. A sleeve of balls is only $8.50 but I found out that it is because you will find many more on the course! There are no out of bounds… The entire course is played as a lateral hazard and you can play them if you find them. I found over 30 balls while searching for mine. Some very nice Pro V-1’s I might add. The course is laced with live oak trees which are native this area of Texas. Sand traps had the white silica-type sand and were very soft, deep and playable. This course has 5 different tees to play from and golfer should be careful not to assume they can play from their usual distances and score on this course. Go back one or two tees on this very difficult yet fun course.

Course Ratings

Course Condition - Rating: ★★★★☆

Fairway Condition - Rating: ★★★★☆

Greens Condition - Rating: ★★★★☆

Sand Trap Condition - Rating: ★★★★★

Rough Condition - Rating: ★★★★☆

Driving Range - Rating: ★★★★★

Practice Green - Rating: ★★★★★

Playability - Rating: ★★★★☆

Scenery - Rating: ★★★★☆

Fun Factor - Rating: ★★★★☆

Restaurant - Rating: ★★★☆☆

Beverage Cart - Rating: ★★★☆☆

Pro Shop - Rating: ★★★★★

Friendly Staff - Rating: ★★★★★

Difficult? - Yes

Play it again? - Yes


Westin La Cantera - Resort Course

2CentGolf Rating: ★★★★☆

Course Information

Course Name: Westin La Cantera - Resort Course
Address: 16641 La Cantera Parkway
City: San Antonio
State: Texas
ZIP: 78256
Phone: 210-558-4653
Type of Course: Hill/Open Country
Price Paid: $125.00
Month/Year Played: June, 2008
Public/Private: Public
Par: 72
Yardage
Ladies: 5581
Mens: 6406
Pros: 7021
Rating
Ladies: 69.6
Mens: 69.6
Pros: 72.5
Slope
Ladies: 113
Mens: 127
Pros: 134

Play Information:
Tees Played: Mens – Resort Course
Time: 4 Hours 0 Minutes
Walkable: No
Snake Holder: N/A

Comments

Bone: This is where the Valero Texas Open is played. The sister course to previously reviewed Palmer Course at La Cantera. Some very beautiful holes on course, (No. 1 is the longest opening hole on the PGA Tour 640 yards) but the fairways and greens were suffering greatly from the drought conditions. Reading the greens is a bit more difficult due to fault line running through course. Very tricky at times. Staff was very friendly and professional at every stop at course. Saw the beverage cart 5 times during our round. Undulating multi-trapped fairways with risk reward opportunities on every hole. Tee lengths are more about ability to place shots than about being a manly man. 6,400 yards was very challenging. Course bordered with live oak and Texas mountain laurels thick enough to hide the doe and her fawn that ran across the 9th fairway. Traps were wet and had been mechanically raked, but not groomed. Very thick and tough to get out. Driving range is part of golf school located on premises and has many different targets and shots. A good course that with some rain would be one of the best in the Texas Hill Country area.

Course Ratings

Course Condition - Rating: ★★★☆☆

Fairway Condition - Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Greens Condition - Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Sand Trap Condition - Rating: ★★★☆☆

Rough Condition - Rating: ★★★★☆

Driving Range - Rating: ★★★★☆

Practice Green - Rating: ★★★★☆

Playability - Rating: ★★★☆☆

Scenery - Rating: ★★★★☆

Fun Factor - Rating: ★★★★☆

Restaurant - Rating: ★★★★☆

Beverage Cart - Rating: ★★★★★

Pro Shop - Rating: ★★★★★

Friendly Staff - Rating: ★★★★★

Difficult? - Yes

Play it again? - Yes