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Cedar Creek Golf Course Review

Texas Outside Rating: 8.5

Golf - Public Course · 18 Holes · Par 72
San Antonio
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Date Last Played: December 30, 2009

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Cedar Creek Golf Course Review

Review of Cedar Creek Golf Club

Cedar Creek Golf Course is one of the six Alamo City Golf Trail courses owned by the City of San Antonio. The course plays through the trees, across meandering creeks, and up and down the rolling hills of northwest San Antonio providing great views, blind shots, dog legs, rock outcroppings, elevation changes, waterfalls, steep and deep sand and grass bunkers, and lots more. Cedar Creek will throw a little bit of everything at you and requires every shot you've got if you want to score well. You'll need accuracy off the tee box to avoid the trees and land in the narrow fairways, skill at uneven fairway shots, good sand and grass bunker skills, and precise approach shots. We really enjoyed the scenery, challenges, ups and downs, and elevation changes at Cedar Creek.

The fairways are tree and berm lined and most of them are narrow, rolling, and contoured. The fairway condition is average and the trees and shade make it tough to grow and maintain grass, meaning if you miss the fairway you'll play off the dirt or patchy grass. The greens were in about average condition, a little fast, bumpy, and challenging to read due to both slope and undulation. Most of the greens are small, elevated, and pretty well protected. The sand and grass bunkers are in good condition and present challenges as a number of them are deep and steep faced. The more challenging the course, the higher we rate it and Cedar Creek can be challenging - as such, the average golfer may find this course a little frustrating. Move up a set of tee boxes and it may play a little easier.

Cedar Creek offers a lot of variety and there are a number of very fun, scenic, and challenging holes. For example, #6 is a sharp dog leg right that requires a precise drive to avoid the bunker and provide a level shot on this rolling and sloping fairway; #10 offers a beautiful view from an elevated tee box way above the narrow dog leg right fairway; and the 535 yard #5 is a dog leg right then a "Z" to the contoured and narrow green tucked back in the trees and well protected by grass, sand bunkers, and mounding. 

Bottom line - Cedar Creek offers you a lot of variety, beautiful vistas, dramatic elevation changes, and an opportunity to play all your shots - all at an affordable price.

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Gold 7,150 74.1 130
Blue 6,660 72.0 128
White 6,140 69.9 121
Red 5,525 72.2 126

Course Information

Course Architect:
Finger Dye Spann, Inc
Greens Condition
7.0
Greens Difficulty
8.0
GPS:
No
Walkable:
Yes, but hard
Beware of water on 5 holes and the 30 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
8.5 out of 10
Beauty:
8.5
Difficulty:
9.0
Variety:
9.5
Fun to Play:
9.0
Value:
9.0
Condition:
6.0
Front Nine Rating:
8.5
Back Nine Rating:
8.5
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FEES & AMENITIES

Approximate Weekend
Rates:
$40.00 to $50.00

The pro shop is ok, the service is very friendly, the practice range is ok, and the food is limited.

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Here's How Texas Outside Determines the Scorecard Rating

The Texas Outside rating scale ranges from 1 to 10 – a perfect 10 course would be something like this:  links along a cliff overlooking the Pacific ocean and bordered by tall trees; lush fairways on rolling hills with lots of natural hazards; water (which is crystal clear) on most of the holes; immaculate greens (but they are undulating and tough); lots of variety and character (each hole is completely different and includes blind shots, elevation changes, doglegs, and significant challenges); perfectly manicured traps with the whitest and prettiest sand you’ve ever seen; a nice club house with great food and a 19th hole; a GPS; plenty of beverage carts or your own cooler and ice; and it only costs $40 bucks! What this means is that you probably won’t find any 10s in Texas – try Cabo San Lucas, Pebble Beach, or some of the Hawaii courses! 
Texas Outside rates courses on the following:

  • Beauty – tall trees, rolling hills, beautiful houses, waterfalls, and similar stuff would score high; a 1 would be flat, bushes or cactus instead of trees, and some grass but mostly weeds
  • Difficulty – a straight, 300 yard par 4 with no traps or hazards, no out of bounds or water would probably get a 1; if it is a 460 yard par 4 over two ravines, with water along one side, natural hazards on the other, strategically placed traps or that dreaded tree right in the middle of the fairway, we are talking a 10. 
  • Variety – what would you give a course where all the holes looked and played exactly the same (“I thought we just played that hole!”); were side-by-side, which is good for finding or dodging other people’s balls, but not much fun; and you can see the flag from every tee box?  That’s right, it gets a 1.
  • Fun Scale – a 10 is where you walk off the course and say “now that was fun” and you can’t wait to get back, or you immediately turn around and play another 18 holes
  • Value – a 5 is $50 to $60, a 10 is $20 to $30, and 1 is $200 or so – of course all of this is dependent upon how you liked the course.  For example, if a run down, boring municipal course, with six players on each hole was only $10; it would still get a value rating of 1.
  • Condition – this one’s pretty easy – what condition are the fairways. A 10 commands very lush perfectly manicured fairways, compared to a 1, which has fire ants, weeds, and more dirt than grass!
  • Condition of Greens and Difficulty – very hard to read greens with lots of undulation and tough pin placement, rate very high on the difficulty scale.  Condition is self-explanatory.  

All of the above determines the overall score for the golf course.  In other words, we like courses that are pretty, fun, very challenging with a lot of variety, and fairways and greens in excellent condition – all for $40.  We also tend to play the courses that are affordable for the masses, which means in the $30 to $80 range. We rate hard and we haven’t found a 10 in Texas yet – don’t worry we haven’t given up and we’re still looking.