Review of Comanche Trace Valley Course
Comanche Trace is home to three fantastic nine hole layouts all within the 1300 acres of the upscale Comanche Trace golf community just a few miles south of Kerrville. Comanche Trace was voted the "#1 Private Course in the Texas Hill Country" by Golf Digest. Each of the nines has it's own unique characteristics and personality:
Common to all three nines are excellent conditions, challenging Bent grass greens, beautiful scenery and views of the surrounding Hill Country, lots of fun and challenging holes, great service, and an upscale clubhouse. Everything is very well maintained and manicured from the tee boxes to the pin.
The Hills nine is the shortest of the three nines and you'll most likely find it to be the easiest of the three nines but don't let that lull you into complacency, you'll still need to manage elevation changes, challenging green complexes, dog legs, water, rolling contoured fairways, and some very treacherous greens.
The Hills is also home to some great holes, for example:
When we played in late July, the fairways couldn't have been in much better condition - lush and plush. All of the fairways on The Hills are rolling and most are generous off the tee. But if you miss you're in a thick but playable rough and then most likely lost in the natural areas.
The bent grass greens were also near perfect - soft and smooth, fast (around 10 to 11) and true, and huge! But they also are well guarded, some are raised, and all have some combination of significant slope, contour, ridges or saddles, or tiers.
The other big challenge on The Hills is to avoid the bunkers which are all shapes and sizes ranging from small pot bunkers to some real monsters. The good news is that they all have soft thick fluffy sand that's perfect. The bad news is they are steep and deep and surrounded by a thick rough.
Bottom - a fun, scenic, and fair nine that's in excellent condition and very scenic. A real joy to play.
Initiation Fees: $25,001 to $40,000
Monthly Dues: $401 to $600
Service is good, the pro shop is very well stocked, the 15 acre practice facility is excellent, and the food is very good. The 24,000 square foot clubhouse is upscale and magnificent - it's perched on the highest bluff around and has a panoramic 360 degree view.
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!
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.