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Hill Country Golf Club Creeks Course Review

Texas Outside Rating: 8.4

Golf - Resort Public Course · 9 Holes · Par 72
San Antonio
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Date Last Played: October 30, 2014

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Hill Country Golf Club Creeks Course Review

Review of Hill Country Golf Club Creeks Course - San Antonio

Hyatt Hill Country Resort has 27 holes of some of the best golf in Texas. The three nine hole courses play through more than 200 acres of diverse terrain with tree lined and rolling fairways, tranquil lakes and ponds, wooded ravines, hillsides, and dry rock creek beds.  All three courses at Hill Country Golf Club were designed by Arthur Hills and he gave  each of the nines it's own unique challenges, personality, and character:

  • the Oaks Course is the hardest of the three thanks to tight fairways, forced carries, and dog legs plus you need to place shots and work the ball to score well - here is a link to read our review of the Oaks Course
  • the Creeks Course is the easiest thanks to wide and forgiving fairways and easier approach shots to the greens
  • the Lakes Course is the middle of the road course and offers several risk reward opportunities - here is a link to our review of the Lakes Course

Although each nine is different, here is what is common to all three nines:

  • they are all well maintained and manicured
  • the greens and fairways are in very good condition
  • each nine takes maximum advantage of the terrain
  • the pace of play is excellent
  • with 4 sets of tee boxes, you can find a yardage that fits your game and handicap
  • the GPS is excellent and beneficial to helping you decide where to try and place your shots
  • service is impeccable with an experienced, friendly, and helpful staff
  • you'll have a fun and memorable round on any of the nines
  • all are open to the public with a fantastic rate for locals with proof of residence and a good stay and play package
  • the 19th hole Cactus Oak Tavern has good food, cold drinks, TVs, and a pool table

The Creeks course is appropriately named for the dry rock strewn creek bed which meanders along side of and across several of the fairways. This tree lined nine holes is one of those courses where you can have a relaxing fun round and score well. On most holes you can see the pin and know what you're up against; the course is very forgiving with wide fairways so you can let 'er rip; traps are easy to avoid (which is usually very hard for us!); fairways provide lots of roll; and the roughs are cut just right making it easy to recover from an errant shot.

With that said, you are going to find a couple holes that have both narrower fairways and tougher approach shots and some that are a blast to play. For example,

  • #4 is a fun 538 yard par 5 with an elevated tee box, a dog leg left along a huge wide contoured fairway with mounding on both sides, and then a tough approach to a green set off to the right with a big front side bunker and a pond on the right side
  • #6 is only 301 yards and it will temp long hitters to try to go for the green from the tee box but a dry creek bed that crosses in front of the fairway is waiting if you're short and a big bunker on the left front of the green can catch your drive and trees on the left side of the fairway in front of the green can block your shot to the green - better off playing conservative and laying up in front of the dry creek that is about 85 yards in front of the green
  • #7 is a 397 yard par 4 with a sharp dog leg left (great risk/reward shot if you think you can fly the tall trees), a tree in the middle of the fairway that is waiting to catch your drive, and a narrow approach to a small oblong green protected by trees in the back, a trap on the left, and a creek in the front.

The Creeks Course fairways were in great condition when we played and most of them are wide and forgiving.  Plus the rough has grass that holds your ball up making for a fairly each recovery shot.  Miss the fairway and the rough and you're lost.  

The greens are about average size, a tad slow (around 9), have some minor slope, and are pretty easy to read.

The Hill Country Golf Club bunkers are all going to be redone (re-shaped, better drainage, and new sand) starting in December 2014. 

The slope and rating listed below are if you play the Creeks and Oaks.

The Hyatt Hill Country Resort & Spa is fantastic and it has a very good Stay & Play Package - read our review of the Hyatt Hill Country Resort.

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Gold 3,429 73.3 131
Blue 3,183 71.3 129
White 2,826 67.7 116
Red 2,493 68.2 119

Course Information

Course Architect:
Arthur Hills
Greens Type:
TIF Dwarf
Greens Condition
9.5
Greens Difficulty
8.5
Fairway Condition
9.0
Bunker Condition
8.0
GPS:
Yes
Walkable:
Yes
Course Map
Beware of water on 3 holes and the 16 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
8.4 out of 10
Beauty:
8.0
Difficulty:
7.5
Variety:
8.5
Fun to Play:
9.3
Value:
8.0
Condition:
9.3
Front Nine Rating:
8.5
Back Nine Rating:
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FEES & AMENITIES

Approximate Weekend
Rates:
$95.00 to $145.00

Service is fantastic and the golf staff is focused on making sure your round is fun and memorable. The Cactus Grill has some very good food, TVs, and a pool table and games. The Pro Shop is very well stocked and the practice facilities are good.

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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.