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Olmos Basin Golf Course Review

Texas Outside Rating: 8.2

Golf - Public Course · 18 Holes · Par 72
San Antonio
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Date Last Played: January 13, 2013

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Olmos Basin Golf Course Review

Review of Olmos Basin Golf Course in San Antonio

Olmos Basin Golf Course is a traditional Parkland style golf course with flat and generous tree lined fairways, big greens, and good conditions.  It is one of seven courses on the Alamo Golf Trail - click on the link to learn more about the trail and our rating and review of each of the courses. 

You're not going to run into a lot of trouble at Olmos Basin - a few dog legs, plenty of trees if you spray the ball, a meandering creek that cuts across the fairways on 12 holes, and bunkers that guard most of the greens.  If you spray the ball and miss the fairway and the rough and land under the trees, you'll have an opportunity to easily worn burn it back to the fairway.  The greens are relatively flat and there are several holes that offer good birdie opportunities. 

Some of the holes at Olmos Basin Golf Course that we enjoyed included:

  • #5 is a 524 yard par 5 with a creek crossing the fairway about half way to the green and then the fairway dog legs right to the green, but a tree encroaching into the fairway can cause you a problem on the approach
  • #11 is a fun par 5 with a creek along the entire left side that can come into play if you spray it, a sharp turn right around a cluster of trees and a pond on the right, and the typical green with two bunkers - if your drive is short you've got a great risk reward opportunity to try and fly the trees and pond
  • the 410 par 4 #13 requires an accurate tee shot (consider leaving the big dog in the bag) to not overrun the end of the fairway that takes a 90 degree turn right  and to avoid the creek and trees and position you for a shot at the green

When we played in January, the fairways were dormant but in very good condition as was the rough.  The rough and tree lined  fairways at Olmos Basin are wide and generous.  No homes, no barking dogs, and no heckling neighbors to contend with.  Some of the fairways are side by side and if you really spray it you may be playing from another fairway.  The fairways are flat and firm which means you can expect lots of extra roll. 

The greens were also in very good condition when we played.  The greens are large, relatively flat, and some are slightly raised.  All but one of the greens have one or two bunkers guarding them.  They were running at a good speed of around 9 to 10 and true and relatively easy to read.

The bunkers are about average size and the sand varies from great (soft and thick) to pretty good (a little crunchy and thin).  Most of the bunkers have small lips and you may get lucky and roll out.  All of the 32 bunkers are guarding the greens and in most cases each green has a left and right side bunker guarding it.

Bottom line - Olmos Basin isn't memorable or unique but it is one of those courses that offers good conditions, very reasonable rates, and an opportunity for a relaxing, low scoring, and very enjoyable round.

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Gold 6,847 71.8 131
Blue 6,394 69.3 125
White 5,909 67.1 116
Red 5,612 71.0 120

Course Information

Course Architect:
George Hoffman
Greens Condition
9.0
Greens Difficulty
7.5
Fairway Condition
9.0
Bunker Condition
8.8
GPS:
Yes
Walkable:
Easy
Scorecard
Beware of water on 12 holes and the 32 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
8.2 out of 10
Beauty:
8.0
Difficulty:
7.5
Variety:
7.5
Fun to Play:
8.0
Value:
9.0
Condition:
9.0
Front Nine Rating:
8.0
Back Nine Rating:
8.5
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FEES & AMENITIES

Approximate Weekend
Rates:
$38.00 to $48.00

The pro shop has the basics as well as offers some microwave food. We saw a putting green but didn't notice a driving range or practice area.

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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.