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The Republic Golf Club Review

Texas Outside Rating: 8.2

Golf - Public Course · 18 Holes · Par 71
San Antonio
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Date Last Played: October 05, 2010

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The Republic Golf Club Review

Rated the  "#1 Golf Course in San Antonio" by the San Antonio Express in 2006, 2007, and 2009, The Republic Golf Club is a very traditional 18 holes of golf that provides an enjoyable and relaxing round.  This is a pretty straight forward course with good conditions and  a reasonable price, particularly if you're a resident.  The Republic is a player friendly course and if you pick the right set of tee boxes it's not going to beat you up and it will give you the opportunity to turn in a good round.

When you're playing The Republic it's hard to believe that you're just minutes from the Riverwalk and the 2nd largest city in Texas.  The Republic Golf Club  was designed by Art Schaupeter and opened for play in 2002.  Schaupeter took advantage of the distinctive terrain and the course follows Salado Creek as it winds through heavily wooded areas in a broad floodplain - virtually every hole is secluded and lined by mature elm, oak, and mesquite trees - so don't miss the fairways or you'll be ricocheting off the trees. 

The Republic Golf Club  will also give you a little bit of everything to test your game and make for a fun round.  You'll encounter some elevation changes, risk reward opportunities, water on plenty of holes, bunkers and swales and natural areas, forced carries, and uphill greens.  Some examples include:

  • #2 a 543 yard par 5 dog leg left with a pot bunker in the middle of the fairway where your tee shot wants to land and then a tight approach to the green with 4 good sizes bunkers
  • #6 is a challenging 624 yard par 5 with a forced carry that requires a good second shot to carry a swale big enough for 3 tractor trailers
  • #14 offers a risk reward shot if you want to try and carry the wet land for a shorter and safer approach shot - take the safe way off the tee box and you have a very challenging approach shot over a wetland to a green guarded by two long bunkers
  • #18 is a fun finishing hole with an elevated tee box, a carry over the creek, and 7 bunkers to avoid on the way to the green

The greens are good sized, have some slope, and were running pretty quick when we played -  so keep your ball below the hole.  They were in very good condition and held the ball well. 

The fairways at The Republic Golf Club are flat to slightly contoured and range from ample off the tee box to a little tight.  The first cut was playable, but miss it and you're under the trees - the good news is you can usually find it and may be able to get back out to the fairway to save a penalty shot.  The fairways were also in above average condition. 

The bunkers range is shape and size and the sand was soft and deep.  Some of the bunkers are high lipped and 2 to 4 feet deep. You'll encounter some natural/marsh areas, big swales, and some water holes. 

Bottom line - a very golfer friendly track with good conditions, some fun holes, and a fair price.  Give it a try.

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Black 7,007 73.5 131
Gold 6,622 71.6 125
Blue 6,147 69.1 118
White 5,540 65.5 109
Red 4,683 66.9 109

Course Information

Course Architect:
Art Schaupeter
Greens Type:
Bermuda
Greens Condition
8.5
Greens Difficulty
8.0
GPS:
No
Walkable:
Very
Scorecard
Course Map
Beware of water on 13 holes and the 44 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

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

Approximate Weekend
Rates:
$44.00 to $89.00

Service was very good, the food is ok, the pro shop has all the basics, and the practice facilities are more than adequate.

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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.