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Camp, Fly, and Golf in San Antonio

We just got back from a fun weekend in the San Antonio area where we stayed at a $10 million luxury RV resort, played a couple rounds of golf, got a massage, and saw the sights of San Antonio from a helicopter.

Pool area at Alsatian RV ResortA new destination luxury RV resort opened in Castroville, which is just 20 minutes west of San Antonio, and when we heard about it we checked out the website, packed the RV and headed south! Wow, were we impressed with Alsatian RV Resort and Golf Club. The mission statement for Alsatian RV Resort sums it up pretty well: "Our Mission while designing the resort was to create a recreational destination experience for RV owners that would truly be the equivalent of that offered in five star hotels resorts." And from our perspective they exceeded that goal - we have been camping since 1976 and never experienced an RV resort quite like Alsatian. It's not surprising that they received a coveted 10/10/10 rating from Good Sam (less than 10 parks in Texas have that rating) and they made our list of the Best RV Parks in Texas.

Our Casita at Alsatian RV Resort Overlooking the 14th greenSome of what makes Alsatian special includes: Casitas overlooking the golf course, each of which has a shower, outdoor kitchen, and patio; a full service spa; great sites; a fishing pond; infinity pool and hot tub; gourmet restaurant; full service bar; fitness equipment; and a very friendly staff. Read our review of Alsatian RV Resort. After getting the motorhome into our Casita site we walked to the restaurant and had a great pizza and the best burger I think I've ever had - a mixture of 50% sirloin and brisket that was thick and juicy and cooked perfectly and had a fresh baked bun, pineapple, bacon, and more! Wow! And then the staff insisted that we have some Cream Brulee - when was the last time you ate delicious Cream Brulee in an RV park?

Some of the bunkers at Briggs Ranch Golf ClubWith a full tummy we drove to Briggs Ranch to play this very private and exclusive invitation only Tom Fazio designed golf course. What a joy - near perfect conditions from the tee box to the cup (I felt guilty taking a divot); excellent greens; gently rolling terrain; multi million dollar homes overlooking a couple of the fairways; some interesting holes; and 72 steep and deep bunkers. I spent so much time in the bunkers I was ready to get a beach chair and a Pina Colada and pretend I was at the beach in Destin. I'm afraid I may have left a lot of bunker sand in the pool and hot tub at Alsatian RV Resort. Here is a link to our review of Briggs Ranch.

The next day we drove into San Antonio for lunch on the Riverwalk, a short bike ride around the city, and then a helicopter tour. offers several tours and we signed up for the Alamo Tour - 16 to 18 minutes of flight time where we followed the twisting San Antonio River into downtown, flew by the Tower of the Americas, and saw the San Antonio Zoo, the Quarry Golf Course, several missions, the San Antonio Botanical Gardens, and all of downtown San Antonio - what a great way to tour the city. Our pilot was a native to San Antonio and gave us a lot of interesting information and facts about the city, the missions, and some history. A fun ride - to learn more about it read our article on A Helicopter Tour of San Antonio.

The next morning we dove a minute up the road from our campsite and teed off at Alsatian Golf Club. For three days, from the patio of our Casita I had been watching golfers try to par the 14th hole with little luck and a few curse words. So I set a goal to par that hole and a couple nights around dusk I snuck on the green of the 14th hole and practiced some putting and chipping. So I was confident that I was going to par the 14th. Instead I lost a ball in the creek that crossed the fairway, missed the chip shot by a mile, and three putted and like most of the other golfers I'd watched, I cursed and jumped back in the golf cart and hoped for a better score on the 15th hole.

Golf hole at Alsatian Golf ClubAlsatian Golf Club is a joy to play - the pace of play is around 3 hours and there are some really fun holes plus some holes that devoured my golf balls. The conditions were very good, the greens were excellent, and the rates are reasonable - plus guests at Alsatian RV Resort get a discount on green fees. Read our review of Alsatian Golf Club.

After 18 holes at 95 degrees, the pool and hot tub at Alsatian RV Resort sure felt good. After I got all of the sand from the bunkers off my body, I headed upstairs to the Serenity Spa for the "Golfer's Special Foot Massage" - a very soothing 10 minute foot soaking in a small Jacuzzi, followed by 20 minutes of a revitalizing foot and calf massage - all which are done while I was reclining in a very comfortable leather chair that was massaging my back from the base of my neck to the bottom of my lower back. Wow. On the next visit to Alsatian I'm going for a full massage and the "Golfer's Special."

What a let down to have to leave a great massage and fabulous RV Resort to drive home after a fun weekend.