Review of Cedar Creek Golf Club
Cedar Creek Golf Course is one of the six Alamo City Golf Trail courses owned by the City of San Antonio. The course plays through the trees, across meandering creeks, and up and down the rolling hills of northwest San Antonio providing great views, blind shots, dog legs, rock outcroppings, elevation changes, waterfalls, steep and deep sand and grass bunkers, and lots more. Cedar Creek will throw a little bit of everything at you and requires every shot you've got if you want to score well. You'll need accuracy off the tee box to avoid the trees and land in the narrow fairways, skill at uneven fairway shots, good sand and grass bunker skills, and precise approach shots. We really enjoyed the scenery, challenges, ups and downs, and elevation changes at Cedar Creek.
The fairways are tree and berm lined and most of them are narrow, rolling, and contoured. The fairway condition is average and the trees and shade make it tough to grow and maintain grass, meaning if you miss the fairway you'll play off the dirt or patchy grass. The greens were in about average condition, a little fast, bumpy, and challenging to read due to both slope and undulation. Most of the greens are small, elevated, and pretty well protected. The sand and grass bunkers are in good condition and present challenges as a number of them are deep and steep faced. The more challenging the course, the higher we rate it and Cedar Creek can be challenging - as such, the average golfer may find this course a little frustrating. Move up a set of tee boxes and it may play a little easier.
Cedar Creek offers a lot of variety and there are a number of very fun, scenic, and challenging holes. For example, #6 is a sharp dog leg right that requires a precise drive to avoid the bunker and provide a level shot on this rolling and sloping fairway; #10 offers a beautiful view from an elevated tee box way above the narrow dog leg right fairway; and the 535 yard #5 is a dog leg right then a "Z" to the contoured and narrow green tucked back in the trees and well protected by grass, sand bunkers, and mounding.
Bottom line - Cedar Creek offers you a lot of variety, beautiful vistas, dramatic elevation changes, and an opportunity to play all your shots - all at an affordable price.
Rates: $40.00 to $50.00
The pro shop is ok, the service is very friendly, the practice range is ok, and the food is limited.
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.