Review of Comanche Trace Valley Course in Kerrville, Texas
Comanche Trace is home to three fantastic nine-hole layouts all within the 1300 acres of the upscale Comanche Trace golf community just a few miles south of Kerrville. Comanche Trace was voted the "#1 Private Course in the Texas Hill Country." Each of the nines has it's own unique characteristics and personality:
Common to all three nines are excellent conditions, challenging Bent grass greens, beautiful scenery and views, lots of fun and challenging holes, great service, a 15-acre practice facility, and a 24,000-foot upscale clubhouse and pro shop high on a bluff with an unbelievable view of several golf holes and the surrounding countryside. Everything is very well maintained and manicured.
That said, there are still several fun and very demanding holes that are a blast to play on the Valley Nine at Comanche Trace, for example:
The fairways were in near perfect condition and in most cases are wide and forgiving. You'll need to manage the contour and mounding and avoid the trees and bunkers. If you really spray the ball, you'll be lost in the natural areas. Some beautiful big homes dot the rolling hillsides.
The greens on Comanche Trace's Valley nine are large, well guarded, and challenging thanks to tiers, slope, and undulation. They hold the ball very well, run true if you can figure out the breaks, and are fast at around 11 or so. When we played they were in near perfect condition.
The white sand bunkers need to be avoided. They range in size from average to huge and some are very steep and deep. The good news is that the sand is soft and fluffy. The rough around the bunkers is thick and deep and may be worse than landing in the bunker.
The Valley nine at Comanche Trace is challenging but don't let that discourage you from playing it - pick the right set of tee boxes (there are six to choose from) and play conservative and you'll have a blast on this scenic and unique nine. Esthetically, Comanche Trace is a very eye pleasing course - you drive up a long hill to a beautiful clubhouse perched on the top of a hill with 360 degree panoramic views, the cascading creeks and ponds are clear blue water, and the contrast of the natural areas, white sand bunkers, and green fairways is stunning. Comanche Trace is a private club but allows reciprocal play is allowed and they have an upscale stay and play package.
The slope and rating are based on playing the Valley and Hills nine.
Initiation Fees: $25,001 to $40,000
Monthly Dues: $401 to $600
The drive up to the club house is as impressive as the clubhouse itself. The pro shop is well stocked and the bar and grill are great - don't miss an opportunity to enjoy some good food or a drink on the patio with a stunning panaramic view. The practice facilites are very good.
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.