Review of Cordillera Ranch Golf Course
We did it - we found and played a course in Texas that we rated each of the nines a perfect 10!!! Cordillera Ranch in Boerne takes top honors on our list of the Best of the Best Courses in Texas.
Located a few miles from downtown Boerne, Cordillera Ranch is an exclusive, master-planned community offering the very finest in resort-style living on some beautiful Hill Country terrain. Cordillera Ranch is over 8700 acres of trees, bluffs, limestone cliffs, creeks, waterfalls, and five miles of waterfront along the Guadalupe River. The property consists of some huge beautiful homes dotting the hillsides and seven clubs: the Golf Club, Tennis & Swim Club, Spa & Athletic Club, Social Club, River Club, Rod and Gun Club, and Equestrian Club.
The Golf Club at Cordillera Ranch is a classic Hill Country thrill ride designed by Jack Nicklaus and it takes advantage of the rolling terrain and makes terrific use of the creeks, native stone, elevation changes, natural areas, and plentiful oaks. As mentioned above, Texas Outside rated the course a 9.9 out 10, the Dallas Morning News ranked it as the "5th Best Course in Texas," and it won “Course of the Year” honors from the National Golf Course Owners Association. Some of the reason that we gave the course such a high rating includes:
Some of the holes that were most memorable to us included:
In addition to some fun, scenic, and demanding holes what makes playing Cordillera Ranch Golf Course a real joy is that the course conditions are perfect. The Zeon Zoysia fairways are like velvet and at first you might think that it's artificial turf - I felt guilty taking a divot! The greens, tee boxes, and bunkers were also in excellent condition when we played and the entire course is well maintained and meticulously manicured! The front nine is a little more open and easier while the back is more scenic, has more challenging greens, and is a little less forgiving.
The fairways at Cordillera Ranch vary from wide open and let-er-rip to tight and treacherous. Plus they have slope and contour you need to manage and creeks, natural areas, trees, and bunkers you need to avoid. You'll face lots of forced carries over natural areas and if you miss the first cut (which ranged from a little thick to playable) you're in the dense natural area and either lost or facing a tough recovery shot.
The greens are a variety of shapes and sizes, most being about average size and most are raised. They run fast (10 to 12), are very true, hold the ball well, and have slope, contour, and some valleys and tiers most of which are on the back nine.
The Cordillera Ranch bunkers range in shape and size from some small steep and deep pot bunkers to some huge multi-fingered monsters that dominate the fairway. Most are steep faced with sand that is somewhat thick making for a good sand shot. Several of the bunkers have been redone with white soft and thick sand that is a joy to hit out of.
Bottom line - a spectacular and exclusive golf community with first rate amenities and facilities and one of the best golf courses in Texas - you need to find a way to play this course.
Initiation Fees: $55,001 to $70,000
Monthly Dues: $601 to $800
Service is top notch, the 40,000 square foot club house is perfect and upscale with a locker rooms, grills and a restaurant, pools, fitness center, and well stocked pro shop. The practice range is very good with everything you need to warm and be prepared for the course.
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.