Review of Hill Country Golf Club Creeks Course - San Antonio
Hyatt Hill Country Resort has 27 holes of some of the best golf in Texas. The three nine hole courses play through more than 200 acres of diverse terrain with tree lined and rolling fairways, tranquil lakes and ponds, wooded ravines, hillsides, and dry rock creek beds. All three courses at Hill Country Golf Club were designed by Arthur Hills and he gave each of the nines it's own unique challenges, personality, and character:
Although each nine is different, here is what is common to all three nines:
The Creeks course is appropriately named for the dry rock strewn creek bed which meanders along side of and across several of the fairways. This tree lined nine holes is one of those courses where you can have a relaxing fun round and score well. On most holes you can see the pin and know what you're up against; the course is very forgiving with wide fairways so you can let 'er rip; traps are easy to avoid (which is usually very hard for us!); fairways provide lots of roll; and the roughs are cut just right making it easy to recover from an errant shot.
With that said, you are going to find a couple holes that have both narrower fairways and tougher approach shots and some that are a blast to play. For example,
The Creeks Course fairways were in great condition when we played and most of them are wide and forgiving. Plus the rough has grass that holds your ball up making for a fairly each recovery shot. Miss the fairway and the rough and you're lost.
The greens are about average size, a tad slow (around 9), have some minor slope, and are pretty easy to read.
The Hill Country Golf Club bunkers are all going to be redone (re-shaped, better drainage, and new sand) starting in December 2014.
The slope and rating listed below are if you play the Creeks and Oaks.
The Hyatt Hill Country Resort & Spa is fantastic and it has a very good Stay & Play Package - read our review of the Hyatt Hill Country Resort.
Rates: $95.00 to $145.00
Service is fantastic and the golf staff is focused on making sure your round is fun and memorable. The Cactus Grill has some very good food, TVs, and a pool table and games. The Pro Shop is very well stocked and the practice facilities are 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.