Review of Hill Country Golf Club Lakes 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 Lakes course typlifies what golf is all about - great conditions, excellent service, challenging but fair holes, scenic beauty, lots of variety, some very fun holes, and an excellent 19th hole.
Arthur Hills did an excellent job of leveraging the gently rolling and heavily treed terrain, meandering rock creek, and four lakes to present you with nine holes with lots of character and challenges. Some of challenges that make this nine fun are sharp doglegs, narrow slots, some small landing zones, elevated and well protected greens, four lakes, bunkers, and a dry creek bed. This nine is fair and doesn't beat you up, but it does require excellent club selection, good course management, and some target golf - you may want to leave the driver in the bag on a few of the holes.
Some of the holes that we really liked include:
Like the other 18 holes, the conditions were excellent when we played in early November and the entire course is very well maintained and landscaped. The fairways on the Lakes nine are tight but manageable and in near perfect condition.
The greens are about average size with manageable slope and contour. They held the ball well and ran true but were a tad slow.
The bunkers range from small to good sized with shallow to deep lips. They were wet from a rain when we played and all of the bunkers will be renovated starting in December.
This is a fun, but challenging nine that you will want to play again. Although it's got its challenges you can score well if you think your way through the course.
Slope and rating are based on playing the Lakes and the Creeks. If you play the Lakes and the Oaks the slope from the tips is 136 and the rating is 73.7, which makes this combo of nines the toughest.
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 excellent - somehow, all the staff seem to know your name and want to make sure you have a fun and memorable round. The cart lady seems to show up at just the right time. The Pro Shop is well staffed and the practice facilities are good. The Cactus Oak Travern has good food, a full bar, and pool table, TVs, and games - a great 19th hole hangout.
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.