Review of Hill Country Golf Club Oaks 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 Oaks course is named after all the oak trees that line the fairways - if you spray the ball, you'll be lost in the oaks and dense brush. This nine is a little short from the tips but it is the most challenging of the three courses and thanks to trees, strategically placed bunkers, overhanging limbs, and dog legs you need to shape or carefully manage both your tee shots and approach shots. Most of the holes are tight and narrow with dog legs and a dry creek bed crosses six different holes requiring a forced carry or a layup.
Some of the holes that we really liked included:
When we played the Hill Country Golf Club's Oaks Course in late October the fairways were in very good condition. They are firm offering a lot of roll, tight and tree lined, and rolling and contoured. The first cut of the rough is thick but the grass holds the ball on top of it - making for a pretty easy shot. Miss the rough and you'll hear your ball ricocheting off the trees!
The greens on the Oaks Course were near perfect (one had a little damage), soft and held the ball well, and ran true. The greens range in size and shape with most being about average size - 26 to 44 yards long. Most are raised, well guarded, and have some slope and undulation. They had just been over-seeded and were running slow - they normally run around 9 or so.
The bunkers range from some big nasty well placed monsters to some smaller steep and deep ones guarding the greens. They were wet thanks to over an inch of rain the night before and weren't playable. All of the bunkers will be redone (reshaped, new sand, and new drainage) starting in December 2014.
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.
The Hyatt Hill Country is focused on making our courses the place to play for families, ladies, and juniors. Clinics and player development programs are available for all ages.
Rates: $95.00 to $145.00
Service is outstanding. The golf staff is focused on making sure you receive the best service and enjoy a memorable round. The Pro Shop is well stocked and the Cactus Oak Tavern has some good food, a full service bar, plus TV's and games. The practice facility is excellent. and the Hyatt seems focused on making their course the place to play for families, ladies, and juniors. Clinics and player development programs are available for all ages
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.