Review of Mission Del Lago Golf Course San Antonio
Mission Del Lago Golf Course is on the southern edge of San Antonio and is one of the seven city owned courses that is part of the Alamo Golf Trail. To find out more about the Alamo Golf Trail, check our reviews and links on Texas Outside's Alamo Golf Trail Page.
Mission Del Lago Golf Course which opened in 1989 and was designed by Denis Griffiths (who is the only American Golf Architect to design a golf course in St. Andrews, Scotland) is a links style course that was carved out of some natural rolling terrain. As a links course it is home to few trees, wide sweeping fairways, plus over 100 bunkers and typically lots of wind. From the tips, Mission Del Lago is 7044 yards and has a slope and rating of 73.4 and slope of 132 and thanks to dog legs, fairway and greenside bunkers, water on 12 holes, wind, and elevation changes, the course plays longer and harder than the scorecard states, so don't bit off more than you can chew.
Mission Del Lago Golf Course has some surprising elevation changes that when coupled with the wind will require you to club up or down - when we played, I needed to club up two clubs on a couple holes. You'll also find several dog legs, some gullies, creeks, ponds, sloping and contoured fairways, and raised well guarded greens that you need to manage during your round. But don't let all that scare you away - pick the right set of tee boxes, consider leaving the big dog in the bag on some holes, and play smart and you'll have a good scoring and enjoyable round.
We loved the layout at Mission Del Lago Golf Course because the course has a lot of variety and there are some fun and unique holes, for example:
The greens at Mission Del Lago Golf Course varied from near perfect to several with some damage, mostly around the fringe. The greens are good sized and most have some slope and very minor undulation. They were running at a pretty good speed of around 10, were soft and held the ball well, and ran true. Most are raised and well guarded, putting a premium on accurate approach shots.
The majority of the fairways are open and generous and several go up and down hills and some have mounding and slope and contour. If you really spray the ball and carry the fairway and rough, you're in a dense natural area and lost! Two holes has some homes on one side of the fairway that may come into play if your ball tends to fly wide to the left. The rough is also wide and when we played it was in good condition and a little thick but playable. The fairways and roughs were in very good condition but several had really badly torn up spots thanks to wild hogs!
Practice your sand game before you head out, the bunkers are everywhere and we counted over 70 before we lost track. Most are average size to a little large with some treacherous steep faces - you're not going to roll in and roll out. The sand is thick and varied from soft and fluffy to a little crunchy - which could have been due to the recent rains.
We played in January 2013 and the fairways and rough were dormant, so we used pictures from the courses website, except for the last two which were taken when we play.
Rates: $35.00 to $40.00
Service is good, the pro shop is limited but has the basic gear, the grill has dogs, burgers, sandwiches, and more. The practice facilities are good and being improved.
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.