Mission Del Lago Municipal Golf Course Review

Texas Outside Rating: 8.6

Golf - Public Course · 18 Holes · Par 72
San Antonio
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Mission Del Lago Municipal Golf Course Review

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:

  • #2 and #3 are similar holes (570 and 454 yards) with fairways that go downhill, cross a creek, and than back uphill to a well guarded green
  • #7 is a demanding 425 yard par 4 down a tight sloping and contoured fairway to a green set off to the left which has water three quarters of the way around it plus two big bunkers in front
  • #10 dog legs right around a gully and lake then uphill to a green with three bunkers
  • #13 is an uphill dog leg left hole that will tempt you to try and fly a large sprawling tree and three fairway bunkers to shorten this 407 yard hole which also has 3 big bunkers guarding the green

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.

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Blue 6,378 69.0 123
White 5,890 67.0 121
Gold 7,044 73.0 132
Red 5,371 70.0 117

Course Information

Course Architect:
Denis Griffiths
Greens Type:
Tifdwarf Bermuda
Greens Condition
Greens Difficulty
Fairway Condition
Bunker Condition
Little hilly
Beware of water on 12 holes and the 100 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
8.6 out of 10
Fun to Play:
Front Nine Rating:
Back Nine Rating:


Approximate Weekend
$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! 
Texas Outside rates courses on the following:

  • Beauty – tall trees, rolling hills, beautiful houses, waterfalls, and similar stuff would score high; a 1 would be flat, bushes or cactus instead of trees, and some grass but mostly weeds
  • Difficulty – a straight, 300 yard par 4 with no traps or hazards, no out of bounds or water would probably get a 1; if it is a 460 yard par 4 over two ravines, with water along one side, natural hazards on the other, strategically placed traps or that dreaded tree right in the middle of the fairway, we are talking a 10. 
  • Variety – what would you give a course where all the holes looked and played exactly the same (“I thought we just played that hole!”); were side-by-side, which is good for finding or dodging other people’s balls, but not much fun; and you can see the flag from every tee box?  That’s right, it gets a 1.
  • Fun Scale – a 10 is where you walk off the course and say “now that was fun” and you can’t wait to get back, or you immediately turn around and play another 18 holes
  • Value – a 5 is $50 to $60, a 10 is $20 to $30, and 1 is $200 or so – of course all of this is dependent upon how you liked the course.  For example, if a run down, boring municipal course, with six players on each hole was only $10; it would still get a value rating of 1.
  • Condition – this one’s pretty easy – what condition are the fairways. A 10 commands very lush perfectly manicured fairways, compared to a 1, which has fire ants, weeds, and more dirt than grass!
  • Condition of Greens and Difficulty – very hard to read greens with lots of undulation and tough pin placement, rate very high on the difficulty scale.  Condition is self-explanatory.  

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.