Review and Rating of The Dominion Country Club in San Antonio
The Dominion Country Club is a fantastic private 18 hole golf course that plays through 260 acres of gently rolling hills and hardwood trees. The course was designed by Bill Johnston, a former Texas Open champion and longtime P.G.A. professional, and he did a superb job of levering the natural terrain, Leon Creek, and incorporating 25 acres of man-made lakes - all of which make for a scenic and enjoyable round of golf.
The course is owned and managed by The Dominion Golf Group and they do an excellent job of keeping the course perfectly manicured and very well maintained. The Dominion Golf Group also manages five other prestigious private clubs across Texas: Onion Creek Club in South Austin, Twin Creeks Country Club located in Cedar Park, Bridlewood Golf Club in Flower Mound, Lantana Golf Club in North Dallas, and River Place Country Club in Austin.
Some of the reasons why we love The Dominion Country Club and why it made our list of the Best Golf Courses in San Antonio include:
The Dominion Country Club website has an excellent course layout and description that also includes a hole by hole "playing strategy" - which I wish I had studied before playing. Here are a few of the holes that we really enjoyed:
The greens at The Dominion Country Club define the course and they put a premium on putting if you want to score well. Most of the greens are raised and small ranging from 21 to 40 yards deep and they were in perfect condition when we played. They are a variety of shapes, soft and hold the ball well, and run at a good speed of around 10 or so. There is plenty of slope and very subtle breaks that will surprise you. The Dominion Country Club greens are all guarded with between one and seven bunkers, which means you need to be very accurate to hit and hold the greens.
The fairways at The Dominion Country Club were also in fantastic condition as was the rough which was cut very playable. Most of the fairways are huge and forgiving off the tee, but miss and you're under the trees or lost in the dense brush or water. A few holes have a scattering of huge beautiful homes lining one side of the fairway. Some of the fairways back are a little tighter.
The bunkers are well maintained and in very good condition with soft white sand that ranges from deep and thick to a tad thin. The bunkers range in size from some gigantic fairway bunkers to small pot sized bunkers. The lips are manageable - maybe two to three inches tall but they do an excellent job of preventing your ball from rolling back out of the bunker.
Bottom line - a fantastic course that is fair and fun and is in excellent condition
Initiation Fees: $10,001 to $25,000
Monthly Dues: $401 to $600
The 54,000 square foot Dominion clubhouse is home to a well stocked pro shop, a gourmet dining room, handmade oak lockers, a piano bar and lounge, and more. The practice facilities are excellent and service is outstanding and very friendly.
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.