La Cantera Resort & Spa Golf Stay & Play Review
If you are looking for a Texas Golf Stay & Play destination for you and your buddies or family, then you need to consider booking a room and a tee time at in San Antonio.And here's just a few reasons why we can highly recommend the Golf Stay & Play at La Cantera:
  • View of one hole and the resortthe two 18 hole award winning golf courses are each very different and two of the best golf courses in Texas
  • you'll find a variety of comfortable accommodations that will house a single or a group of 8
  • after burning lots of calories on the course you can reload at any of the 9 different restaurants
  • to work out the kinks and golfing frustrations you can get a relaxing massage at Loma de Vida Spa
  • La Cantera won Golf Magazine's Premier Golf Resorts 2014-2015 Silver Award and AAA's "Four Diamond Award Resort" designation
  • and after 18 holes in the hot Texas weather, you'll love the two infinity pools, each of which has it's own bar with excellent margaritas

One of the pools at La Cantera ResortIn 2013 Destination Hotels, who has a distinctive and diverse collection of luxury and upscale resorts and hotels, acquired La Cantera Resort and immediately invested over $100 million in improvements and renovations. They built two new unique restaurants, a stunning pool complex with two infinity pools with unbelievable views, redid the lobby area, added a beautiful new courtyard, and have made a number of other improvements, with more on the way. The courses were already perfect and they were left alone - thank God!

In 2017 more improvements resulted in the opening of the stunning 25,000 square foot Loma de Vida Spa and Wellness center and the new Signature restaurant with an award winning chef. The Resort Course was under going several renovations as was the clubhouse and driving range, both of which will be reopened in November of 2017.

Golf at La Cantera Resort

The Clubhouse and 18th and 9th hole at the Palmer CourseEach of the two courses at La Cantera, the Palmer and Resort Course, are very unique and different from the other course. But common to both courses are superb conditions from the tee box to the cup, lots of challenges to keep you on your game, unmatched scenic vistas, some wide open let-er-rip fairways, plenty of variety with no two holes being similar, good rates for such a quality course, an excellent pace of play, plenty of very fun holes, first class service, and upscale well done facilities - and a very memorable round of golf. The pro shops are well stocked with everything you need to look good and play well, the grill at each of the clubhouses serves some great food, and the bar is perfect for drinks and settling your bets or reminiscing about how you played. Each of the courses have won several awards and accolades some of which include:

  • One of the Palmer Course golf holesGolf Week named both courses in their list of "Best Courses You Can Play" in 2015
  • Golf Magazine named both courses in "Most Beautiful Courses in Texas"
  • The Resort Course was named the "9th Best Golf Course in Texas" by Golf Advisor and "#1 Luxury Golf Course in San Antonio" by Avid Golfer Magazine
  • The Palmer Course was ranked the #2 Luxury Golf Course in San Antonio by Avid Golfer and #2 in Texas by Golf Advisor
  • Texas Outside listed both courses in the Best Resort Courses and the Best of the Best in Texas and the 18th hole made the list of the Most Beautiful Holes in Texas

The Palmer Course, one of Arnold Palmers' signature courses, is a 10 minute drive from the Resort - but you can see a lot of the golf holes and what you're going to be up against as you sip a margarita in the La Cantera Resort & Spa's infinity pool. The Palmer Course plays up some of the tallest hills in the San Antonio area, along a ridge line with views for what seems like hundreds of miles, and then back down to one of the best golf holes in Texas - #18 is a par 4 with a big uphill blind shot that will take you down a roller coaster fairway to a green surrounded by 5 bunkers, a hillside, and a pond with rock cascading waterfalls. Along the way to #18 you'll encounter lots of uphill as well as downhill shots from elevated tee boxes, a beautiful par 3 over a lake, lots of deer and wildlife, 5 blind shots, some challenging rough, more huge bunkers than most courses, and some really fun holes to try and par! Read our review of the Palmer Course, which we rated 9.7 out of 10, to learn more.

Palmer Golf HolePalmer par 3the views on Palmer are stunningThe Resort Course was designed by Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish and was home of the PGA tour's Valero Texas Open. The Resort Course is about 6 to 8 strokes easier than Palmer, has lots of ups and downs and elevated tee boxes, huge bunkers some of which are so big they have several grass islands, excellent putting surfaces but well guarded greens, wide open fairways that you don't want to miss or you're in some deep rough or most likely lost in the trees and brush, and some really enjoyable holes to play. One of our favorite holes on the Resort Course is #7 which has a dramatically elevated tee box high on a limestone bluff with a view of Fiesta Texas and the surrounding area for miles and miles, a tee shot that needs to avoid 3 fairway bunkers in you landing zone (one left, one right, and one in the middle of the fairway), and an approach shot to a challenging green with huge bunker and a pond on the right front - and the screams you'll hear aren't for your putting, they are coming from the thrilling ride on the Fiesta Texas Roller coaster just a short par three in back of the green. Here is a link to our review of the Resort Course which we rated 9.5.

Elevated tee shot on the Resort CourseA challenging hole on the Resort CourseViews are stunning

La Cantera Resort Amenities

In addition to 36 holes of golf, some of the other amenities that you can enjoy during your golf stay and play at La Cantera include:

  • two fantastic infinity pools (one of which is adults only) with cabanas, comfy lounge chairs, and a bar with delicious margaritas, other fancy drinks, and some food options
  • an unbelievable spa with a variety of services (one of which didn't help my game but it sure felt great) and a new 17,000 square foot spa and fitness center is under construction - read our article about our visit to Loma de Vida Spa & Wellness
  • a cozy lobby bar and a terrace with a bar and rocking chairs overlooking the first hole on the Resort course and with magnificent views of the rolling hills and north San Antonio
  • nine choices for food and drinks including the new Signature restaurant and three pool side options - read about our excellent dinner at Signature
  • a huge courtyard with a variety of different seating arrangements, water features, fire pits, and beautiful views - great for small get togethers, some cards, drinks, and more
the courtyard at La CanteraThe cantina with a sports bar type sectionone of the infinity pools at La Cantera

Luxury Golf Stay & Play Accommodations at La Cantera Resort

After all that eating and drinking and golfing and swimming and a maybe a trip through the fitness center you're going to need a good nights sleep and you'll find some very comfortable accommodations at La Cantera to make that happen. You've got several choices for lodging depending on the size of your group:
  • Deluxe Rooms with king or double beds and around 500 square feet of living space
  • Junior Suites with a master bedroom and a sleeper sofa in the living area plus two bathrooms
  • very well appointed Villas with their own pool and hot tub plus a golf cart to get you back and forth to the Resort
  • Luxury and Executive suites that are 1000 to 1700 square feet and have a huge living area, one to three adjoining bedrooms, and unbelievable views
  • an exclusive adults only level located on the top floor of the Resort with a room that includes complimentary valet parking, VIP check in, happy hour, breakfast, and other exclusive amenities

The guest rooms are spacious and include all the necessities like large flat screen TVs, coffee maker, in-wall safe, high speed internet, oversized and well lit desk, well stocked mini bar, and lots more. The vast majority of the rooms have a small standing room only balcony with majestic views of the surrounding hillside, the lush fairways going up and down the hills, the pools, and Fiesta Texas. You'll also enjoy the sunrise or sunset on your balcony as the perfect start or finish to a fun filled day.

La Cantera SuiteLa Cantera Guest RoomLa Cantera Parlor

Make sure you check the La Cantera Resort website for some specials deals and rates including golf stay and play packages.


Nearby Fun Things to See & Do

If for some reason you feel the need to escape from the Resort, within minutes you'll find everything from amusement parks, to shopping, to live music venues, to fantastic golf courses, to excellent restaurants. Some of our favorites include:

  • Shamu at Sea WorldAmusement Parks - Fiesta Texas is next door and Sea World and it's Aquatica Waterpark are within 15 minutes
  • Downtown San Antonio - is loaded with restaurants, shopping, and attractions like the Alamo or the Riverwalk, click on this link to go to our San Antonio Page with a list of the Top Ten Things To See & Do
  • Shopping & Restaurants & More - The Shops at La Cantera is packed with upscale shops and some excellent restaurants
  • Live Music & Night Life - several choices are nearby but our favorite live music venue is John T. Floore Country Store
  • Golf - after you've played both of the La Cantera Courses and you still want to lose some more golf balls, San Antonio is loaded with some excellent courses within 30 minutes - use this San Antonio Golf Map to locate some and here's our list of the Best San Antonio Golf Courses

Bottom Line

It just doesn't get much better in Texas than a golf stay and play at La Cantera Resort in San Antonio - 36 of some of the best golf holes in Texas, upscale and luxury accommodations, a variety of choices for calories, a fantastic pool complex, a spa, and lots more.

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