Frio Country Resort Golf Stay & Play

From our perspective it doesn't get much better than finding a place to stay where you can play 18 holes of great golf, enjoy some outstanding country music, play in the Frio River, explore some of the prettiest Texas Hill Country and choose from a wide variety of accommodations to fit your budget and group size. That's what you can do when you stay and play at near Concan.

Golf at Frio Country Resort

We had heard a number of good things about the Frio Country's golf course and we were pleasantly surprised when we played it. What a fun, challenging, scenic, and memorable 18 holes of golf. The Club at ConCan will throw a little bit of everything at you - dog legs, elevated tee boxes and greens, forced carries, strategically placed bunkers, tight approaches, and more. This is a shot makers course but with 5 sets of tees boxes, you can find one that will suite your game and allow you to bite off as much as you can chew. Read our review of The Club at ConCan to learn more about this fantastic course. You'll want to play this course at least twice, so budget your time and money accordingly. The Club at ConCan clubhouse is also home to a full service spa as well as a fantastic patio and grill serving some good food. We found it hard to leave the patio after a good lunch and a few cold beers.

One of the holes at The Golf Club at ConCanGreat golf hole at The Golf Club At Con CanThe Golf Club at ConCan

Stay & Play Lodging At Frio Country Resort

We wanted to be close to the Frio River when we stayed at Frio River Resort, so our group of 8 plus two grand kids stayed in the Frio Country Cabins and Campground section which has 26 rustic cabins ranging from a one bedroom one bath to a four bedroom four bath cabin that sleeps up to 18. All of the cabins were just a short walk to the Frio River and less than a quarter mile from the Frio River Country Store.

Cabin 6 at Frio Country ResortWe had Cabin 6 - a two bedroom cabin that was about 200 yards to the Frio River. Our cabin was perfect:

  • two bedrooms with two double beds plus a loft with two double beds
  • two full bathrooms, one of which was in the master bed room
  • a fully equipped kitchen with everything you need to cook some good meals plus a full sized refrigerator, coffee maker, toaster, blender, and microwave
  • a rustic wood dinning table that would seat 12 - perfect for dining as well as some rousing games late into the evening
  • a cozy living area with a fireplace, flat screen TV, a couple couches, and a chair
  • a porch with a picnic table and two chairs facing the river - great for games, coffee in the morning, or a cold drink winding down the day

In the same section that we were in is another good choice called the Beach Club which has 10 cabins built around a small pool. And four of the 2 bedroom 2 bath cabins have a back porch that overlook the Frio River and an outstanding swimming hole within a stones throw from the back porch. The Frio Country Beach Club and the Cabins are all close to and have very easy access to the Frio River. From the Beach Club and the Frio River, north on River Road will take you to several other lodging choices with Frio Country Resort:

  • Canyon Oaks has several two, three, and four bedroom cabins and houses
  • Cypress Bend is close to River Road and has a variety of options from cabins to a nice home with a volleyball net, campfire pit, and barbecue pit
  • Comanche Crossing has rustic cottages/cabins plus a very nice 5 bedroom 5 bath house with a pool table
  • Mountain Valley Subdivision is a great subdivision of homes that are within walking distance to the golf course and House Pasture restaurant and music venue

Nice home for rent at Frio Country ResortSome homes at Frio Country have poolsHuge homes are available for rent at Frio CountryView from one of the cabins at Frio Country Resort

The Frio Country Resort website does a very good job of describing each of the lodging options. If you want to camp, in back of the cabins is a small campground with some RV and tent sites under the trees. Each site has full hook ups plus a picnic table. Big rigs might find it a little challenging to squeeze into some of the sites and get under and around the trees.

Good Food & Country Music

All of the accommodations have kitchens and utensils and everything you need to cook your dinner, but if you don't feel like cooking, then head to Frio Country Resort's House Pasture Cattle Company, which is fantastic. From our cabin along the bank of the river, it took us less than 3 minutes to drive to the House Pasture. The House Pasture has inside seating as well as an outside open air pavilion and picnic tables just outside the pavilion. The meals we enjoyed were very good and reasonably priced - the burger was excellent, the chicken fried chicken was juicy and smothered with good gravy, and the ribeye was cooked to perfection and very tasty. They serve lunch and dinner and there is a wide selection of entrees ranging from salads to steaks, ribs, seafood, chicken, and more. After dinner, we had a competitive game of washers then moved to horseshoes and finally to the outside bar to collect our winnings. The grandkids really enjoyed sand box and playground.

House Pasture is alive with some outstanding music on most weekends during the summer. For example, during the summer of 2010 Gary P. Nunn, Stoney Larue, Bleu Edmondson, Kevin Fowler, Eleven Hundred Springs, Max Stalling, Owen Temple, and several other excellent Texas singer song writers played on either a Friday or Saturday night. The pavilion is perfect for a evening of music - a raised stage with a big dance floor, picnic tables under the pavilion as well as just outside the pavilion, a couple different bar stations, and a good sound system. And the crowd is a mix of locals, Gardner State Park campers, and Frio Country visitors - a lively and friendly mix that helps make the evening very fun. When you're thinking of visiting Frio Country, you may want to plan the trip around one of the music events - check out their events calendar.

House Pasture outdoor pavilion and music venueLively crowd at the Frio River Song FestivalMusic on the stage at House PasturePlayground and outdoor area at House Pasture

One of our excuses for staying at Frio Country Resort is because they were home to the Frio River Song Festival - two nights of music organized and run by Owen Temple and Adam Carrol. The first night of music was in the back yard of one of the rental cabins and was a very enjoyable evening under the trees and a sky full of stars listening to 8 Texas singer songwriters - we hated it when the music ended! The next evening the music moved to the House Pasture's outdoor pavilion where the same musicians played a set backed up by a band of fellow musicians. We enjoyed a good meal, plenty of cold beer, and 3 hours of music and dancing. Click on the link to read our review of the Frio River Festival - add this music festival to your August 2011 calendar.

Other Fun Things To See & Do

Enjoying the Frio River The other reason we wanted to stay with Frio Country Resort was to enjoy the Frio River, play golf at their golf course, and explore the local area. The river was a little low, but still fantastic for spending several hours in chairs in the middle of the river, floating down some of the chutes, and swimming in the deep pools. The water is cool, clear, and perfect on a hot summer day. We found a deep pool and spent several hours swimming, hiking up and down the river, and watching the tubers. Several nearby outfitters, including Frio Country Resort, rent tubes, kayaks, or rafts as well as provide a shuttle service.

During your stay there are lots of other fun things to do, some of which include:

  • Take a scenic drive - this is some of the prettiest Hill Country in Texas and there are several routes that will give you unparalleled scenic rides - check out a map and take any of the routes to Fredericksburg or Bandera. Bandera is one of our favorite small towns - the locals say "with over 16 bars and 23 churches, we are either prayin' or partin'" - its the "Cowboy Capital of Texas" with some really fun nightlife and great honky tonks.
  • Tube, kayak, fish, or canoe - Uvalde Country is known for its three rivers - the Frio, Sabinal, and Nueces. The rivers are clear and slow flowing, lined with river stones and cypress trees, and perfect for all sorts of water activities - kayaking, tubing, canoeing, swimming, fishing, or just sitting in a chair or tube and wasting the day away. There are plenty of outfitters to rent you some equipment and give you a ride up river or show you their favorite fishing holes. Andy's on River Road has tubes and more plus a shuttle service and the Frio Country Resort Store has tubes.
  • Bats at Frio CaveEat & Shop - there aren't a lot of choices but we hear Neals Lodges is excellent and Josh's Frio River Outfitters is worth a visit for ice cream and outdoor gear
  • Watch the bats - watch 10 to 12 million bats take off in search of dinner
  • Get Airborne - in a field adjacent to the House Pasture, we enjoyed a 20 minute ride with Holt Helicopters which was reasonably priced and and exciting helicopter ride over the river, golf course, and beautiful hills - what an outstanding and unique way to see the countryside
  • Jump on a horse - around Bandera are several dude ranches, we can recommend Twin Elm
  • Take a helicopter tourGo golfing - check out this golf map to find a course - The Club at ConCan is a must play
  • Explore:
    • Lost Maples Natural Area - this park was Texas' first officially designated natural area and named after the abundant bigtooth maple trees - a spectacular sight during October and November when the leaves blaze into their fall colors. You can hike, view rare bird species, a variety of wild animals, and over 350 species of maples.
    • Fort Inge - this historic fort was established in 1849 and Garner State Parkvisited by Robert E. Lee and other famous soldiers
    • Garner State Park - this huge park is the oldest park in Texas and has miles of excellent water frontage on the Frio River including some wide deep pools, several different picnic areas, miniature golf, tube and kayak rentals
  • Go hiking or mountain biking - nearby Garner State Park, the first state park in Texas, has miles of trails for hiking and mountain biking

Have fun and let us know if how you enjoyed your stay with Frio Country Resort.

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