Stay & Play Review of the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa Review - San Antonio

If you're looking for a fun place to have a golf vacation, a weekend golfing excursion with your friends, family, or golf buddies then you should look closely at the Stay & Play Package at the . This review of the stay and play offering at the Hyatt Hill Country Resort will give you our reasons why we think this is one of the best golf resorts in Texas. Some of those reasons include:
  • Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort championship golf on some of the best 27 holes in Texas
  • excellent Texas hospitality and service second to none
  • very comfortable accommodations
  • a variety of dining choices
  • plenty of activities and amenities for kids and adults
  • a top notch spa to work out the golf kinks
  • it's close to lots of other outstanding San Antonio Golf Courses
  • the rates are reasonable


Golf at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort

Approach shot to 6th hole of the Lakes CourseHyatt Hill Country Resort & Golf Course

The Hyatt Hill Country Resort offers three different Arthur Hill designed nine hole courses, each with their own unique character and challenges. All three nines are in excellent condition and very well maintained and landscaped. You can find a course and set of tee boxes that will challenge any skill level or a nine that is forgiving, relaxing, scenic, and fun to play.

Lakes CourseCreeks #9Oaks Course

Each of the courses leverages the terrain that it meanders through, for example: the Lakes Course has 3 lakes that add beauty and challenge, the Oaks Course is heavily treed with majestic oaks, and the Creeks Course is named after the creek bed that runs alongside and across a lot of the fairways. To learn more about the courses, read our review of each - here is a link to the reviews of the Oaks Course, Lakes Course, and the Creeks Course. Our favorite was the Lakes Course because it is very scenic, each hole is a little different, it's fun yet very challenging, and demands good club selection and course management if you want to avoid buying drinks at the bar after your round.

One of the golf holes at the Hyatt Hill Country ResortOne of the golf holes at the Hyatt Hill Country Resort

The Pro Shop is very well stocked with everything that you'll need to play well and look good doing it! And the golf practice facilities are very good and we recommend you spend some time on your short game and putting. And adjoining the Pro Shop is a fine dining restaurant (Antlers Lodge) and an excellent 19th hole, Cactus Oak Tavern which has some very good food, great drinks, TVs, and a pool table - an excellent place to spend some time settling your golf bets, reminiscing about your round over a game of pool, and planning when you can come back for more. And the golf practice facilities are very good and we recommend you spend some time on your short game and putting - you'll need your A game unless you want to buy the drinks at the Cactus Oak Tavern.

The Hyatt Hill Country Resort Amenities & Activities

If you can find some time outside of golfing, the Hyatt Hill Country Resort is loaded with lots of outstanding amenities, some of which include:

  • a beautiful swimming pool complex with trees, waterfalls, a hot tub, lounge chairs, and Papa Ed's Pool Bar & Grill with juicy burgers, home-made sandwiches, grilled food, and bountiful appetizers and ice cold drinks
  • a 950 foot lazy river that meanders through a thickly wooded area making it seem like you're on a remote portion of the Guadalupe River

Pool at the HyattHot Tub at the HyattLazy River at the Hyatt Hill Country Resort

  • the FlowRider where you can try body, knee board, or stand-up boarding on a wave machine which drives 40,000 gallons of water up a slope at a rate of 18,000 gallons per minute - next to the FlowRider is Vince's Watering Hole where as you can sip a cold drink as you watch your buddies try the FlowRider or take bets on who can stay up the longest
  • bikes and trails, a tennis court, and volleyball if you've got the energy
  • Charlie's Long Bar which is the perfect place to play some darts, pool, or shuffleboard; munch on some good appetizers; and enjoy some of their special drinks
  • hammocks, benches, or rocking chairs in serene, beautiful, heavily treed, and colorfully landscaped areas if you need to take a nap or relax after your rounds of golf
  • Windflower Spa with a variety of services (the 50 minute Windflower Signature Massage was outstanding and got rid of all my golf kinks) plus a sauna, hot tub, relaxing pool and more

Windflower spa poolFlowRiderVolleyball at the Hyatt Hill Country

Dining at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort

After all of that golf and several activities you've got lots of choices to load up on some carbs for the next days activities. The Hyatt's five restaurants serve everything from burgers or nachos at the pool to fine gourmet dining in Antlers Lodge to Eggs Benedict for breakfast. We can highly recommend Cactus Oak Tavern for lunch before your round or at the turn - the Prime Rib Wrap is huge and very tasty and the grilled Tuna sandwich was excellent.

We at dinner at Antlers and really enjoyed a poblana soup, chile verde empanada, a delicious and tender hunk of Elk with red pepper jelly and spicy tomato jam on the side, and the pan seared Gulf Coast redfish. We were stuffed but still found room for a delicious dessert.

Fish & Shrimp at Hyatt Hill Country ResortElk dinner at the Hyatt Hill CountryDessert at Hyatt Hill Country's Antlers restaurant

Charlie's Long BarAfter dinner, we played some pool and shuffleboard and enjoyed some excellent custom made drinks at Charlie's Long Bar - the bartender was excellent and made us some very delicious drinks with a concoction of stuff that I could never repeat or duplicate - delicious! Charlie's is really cool - it's a recreation of an authentic western saloon with a 56 foot carved wood and copper topped bar, TV's, jukebox, shuffleboard, pool, darts, and video games.

The Springhouse Cafe is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and has an expansive breakfast buffet - the Eggs Benedict are excellent.

Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort Accommodations

Guestroom at the Hyatt Hill Country After all that golf, the pool, tennis, volleyball, and all the other activities, plus several drinks and lots of good food, the comfy bed at the Hyatt will have you sawing some zzzz's shortly after you hit it.

The Hyatt has 500 guestrooms and 58 suites. The rooms are upscale and very well appointed, having undergone a $13 million renovation in 2006. On our golfing trip we had a suite which had a large master bedroom with a king size bed, comfortable leather chair, and ottoman; a living area with a refrig, TV, sleeper sofa, and table and chairs; and a large patio with chairs and a nice view. The suites have adjoining lock out rooms if you want to share the living area with your golf buddies or friends.

Nearby Things To See & Do During You Stay at the Hyatt Hill Country Resort

In addition to the 3 nines at the Hyatt, San Antonio is loaded with some excellent courses - here is a link to our San Antonio Golf Map and list of the Best Courses in San Antonio.

Pat Green at John T FlooresIf you're looking for some fun nightlife, then put on the cowboy hat and boots, and mosey 5 minutes down the road to 151 Saloon - they have a great dance floor, a couple bar areas, fun crowd, and live country music most nights of the week. Another of our San Antonio favorites for music is John T. Floores Country Store which is one of the original dance halls in Texas and every weekend they have great live music with some of the best musicians in Texas.

If you need to leave the Resort for dinner, there are lots of nearby restaurants. The Hyatt concierge can help you with some recommendations.

Riverwalk in San AntonioDowntown San Antonio is about 25 minutes away and they have everything you need from sports venues to the Alamo to the Riverwalk and good restaurants. We love to bike around downtown San Antonio - its the best way to explore the city from our perspective - and now you can use Bike Share to rent a bike and tour the city. You can find a lot of fun things to see and do on Texas Outside's San Antonio Page.

Part of SeaWorld ShowIf you have kids that joined you and if for some strange reason they get tired of the lazy river, sandy beach, bikes, playground, kid's camp, lawn movies, and other planned Hyatt activities or if you're feeling a little guilty about abandoning them for 4 hours of golf, then Sea World (read about our visit to Sea World) and Aquatica (here's a link to our fun day at Aquatica) are a couple minutes away and Fiesta Texas is about 15 minutes up the road. Both Sea World and Fiesta Texas have great water parks, thrilling amusement rides, live entertainment, and much more.

Bottom Line

Bottom line, the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa is perfect for a golf stay and play and offers good food, great service, excellent amenities, 27 very good holes of golf, and lots of stuff to do nearby. Hit 'um straight and have a good time.

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