The Cottages and Casitas were architecturally inspired by the 2006 Southern Living Idea House and they are outstanding - comfortable, fully furnished, well appointed, and very upscale with no amenity or comfort overlooked. For instance, they have beautiful tiled baths, gourmet open kitchens with granite countertops, custom cabinets, and stainless steel appliances. All of the Cottages and Casitas are owned by private individuals but the furnishings and appointments must meet Traditions standards if they are put into a rental pool that makes them available for rent and golf stay and play packages to guests and visitors to the Traditions Club.
The Cottages and Casitas are two, three, or four bedrooms with two to four bathrooms, open living and dining areas, outdoor living spaces, and many other top quality finish characteristics. Some of the Cottages and Casitas overlook the green on the 9th hole and a couple overlook a pond and others have more of a residential neighborhood feel and include garages. In addition to being nicely appointed inside, they all are well landscaped with a variety of colorful plants and all are meticulously maintained. They are within walking distance (a long par five to a chip shot) to the Clubhouse, swimming pool complex, driving range, and Pro Shop.
From our perspective, calling these luxuriously appointed homes (worth $400,000 to $600,000) Casitas or Cottages is a real misnomer! I would love to call any one of them "my home." We have stayed in a number of Stay & Play accommodations from luxury 5 star resorts overlooking the Pacific Ocean to some run down lodging on a cow pasture golf course in south Texas to almost everything in between - and nothing comes close to meeting the quality and spaciousness of the Cottages and Casitas at Traditions Club.
On our first stay at Traditions we had no clue where we were staying and I did little to no research, which means we didn't know what to expect. We arrived late, were warmly greeted and welcomed, and directed to our Cottage. As we drove up at night we couldn't help but notice how stunning our Cottage looked with it's Christmas lights and decorations, beautiful landscaping, and lots of lush thick grass - my lawn never looks this good!
When we walked in the front door and flicked on the light switch the "Wows" started and continued as the four of us explored each room! We were stunned by how well equipped and appointed our four bedroom Cottage was and how spacious each of the living areas and bedrooms were. I immediately wanted to sell our abode and move in! Our second reaction was that we might be in the wrong place and in some famous golfers house! How could this beautiful 3300 square foot home be part of a golf stay and play package and called a "Cottage?"
Our Cottage had:
Everything in the Cottage was upscale and very well done - warm color schemes and fabric wall coverings, high end accent pieces, wood floors, large patterned area rugs with coordinated color schemes, high arched ceilings with crown molding, upgraded fixtures, tiled showers and marbled countertops, lounging robes, large fluffy towels, individually temperate controlled bedrooms, and lots more. Now you're thinking this place must cost a fortune for a stay and play! Not true, it's a little pricey but not much more per night than a medium priced good hotel and much less expensive than some of our Texas golf resorts! Each of the bedrooms have lock-outs which means that the Cottages can be one to four bedroom units.
On our second visit it was just the two of us and we stayed in one of the Casitas with the seventh fairway just on the other side of the trees. I was positive that we would be very disappointed if we compared staying in the Casita to our previous stay in the Cottage. Was I ever wrong! Our Casita was a smaller version of the 4 bedroom Cottage but very roomy, well appointed, and upscale with:
Wow - it just doesn't get much better! And when we woke up the next morning our golf cart was sitting in the driveway ready to take us to the tee box on the first hole of Traditions Golf Club!
As good as the Traditions stay and play lodging is, the Traditions Club golf course is equally impressive. In fact, it made our list of the Best Private Courses in Texas. When you stay in one of the Casitas or Cottages you are allowed access to the exclusive and very private Jack Nicklaus and Jack Nicklaus II designed championship golf course - which is one of the reasons why you need to pick up the phone and call your golfing buddies and make a room and tee time reservation. Like the Traditions accommodations, the golf course is equally upscale, well maintained and manicured, and a blast to play! Here is a link to our review of The Traditions Golf Club at A&M.
One of the first things we noticed when we drove into the community and up to the clubhouse was the terrain - we didn't expect gently rolling hills, huge stately hardwoods, and natural creeks and wetlands in Aggie Land. And in the center of the Tradition's 900 beautiful acres, Jack Nicklaus designed a fantastic layout with wide sweeping fairways, strategically placed bunkers, and large sloping greens. Jack Nicklaus states, "its an incredible piece of property....the course really designed itself."
With four sets of tee boxes, plus a combo tee box, and yardages ranging from 4964 to 7121 and a slope of 132 to 151, Traditions Club is no walk in the park. Make sure you pick the right set of tee boxes, study the yardage card closely, occasionally leave the big dog in the bag, and be aware of pin placement - and you should have a fun and very enjoyable experience. I did all of that including taking the Head Pro's advice and moving up a set of tee boxes and I still lost some balls in the natural areas and ponds, took home a lot of sand from the bunkers, and ricocheted off several trees (scaring the heck out of the squirrels and deer) - but I loved it and can't wait to do it again!
You'll encounter elevation changes, sloping fairways, forced carries, challenging green complexes, steep and treacherous bunkers, some tight fairways, creeks and ponds, dog legs, and several good risk reward opportunities - all of which demand good club selection and excellent course management if you want to walk into the bar collecting bets instead of buying drinks. Traditions Golf Club is challenging but it's very fair and home to lots of fun and memorable holes.
The course conditions both times that we played were as good as it gets, service was excellent, and the entire course is meticulously maintained. The rolling hills, majestic hardwoods, ponds, and huge beautiful homes scattered along some of the fairways make golf here a very scenic, memorable, and enjoyable round. Sitting in the bar, enjoying a cold drink, and reflecting back on the course, we started making plans to come back again!
As a guest in the Cottages or Casitas you are entitled to enjoy all of the amenities of Traditions Club during your stay. At the top of the list of where you'll most likely spend time when you're not golfing is the $7 million 25,000 square foot Clubhouse. And just like the golf course and lodging, it is very well done with a hill country design style which helps define the warmth and casual elegance of Traditions Club. Within this four building complex are:
The restaurant in the Century Room is open at certain times for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and includes a wide variety of choices from appetizers (like Maryland Style Crab Cakes or Fried Oysters on Deviled Eggs), salads and soups, burgers to chicken fried steak, a variety of sandwiches (including Oyster Po-Boy and Beef Tenderloin Panini), and dinners like steaks, Lobster and Crab Ravioli, or Texas Pecan Crusted Trout. We had a fantastic lunch - the Prime Rib Wrap, chile verde pork stew, and a trio salad.
Traditions Club is rich with Texas A&M history, so make sure you cruise through the Century Room and check out the vintage A&M pictures like the 1922 portrait of E. King Gill, Texas A&M University's original 12th Man and the 1928 photo of Military Walk as well the Corps parading for General Dwight D. Eisenhower at A&M's Memorial Student Center.
By the way, service is excellent and not just in the restaurant - everyone is courteous, outgoing, friendly, and committed to making sure your stay is enjoyable. In addition, the Tradition Club members that we encountered are very friendly and outgoing - in fact, a pair of ladies in the Pro Shop waiting for their tee time asked my wife if she wanted to join their golfing group.
As a guest staying in the Cottages or Casitas, you have access to the Family Swim Center which is home to:
The Grille serves light to hearty options ranging from fajitas to burgers, wings to quesadillas, and Caesar salads to chicken sandwiches. There are 5 LCD flat screens, both inside and outside the Grille, which are perfect to watch an Aggie game or Tiger Woods attempting to win a tournament.
Traditions Club is also home to one of the finest practice facilities and golf academies in Texas and it's where the Texas A&M golf teams practice. The Paul Wahlberg Aggie Learning Center is impressive and it is available for the Texas A&M golf team's use as well as some private events like executive retreats. There are locker rooms, a players lounge, a double sided driving range, practice greens, covered hitting bays, two indoor bays with state of the art swing and putting analysis equipment, and a multi-acre practice facility with water hazards, bunkers, dedicated wedge practice area, and seven greens that give you an opportunity to practice every shot in golf!
Before you head out for your round of golf, make sure you spend some time in the Pro Shop and on the driving range with mobile covered hitting bays, the putting green, and the chipping area plus you should play the 19th hole which is a par 5 dog leg right hole that gives you an opportunity to get a feel of what you'll experience during your round on Traditions Golf Club.
Traditions Club is just minutes from Texas A&M University and everything that College Station offers - some of which includes excellent restaurants, several fun and lively bars, lots of live music venues, the A&M campus, shopping, and several attractions like the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum.
If you've mastered the Traditions Club and need to play some other nearby courses, here is a map to help you find some to play. The Campus Course at A&M was redone in 2013 and it's a pretty good layout and worth playing - read our review of the Campus Course.
Check out the pictures on the Tradition's website to give you a better idea of what you'll get to experience during your stay and play at Traditions. Round up some golfing buddies and go out of your way to enjoy this outstanding Texas golf stay and play package.