On Saturday, I had the pleasure of playing The Palmer Course at La Cantera in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the golf course. It’s hard to believe The Palmer Course has been on the San Antonio golf scene for ten years now. I can remember when it opened and I could not wait to get out and play it. It has really become a staple of San Antonio golf and has always been one of my favorite golf courses in San Antonio. I was invited to play The Palmer Course with a group of other golf bloggers and media people so you bet I took full advantage of the invite.
We were met at the bag drop area by two friendly customer service guys who seemed to have a genuine interest if I was ready to play golf. They took my bag and pointed out detailed directions of where my bag would be and where I could find the breakfast that was waiting for us. After I parked the truck and made my way inside, the service at the grill was just as spectacular. We were greeted by a couple people who asked right away if we needed anything and if we would fill out our lunch selection from the menu. After a couple muffins and a banana, we headed to the driving range where the range balls were set up and ready to go. This has always been the case at The Palmer Course, and I have never understood why range balls are not included in my green fees at some courses. The range balls are always included at The Palmer Course.
When we got to the first tee box, you can see how good of shape the golf course was in. With the ongoing heat and drought in San Antonio, I figured the golf course may have suffered already. According to Steve Shields, the Director of Golf at La Cantera, they have started to water from the center of the fairways out to the cart paths. This means the fairways, greens, and tee boxes will continue to be watered and as you get closer to the cart paths they have made the decision to stop watering to meet the local watering restrictions. There are just a few spots on the golf course you can tell has been hit by this, and if you hit it in the middle of the fairway each time you shouldn’t have to worry about dead spots!! 😉
My dad and I played with a very nice gentlemen from Houston, named C.B. and his daughter Sarah. C.B. has a golf blog as well at texasgolfnews.blogspot.com. This was the first time he has played The Palmer Course and he did not say one bad thing about the course all day. I really enjoyed my round of golf at The Palmer Course on Saturday as well and I am glad I was able to get out and play. The food after the round was surprisingly tasty as well, unlike the stuff you taste at other “19th Hole” grills you find at other golf courses.
If you would like to enjoy The Palmer Course as well, starting on June 20, they will be running a summer golf special through August 28. Here is an quick overview of the summer golf special:
- $69 (weekday) $79 (weekend)
- Includes a complimentary lunch
- Golfers receive $20 bounce back coupon to use towards a future round, valid until Dec. 31.
- Guests who take advantage of the summer golf special will be entered into a drawing for a grand prize including a two night stay at The Westin, two rounds of golf, and a personalized memento signed by Arnold Palmer himself.