MainStay Suites By Ft. Sam Houston
6900 North IH 35
San Antonio, TX 78218
Phone: (210) 798-3900
Fax: (210) 798-1891
Fort Sam Houston has two 18-hole courses in the 6,710 yard golfing area, christened the Salado del Rio and La Loma courses. You can also visit the museums and art galleries when you decide to take a break from golfing, even though, golf and art is not a very common combination.
Although roller-skating has declined in popularity since its 1970s heyday, this rink continues to draw a steady stream of roller-skaters and roller-bladers on most evenings. Modern pop favorites play over the sound system as beginners and advanced skaters alike roll around the large rink. Beginners are urged to stay in the center of the rink, Skateland draws a young and vibrant crowd of teens. Novices might choose to take lessons at the rink to build their skills. Call or check website for weekly schedule and admission fees.
Woodlake Country Club, a Desmond Muirhead-designed course, was opened in 1972. Narrow fairways, with streams and ponds, lead to small, fast and wavy greens that are well guarded by many sand bunkers. The lob wedge is used often, on this course, if chip shots are to stay on the greens. The front nine is pretty open, but there are lots of rolling hills and the wind does become a factor during the warm summer months. This course is fun to play on and it offers a pretty good challenge to players of all skill levels.
This water park is hugely popular, particularly with folks who do not want to drive out of town to enjoy the water or fight the crowds at some of the larger parks. You will find acres of body slides, tubes, pools, spraying and splashing attractions and kids areas providing hours of fun and relief from the Texas heat. Life jackets and inner tubes are included in the cost of admission. Splashtown also has lockers available for rent as well as a fairly good refreshment stand.
An art studio for children, Artworks is a gold mine for your budding Matisse or O'Keefe. The staff of patient souls doesn't mind if there's paint on the floor or clay under their fingernails—they feel that art is process and that people, and children in particular, should be allowed to explore and experiment to their heart's content. Painting, clay sculpting, drawing, crafts, collage and more beckon artists as young as age two into the Artworks studio. Artworks offers regularly scheduled classes and opens its doors for field trips; it can also be reserved for private birthday parties.
33 acres (4046 square meters) of lush foliage and colorful blooms beg to be appreciated. A wonderful attraction often overlooked by visitors, the garden is exquisite year round, with something always in bloom. A conservatory, formal gardens, "old-fashioned" gardens and native plant areas provide a variety of interest. This is definitely a must-see for both botany experts and garden-variety folks. If you're visiting in the spring, don't forget your antihistamines. The garden center features a luncheon cafe, a gift shop, guided tours, and adults' and children's classes. It is also available for private parties.
Keith Foster designed this San Antonio masterpiece, which opened in 1993 and has since garnered quite a reputation. A unique course carved out of an abandoned quarry, it placed among the top ten of "America's Top State Golf Courses" in Golf Digest magazine. It offers some of the best views of the city, but don't get caught sightseeing, or this course will eat your lunch. The front nine is pretty open and filled with streams throughout. Upon making the turn, you quickly find out how the course got its name. Nestled within the abandoned quarry, several holes have greens that are bordered on three sides by 100-foot cliffs, with trouble waiting on the other side. In fact, the names given to two of the holes on the quarry side, "Escape from Alcatraz" and "Reload," pretty much tell the story of the back nine. Call for tee times and more information.
This 6,627-yardage golf course, situated on about 130 acres, has a golfer-friendly layout consisting of 18 holes, Bermuda greens and beautiful natural features. One can avail of golfing lessons, snack bar, pro shop and other facilities.
Built in 1924, this is one of San Antonio's oldest courses. Usually in great shape and always fun to play, it is a popular course for players of all skill levels. Long, open fairways lead to large greens on this course, which is full of doglegs. But as if the constant doglegs weren't enough to contend with, a good bit of water comes into play, too, in the form of ponds as well as a river that runs through the course. Tee times are recommended if you want to play on weekends.
The Polo Field Practice facility is home to the First Tee of San Antonio and has a rich history. From early 1920s to 1976, polo was played on this field. Since polo is a winter sport, the fields were used as a driving range during summer. Recently, Golf San Antonio took over this place and brought in affordable golf facilities. You can putt and chip in the practice greens; there is also a sand trap. The hitting area, with a range of 350 yards, can accommodate up to 60 people. It also offers a clubhouse, club rentals and concessions.
The 18-hole course first opened in 1917 and is the second oldest golf course in Texas. Until recently, Brackenridge was also home of the lowest round ever posted in a PGA Tour event, a 58. The course is fairly short, measuring 6,185 yards from the championship tees, but there are plenty of trees and water to keep players from getting too greedy with the driver. Several holes require a long iron shot off the tee in order to stay out of trouble. Any golfer that visits San Antonio should play this course at least once. Tee times aren't necessary, but they are highly recommended, especially in the winter months when tourists are in town.
This course opened its doors to the public in 1963. Designed by George Hoffman, the course spans 6,896 yards from the championship tees and has long been a favorite of San Antonio natives and tourists alike. The clubhouse is a little weathered looking, but make no mistake, the course is in very good shape almost year round. Water, sloped greens, and many, many trees make this a pretty challenging little course. Like Mission Del Lago, this course is great for those golfers who prefer to walk.