The Texas Hill Country offers some of the best golfing experiences anywhere in the state. Courses designed by pros who’s names even non-golfing types know. Fantastic. Problem is, unless you make mid-six figures, you probably never have, nor ever will play on a course like that. We here at EXPLORE are a frugal bunch. Not cheap. We just like to have our fun AND be able to buy food for the family for the next 2 months. Here are a few golf courses the staff like to frequent that will leave enough pocket change for a little something from the snack cart.
The Buckhorn Golf Course:
To a lot of people, Comfort might seem like an odd place to find some good golfing. Sure enough though, The Buckhorn Golf Course resides just West of the main drag and offers up some seriously fun golf. This course is also one of the nicer, yet fairly inexpensive courses in the area. Wide rolling fairways make this an extremely forgiving course. I should know. The first time to play Buckhorn I hadn’t played in 3 years and I ended the 18th whole with the same ball I started the 1st. And no, it’s not a testament to my skills. Buckhorn offers some beautiful Hill Country views as well as some pretty challenging holes. One of the cool things about their website, is that you can book your tee times online. A great feature if you’re looking to avoid human contact at all costs. Book early because this is a popular course. 36 FM 473 • Comfort, TX 78013 • 830-995-5351 • www.buckhorngolfcourse.com
Oak Valley Driving Range and Par 3:
Nestled in the hills just West of Helotes on Hwy 16, Oak Valley is another fun, spur-of-the-moment golf outing course. There isn’t much to this 9 hole par 3 but that’s part of what we like about it. It’s a great place for practicing your short game or to get out of the house for a few hours. Go on a weekday and chances are you won’t run into much, if any, crowd. Wide open spaces means it’s quite forgiving for everyone. Kids love playing this course, and at $1 per hole for 9, you won’t feel too bad if they start complaining that they don’t want to play anymore. The course also offers a driving range if you’re just wanting to launch some golf balls into oblivion. Since it’s just a par 3, the only carts to rent are pull carts for your bag. 18632 Bandera Rd. • Helotes, TX 78023 • 210-695-2606
Canyon Lake Golf Club:
This semi-private course takes full advantage of the rolling countryside, live oak trees, and the views of Canyon Lake. You’ll find this course to be relaxing, fun and affordable. The course offers good variety with some up and down holes, dog legs and a couple of challenges. The fairways are a little rough and some of them require some decent accuracy to avoid trouble. The back nine is a little harder than the front and offers very good variety. The greens were a little small for us once every fourth month golfers here at Explore. We prefer greens the size of Boerne Town Lake that funnel your ball directly to the hole. Being a country club it’s a bit fancier than the other courses we played. Just make sure you don’t show up in a trucker hat and wife beater otherwise you might be checking out the apparel selection in their pro shop. 405 Watts Lane • Canyon Lake, TX 78133 • 830-899-3372 • www. canyonlakegolfclub.com