Northcliffe Golf & Country Club

2.1775529412 2.2 stars from 5 (345)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6532 yards
  • Slope: 119
  • Rating: 71.0
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 6532 yards 71.0 119
Blue 72 6080 yards 68.9 115
Red (W) 72 5258 yards 70.4 115

Northcliffe Golf & Country Club is one of the most beautiful and well maintained golf courses in the San Antonio and New Braunfels area. The par-72 golf course is enjoyable for the average golfer, yet a challenge to the low-handicap players.

Lots of water, trees and rolling fairways and greens make Northcliffe Golf & Country Club a fun course to play. Players of all skill levels will find this golf course a challenge. It's the closest course to Retama race track, so you heavy betters can have a full day and night. The Northcliffe Golf & Country Club staff is user friendly and professional.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 2.2 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 2.4 stars from 5
Value: 2.6 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.5 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 3.9 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.4 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 1.8 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 345 Reviews
5 stars:
24
4 stars:
90
3 stars:
86
2 stars:
67
1 stars:
78

recommend this course

195 out of 339 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city in the 'burbs worth the drive   Great for locals beginners seniors   Challenges include bunkers water hazards elevation changes   Great for drinks watching the game  

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"Remnants of What Used To Be"


jimsanmc1's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/09/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course was at one time a fine golf venue. As we understand, a foreigner now owns it with no intention of throwing money into improvements. Greens are bumpy dead threads of grass. The fairways, lined with old, untended trees, are little more than a cow pasture. Take this one off your list.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I don't recommend this course


"so sorry"


mikef22's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/08/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

over the last 20 years this course has gone from mediocre to horrible.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Still improving one day at a time"


Garfino's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/05/2018
Previously played

Reviewed on

I just finished playing the course and see the improvements a little at a time. The course pro who assumed the course after previous owners were going to shut the doors, take the money and walk away and leave this course to grow into a field. He and his staff work endlessly to undo the neglect from lack of funding from previous regime. As the greens are coming out of the dormant state, in do time this course will be back to normal. I like the plan for covering in most of the bunkers as well. Northcliffe is going to be the last of the value course around and a place wher beginners and hackers like me can enjoy time away from the rat race and not break my wallet. I will continue to go there and support this blue collar course and it’s local not foreign ownership. There have been some brutal reviews but if they knew the story and give support not malice....this course can rebound and be a pleasurable place to play and not pay through the roof. #support ncgolfand dr


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



mrdunham61's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/31/2018
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The greens were in the worst condition that I have ever seen.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I don't recommend this course


"Poor Conditions"


u527749966's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/31/2018
Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Greens were in very bad conditions. Dead greens very damaged. Fairways were not well maintained.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Lack of care"


rexincledon's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/18/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

A once nice club now at its peak of poor management and care. From the practice range to every fairway it’s just not cared for. There is as much bare dirt as there is grass. Whargrass they have is cut way to short. Every green is scalped too close, bare dirt, ant mounds are common. Fairways are so rough that driving a cart is uncomfortable unless you are at creep speed. That is a problem UNDER the grass! The one staff guy was very nice and the golf cart worked great.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"Greens are terrible"


elnashty14's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once every three months
Handicap:  Don't know

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/17/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The greens were absolutely terrible, and the fairways weren't much better. There were dry patches all over, and there was more sand on the greens then there was at the bunkers. All bunkers were being over grown with grass and weeds. So you got a free drop whenever you would land inside. The course was terrible, which is unfortunate because the staff was very friendly and extremely helpful. The started came out and greeted us at our car, and gave us a complete run down of the course. Clubhouse is old and rundown, but the snacks were inexpensive.

Take a look at the putting green they have outside the clubhouse, cause all the green are in that same condition if not worse. If you find a good deal, and just want to head out with your buddies and enjoy the day, then maybe i would recommend this place. But for any avid golfer, STAY AWAY.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"good and not perfect"


Armando7038597's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  5-9

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/11/2018
First time playing Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

the course needed some bunker work and also the greens need some work


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Gone To Seed"


Bobemac's avatar
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Texas Advisor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/03/2018
Previously played Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on

On a balmy Saturday morning at 9 AM this course was deserted. Their last tee time was at 8 AM and they didn't have anyone scheduled except us.

Jim at the front counter was friendly and the starter was helpful and a hoot. They were glad to see us. The starter even drove the cart to our car for us.

I reviewed this course five years ago and said that it was "rough around the edges" and needed maintenance.

Presently, there is no maintenance here. The traps are over grown with weeds, the greens have no grass. The fairways are bare and full of bumps and dips.

From the highway the course looks green and lush. The green is just the weeds in the rough.

This 'property" is owned by folks from Taiwan who purchased it more than a decade ago as an "investment"

The appraised value of the course is $1.5 MM, but it is on the market for $4.5 MM. The owners are looking at a commercial development not a golf course going forward.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I don't recommend this course


"You Get What You Pay For"


CFisher10's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/25/2018
First time playing Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on

I have played a lot of courses around San Antonio and I felt the need to share on this course. You definitely get what you pay for on this course. I paid a total of $40 for my wife and I to play this course. After playing the course and seeing the layout, I do not know where the money goes to?? The parking lot has huge holes in it everywhere. The course is not groomed or maintained at all. The grass on the tee boxes is long and has not been cut. The tee boxes would not be visible without the markers, like a higher level course. The course was muddy and watery all over the place. Granted, the city has gotten a fair amount of moisture. My home course is actually a lot better kept up for a municipal course. The fairways are not groomed at all and have weeds all over them. The bunkers have weeds growing out of them and are pure mud. The greens are in such bad conditions that the ball bounces all over the place. It was just a very disappointing experience for my wife and I. There is not even any scenic views really, as there is in other courses around the city. I would not recommend this course to any of my close friends that play a lot of golf. If you chose to golf the course, you are going to get what you pay for.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Wouldn't Recommend"


u628264161's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once every three months

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/24/2018
First time playing Used cart Wet weather

Reviewed on

The course was in bad shape. It was not well taken care of and the greens were dirt.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"A good bang for the buck"


Rjmullen's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/23/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course is in rough condition but still a great course. The staff is very friendly and helpful. As spring comes the course will become much better A challenging course with multiple dog legs and hazards. A good driving range is also available


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Get what you paid for"


rudyb8202's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/18/2018
Previously played Used cart Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

paid $20 for the round so wasn't expecting a PGA course, wouldn't have been so bad if the greens were not just dirt. I'd go back cause of the price and I'd know what i was in for.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


Commented on 02/21/2018

They aren’t dirt, they are dormant. Play here every week and the greens are 100% better than last year.


"Horrible greens"


Michael2163170's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/17/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

It is obviously wintertime don’t expect too much but literally the greens are dead I think they sprayed something on there to make him look kind of green very little grass on fairways but the layouts pretty fun


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 02/21/2018

Not dead but dormant Bermuda. The spray is chemical to treat winter weeds and Poa which took over completely last winter. A dye is added to the chemicals so they can see where it has already been applied.


"Eddie"


uOKUO5829OK's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/29/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course needs a major upgrade. Staff indicated that efforts were being made. In all fairness give it a Year or two.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course



gained's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/26/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Northcliffe Adventure"


tdgolfer80's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/20/2018
First time playing Used cart

Reviewed on

"Wow, I'm going back to Northcliffe very soon. The course is in great shape"....said no one ever!!

Sorry, but after reading the mixed reviews and finding a decent price on Golfnow I had to try it for myself. The greens, the greens, the greens! Just probably the worst I have ever played! Very little grass, mostly sand. Some looked they had a sand trap right on the green. If this is supposed to be the improving condition, I can't even imagine what it looked like before. Too bad, also. Nice area, decent layout, fairly wide open, nice homes, etc. Seems like the course is the worst amenity in the area. I do wish the new owners well and hope they can turn it around, but it has a long way to go.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I don't recommend this course


"nothing"


thetribe's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/20/2018
Previously played Used cart Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

their was nothing good bad greens bad fairways awful traps my playing pardner Stan said it was the worse golf course he had ever seen


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I don't recommend this course


"Scenic Course"


raysquiresGolf21's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/05/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

enjoyed the course layout, fairways and greens not in best shape, but blaming mostly on time of year and lack of rain...first time playing so give benefit of the doubt.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



ron9930685's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/03/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



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