Northcliffe Golf & Country Club

2.2525882353 2.3 stars from 5 (356)
  • 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 2.3 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 2.5 stars from 5
Value: 2.7 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.5 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.0 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.4 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 1.9 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 356 Reviews
5 stars:
24
4 stars:
94
3 stars:
88
2 stars:
68
1 stars:
82

recommend this course

201 out of 350 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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"NOT A REAL COURSE"


Ked2313's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/06/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on

If you have bothered coming this far to find out if you want to play here, just stop and find another course. I went against my better judgement and experienced by FAR the worst kept course I have ever been on. The staff was friendly, and I thought one was joking when he said, “You’ll notice a huge difference on the greens today! We just got a new mower to knock the heads off the weeds!” This course is sub par for even inexperienced poor golfers. There are better options. Any amount you pay is a waste of money.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Poor Greens"


smithg52's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/05/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

All of the greens had some type of weed growing in them. Most greens needed to be mowed. The grass on the greens was over an inch high. Friendly staff.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"I'm rooting for them"


JDNJTX's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/28/2018
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course is in the process of being rescued from an investment group who walked away from it. The conditions are not good, but rather than pile on with negative reviews I'd encourage people to consider if they want Northcliffe to join the long list of courses that have closed down? I drove an hour to play there, and had a good time. They have some significant work to do in order to get the course up to average conditions, but what is there today provides an opportunity to hit some shots, have some fun, and play conditions that are more like those that early golfers played on. The skeleton of a decent golf course exists there, and a good time can be had by those looking to practice, introduce someone to the game, or have a low pressure game. I hope people continue to give the course management a chance to keep the lights on and try to resurrect it.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Traps are being re-done"


mk8q16ophx6101058's avatar
Age:  Under 25
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/26/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

They are starting to re-do the traps and the Greens are coming in


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course





4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/20/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Getting Better"


mk8q16ophx6101058's avatar
Age:  Under 25
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/16/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

The course has been very much improved since the last time I played here. The Greens are really coming in


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



"Greens are horrible"


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

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/13/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Not sure what they’re doing to greens and it’s like really really bad


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"The Greens Are Looking Good"


u7104536's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/12/2018
Previously played

Reviewed on

I came to the this course in Oct, Since Dave Roberts has taken over he is slowly getting the course better, the greens are coming along great, its take time for this to happen, it cant come overnight. Ive been very happy with this course since been here for the 1st time since Oct.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Needs Some Time"


Greg8595038's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/28/2018
Previously played

Reviewed on

We play this course often because it’s convenient to where we live. Yes the greens and fairways need some work but they are showing improvement. The new manager is making an effort to bring the course back after it was neglected for years and I think by the middle of the summer you’ll see an overall improvement.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I recommend this course



jsbardellati's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/22/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Horrible"


gopher80's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/10/2018
Previously played

Reviewed on

Sad, Sad, conditions! Greens non-existent, bumpy, no grass to speak of. Bunkers allegedly “under repair”, but obviously not even being attended to. I should have known when the rate was $13 for 18 holes including cart, but even the staff didn’t mention the conditions. My sisters were in from up North, so I guess it was better than no play in the snow, but one commented, “They should be paying us to play”. At least our contributions paid for the cart fees.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"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
Top 100 Contributor
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



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