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Conditions
3.3
Value
4.0
Layout
3.9
Friendliness
4.1
Pace
3.9
Amenities
3.6
77.4%
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3.6
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Value
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Layout
3.8
Pace
4.0
Amenities
3.6
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4.6
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3.4
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2.9
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Layout
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Pace
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Amenities
3.4
StaffFriendliness
4.1
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About

Holes 18
Type Military/Public
Par 72
Length 6755 yards
Slope 121
Rating 72.7

Fort Sam Houston is home to two 18-hole courses, Salado Del Rio and La Lorna. The Salado del Rio course is the more scenic of the two, offering spectacular views of the rustic countryside. The historic facility boasts some famous players including Sam Snead and Arnold Palmer. The layout is also more difficult than the other championship course at the club due to the presence of numerous blind shots and water hazards. Both Fort Sam Houstan golf courses feature tight, tree-lined fairways and greens that are medium in both size and speed. In addition to the two golf courses, Fort Sam Houston also houses extensive practice facilities including a practice chipping green and lighted driving range.

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Course Details

Year Built 1976
Greens Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS No
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker No
Caddies No
Golf School Academy Yes
Golf Simulator No
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes
Practice Hole No

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Appropriate golf attire.

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3.6
49 Reviews (49)
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4.0
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Previously Played

Salado Rio Fort Sam Army base

Fort Sam has 2 courses side by side. Pace was a little slow today as they were having a tournament on the La Loma course. Course was in great shape considering San Antonio is in a drought at the moment. Since it is on a military base, civilians will be required to fill out a form and show proper ID. Military and retired military just need to show ID. Great courses for the money

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

The course was in good condition.However you need to have an sponsor (a retired or active service man) or a pass from the base to be able to play.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Excellent Course - Great Value

Great value course for a great cost. Got a Hot Deal and thoroughly enjoyed my round, playing some of my best golf. It has been drought like conditions the last 6 weeks and the course is holding up great. The greens were not too fast or slow. 90% of the fairways were well taken care of. They were plenty of opportunities for ice cold water from coolers at every other tee box. Unfortunately the course does not go by the club house after the first 9 and the 1 vending machine was not on. They do have a 2nd course La Loma that does go by the club house after the first 9 and that is in great shape too.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Don’t Waste Your Time

The greens were very bumpy and slow. Some of the worst rolling greens I have played in a long time. The fairways were hit and miss, some ok, others a mixture of grass and weeds. Traps were mostly dirt, not sand.

For the money we paid to play this course there are many better options in SA. Will not plan to play there ever again.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Previously Played

Easy course, bad conditions

I’m a member here as I’m in the Air Force. I’m relatively new here and I’ve been told the course is normally in good shape, however it just isn’t right now. Can’t tell what’s fairway and what’s not from the tee box, tee boxes apart from hole 1 are in bad shape. Greens aren’t great at all, the course is pretty easy and can go low here. Pace of play can get pretty slow with all the retirees. Really hoping the course can get into better shape. Would be a great value if they do.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Played On
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Favorite Course

This is my favorite Course in San Antonio. The Staff is always friendly, even w/ GolfNOW Reservations. Pace of play today was excellent-- the Wednesday Marshall was doing a good job out there. Salado del Rio is forgiving if playing to the course architect, but not if trying to cut corners. Paying attention and playing to the layout is rewarded by a generous number of pars. I was hitting 3-ft., 4-ft., and the occasional 8- and 10-ft. putts all day. LOVE SDR!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Nice Layout

Lot of elevation changes and each hole is unique.
Some of the fairways are a bit narrow.
Course needs some warm weather to thicken the fairways and start greening up the greens.
Enjoyed the day.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

Dont bother playing this course!

So months ago I went to play this course because I saw them on Golfnow. However, when I got there the attendant (who was quite rude I might add) told me that I needed to be military personnel to play the course. I was confused because they were on Golfnow. Being upset I just left and didn't feel like arguing. I called about 3 weeks ago and spoke to a Joseph who was the manager and he said that if anyone tells me that again, to call him and let him know because that was not right. I went the following day and played with no issues. Just this past week on the 28th I went to play again, however, the same rude attendant was working again and told me that it was military personnel only again. I asked to speak to a manager and a woman came out saying that the "General" says only military can play on the course. Here it is a week and a half later and they are still advertised on Golfnow not advising the public of this inconvenience. Please do not bother to book on this site or go in person unless you feel like wasting your time.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Texas Advisor
Top 100 Contributor
Previously Played
Windy weather

There Has Been a Major Change at Both Fort Sam Golf Courses

Effective Monday, March 4, 2019, the 36 holes at Fort Sam Houston are no longer open to civilians without prior issued permits.
In order to maintain tighter security at this large base you cannot just walk on here and play.
There will be a pass/permit issued to all non-DOD personnel after submission of an application with photo ID...
We had a tee time with Golf Now but were not allowed to play golf.
Of course, Golf Now knew nothing about the policy change.
There are good layouts here but they NEED more maintenance.
We played here last month. There was hardly anyone on the course so we had a 2.5 hour
round. They have so much maintenance to catch up on here. The weeds are winning the fairway battle, the greens were spotty and bumpy, and the tees were terrible.

Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Texas Advisor
Top 100 Contributor
Previously Played

Lack of Maintenance is a Blemish

We really like this course and Joseph the pro shop manager is a very friendly guy.
This is a historic Tillinghast layout that’s close to 100 years old.
This time there does not appear to be much if any maintenance being performed regularly here.
The vast majority of the greens are messed up and the tees are not mowed. There is an infestation of weeds everywhere, much of the fairways have little or no grass.
Hole #4 through #8 you play the old course around ancient trees and then holes #9 to #18 you are wide open.
#17 is a tough par 3 with the green protected by a large berm and then a wide bunker. It plays into the wind to add to the challenge.
We like this old course and hope that the US government will do a better job of maintaining this historic gem.

Conditions Fair
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Enjoyed this course

If your in the San Antonio area bot the La Loma and Salada courses at Fort Sam Houston should be on your list.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

A very pleasant surprise

This course was more of a challenge then La Loma, course conditions were very good for this time of year. Be prepared to put the driver away and manage your way around this course. Definitely one of our favourites so far in San Antonio.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

TLC needed !!

Very little done to winterize course . The greens had bare spots and hard pan on all the fairways !!

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
1.0
First Time Playing

Don’t play if you are not military

Tee time 8:33 am, showed up and asked for ID. Guy says uh oh, you need to be vetted to play here. Sends us to to visitors center, but turns out the wrong visitors center (10 miles from course). Wrong visitors center told us address of right visitors center (5 miles away from wrong one). Stated the wait and vetting process would be 1-2 hours.

It would have been nice to know the “paper work” it states you need to fill out in the agreement, was not on site. Also, if the front desk knew where to send you to do this “paper work”.

We didn’t even play, would have been dark by the time we finished getting vetted. Worst golf now purchase EVER!

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

This has challenges.

The course was a little dry due probably of this winter time thus the greens are often uncontrollable.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Poorly maintained course

Course conditions poor. Bunkers in very poor shape. Signage missing in several locations so you are having to guess which way to go to find the next hole. Many holes had no signage. Generally a poor, unforgiving layout, and poorly maintained. Definitely will not play this course again.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Narrow Fairways

The fairways still had a lot of moisture, making it hard to get better distance. The fairways are somewhat narrow making it more challenging but adds to the beauty of the course. The greens were very good and somewhat fast.

Weekend play made it slower than normal and the lack of course marshals did not help.

For the price either of these courses are a great deal.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

The course.

It had been raining the past days thus the grass are so thick that if you hit outside the fairways you can hardly find your ball.Some fairways were just mowed and was not blowered thus they are rough.Other than that I love playing this course.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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