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Salado Del Rio at Fort Sam Houston Golf Course

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3.7
43
5 Stars
10
4 Stars
17
3 Stars
10
2 Stars
4
1 Stars
2
Conditions
3.3
Value
4.1
Layout
3.9
Friendliness
4.1
Pace
4.0
Amenities
3.6
82.3%
Recommend this course
35 out of 43 reviews
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Average Rating
3.4
14
5 Stars
4
4 Stars
4
3 Stars
2
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
2
Conditions
2.8
Value
3.8
Layout
3.9
Pace
4.0
Amenities
3.4
StaffFriendliness
3.9
71.4%
Recommend this course
10 out of 14 reviews
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Average Rating
3.6
33
5 Stars
9
4 Stars
11
3 Stars
7
2 Stars
4
1 Stars
2
Conditions
3.2
Value
3.9
Layout
4.0
Pace
3.9
Amenities
3.5
StaffFriendliness
3.8
81.8%
Recommend this course
27 out of 33 reviews
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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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Fort Sam Houston - Salado del Rio
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 72 6755 yards 72.7 121
White 72 6248 yards 70.3 117
Red (W) 72 5390 yards 70.1 113
Scorecard for Salado Del Rio
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Blue M: 72.6/126 393 402 552 384 184 408 356 381 343 3403 606 187 515 211 554 418 380 193 390 3454 6857
White M: 71.2/123 373 392 533 368 167 385 338 364 329 3249 592 167 491 187 524 401 366 176 374 3278 6527
Gold M: 66.9/109 W: 72.1/123 335 345 482 225 121 343 301 322 298 2772 549 126 438 148 464 340 319 141 323 2848 5620
Red W: 68.6/113 296 256 410 220 103 298 284 302 285 2454 479 99 362 135 443 316 297 122 282 2535 4989
Handicap 11 3 1 5 17 7 13 9 15 2 18 6 14 4 8 10 16 12
Par 4 4 5 4 3 4 4 4 4 36 5 3 5 3 5 4 4 3 4 36 72
Handicap (W) 5 13 1 15 17 3 11 7 9 2 18 6 16 4 8 12 14 10

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.

Reviews

3.7
43
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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
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
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
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
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

I reserved for Salado but it was closed for maintenance so they let me play the La Loma course.The course was cart path only due to the rains the past days.The course was still in good condition although there were still some areas of some fairways flooded.I definitely recommend this course.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Top 250 Contributor
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

This could be a great course if better kept

This course is much nicer looking and challenging than La Loma, its neighboring course. Pros: really challenging, plays decently long, nicely kept greens, great design, and scenic looking holes. Cons: the fairways are pretty beat up, no GPS on the carts. I would probably play at this course again, but I would rank this course below the other munis in San Antonio. This course would be a last resort.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Great Fun

Course challenging due to design. Lots of fun. Greens in great shape for July. Some work being done but no very distracting. Very helpful and friendly staff.
Shot poorly, but still had a good time.

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

Fabulous

We had a great time would highly recommended!!
Thank you so much

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 25+
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Had a good time

Husband and I played the course on a day after it had rained the night before and the morning of our afternoon round. The course was still a little wet so it was cart path only for the round, even though there were several who either didn't get that info or just didn't care. The round was enjoyable despite the oppressive humidity of that day. The pro shop staff was super friendly and explained to us that going from #3 to #4 is quite the trip and that we would not be back at the clubhouse until we finished our round. He was not kidding!!! Number four is fairly easy to find if you're a white or blue tee player. For those of us who play gold or red, it was a little more difficult. If you fall into the red or gold group, just keep going down, down, down the hill to the bottom. Once you're down there you'll play 4-8 before you climb back up for #9. After number 9 you will still be way out on the course. From #9 and #10 you will be able to see Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery. Quite an experience to hear a 21 gun salute and then TAPS while playing a round. Once you finish #12 you'll cross the street somewhat headed back to the clubhouse.
One thing we would have liked to have was a better idea of where we were hitting. There are several blind holes and having a better understanding of how far the corners were from the tee box or how much was needed to carry certain areas would have been nice. The only place we had an idea was from a sprinkler on the long par 5 #14. The sprinkler just short of our tee shots said "RIP IT!"
Overall we had a great experience and look forward to another round at Ft. Sam.

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

Slow play

From the time we tee off the group in front of us was talking in the fairway, on the greens and teeboxs. No respect for others. This isn’t the first time playing this course. It took almost 5 hrs to play. Wasn’t to happy about the situation.

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