Salado Del Rio at Fort Sam Houston Golf Course
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.
|Red (W)||72||5390 yards||70.1||113|
|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|
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
TLC needed !!
Very little done to winterize course . The greens had bare spots and hard pan on all the fairways !!
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!
This has challenges.
The course was a little dry due probably of this winter time thus the greens are often uncontrollable.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We had a great time would highly recommended!!
Thank you so much
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.
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.