Salado Del Rio at Fort Sam Houston Golf Course

3.7569166667 3.8 stars from 5 (25)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6755 yards
  • Slope: 121
  • Rating: 72.7
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No
GPS: No

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: No
Practice hole: No
Simulator: No
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Appropriate golf attire.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

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

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.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.8 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.6 stars from 5
Value: 4.2 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.0 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.1 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.9 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.5 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 25 Reviews
5 stars:
4
4 stars:
12
3 stars:
7
2 stars:
2
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

21 out of 25 reviews


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"Had a good time"


CaraMcD's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  25+

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/05/2018
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Slow play"


u00000231033's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/22/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"6.5 hours to finish 18"


u4381843's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/11/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The golf course closed Salado on Monday without notice, forcing everyone onto Laredo. My tee time through Golf Now was for 8:33 AM, finally tee’d off at 9:15. Pace was ridiculously slow. Finished 18 in 6.5 hours! Thursday of the same week, they closed Laredo for a junior tournament without any notice. Rate of play was horrible with many novice golfers and no staff on the course! I’ll pay more to golf somewhere else.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"Crusty Greens"


jtyson1479's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/02/2018
First time playing Used cart Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The greens were aerated, sanded and, evidently, left to bake w/o any water. They were roughly as firm as the parking lost though quite a bit bumpier.

The layout is nice enough and the overall condition about what you'd expect.

Nice folks in the pro shop and excellent pace of play (4 hours, 5 minutes on a Saturday)


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Where am I??"


david4886286's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/02/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course layout was horrible. Had no idea which hole I was playing or which course I was on. Couldn’t find the 15th hole so we just called it a day and drove back to the clubhouse. Fairways and greens were ok.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course




4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/01/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

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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


"I enjoy the courses at Fort Sam"


jgh1204's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/12/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Just know that you can get bumped for a military player.

We booked 3 slots at noon. Somehow another 2 some was booked and one of players was going to get bumped as the other 2 players were soldiers.. Then they said we could move to 12:33. Which was fine with us, but luckily the 2 some ended up running late and we went off at our scheduled time. We were told that it was a military installation and soldiers had priority. Which I am okay with, just know the risk going in.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course




5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/08/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



Juan8819155's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/30/2018
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Blind shots."


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/19/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great track, but a lot of blind shots. Unless you have played this course, you will be guessing on shots until back nine.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



u452425253's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/14/2018
First time playing Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Truly enjoyed"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/10/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

First time playing this course & will play it many more. Thanks Golfnow:)))


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Print GolfNow confirmation!"


u4246792's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/07/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Front desk was annoyed that a golfnow printout was not provided even though I had the confirmation on my phone through the golfnow app. They should focus more on customer service if they offer external booking options and wish to keep those new customers.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/01/2018
First time playing 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: Excellent


I recommend this course



uGWCO3127GW's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/26/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



u1359463's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/16/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



u000006446093's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/06/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Winter conditions"


u00000166143's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/10/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The showed the results of the recent freezing spell.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Dry and Sometimes Confusing"


u801114878's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/09/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

When my friend and I played, though it was winter golf, the course was very dry and only a few greens rolled well. The course has parts which are under construction, such as number 16 ( I think) which had a cup placed in the middle of the fairway. While I did enjoy the creativity of that hole it was impossible to put on. Not the worst course for its value, but there is better golf in SA.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"This course has many challenging features"


smithg52's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/20/2017
Previously played Used cart Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played long after 5 days wet weather. You have many doglegs. Greens were slow due to dampness. Great fun and met some real nice people.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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