La Cantera Resort - The Palmer Course

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4.7
355
5 Stars
268
4 Stars
66
3 Stars
11
2 Stars
5
1 Stars
5
Conditions
4.7
Value
4.5
Layout
4.8
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.6
94.4%
Recommend this course
336 out of 352 reviews
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4.8
15
5 Stars
13
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1
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0
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0
Conditions
4.8
Value
4.5
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.6
Amenities
4.6
StaffFriendliness
4.8
93.8%
Recommend this course
15 out of 15 reviews
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4.8
40
5 Stars
34
4 Stars
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2
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0
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0
Conditions
4.7
Value
4.5
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.5
StaffFriendliness
4.8
95.1%
Recommend this course
39 out of 40 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Par 72
Length 6926
Slope 142
Rating 74.2
Type Resort
The Palmer Course is one of two golf courses at La Cantera Resort, it is named after its famous designer, golf legend Arnold Palmer. Firmly situated on 225 acres of Texas Hill Country, the golf course features plenty of elevation changes to keep golfers on their toes. There is also an abundance of mature oaks covering the course, requiring accuracy off the tees. The unique layout incorporates dramatic waterfalls, lakes, and numerous white sand bunkers throughout. La Cantera Resort’s Palmer Course has several signature holes, most notably the fourth hole. This demanding par 3 requires a long carry over a lake with waterfalls along the front of the green.
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 6926 yards 74.2 142
Gold 72 6535 yards 72.4 139
Silver 71 6115 yards 69.3 128
Copper 71 5784 yards 70.6 134
Jade (W) 71 5066 yards 65.3 116
Scorecard for Palmer Course
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Black M: 74.2/142 390 449 540 188 448 399 204 370 436 3424 415 300 363 200 573 449 556 156 490 3502 6926
Gold M: 72.4/139 365 419 513 177 426 384 184 341 411 3220 384 288 337 186 543 429 535 150 463 3315 6535
Silver M: 70.6/134 336 398 479 154 399 365 161 305 383 2980 359 270 333 172 515 399 507 136 444 3135 6115
Copper M: 69.3/128 312 376 451 130 378 327 138 272 360 2744 326 257 302 149 505 377 478 134 412 2940 5684
Jade W: 65.3/116 282 332 425 93 335 296 118 216 334 2431 271 233 272 107 479 340 431 133 369 2635 5066
Handicap 11 5 17 9 1 13 15 7 3 4 18 12 10 6 14 8 16 2
Par 4 4 5 3 4 4 3 4 4 35 4 4 4 3 5 4 5 3 4 36 71

Course Details

Year Built 2001
Golf Season Year round
Architect Arnold Palmer (2001) Ed Seay (2001)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes - "The Academy at La Cantera"
Teaching Pro Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes

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4.7
355

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
19th Hole Scenic Views 38
Drinks 34
Patio Dining 22
Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 74
Undulating Greens 49
Bunkers 43
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 56
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 54
A Weekend Splurge 49
This Course's Location is:
At a Resort 55
Convenient to the City 52
Worth the Drive 45

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4.0
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First Time Playing

Fun course!

The day was windy and a little cold but I had a wonderful day of golf. The greens are quick but receptive. I wholeheartedly recommend this wonderful course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Skill Advanced
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great Round on a Great Course

This this 3rd round I’ve played at the Resort Palmer. I appreciate it the more I played it. The course is in great condition, I think it’s the best layout in the San Antonio area. The staff and everyone was very friendly and helpful. The only downer for today’s roundwas the lack of food service at the turn, otherwise perfect.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Gem of a course - great views of hill country!

Beautiful course, wide enough fairways, nicely manicured throughout, friendly marshals, frequent beer cart. Seemed like we were the only ones on the course most of the time, which is probably true since we teed off in the middle of the day in August.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great course crappy stafg

Started with Marshall lecturing us on keeping pace and hovering in our first tee shot. Made the round crap. Had continuos hassling by staff about pace with no one behind us and group in front in our view. Finally lost my patients and asked the staff to either back off or refund our money. It’s a shame because the course is awesome and very challenging.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Fair
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played

Just a delight

La Cantera never fails to deliver a great round of golf. The course is always in great condition as was the case when I played. You learn to get used to a few of the blind tee shots after a few rounds on the course. Definitely helps to play with someone who has played there before. Great course, friendly staff, excellent round of golf. One of SA’s finest.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Disappointed

Having played its sister course on Thursday, La Cantera Resort course, I was disappointed in a few areas. I realize it is the responsibility of the party making the reservation to ask if the greens have been punched.My bad, I didn't they were. The starter when asked if the greens were in the same condition as the putting green, he replied, "yup, they look pretty much the same", not an answer I was expecting. Secondly the tee boxes were completely hammered. It didn't appear that they moved the markers for a few days. Also there wasn't any sand and seed mix for the tee boxes. A note attached to the cart roofs reminding the players to fill divots, might go along way. I realize the GPS system might not matter to most but when you've never played the course and not knowing where carts are located in the few blind spots, with this issue the time added to the round from going and finding out where the carts were. Yes, we even changed out the cart with a GPS not working. Got to the #10 fairway, out it goes again in another cart. Finally, as a twosome we played at a very acceptable speed, until we hit the 16th hole, where we came around the hill and came to a complete stop. A twosome whom we had not seen all day the foursome we were following and our twosome. It literally took an hour and a half to finish the round. A ranger might have been useful. All issues can be addressed, I would say, the support staff were exceptional.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Response from La Cantera Management on 08/06/2018:
We're sorry to hear you were not able to recommend the course at this time. Your feedback on course conditions is greatly appreciated.
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Response from La Cantera Management on 08/06/2018:
Thank you for the 5-star review!
Played On
Handicap Don't know
Skill Beginner
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Response from La Cantera Management on 07/25/2018:
Thank you for the 5-star review!
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Dallas Advisor
Top 50 Contributor
Previously Played
Hot weather

Palmer Course @ La Cantera

The Palmer course is in fantastic shape! Every time I am in San Antonio I make it a point to play here. Out of all the Arnold Palmer designed courses I have played this one is my favorite! The greens are some of the toughest in the area. The staff is very friendly and extremely knowledgable about both courses at the resort. The mango scented cold towels are a nice touch when you finish your round. Can not wait to play here again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Response from La Cantera Management on 07/02/2018:
Thank you for playing The Palmer Course and sharing your 5-star experience!
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Beautiful great course

This course is set in native Texas Hill Country where they have done an excellent job of preserving it's natural beauty. Tough and challenging course but fun to play.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Response from La Cantera Management on 06/12/2018:
Thank you for playing The Palmer Course and sharing your 5-star experience!
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Response from La Cantera Management on 06/12/2018:
Thank you for the 5-star review!
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played

La Cantera Delivers

La Cantera Palmer always delivers fantastic quality. Course conditions are always great. Pace of play has never been an issue with the Palmer course. Usually the tee times are spread enough that you rarely run into another group. The course itself plays through some major elevation changes with a few blind shots. Not a fan of the blind shots, but the views of San Antonio and the hill country more than make up for it. Highly suggest playing up one tee box from normal as the areas around the greens are difficult if missed. Major tilt to the greens, 3 putts are difficult to avoid. Most follow the natural tilt to the land and can be very quick if above the hole. Great course, must play if around the area. Take a moment and enjoy the views especially on the back, you won’t regret it.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Response from La Cantera Management on 06/12/2018:
We're happy to hear The Palmer Course met all of your expectations during your visit. See you soon!
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Best course I have played in Texas

Couldn’t have been more satisfied. Personnel where friendly and helpful and all worked to insure a great experience. Course was challenging but fair if played from correct tees. Fantastic conditions in all aspects. Great value! Recommend this course to anyone that is wanting a great value on a great course. Pace of play was great. Played 45 holes before wife called. Greens are fast and course knowledge is helpful so you are putting from right spots , otherwise 3 putts can be the nor.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Response from La Cantera Management on 06/05/2018:
We're happy to hear about your exceptional day of golf and customer service! Thank you for taking time to rate the course 5-stars. See you soon!
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great Course

Booked a round for $55 through golfnow which was sweet.

Upon arrival the staff greeted us very warmly & everyone was super helpful & friendly.. & i mean EVERYONE.

The course was in immaculate condition & greens were very fast but fair. Beautiful course but lots of natural ob so bring a few extra balls if your a mid-high handicapper. Few holes with blind shots so best to play conservative if you dont know the course. Management does give attention to the details to make it a very enjoyable round, all the ball washers were soapy & water coolers were cold.

From the bag boys, starters, marshalls , pro shop, were very friendly.. the cart girls always made their rounds to ensure you needed anything. Great service A+++++

I highly recommend the Palmer & resort course

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Response from La Cantera Management on 05/16/2018:
Our staff really enjoyed reading your 5-star review! We're happy to hear about your wonderful experience at La Cantera. See you soon!
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Response from La Cantera Management on 05/16/2018:
Thank you for the 5-star review!
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Accuracy off the tee box is needed

Course was great. Beautiful layout in the middle of the Hill Country. Each round comes with practice balls which is nice. Not a single lie on this course will be flat, but fairways are fairly wide. Greens are true and run moderately fast (I played the day after it rained so they were probably slower than usual), but still in great shape. Bunkers were still heavily saturated and pooled, which was a bit disappointing, but I still hope to play the resort course soon.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Response from La Cantera Management on 05/09/2018:
Thank you for playing The Palmer Course and sharing your 5-star experience. See you soon!
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great condition, slow, slow, slow

The course is in great shape. Greens are the best in town. Could be a little faster. Lost GPS for 3 holes. Pace was painfully slow.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Response from La Cantera Management on 05/08/2018:
Thank you for playing The Palmer Course!
Played On
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Response from La Cantera Management on 04/30/2018:
Thank you for the 5-star review!
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