The 18th hole of the Westin La Cantera's Palmer Course features a dramatic shot downhill to the green protected by water.
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4.6
408 Reviews (408)
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5
1 Stars
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Conditions
4.5
Value
4.4
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.4
93.7%
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385 out of 408 reviews
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4.4
19 Reviews (19)
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4.3
Value
4.4
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4.6
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.5
94.7%
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18 out of 19 reviews
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4.5
45 Reviews (45)
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4.3
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4.4
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4.7
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4.4
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4.6
93.3%
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42 out of 45 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Resort
Par 72
Length 6926 yards
Slope 142
Rating 74.2

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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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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Reviews

4.6
408 Reviews (408)

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 75
Undulating Greens 49
Bunkers 43
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 57
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 55
A Weekend Splurge 49
This Course's Location is:
At a Resort 56
Convenient to the City 52
Worth the Drive 45

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Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Cold weather
Used cart

Beautiful layout

A little cold to start with, but weather got better. Great layout (Palmer course) with a lot of blind shots. Greens were true but very slow. Need to play this course a couple of times to play your best . Beautiful course and I would recommend this to anyone coming to San Antonio.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Wet weather
Used cart

Foggy Day at the Palmer

Excellent time finding our way around this difficult course with fog so thick you could not see more than about 100 yards. Great course with interesting holes and beautiful vistas. Great lunch after in the bar and great service all around.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Tough but fun.

Course is beautiful, very challenging but rewarding. Lots of elevation changes and blind shots. As long as you hit it straight you'll be fine. My only complaint is that we were asked to pick up the pace on the back nine. Only thing is we were waiting on the group in front of us most of the day. I felt like we were being picked on. Other than that no issues with this place. I will definitely be playing the again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Cool morning for golf

It was pretty cool this morning. We started on the back nine as more sun there to warm up the course. I was moved up to another time which was great. We finished in just under 4 hours after a brief wait on number 1, our 10th hole. The course is in decent shape although the bunkers need work. They were quite compacted with very little sand in the bottom. I was lucky never hitting one but my partners really struggled getting under the ball. T boxes were in good shape as were the greens. The greens were very challenging to figure out. I think I had more 3 putts today than in my last 4 rounds. The grain really pulled the ball and I never really got comfortable with line and speed. Fairways were in good shape, hard and fast.
An interesting layout with a lot of blind t shots, more than I am used to. Would like to play again as it would help with deciding what to hit and where.
Staff were excellent in all areas .

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

Must Play in San Antonio

Course is fantastic and beautiful layout. Low handicapper they enjoyed the back tees. Challenging course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

WOW!!

Absolutely beautiful views!
The course was in fantastic condition!
My only suggestion is to have more than one person running snacks.
Snack shop was closed cuz the girl was on the course in the beverage cart.

Other than that, amazing track!

Can not wait to come back!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Could be better

Beautiful new carts, nice greens. Zero sand in traps. Please put some sand in the traps.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

To The Palmer Course; I'll be back.

Weather didn't exactly cooperate. Mid to high 40's and gusty winds. Course was in very good condition for late November. Greens were exceptional. Definitely will play again during next years trip to San Antonio.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

One of the most scenic course around.

If you love golf and want to experience the hill country of San Antonio, then The Palmer course at the La Cantera Resort is the place to go. Simply put it is one of the most scenic golf courses in the world. The staff will make you feel right at home like you own the course. It is an experience you won’t forget.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Nice view

It was a awesome to play at Palmer course La Cantera because of Hill country views. Beautiful layout course. I would definitely recommend it.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 100 Contributor
Missouri Advisor
First Time Playing

I liked better than TPC

Actually played this course in November 2018.... Due to reviews had a hard time picking between the Palmer and resort course.... but chose the Palmer. It was a nice course with a lot of fun and challenging holes. Several blind shots that playing with a member would've helped.... Good views from several holes. Pace of play was pretty slow but I was in no hurry so it was all good. I played the TPC course the next day and actually liked this course better for way less money.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Used cart

I booked a foursome for 18 holes. we got there and was told the back 9 was under construction and we only booked 9 holes.We could play the front 9 twice if we paid another $20.00 on top of the $50.00 we already paid. perhaps my mistake but the website was very confusing. On hold forever when trying to rectify with your customer service department.. Not happy! reconsidering renewing our contract.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Texas Advisor
First Time Playing

Difficult but stunning layout in the Texas Hill Country

After being met by the the stunning clubhouse, one looks out into a valley at the ninth and eighteenth greens. The first thing you notice is how hilly these two holes are.

I was prewarned about the difficulty of the course, and I can see how this course earned that reputation. While not overly long, the course requires accuracy off the tee (driver not necessarily required). A ball off the fairway is pretty much gone. I played on quite a benign day. It was sunny without much wind and the greens were true but moderately paced. Sadly my game was not up to scratch but I appreciated the vistas, and the layout.

My favourite hole was the par 5 16th, from the tee you can see the clubhouse, as you assess the twisting fairway ahead of you.

The 18th hole is a truly difficult hole, it requires a driver and a longish iron into a green surrounded by bunkers and water right. Keep it straight.

I’m looking forward to going there again with some better game.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
5.0
First Time Playing

Tough course for an amateur

Course was well kept. Had one of the toughest greens.

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

Best Course in town!

I had the pleasure of playing the Palmer Course which was challenging but very fun. Palmer design this course for golfers just like him that ball flight goes from left to right so most of the fairways you have a lot of forgiveness on the right side. I played this course on Friday and had so much fun I ended up coming back on Sunday. the entire staff was extremely friendly and made me feel welcomed as if I was at home I will definitely be back and will definitely recommend this course to anyone looking to have fun!

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
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Disappointed

The Resort Course is much nicer, and better maintained. If I could say anything I would say if the resort course had the greens from the Palmer course it would be a perfect course. It’s a shame that a course designed by Arnold Palmer gets neglected like this. The fairways are rock hard, with dead spots of grass all over, one of the Tee boxes was covered in crab grass, the bunkers were mostly hard packed sand. I hate to say it but The Quarry is in MUCH better shape than the Palmer Course. Kind of sad when this is supposed to be a fancy resort course. If you play at La Cantera don’t waste your money on this one. Go play the Resort Course instead.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Nice experience

First time user of this app and it all worked out great. They put me in the first group and we were a three some. As such, we finished in just over 3 hours. Staff is ver nice. Range only allows irons which was disappointing. Most of the course is very challenging but fair. The rough is deceptively thick and will grab your clubs. Not a problem if you stay in the fairway!!

Several of the greens were pretty scarred which was also disappointing. They were not even fair to put on.

Overall it was a good time. I would like to come back in the Fall when the heat is not a factor..

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

Greens are rough and 0 sand in bunkers

Honestly not worth the cost due to bunkers and greens

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

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