La Cantera Resort - The Palmer Course

4.6478764706 4.6 stars from 5 (343)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6926 yards
  • Slope: 142
  • Rating: 74.2
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
GPS: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes - "The Academy at La Cantera"

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

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

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.

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.6 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.5 stars from 5
Value: 4.5 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.5 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.7 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.7 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 343 Reviews
5 stars:
259
4 stars:
64
3 stars:
10
2 stars:
5
1 stars:
5

recommend this course

325 out of 340 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is at a resort convenient to the city worth the drive   Great for advanced golfers wildlife/ scenic views a weekend splurge   Challenges include elevation changes undulating greens bunkers   Great for 19th hole scenic views drinks patio dining  

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"Beautiful great course"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/08/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from La Cantera Management on 06/12/2018:

Thank you for playing The Palmer Course and sharing your 5-star experience!


u000008010028's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/08/2018
First time playing 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


I recommend this course


Response from La Cantera Management on 06/12/2018:

Thank you for the 5-star review!

"La Cantera Delivers"


joshsmith12's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/06/2018
Previously played

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


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!

"Best course I have played in Texas"


Lee4963629's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/26/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


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!

"Great Course"


Luis4869577's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/12/2018
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Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


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!


pc841's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/10/2018
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from La Cantera Management on 05/16/2018:

Thank you for the 5-star review!

"Accuracy off the tee box is needed"


ShayneCardwell's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/05/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


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!

"Great condition, slow, slow, slow"


Penn3243505's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/05/2018
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Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from La Cantera Management on 05/08/2018:

Thank you for playing The Palmer Course!



5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/27/2018
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from La Cantera Management on 04/30/2018:

Thank you for the 5-star review!

"Fun hill course don’t rent or expect anything from proshop"


u968056124's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/22/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

No complaint about conditions

A hill course with wide fairways to drive.

Fun elevation changes

The combination of blind shots , with elevation wind

Make yardage’s difficult but fun. Bring your short game

Greens roll true.

Rental clubs , 65 dollars really.! I feel violated especially when they go to no effort to ask you about your game and

Give you a set that was set up closed for a slicer. Ridiculous Could have gone to a thrift store and gotten more help.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average


I recommend this course


Response from La Cantera Management on 04/27/2018:

Thank you for playing The Palmer Course and rating the course 4-stars. We're sorry to hear about your experience with rental clubs. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

"Amazing golf course"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/20/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Such a beautiful course. Very well-maintained and the greens are perfect.

The only negative is the driving range is “irons only”. Two off the box isn’t exactly a warm-up for a course that requires accuracy from the tee, and the inability to dial in the driver before teeing off really showed in my round.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from La Cantera Resort Management on 04/23/2018:

Thank you for playing The Palmer and sharing your 5-star experience!


RGEFEA265C442CB509DA's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/16/2018
First time playing 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


I recommend this course


Response from La Cantera Management on 04/19/2018:

Thank you for the 5-star review!

"Fantastic course"


thayward619's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/30/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on

La Cantera, Palmer course is a magnificent layout. Major elevation changes, routing through the hills, tough but fair course. Greens were pretty good, sand was inconsistent but probably due to rainfall. A bit pricey but the layout and views make it worth it.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from La Cantera Management on 04/12/2018:

Thank you for playing The Palmer Course! We're happy to hear you enjoyed the layout and beautiful views. See you soon!

"Really enjoyable"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/19/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I really enjoyed playing this course which had a lot of elevation and interesting holes. The condition of the course was pretty good. The driving range was also fine. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. Overall a very good round. One tip is that the Palmer course is not Located at the La Cantera resort, but about a 10 minute drive away. Make sure you specify the Oalmer course on your GPS.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from La Cantera Management on 03/27/2018:

Thank you for playing The Palmer Course and sharing your 5-star review!


Jose8029635's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/18/2018
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from La Cantera Management on 03/20/2018:

Thank you for the 5-star review and recommendation!

"fantastic course!"


raincreek's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/15/2018
First time playing Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Loved this course. There is not a bad hole on it. Very scenic.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from La Cantera Management on 03/20/2018:

We're happy to hear you enjoyed your round! Thank you for taking time to share your feedback. See you soon!

"Great course!"


li08807's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/14/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I was in a conference at San Antonio, and took the opportunity to play the Palmer course. This course is amazing! Beautiful lay out, challenging but fair. A must play.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from La Cantera Management on 03/20/2018:

Thank you for choosing The Palmer Course at La Cantera for your round in San Antonio! We're happy to hear you enjoyed a great day of golf. See you soon!

"Tuff greens"


Sfno12's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/14/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Enjoyed the round, the course and staff were great. The greens pretty much fooled us all day and there many blind shots . The views are amazing, especially the 18th.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from La Cantera Management on 03/20/2018:

Thak you for playing The Palmer Course! We look forward to your next round.

"Great track"


greenjacketsjon's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/12/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Enjoyed the course. Challenging holes especially to finish off each nine. Greens really rolled nicely.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from La Cantera Management on 03/20/2018:

Thank you for commenting on excellent greens conditions!

"This course has a lot of hills and challenges."


gs838569's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  Don't know

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/08/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Beautiful course. I would highly recommend this course. Well maintained and very challenging layout.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from La Cantera Management on 03/20/2018:

Thank you for the 5-star review!


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