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About

Holes 18
Type Private
Par 71
Length 7165 yards
Slope 142
Rating 75.5

Course Details

Year Built 2006
Fairways Zoysia Grass
Greens Champions Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Tom Fazio (2006) Beau Welling (2006) Roy Bechtol (2006) Roy Bechtol

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Caddies Yes
Golf Simulator Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Indoor Practice Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Yes
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Proper attire is required.

Available Facilities

Clubhouse

Reviews

5.0
5 Reviews (5)
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Reviews 303
Handicap 5-9
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Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played

Ultimate Hill country Fazio

I heard what monthly dues are here, wow! That said, it’s always a treat to play here. It’s in remarkable condition. Best I’ve seen it, I think. Champion Bermuda greens rolling flawlessly at 13. It just reinforces my bewilderment at why nearby clubs choose to struggle with bent greens or overseeing around here.

The layout is solid with some short par 4s, a variety of par 3s and some stout par 5s. But it’s the clubhouse an amenities that make this place legendary in Texas. Helps for the high rollers there is an airport nearby for their private jets.

Don’t pass up the chance to play here if you get an invite and don’t fill up on candy in the comfort stations. Save room for brisket at the halfway house!

Conditions Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Escondido is Top Notch

Escondido is by far the nicest course I have ever played. The course layout is tough for a high handicap guy like me but still enjoyable. The entire course is absolutely gorgeous. The staff is so courteous that I felt like royalty.

A truly magical experience.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 42
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Texas Advisor
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

This course was an unexpected treat!

I have driven by the outer wall of the Escondido Golf & Lake Club many times. The Tuscan-themed rock wall and the smattering of visible houses hint there is more to the property than what you see from the road. What I found blew me away. This review is about the course, not so much the amenities. Fazio had a lot to work with here. Rolling land, creeks, and live oaks. He did a masterful job of routing this course to take advantage of it. The fairways are wide, the greens are well protected, and mistakes are costly. The course was in perfection condition. The greens roll true and quick. Every hole was fun to play. The scenery of the course left me speechless many times. Not a lot of views; its just each hole has attributes that can be appreciated by a discerning player. Service is top-shelf and the Smoke Shack cook at the 10th hole was engaging and funny. This is a private course and play with a member is required. Where there is a will there is a way for non-members. Worth every bit to play.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Best course in the Hill Country

I have played here a few times and I am always impressed by the conditions and the hospitality. I was at the resort for a party and we were lucky enough to play 2 rounds. If you play in July....it is HOT. There was a small wind but the weather is absolutly draining. I was exhausted after the round. There are tons of water stops on the course and you will use them. Staying hydrated is a must,

The course is long and FAST!! I hit a drive on #4 that went over 350. I am not a long hitter but got massive roll out of the fairways. If you have ever played off zoysia you will understand. This course requires accuracy off the tee and a daft short game. The par 3's are challenging, and the greens are as fast as I have ever putted on.

If you get the chance to play....do it! It is the best in the Hill Country.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 303
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Golf Advisor
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

This is about as luxurious as it gets in the Hill Country

We had the opportunity to spend the day at Escondido, known to be one of the Hill Country's most exclusive and opulent clubs. Unlike some of the other area clubs built around the time of the economic downturn like nearby Summit Rock, pretty much all the facilities are built out here, and conceptualized extremely well. Each facility is better than the next, and the locker room is a sight to behold.

Service is off-the-charts good. It's also one of these "no tipping" clubs, and staff is at your beck-and-call throughout your day. We had coffees delivered out to us, before I left they shined my shoes, and valeted and cleaned my car.

So how's the course? It's a Fazio design that is a little more mellow compared to some more up-and-down Hill Country designs. It's very much a club-feel with a compact and easy to walk routing with no holes that will really kill you. The finishing holes are really good and the 18th is a tough par 5 that plays along a river tee-to-green.

But as good as the course is, it's the overall experience here that is going to blow you away. It's dues are priced among the top country clubs in Texas and there are some state icons who are members here. Suffice to say, chances are you can't afford to join here but anytime you're invited out, do not pass up the opportunity. There is also a Dave Pelz Scoring School held here at various times of the year, a popular way for non-members to get inside the gates.

Conditions Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
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