Bandit, The

4.7745000000 4.8 stars from 5 (9)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 6909 yards
  • Slope: 134
  • Rating: 73.7
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Gold 71 6909 yards 73.7 134
Green 71 6368 yards 70.9 128
Blue 71 5847 yards 68.6 124
Stone (W) 71 5204 yards 70.2 121
Stone 71 5204 yards 65.4 110
Copper (W) 71 4408 yards 66.0 113
Copper 71 4408 yards 62.7 105

Opened for play in November 1997, The Bandit continues to receive rave reviews from everyone who has played it. The staff is friendly and helpful. The greens are fast and undulating. There is plenty of water and bunkers and some holes are quite scenic. There are well placed bunkers and trees. The eighteenth hole, called "Long Creek" is a par 5 uphill to a tight green nestled behind a tree that can make or break a round. Depending on the wind, it can be played several different ways. You can make par, but you may end up with a triple or quad. Number 1 hole is called "Blind Date" and Number 2 is called "Two Much Too Soon." You get the picture. But while a scratch player would find this course very challenging, the five sets of tee boxes make this course inviting for all level of golfers.

Distance: About 45 minutes from downtown. Take I-35 to New Braunfels. Exit 187 (the Lake McQueeney exit) and turn right at the light onto FM 725. Course is about 5 miles on the left.

Food: In the tradition of the old German settlers of the Texas Hill County, the Bandit recently opened a bona fide grill. They are serving hamburgers, hotdogs and a great sausage dog (with sausage from Grandzin's). They also have fried appetizers!

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.8 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.1 stars from 5
Value: 4.2 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.9 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.6 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 9 Reviews
5 stars:
6
4 stars:
3
3 stars:
0
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

9 out of 9 reviews


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Reviews


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Type of Golfer
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cwells5588's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/22/2018
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

The fairways/greens were in great shape and hole #12 has to be the signature hole.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Golf Trip"


Notoriousbigb's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/05/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

I have always heard great things about The Bandit and let me tell you it lived up to the hype. Fun course with unique names for each hole. I live in Austin and It was definitely worth the drive. The pace was slow but its a tough track.

From tee to green, it was in great condition. Greens were quick but rolled true. Fairways were firm enough to roll out but soft enough to take divots.

Loved holes 12 and 13 nestled back on a pond.


Pace of Play: Average

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


"Closing out 2016"


golfsully's avatar
Nevada Advisor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/30/2016
Previously played Used cart Cold weather

Reviewed on

The weather wasn't exactly what the weatherman had forecasted, but the chilly air backed by a pretty decent breeze was made better by good golf at a maintained facility. We were met at our car by Player Services and got loaded up on an EZ-Go w/out GPS. They looked to be newer carts since the last time with the most noticeable addition of a windshield, which was a huge necessity for today.

I didn't make it to the range on this day, but the putting green condition & speed was solid and totally matched the on course play. The starter was most cordial and got us off right on time.

The tees, fairways and greens were all green grass, while the rough was dormant. The tees & fairways were mown tight. I found the bunkers to have plenty of sand & rakes available, however many opted out of the raking part. The greens are the star of the facility and they were somewhat firm (most likely from the temps) and in excellent condition. They rolled smooth, true & with somewhat fast pace.

Pace of play was on point as we completed our round in 4h18m. We never waited and really only on #18 where it got the best of a couple of guys in our group were we waited on.

Bottomline, w/ the exception of a couple holes you pretty much see what you get. The tee to fairway elevation change offers some views as well as a few more yards to your drive. If you're from the big city the green fee is pretty much in line with what you're paying at comparable metropolitan venues and the experience is probably the same.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Bandit is out of"


duntont's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/21/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Great golf course and tough layout far from the city life. Well worth the drive when there is actually a marshal on the course moving the groups along. We played in over 5+ hours and finished in the dark because there was no course management. Pro shop staff weren't overly friendly and just pushed us out of their hair as quickly as they could. Course was in sold shape.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Chasing the Lion"


golfsully's avatar
Nevada Advisor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/13/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Perfect day for an after work round. Headed right to the first tee after hitting a few putts. Noticed driving up the greens appeared sandy and the practice green confirmed it. They still rolled decent and the green fee was fair with the condition. In a few days I suspect the greens will be rolling true and fast. The greens offer some extreme and some subtle slope as well as some have areas that if they catch your ball could funnel it back off. Just adds to the challenge of picking a good aiming point and the right club. Otherwise the course conditions were top notch. The tees & fairways were tightly mowed, the rough was dense, but not overgrown and the bunkers were sandy and maintained. The course is pretty much see what you get. There are holes that you need to play the ground slice for position or added distance and getting yourself to aim far enough right to cut the corner on #14 can be a mental challenge.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 10/24/2016

Solid write up, I appreciate your input.


Commented on 09/20/2016

*Update* I played on 9/18/2016 and the sand top dress had settled. The greens rolled well, but we're still a little more firm. Overall mint conditions.


"Great Track"


QuTee's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/19/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Except Number 5. That is just flat out a stupid hole. Otherwise great shape and great course!


Pace of Play: Good

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


"Unexpected full refund"


perry7366y's avatar
Gender:  Female

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/20/2015
First time playing Paired up at course Used cart Poor weather

Reviewed on

In town for a wedding and I only had 1 day to play so I went to the course and they were able to fit me in with a threesome, after playing 6 holes on the 7th we had heavy rain. Everyone went to the pro shop for a rain check, unable to return in the near future I explained my problem and with out asking they REFUNDED my entire green fee and club rental. WOW!!! Never expected that, but have been telling everyone since!!! Great job!!!


Staff Friendliness: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great Student Rates"


chrismccalla's avatar
Age:  Under 25
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/16/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

During the weekdays you can play 18 with a cart for $20 if you show your college ID. Great deal for a excellent course!<br/> A few holes that are a little funky but once you play it a time or two you know where you can miss it and where you can't.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Very Challenging course"


Shawn5541079's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 5/1/2013
Previously played

Reviewed on

I knew I should have been warned when the staff stated I would be back for more golf balls on the 9th hole. Very hard course to par but its a beautiful course and is worth the money to play if you want a challenge.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



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