La Loma at Fort Sam Houston Golf Course

3.8500000000 3.9 stars from 5 (20)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6819 yards
  • Slope: 126
  • Rating: 73.0
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: No
Practice hole: No
Simulator: No
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Appropriate golf attire.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 72 6819 yards 73.0 126
White 72 6412 yards 70.2 119
Red (W) 72 5235 yards 72.0 118

The La Loma course is one of two 18-hole, championship courses at the historic Fort Sam Houston. The facility hosted the Texas Open in the '50s and '60s, making it the only military facility to ever host a PGA event. La Loma has its fair share of challenges but overall the other course at the club, Salado del Rio, is the more demanding of the two. The fairways are tree-lined but not as tight as on the other golf course, lending a more forgiving quality to La Loma. The greens are medium in both size and speed and there are strategically placed bunkers throughout the course. Fort Sam Houston also has a practice chipping green and a lighted driving range for golfers to use.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.9 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.8 stars from 5
Value: 4.5 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.0 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.2 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.0 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.7 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 20 Reviews
5 stars:
6
4 stars:
7
3 stars:
5
2 stars:
2
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

18 out of 20 reviews


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"Great test of golf from the tips."


austinwilli's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/03/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played La Loma again after twenty years - greens are in great shape better than most Alamo trail greens. Fairways have some bad patches including some areas where st Augustine grass has invaded.

Pace of play was great - had a great time


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"All Around Pleasant"


jodygrenga's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  Don't know

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/27/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

Greens in superb condition, evenly trimmed and well cared for across the 18 holes. This is obviously a well tended course. Always a pleasure to play Fort Sam from the friendly staff to the beautifully laid out course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

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



jzizelman's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/26/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather 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

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"La Loma"


u00000847262's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/24/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course overall was in really good shape. Lightly sanded greens made for Slow putting would be the only complaint


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Jon N."


Jon3179579's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/18/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great morning for a round of golf! Played this course back in 1971 while Fort Sam Houston was my duty station. Enjoy playing either course!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Slow..Slow...slow"


DAVIDJPRYOR23's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/02/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

My Brothers and son and I play the 2 courses here at Fort Sam quite a bit and we love it but Marshall's are needed at times because the foursome in front of us since hole 10 would not let anyone thru..not taking bunkers and took forever to play. We had to yell out on hole 17 because they decided to go to the restroom after they tee off and decided to finish play after stepping out of the restroom. We were a foursome and let a single go thru and notice a 2some coming up which 1 of then works at the course and we were going to let them play thru..anyone looking to play FortSam..Great Courses..Awesome Staff...NO Golf Etiquette on course


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great course"


bbradbury's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  25+

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/19/2018
First time playing Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was very good for my first round. Weather was mildly warm, but very windy for the first 9 holes. Pace of play was excellent. Difficulty finding some holes due to marker's missing and a bridge washout, but excellent overall. I will play this course many more times as it was enjoyable.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"One of my favorite"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/11/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

My girlfriend & I have officially played both courses on this property and loved them both, however it’s hard to decide which one is my favorite.... love them both :)))


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


"Good course"


ron9930685's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/05/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

the staff is very abrupt and not very helpful. Course was fun and challenging.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"A genuine cow pasture"


StevenTheGreat's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/03/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was in horrible condition. The greens were in atrocious shape. There were burnouts and high-cut green patches on almost every Green. The sand traps had no sand and we're mostly mud and gravel. The course needs massive work before it can be recommended for Outsiders to play.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course



Jake9200145's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/22/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Pace of play was horrible"


pk213's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/01/2018
Previously played

Reviewed on

The course is nice, however the pace of play was rough to get through. Had two groups (4 some and 3 some) in front of my twosome. Pulled up to the group in front of us multiple times at the next tee box, but never given the opportunity to play through.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average


I recommend this course


"La Loma"


Edward4402427's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/26/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The fairways are kind of bare, it had been raining for several days. Greens are in better shape.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Enjoyable course"


jz5w63's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/19/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Despite winter dormant conditions greens were very playable. Layout was interesting. Great value course that did not disappoint.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"This Course Suffers From Fatique"


Bobemac's avatar
Top 100 Contributor
Texas Advisor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/15/2018
First time playing Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We played the brother course here Salado Del Rio several years ago and liked it.

La Loma Grande in the midst of winter is in brutal condition.

There are too many bare spots on the fairways and tee boxes. The fairways are full of bumps and ruts.

The greens while dormant are still easy to putt.

There are a lot of retired guys playing slowly out here. The slowest foursome would not consider allowing a much faster twosome to play through.

later I spoke with Francisco in the pro shop and he suggested we call him and they would take care of it.

There are no rangers on this course.

This layout will get lots of play in season. It is a great deal for active duty military.

They will want to see your Golf Now receipt here. I told Joe the manager that this was the first time I have been asked.

Your reservation number is posted on the tee sheet daily along with the time and name by Golf Now.

The greens keeper here has a big challenge going forward. We will return to later in the season looking for improvements.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Nice layout and value, and you don't have to be military"


MikeBaileyGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/06/2018
First time playing Used cart Wet weather

Reviewed on

First off, I need to disclose that I played nine holes from La Loma Grande and nine holes from Salado Del Rio. The reason is because those holes are the original holes (front nine on La Loma and holes 1-3 and 13-18 on Salado) designed by legendary architect A.W. Tillinghast. Turns out Tillinghast did much of that work some 80-plus years ago when he was working on Brackenridge Park, which was restored wonderfully a few years ago. But back to the Fort Sam Houston course and those 18 holes: First off, it's a terrific routing anyway you slice it. Play either course and the 18 integrated into the original designs really works well. There's plenty of room off the tee and both courses are very walkable. With classic greens complexes, a smattering of bunkers and even a little elevation change and a few water hazards, playing here is solid golf. Both courses tip out at around 6,800 yards, so the golf will challenge good players as well as higher handicappers. No. 3 on La Loma, by the way, is right next to the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. And at just $35-$45 or so for civilians (less for military and retired military), it's also a bargain.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



"Underrated-forgotten gem."


u8045054's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/02/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Better than Canon Springs and many other head courses.

Why I say this? 1. Great value for your money: low price for the same quality as the Alamo Golf Trail. 2. Not busy, play as fast or as slow as you want! It’s almost all to yourself; play like you own the the place!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"check in left a lot to be disired"


sandytrz's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  Don't know

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/10/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

while checking in our t time was at 12:00 and the person in the clubhouse let me know that I could not check in before 12:00 (unusual)(and that it was 12:18 instead of 12:00, he said that was military time?) and could not get a cart until we checked in because we were not a military person. the other 2 people that checked in for our 12:00 t time were military and they checked them in right away and then at that time decided that then I could check in also get a cart. was this because I wasn't military or because I was a women checking in to a military golf course not sure but left a bad feeling for me. I understand that the military personnel need their play time but I think they could of been a little more friendly to the people that are playing there that are not military if they are offering t time to us.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course



jzizelman's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/30/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Frustrating"


u000005065162's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/22/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was really nice. My issue was with the GolfNow booking. After I booked my round, I arrived at the course and the attendant informed me that they don’t take GolfNow reservations. I showed him my confirmation email and was told that didn’t matter. My 10:05 reservation turned into an 11:45 tee time.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



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