Willow Springs Golf Course

3.9401529412 3.9 stars from 5 (52)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7221 yards
  • Slope: 130
  • Rating: 74.6
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: No
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper golf attire required.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 72 7221 yards 74.6 130
White 72 6979 yards 73.5 128
Gold 72 6392 yards 70.6 126
Gold (W) 72 6392 yards 76.6 133
Red (W) 72 5616 yards 71.8 120

Opened in 1923, Willow Springs G.C. is the oldest golf course in San Antonio. The course has hosted several Texas Opens and many local amateur tournaments over the years and has been enjoyed by several famous golfers including Sam Snead and Ben Hogan. By today's standards Willow Springs Golf Course might seem pretty straightforward, but do not be fooled. The course's par-5 second hole is the longest in the entire city at 663 yards. There are also long, open fairways and a variety of elevation changes throughout the golf course. The popular Willow Springs course is located in eastern San Antonio, only about a 10-minute drive from San Antonio's famous Riverwalk.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.9 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.5 stars from 5
Value: 4.4 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.3 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.2 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.1 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.8 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 52 Reviews
5 stars:
14
4 stars:
29
3 stars:
8
2 stars:
1
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

50 out of 52 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city   Great for locals   Challenges include bunkers water hazards  

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"One San Antonio’s best kept secrets"


tiburonazo's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/13/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on

I was really impressed with this course. It’s challenging but fun and plays super long. It also has a lot of history too, as it was the home of the Texas Open decades ago. Despite the course being air rated a few weeks ago, the putts rolled pretty true. PROS: lengthy course, wide open, didn’t lose a single ball,nice elevation changes, GPS on golf carts. CONS: bottleneck at the start, so we started a half hour later, no driving range. Bottom line, this is a great for the value. I’m putting it as my top three muni in San Antonio. You better believe I’ll play it again.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Willow Sorings would not honor my Golf Now Tee Time"


u852261955's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/16/2018
First time playing Used cart Cold weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I booked on Golf now, but when I showed up they did not even have me in the system. When I produced the receipt, they still charged me full price even though the amount due at the course was less. You would think that they would make it right especially since I produced the reservation. Basically I'm out $6.15 WHICH IS NOT A HUGE DEAL, BUT I FEEL LIKE THE GOLF SHOP COULD HAVE MADE IT RIGHT.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Open Fairways"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/10/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on

Willow Springs was a nice municipal golf course. Wide open fairways on most holes. Some had OB on one side but unless you sprayed the ball it shouldn’t come into play. The course was wet and with the brown winter conditions, things were a bit muddier than usual. Overall, the greens rolled good. Not the fastest in town, but definitely not bad at all. Easy walk. Ample elevation change. Great utilization of the meandering creek. No GPS or driving range. Putting green is available. Enjoyable, fairly wide open municipal golf course.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"Surprisingly good"


JDNJTX's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/26/2018
First time playing Used cart Wet weather

Reviewed on

Solid golf course that sits on nicely rolling land. Good variety of holes with some fun risk-reward par 4's. Great location across from the AT&T center, and if you play the course on gameday you can just leave your car in the lot and avoid paying for parking.


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


"Good Value"


u353655407's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/28/2017
Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course could use some water. Greens were dry but ran good. Overall good course


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


"Course Maintenance"


rjanzen's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/12/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The front nine was closed when we started. The course did not notify golfers that the front was being top-dressed and was unplayable. This is not uncommon for the city courses however. Guess I should have asked before purchasing the rounds of golf. We were required to play the back nine twice.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"great course"


u00000429651's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/10/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Highly recommend playing this course. Great value for the price on golf now and in my opinion , top 2 muni's in san antonio. Not a really challenging course, but longer par 5's make up for that. I always enjoy playing this course and was in great shape.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great local course"


Sleepey60's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/07/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was in excellent condition, pace of play was very good.

I just don't understand why they never have an on course beverage cart especially in the hottest part of summer and the weekend


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Plenty of Length here"


leftygolfer54's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/01/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

They rarely have the blue tee markers on the back box but if you want to get a good test of golf then play the back box no matter where they have the markers set.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"The course is good"


Roland1890608's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  25+

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/08/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

There was no Marshall to speed up play had a tournament going on got too late in the evening to keep playing


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Long and challenging"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/12/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

You will use every club in your bag on this long and challenging municipal golf course. The 17th and 18th holes were fantastic finish to a very enjoyable day at Willow Springs golf course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Absolutely Uncalled For"


Oggie4's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/09/2016
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Fair weather

Reviewed on

The course is in good shape for this time of year in South Texas and it was cold and windy. So now on to the issues, had played 9 holes with our 4 foursome on a Saturday. Not a problem a little backed up and we weren't playing great! Stop to use the facilities and grab something for the back. 3 went in while I manned the carts, as 2 came out with beverages and hotdog. I went to get a dog. As I got to the counter my brother-in-law was just getting his hot dog and walking from the counter. The man on the grill ask me what he could help me with, I asked for a hotdog. He the abruptly tells me grill is closed and I'm out (assuming hotdogs). Now we have a problem the grill wasn't closed to every one else and there was nothing posted on the grill being closed. Also why would ask me if there was something you could do for me if the grill was closed! So I am now highly upset! I then see the individual take food tray to the pro shop offices. What gives!!? So this is how the Veterans and black golfers are treated! BTW my brother-in-law is not black. This is the second course on the Alamo Trail that I've been subjected to this blatant disrespect!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Good condition and getting better"


u00000429651's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/12/2015
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes

Reviewed on

Course was in good condition and just had a few small spots under repair on some of the holes. It did not interfere with playing the holes. Greens were in good shape as usual. would definitely play again, especially for price on golf now.


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:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Wide Open"


sikemaenz's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/05/2015
Previously played Played as a single Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course is being worked on so one hole (#16) was closed off. Otherwise, the course was in great shape considering the dry hot weather we have had for 6 weeks. The fairways and greens were really nice, and the tees were good, although a bit uneven due to the small areas on some holes. Tight beautiful lush fairways and nice, though grainy, greens. the experience was great.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Great course!"


billy69's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once every three months

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/23/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was in great shape. Staff were very friendly! Tee time was 2:09. Let us go at 1:20! Very nice.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great deal online!"


u775941901's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Twice a year

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/24/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Overall great golf experience! Unfortunately, hole 7 was unplayable due to irrigation installation. There were several ditches crossing cart paths that made it a bit bumpy. Everything else was well kept. Greens were soft but responsive. Keep up the good work! Definitely returning soon.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"several holes were closed due to lots of construction but the rest of the course was in good shape."


bmittel66's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/04/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Disappointed with all the construction that closed several holes and pace was very slow on a slow day. No Marshalls to speed it up. Rest of course was in good shape however so when they finish all the construction it will be worth it. Staff was very friendly.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"Outstanding Value, Average Course"


jnwbman's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/27/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Willow Springs has fairly widespread digging going on around the course for an irrigation project. This digging can come into play on some holes if you're a little off the fairway. Also, hole #5 is closed due to this project. In addition, the course is a little soggy due in spots due to all the rain (20+ inches!) in the past month. I found a great discounted rate of $19 per player that included a cart. Great deal and the course played fairly despite the above mentioned caveats. I'll play it again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"good greens and fairways"


John5625868's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/15/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Been 15 years since I've played this course because of better semi-private courses I can play with golfnow. Needed a last-minute tee time so gave Willow a try. Fairways looked good from 1st tee and green was nice. After that, the irrigation ditches ruined the fairways and drives that were hit in their direction. 16-20 bucks is an ok price for this course while the pipeline project is Going on.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Green is almost always Excellent"


Dylee's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/04/2015
Previously played Played as a single Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course is pretty much wide open and flat. I love to play at hilly courses with ups and downs, but the reason I come down to this course is that green condition is lovely and the fairway is in shape shape. It was under construction even if I do not know what is about. But the thing is, I guess, course staffs are trying to improve the course shape.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course



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