675 Flying L Dr, Bandera, Texas 78003, US
(830) 796-7745
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About Flying L Guest Ranch

Flying L Guest Ranch is a family-friendly getaway full of outdoor activities located northwest of San Antonio. The former dude ranch has a long aviation history, purchased by Colonel John H. Lapham from Polish settlers, and the resort's opening was featured in Life Magazine. Today, highlights of this sprawling, family-owned property are the many outdoor activities for the family, staring with a swimming pool and water park, but also include horseback riding, wagon rides and miniature golf. Also onsite are horseshoe pits, playgrounds and tennis. Nightly activities feature western entertainment and campfire s'mores. Located on the San Julian Creek, guests can enjoy fishing. The 18-hole golf course features scenic, Hill Country backdrops, rolling hills and oak trees.

Facts

Price Range$$, $
Property Class★★★
Acres542
Year Opened1947
Number of UnitsLess than 100

Amenities

RestaurantsCasual, Bar
Room TypesRoom, Suite, Villas/Casitas, Fractional Ownership
Short CourseYes
TennisYes
Practice FacilityYes
Banquet SpaceYes

Services

Kids ProgramYes
ConciergeYes

Rules

Is the resort pet friendly?No
Is resort stay required for a tee time?No

Golf courses at Flying L Guest Ranch

Reviews

4.0
153 Reviews (153)
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Reviews 80
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Top 250 Contributor
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Walked

Great option during Covid-19 times

One of the very few courses open during covid-19 stay at home times. I drove up from San Antonio, it's a little out of the way, but worth it if you don't have anywhere else to play. There are quite a few doglegs left throughout, so if you draw the ball, you'll feel comfortable off the tee. Being my first time, my score wasn't that great, since I didn't know how to properly play some of the holes and especially since it was really windy. The greens roll real fast. It's decently long from the Blue tees at over 6600 yards. It's a nice walking course, gets a little hilly on the back nine, which makes for a great workout. Good conditions. Some of the greens were in rough shape, that's why I'm giving it 3 stars, otherwise it'd be a solid 4-star course.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
4.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Golf course is a fun course to play

This course is my home course even though I live 50 miles away. The golf course is wide open and you can not get in trouble very often unless you hit a really bad shot. Alot of the oak trees have died. Flying L also has a driving range , water park, pools minature golf , and cabins to stay.Great place to bring the family.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Handicap 12

Great pace of play and not difficult for a beginner. The course was in fairly good condition considering the winter months... Greens need to be tended to.... Overall a pleasant environment and terrific price.... I will be back at that rate and hopefully better weather will make this course very promising....

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

The old Flying L is back

This is the best that the course has looked in quite a while. The greens were very smooth and fairly
quick, especially downhill. We did not have to bump our balls in the fairways as the lies were really good.
Also, the rough has been mowed so no problem finding balls in it.
Got a great rate on Golfnow but their regular prices are a great value too.
Added bonus for a Helotes resident like me was it's such a relaxing drive to and from the course vs
some of the San Antonio courses.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

If should be the Lying L

The round I booked at the flying L resort was a
horrible experience 1. The person in the pro shop was not inviting didn't say good morning, hello or anything like that other than "
i'm not a mind reader" which i thought was very disrespectful. Then he goes
into this diatribe about " there's a chance of rain & if it rains we don't
give rain checks, what course does that???? , 2. The course was terrible
brown not green at all with dead patches on the course, 3 . i wish i could
ask for a refund because of the bad service. Thank you for you attention to
this matter.

Conditions Poor
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Poor
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Hill Country Course

Awesome course tucked away in the hills of Bandera, TX. Nice course to play with nice greens and good pace. I will be back for sure to play.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 25+
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Greens are back

Several months ago they almost lost their greens. They were horrible. But thanks to the diligent work of their pro and the greenskeeper they have the greens rolling great again.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 26
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Hill Country Golf

The staff and local members have given their all to improve this course, it gets better every day. It's a fun hill country golf course that provides challenges yet makes it enjoyable for all levels. The scenery and wildlife make for a relaxing day on the golf course.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Could have been a great day

It is unfortunate that the lady that was there that morning was not very customer friendly. We arrived 20 minutes early and even if there was not a soul on the course (8:10 am), she said we had to wait for our tee time at 8:30 am. Nobody at all teed off during those 20 minutes. That's a shame because it is a great place.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Poor
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 98
Handicap 20-24
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Texas Advisor
Top 100 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

It's Disappointing, This Course Has Seen Better Days

Twenty years ago this course was a gem. My son and I won the SouthTexas PGA Jr tournament here.
Today, although we were able to play in under three hours, there were only two other groups on this course.
Nothing has been done to upgrade or even maintain this golf course. They had a mower running on fairways with dead grass.
There are so many weeds, bare spots, and fire ants here along with over 150 huge dead live oak trees covered with Spanish Moss.
Many of these trees are well over 100 years old and most likely succumbed to oak wilt.
The dead trees should have been removed and the rest of the trees trimmed right away.
The greens were recently aerated but there are too many dead spots and sand covered areas on these greens. The greens are too bumpy and need to be rolled.
The fairways are full of weeds and most of the grass is either dead or dying. Finding the "fairway" can be tough.
The use of fertilizer and water and or a complete re-grassing is required.
There are several fairways like #8 which are not
clearly defined and in many cases the untrimmed trees block what is left of the fairway.
Overall, not much has been done to maintain or upgrade this golf course and it is a shame.

Conditions Poor
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Getting Better

The course still needs work to improve fairways and bunkers. The Greens are improving each time I play. The worker who does the pin placement needs some instruction on how to install the cup. There is a slight mound around most of the pin locations.Overall, the round of golf can be very enjoyable.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 20-24
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Coming Around

The management is bringing the greens around and this was the one thing needed. The ladies have done a great job pulling the trouble grass out. Great course, like to get back to playing it once a week!

Thanks Folks

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Good value - course conditions improving

I've played this course many times. It is a good value for the money with a friendly and helpful staff. The course condition suffered this past spring, but corrective action has greatly improved the fairways and especially the greens. However, there is still room for improvement, and many of the sand traps remain substandard. Regardless, the course is challenging and a good value. I plan to play it many more times in the future. .

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 8
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Carl

Great time.. Greens were a little slow but adjusted

Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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