23808 Resort Parkway, San Antonio, Texas 78261, US
(210) 276-2500
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About JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa

Located just north of San Antonio is the largest golf resort hotel in Texas, the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill County Resort & Spa. Opened in 2010, the resort features 1,002 rooms and suites and is adjacent to the TPC San Antonio, home to the AT&T Oaks and AT&T Canyons courses. The Oaks hosts the PGA Tour's Texas Open, and the Canyons has served as a Champions Tour host facility. For non-golfers, the summertime highlight of the resort is the water park, home to water slides and a lazy river (for something quieter, there is also an adults-only pool). There are seven dining concepts, highlighted by Cibolo Moon and 18 Oaks. High Velocity sports lounge also features 120-foot HD video wall. For relaxation, the Lantana Spa has a wide menu of treatments and services, and guests can also make use of the fitness center featuring cardio machines including Peloton and free weights.

Facts

Price Range$$$, $$$$
Property Class★★★★
Acres600
Year Opened2010
Number of Units500+

Amenities

RestaurantsFine, Casual, Bar
Room TypesRoom, Suite
PoolAdults Only
TennisYes
Fitness CenterYes
Practice FacilityYes
Golf School/AcademyYes
Banquet SpaceYes
SpaYes

Services

Kids ProgramYes
Room ServiceYes
ConciergeYes

Rules

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

Golf courses at JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa

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Reviews

3.8
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Handicap 10-14
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I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played

SA’s Best Test

The Oaks is the best course in the city. Be prepared for the best test too. The bunkers are deep, the rough was lush, greens are fast. Beautiful course. Pay, enjoy, but be prepared to shoot 5-10 more than your average. Still, the best course in the city.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 250 Contributor
First Time Playing

Not the Oaks

First of all, this is not the Oaks and it slightly shows. The property is vastly different. If you’re spraying the ball just a bit, don’t play here. One side of the fairway always plays next to the Canyon. While beautiful, this can create a lot of problems for some amateurs. Bunkering is amazingly done though. Pete Dye is a masterful bunker created and it shows. Somehow, even though holes look like they fall off the map around the green, there is actually tons of room. The greens are smaller especially for a resort type course and have tons of slope in places. Miss, and you will be penalized heavily. Not sure there was a flat lie on the entire course. Conditions were great for mid winter, but this has been a very mild winter and the front of greens were still very soft, no running your ball up to greens. Most greens are highly elevated and found many holes played uphill. Par 3s are spectacular. 16 is beautiful with the scale of the Canyon below. Play the Oaks if you only can play 18 here, but if you want a place to play 36. This one provides beautiful hill country views without the blindness of the La Cantera Palmer. Nice, not sure 150-200 nice, but worth the play if you want something different.

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Top 100 Contributor
Missouri Advisor
First Time Playing

Way Overpriced for what it is

Played this course in November 2018 as I was staying at the resort for work (the resort is fantastic) - was really wanting to play the oaks but they had the course shut down for some work so the canyons it was. The weather was cold and miserable (which I don't take into account in any ratings) but the course was still pretty packed and the play was slow. I was by myself and got paired up with three other guys who were all super nice. The course was very unmemorable and although it was in good condition, I probably wouldn't go back due to the blahnesss of the course and the crazy price. I believe it was around $220 and I would way rather play 3-4 different $80 courses in my own area in Missouri than this course.

Conditions Good
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

First class course, second tier service

The course was in immaculate condition as it had received a bit of rain in the past couple of weeks. Fairways and greens were super green. Although the greens have been aerated a week or so ago, you couldn't notice it at all. Two major cons though: 1) there were no range balls available to practice with which is unsatisfactory for a place like this, and 2) the pace of play was extremely slow and there was no starter on the first tee box which made things even worse

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
4.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Nice course, not worth price

This course is in very nice shape, and it should be for the price you pay. The twilight rate is reasonable, but you are otherwise paying a ridiculous premium because the pros play here. The front 9 is a bit redundant, but the back 9 is interesting and nicely done. The front and back are both quite challenging with tight fairways. Golfers that struggle off the tees are in for a long day. I give this 4 stars but don't recommend to others because of the unreasonable price and the fact that you don't get the views/scenery that you get at some other courses in town (for a much better price).

Conditions Excellent
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
3.0
First Time Playing

You don’t get what you pay for.

The Oaks course comes with a steep green fee of 240$ but does not live up to the lofty price. The course is linked to a top notch resort and with it’s more popular big brother course the oaks. The course was designed by Pete Dye so I had high expectations for the Canyons. The course is set in the hill country with beautiful views throughout the course. The course itself is an average layout and doesn’t haven’t anything you haven’t seen before. The most disappointing part of the course was the green speed. They were very slow and I anticipate they were running around an 8 which is way too slow for a course you pay 240$. There is a certain standard for courses linked to a good resort that charge over 100$/round and this certainly did not live up to expectations.

Conditions Good
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
1.0
First Time Playing

Massively overpriced A awful condition

$175 for an average layout in awful condition! Greens riddled with po- Anna grass - couldn’t putt properly. No warning no discount. Bad!

Putting green and chipping green closed - no discount.. no warning.

Pace of play was awful. They allowed 5-somes to play! 5 hour round

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Fair
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Cold weather
Used cart

Good, but the weaker sister

Course is quite different from its sister, the Oaks. While the Oaks is quite flat, the Canyons (as it's name implies) is a roller coaster. In January, the conditions were not quite up to TPC quality (the Oaks was tour quality). Compared to Oaks, the course had fewer bunkers, smaller greens and more wind. It was a fun round, but I'd play at the Oaks twice rather than place both courses.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Cold weather
Used cart

Good course for everyone

I'm not normally a fan of Norman designed courses, but this is one of his best. He has managed to take a relatively flat piece of terrain and craft an interesting routing. Although this is a PGA tour course, Norman has always left a bailout area for us amateurs so that the course is playable by everyone. Not common to be both a tour and resort course at the same time.. Course is heavily bunkered but the greens are gigantic and relatively flat. Enjoyable.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Texas Advisor
Top 50 Contributor
First Time Playing

TPC San Antonio - Canyons: Fun in the sun

The Canyons course is less heralded than it's PGA hosting big sister Oaks course, but it's still a fun course to play. Both courses share the same facilities, so it's all top notch. Staff is very friendly, and everything you need for a great golfing experience is right there... good food, good practice facilities, etc.

On this particular day, I started off playing the Oaks course for the third time, but took advantage of favorable replay rates to hop on Canyons for a second 18. I'm really glad we did!

The layout of the course is considerably more open than Oaks. There are fewer trees, fewer bunkers, fewer places to get into trouble... but that's not to say there aren't plenty of those things! I guess I'd say that on Canyons, the course is a little more in front of you, and there aren't as many hazards waiting to sneak up on you. The most obvious difference is the elevation changes are a little more dramatic on Canyons (as the name implies). There are some great hill country views as you make your way around the course.

The back 9 is particularly enjoyable. 12 is a really fun par 5 up a hill. 13 and 16 are cool par 3s. But 18 is my favorite hole. It looks great from the tee box, and is good challenge to end the round.

Conditions at Canyons are very good. I'd say the greenskeeping is less intricate than Oaks.. simpler bunker designs, less variation of rough, less sprawling native areas... but still enjoyable and well maintained.

If I was only able to play one of the TPC San Antonio courses, I'd probably pick Oaks the vast majority of the time. However, I highly recommend this course if A) you are staying at the resort and have time for two rounds, B) you have time for a second 18 after playing Oaks - this course is a good wind down after a tough round, or C) you're not the most skilled/confident golfer and want to have a good time without getting beat up.

As a final note, I just want to again compliment the staff at TPC San Antonio for being extremely friendly and professional. Truly excellent customer service.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 250 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Best in San Antonio

The TPC San Antonio Oaks course in my opinion is the best course in San Antonio. I've played every course around the city and this one was my favorite pure golf course. I played a few days after the pros finished at the VTO, so the course conditions were nothing short of perfect. The greens rolled smooth and very quick, every bunker was sanded and in pristine condition, all ponds were full, and every fairway looked great. The course sits in Texas hill country and has some elevation change but isn't gimmicky with the elevations at all. Many holes are framed with beautiful live oaks, bunkers, and rock outcroppings that make them a thing of beauty. The par 3s are strong throughout the course, maybe one of the best collections of them I've played to date. If I am comparing the course to other truly top facilities, I must admit the service was slightly lagging behind them. I've played many places where Valet service was standard, tee times were adhered to strictly by the starter whom normally gives a great overview of the course itself to guests, and the cart girls are ever present. While none of this really is necessary to me and I am splitting hairs between the top facilities, it needs to be mentioned in reviews to stay valid. Still, if given the chance to get a round on this course, I would highly suggest making it a golfing priority. Practice bunker play, chips from tight lies, and play the correct set of tees in order to have a chance at scoring at all here. The course is tough, but sometimes tough can bring out the best. In this case, it brings out the best San Antonio has to offer.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Skill Intermediate
I Recommend This Course
4.0
N Y N J Advisor
Top 250 Contributor

Very good strategic course in Texas hill country

This is an enjoyable strategic course routed wonderfully through hill country. Very fair with great risk reward strategy options. Quite a few long bunkers parallel to fairways typical of Pete Dye. Nice fairway movement and angles. Very nice interesting greens. Misses lead to challenging but not punishing shots. Wind and elevation are factors. Need a cart. My favorite of the San Antonio and Austin area courses.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
I Recommend This Course
4.0
N Y N J Advisor
Top 250 Contributor

A good quirky course with a so-so front 9 and very good back 9

This is a good course, very well-conditioned, with some quirky/gimmicky features. It rolls through Texas hill country but the elevations are not severe. It has large, deep cavernous bunkers. Greens are fairly large but if you miss them anywhere you are punished. The front 9 is surprisingly fairly plain other than a few quirks like the shared green that wraps around a monstrous bunker. I played a couple of weeks before the Valero tournament so the greens were lightning fast. The back-9 makes good use of the topography and the streams to make a nice-looking course and to make you think through your shot selection.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Texas Advisor
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

Our group played from the Tournament tees 6700 yards 72.3/134. Started at 50 degrees and warmed up to 70 degrees with moderate winds that affected shots. First time for me playing at TPC San Antonio. First impression was great seeing Greg Hiller on the instruction tee. Nice to have a former tour player on staff.

The course appears to play short visually but is definitely longer. The course conditions are good. Playing dry and ball is running. Starter told us greens were 12 to 13 on the stimp. They were fast but played true. The green complexes did show Pete Dye bunkering but green size was a moving target. Some very small, some amazingly large. We played on a Monday so the greenskeeper had most pin placements on ridges. Made for some tricky putts.

The layout ran both sides of a gully (Canyon?) that will filled with live oak, wildlife, and cactus. I lost five balls but found a dozen more. The fairways are wide. A few have narrow openings off the tee. Several doglegs offer big hitters a chance to cut corners for easy scoring. The par 3 holes are all exceptional.

I enjoyed the course immensely. It was mostly empty. We did have two member twosomes play through us and we finished our round in slightly over 4 hours.

I look forward to playing the Oaks on my next visit.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Fun Course, Pro Tournament Puts a Premium on Price

It's always fun to play where the pros play. This is a cool layout through the tress and plays fairly difficult. The main defense are the deep green side bunkers, if you miss the green by just a little bit you are most likely in one. The sand was super soft which made them hard to get out of. I played this course in August 2017 through a stay and play package so the rate was pretty cheap, this is definitely not a course worth playing during peak season and peak rates. Definitely better than the Canyons course though.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

TPC San Antonio Canyons

Beautiful course! From the time we got there until we left staff was unbelievable great! Course is great also. Lots of great holes and course conditions were .

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great Course

This course was a fantastic test of golf. This course had some very difficult holes but it also had some birdie holes. Course was in fantastic shape. Greens rolled very well and the grass was in pristine condition.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Beginner
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

2 rounds - both excellent!

Played 2 rounds at the Canyons course during my stay at the resort. Booked online and was pleasantly surprised by the twilight rate at 1pm that was not advertised on the site. Played one round as a single, didn't see another person on the course, and did a loop in 2:45. The second round was a planned 5 some, still didn't see anyone else, and got around in 4 hrs. Beautiful condition of everything. Punishing approaches to greens. Would definitely consider playing up a set of tees. Really nice practice facilities, including short game/bunker area.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Handicap 25+
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 250 Contributor
First Time Playing
Average weather
Used cart

A must if you come to San Antonio

Lots of pros.

1) Me and my military veteran buddies from out of town received amazing green fee discounts. Greatly appreciate that this course can be affordable for us.
2) The layout is fantastic, a bit more scenic than neighboring TPC Oaks. More elevation changes than its neighbor as well, which makes it a hill country gem.
3) Great facilities, loved the snack/drink shack at the 9th.
4) Pace of play, fastest round I've ever played in the past couple of years. (3.5 hours total)
5) Best resort in the area, nothing tops the JW Hill Country.

The only minor cons
1) greens had been aerated a few days ago, nonetheless putts rolled decently fast and smooth
2) weather in the summer in San Antonio is brutal, nothing can't be done about that though

Bottom line, me and my buds are hoping to return to this course and try out the TPC Oaks over and over and over... Thanks TPC San Antonio for taking care of the military!!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 25+
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 250 Contributor
First Time Playing
Poor weather
Used cart

Best course I've been on

I was lucky to have played in a course that's part of the PGA tour. I played a week after the Valero Texas Open and was pleasantly surprised at how pristine the entire course was. I figured that after the pro's went through, that it'd be a mine field of divots the week after, but that was not the case at all. This course plays long and it is super challenging with lots of sand traps. It has a lot of elevation changes, typical of a Texas hill country course. The fairways and greens are gorgeous. I've never seen fairways this pretty, they almost looked fake to me how smooth and green they were. Perhaps the best thing that complements this course is the JW Marriott resort, with its awesome pools, slides and lazy river. This course is a must for a weekend getaway with your family. Get a round of 18 while you're family is enjoying the pool and other amenities.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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