It’s a 421 mile southwest cruise from San Antonio’s Hill Country through Big Ben National Park and down to Lajitas Golf Resort near the Rio Grande. As the roads veer for Mexico — the Golf Vette rolls through three border checkpoints, but all we’re packing are Volvik golf balls, clubs and golf shirts.
1. One thing we’ll remember about Lajitas Golf Resort in five years?
“This is the most spectacular inland golf course I’ve ever seen,” says Publisher Andrew Wood. Every hole at Lajitas is a postcard — some of the tees are perched 150-feet up in the desert sky. Designer Lanny Wadkins did a wonderful job with the layout and made great use of the rocky terrain. The golf course is so beautiful that the resort sells golf course tours for non-golfers. Everything about Lajitas is phenomenal, but respect to ownership for paying all employees throughout the Pandemic — classy move.
But overall, Lajitas does a fantstic job of creating an experience and delivering a wild west feeling. The Mayor is a goat that lives in a pen opposite the golf course. There’s a shooting range, a cantina, Mexican restaurant, zipline and more outdoor activities than any resort we’ve ever seen. Only about 25-percent of guests play golf – most come for the mountain biking, river rafting, hiking and horseback riding. The golf course is a 10 out of 10 and the outdoor experience in Big Bend National Park is equal or even better.
2. Favorite hole?
There are nine signature holes on the golf course — so many good ones, but #14 is quite special with a view of the Rio Grande River.
The resort offers several packages including some with jet transfer from Dallas, and like most resorts, better deals are available for groups of eight or more.
Lajitas does an incredible job of telling a story and connecting with the spirit of the Wild West. They have a lot of land to work with (27,000 acres) and use it nicely with a long list of activities.
Lajitas Golf Resort; 21701 FM 170 Lajitas, Texas 79852, www.lajitasgolfresort.com