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Insider Tips from La Cantera Resort's Golf Pro

La Cantera Hill Country Resort is home to two incredible championship golf courses, both offering our guests an opportunity to test their skills, soak in beautiful views and enjoy all that a great course has to offer. Over the next several weeks, our Golf Pros will be sharing their secrets of each hole, so you can play your best round ever.
Up next is the final 9 holes at the Resort Course with tips from Head Golf Professional, Judd Campbell.  To get tips for the Palmer course, click here!

Hole #9 PAR 4

Rising back up the hill, this hole always plays a club longer than the actual yardage.  Aim your tee shot down the left side of the fairway to avoid the bunkers on the right.  Make sure to add a few yards for the uphill on your approach shot and try to put the ball in the center of this elevated green.  There is a slope on the right portion of the green that will take shots that are hit to far right and funnel them off of the putting surface.

Hole #10 PAR 5

The inward nine at the Resort Course starts with the Par 5 10th hole.  The 10th plays uphill the whole way and the green is situated on one of the highest points in Bexar County!  Don’t let the yardage on the scorecard fool you…it plays at least 35 yards longer on the approach.  Be sure to take enough club on your approach shot to get it past the false front.  Shots that land on the very front edge may roll 50 yards+ back down the hill.  Pay attention to the location of the flag, there is a large ridge that runs through the center of the green from right to left…you will want to put your approach shot on the appropriate level to make for an easier putt.

Hole #11 PAR 4

Longer hitters can put the driver away on this short Par 4.  The 11th hole plays back downhill and the green is situated almost 60 feet below the teeing area.  Use the GPS and play a shot that will leave your favorite distance into the green.  The approach shot here is straight forward, just be sure to avoid the bunker left of the green.  This hole is a great birdie opportunity!

Hole #12 PAR 4

One of my favorite of La Cantera’s 36 holes, the 12th is a dangerous beauty.  The fairway is bordered on the right side by steep mounds that will funnel shots out of play.  The left side of the fairway is outlined by a series of deep bunkers.  These bunkers will force players who hit into them to lay up on their second shot.  The green is heavily guarded by a deep ravine that covers the length of the front of the putting surface.  There are two bunkers behind the green to catch shots that are hit too long.  The green itself is fairly simple; it’s getting your approach shot on the surface that makes this one a tough hole.

Hole #13 PAR 3

The tee boxes on this short Par 3 sit almost 60 feet above the green.  The 13th tends to play about one club shorter than the scorecard yardage.  Take note of the wind direction on this hole; the elevation of the tee means that any breeze will have an effect on the ball.  Try your best to avoid the bunkers that sit on the left and right sides of the green; these bunkers are deep and unforgiving. 

Hole #14 PAR 5

Boasting one of the more difficult tee shots on the inward nine, the 14th is a true risk/reward Par 5.  The fairway is lined on both sides by dense trees; errant tee shots will leave players who can find there ball very few options.  Longer hitters than can find the fairway off the tee will have a decision to make…go for it in two, or lay-up?  Players who chose to go for it will have to carry a dry creek bed in order to reach the green, players who choose to lay-up need to take the creek bed into consideration as well. 

Hole #15 PAR 4

The 15th is another difficult tee shot that requires players to use the slope of the fairway to funnel the ball to the center.  The fairway slopes from right to left; shots hit down the left side will likely funnel into the trees.  The approach shot is into an elevated green, so be sure to take enough club.  The green is guarded by a long deep bunker on the left, and South Texas thicket on the right and back.

Hole #16 PAR 4

This heavily bunkered Par 4 is short, but tricky.  The safe play is to leave your tee shot just short of the small bunker in the center of the fairway.  Players willing to take a risk may choose to carry that bunker to get a little closer to the green.  This is by far the largest green at La Cantera, so make sure to take note of where the pin sits.  The green has a deep valley in the middle that runs east and west…If the pin is not situated in the valley, make sure to note whether it is on the front or back of the surface, and try to get your shot on the appropriate level.

Hole #17 Par 3

Don’t let the length of this Par 3 fool you, it can cause plenty of trouble.  Players will want to hit there tee shot to the center of the green.  With bunkers guarding the left and right, pin-seeking here is a dangerous proposition.  Try to avoid going right of the bunker on the right side of the green, this will likely result in a lost ball and a stroke and distance penalty.

Hole #18 Par 4

The finishing hole at the Resort Course provides players with a good opportunity to finish with birdie.  The tee shot is crucial on this straight forward Par 4.  Avoid the bunkers on the left and right side of the fairway and you should have a fairly simple shot into the green.  The green slopes from back to front, so approach shots tend to stick where they land.  The green is almost 50 yards long, and is separated by a ridge that runs east to west across the center.  Find your yardage on the approach and “take dead aim.”

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