||This is a strong starting hole, playing slightly downhill into the
prevailing wind. An accurate tee shot is required to help the round
get started on the right note. Aim the drive down the left side of
the fairway to give you a better angle into the green. A good drive
will leave a long- to medium-iron for your second shot into a well
guarded green. If you miss on your approach, missing right is the
best shot into one of the many collection areas found on the
course. Left is trouble for all, as a large and cavernous bunker
awaits. The front bunker is not nearly as treacherous. The green is
moderately undulating, but still putt with caution. A par is a
great start to your round.
||This is your introduction to the Par 5's on the AT&T Oaks
Course. Just as you found on the fi rst hole, #2 is slightly
downhill and into the prevailing wind. The bunkers are seemingly in
the middle of the fairway, but don't be afraid. Go ahead and use
your driver. The bunkern is only in play for the longest of
hitters. This is a three shot hole, so accuracy is a premium on
your second shot. Use your longest straightest club with precision
to ensure your third stroke will be played from the fairway,
avoiding the fairway bunkers. The third shot, calls for a short
iron played into a well guarded double green. A word of caution.
There is an 8,000 square ft. bunker hiding behind the green which
awaits any slightly thin approach. Pars on Hole #1 and Hole #2 will
find you ahead of the game.
||Welcome to the first par 3 on the AT&T Oaks. This 213 yard
beauty is one of only two holes on the course which require carry
over water. This hole is not for the faint of heart. A confident
swing is required with a medium or long iron to carry the water and
reach the green. The only miss for the player on this hole is long.
It is a must for players to land their tee shot on the appropriate
level of the green. Players who find themselves on the opposite
side of the pin, will have to summon their best touch to avoid a
three putt. Once again, par is a good score here.
||Hole #4 on the AT&T Oaks Course is possibly the most difficult
par 4 on the front 9. This hole was the first hole to be grassed
during construction and has a stately and majestic feel about it.
The tee shot requires power and precision as the fairway is one of
the narrowest on the course. Finding the fairway is a must. A well
struck tee shot leaves the player with a long iron or fairway wood
second shot to a beautiful but devilish green. This green site is
one of the most picturesque on the AT&T Oaks with old gnarly
oaks trees clearly evident around it along with the artistic
bunkers featuring a rock out cropping along the back edge. This
green has significant movement in it and two putts for the player
will be considered a success. Par on this hole is like a birdie.
||Time to take a break. After the demanding fi rst four holes, we
turn to the shortest par 4 on the AT&T Oaks Course. Playing
downhill and downwind, this hole is only 342 yards from the back
tees. The short hole provides a myriad of options for all players.
Let the big dog eat and try to drive it on the green or play safely
to the fairway with an iron. The short second shot must be played
from the fairway in order to hold the subtle but challenging green.
While the green looks flat, don't be fooled. It slopes from front
to back allowing only crisply struck shots to stop quickly. A good
chance for birdie for all players.
||As players walk up to the 6th tee, they face one of the more
beautiful tee shots on the AT&T Oaks Course with signature oak
trees framing both sides. From the back tee the player must carry
over almost 200 yards of native area to find the fairway. The best
tee shots will finish on the right side of the fairway leaving the
player with the optimal angle into a difficult green. The green
setting is spectacular with majestic oaks as well as the JW
Marriott serving as a backdrop. This second shot is played into a
green which is well protected on the left with a large bunker and
roll-offs to the right. Be cautious for back hole locations because
going long leads to almost certain bogey. It is only 403 yards but
dynamite comes in small packages.
||The second Par 3 of the day plays 207 yards, slightly uphill with
the wind coming from the right. The 7th green is the larger portion
of the double green the player encountered while playing the 2nd
hole. The monstrous 8,000 sq. ft. bunker, which was hidden from the
player on the 2nd hole, is clearly evident from the tee. A high tee
shot with a soft landing is called for in order to hold this long,
narrow green. Par is always a good score, but especially here.
||The second Par 5 on the front nine is the exact opposite of its
neighboring Par 5 Hole #2. This hole plays uphill and downwind,
stretching more than 600 yards in length from the back tees. Try to
avoid the left side off the tee and the beautiful specimen Oak that
was transplanted to this hole from the 14th. A good tee shot will
find the player at the crest of the hill. The second shot can be
anything from a mid-iron to a fairway wood, depending on your
preferred approach shot. It is vital the player's second shot ends
up in the fairway, allowing for a controlled approach to this split
level, heavily contoured and well protected green. Finding the
right level on the green is important to ensure you don't spend too
much time putting around.
||This is the only hole on the AT&T Oaks Course without a bunker.
This straightaway par 4 requires both accuracy and brawn off the
tee. The key to this hole is finding the green with your second
shot. While the player faces no bunkers guarding the green, the
green is long, narrow, and protected by sharp fall offs on all
sides. This is one of the deepest greens on the course, so select
the club for your approach carefully. Once you find the green, your
job isn't finished. While seemingly flat, the green has a distinct
back to front slope. If your putt is aimed towards downtown San
Antonio, it is a fast one!
||The back nine begins with a beautiful, downhill Par 4 measuring
nearly 450 yards. As with many holes on this golf course, the tee
shot must fi nd the fairway, preferably down the left side. A well
struck tee shot leaves a player 140 to 160 yards into an elevated
green that is well protected by deep bunkers on all sides. Since
this hole typically plays into the wind, a player's second shot
must be solidly struck to fi nd the safety of the putting surface.
Players must avoid a short right miss which will leave a difficult
pitch for the player. Make a par on this one and you are ahead of
||The eleventh is one of the most striking holes on the AT&T Oaks
Course. Players face a decision off the tee, to challenge the cross
bunker which requires a 220 yard carry from the back tee or play
safely laying up short of the bunker. This hole rewards heroism
because a great tee shot leaves only a short pitch to the green. A
short drive on the right side means carrying a deep greenside
bunker on the approach. Once on the green, the player's work is not
done. The green features some interesting pitch and roll to catch
your attention. The player may be rewarded with a birdie for
||The 12th hole is short but dangerous. The player may chose any club
off the tee. The key is being straight and in the fairway. Playing
from the rough will almost assure the player a bogey. The second
shot will only be a short iron but is played uphill and downwind to
an elevated green protected by a set of enormous twin bunkers which
are the deepest on the golf course. Believe it or not the
best miss on this hole is long, leaving the player a simple chip
back. Miss it short, right or left, and you will be busy. Its only
410 from the back tee but 4 is a great score.
||The first par 3 on the back 9 is also the longest on the course
measuring over 240yds from the back tee. From the tee you can see
downtown SA and the best play is to aim at the Hemisphere Tower and
a right to left will fi nd the center of the green. This green is
one of the largest on the course and if you find it with your tee
shot you'll be rewarded with an opportunity of a makable putt.
||At 575 yards, this is the shortest par 5 on the golf course and it
gives you a chance for birdie. The fairway is relative wide
compared to others on the course and stronger players have a chance
to reach the green in 2. A simple lay up leaves players with a
short pitch to the green. Make sure you favor the left side on your
lay up since fi nding the bunker on the right will lead to almost
certain bogey. The player who navigates the fi rst 2 shots
properly, has a great opportunity for birdie.
||The 15th hole begins the fantastic fi nish on the AT&T Oaks
course. Much like many other holes on the course, finding the
fairway a must. Avoid the fairway bunker on the right off the tee
and you should have a mid to short iron into the green. This
smallish green is protected by some of the most artistically
designed bunkers on the course. The cross bunker some 40 yards
short of the green makes the green appear closer than it actually
is. If you can find this green in 2, your putt should be near the
hole. Make par here and you have taken your first step towards a
fantastic finish is a successful one.
||Arguably and soon to be known as one of the most unique par 3 in
golf, the short 16th hole features a creative green defi ned by
beautiful bunkers on both sides and the unique feature of a bunker
in the center which divides the green into 3 smaller targets. An
assortment of teeing areas offer the player not only different
yardages but different angles into the green. Put it on the right
spot of green and birdie or par is almost a certainty. Put it on
the wrong side of the bunker and anything goes.
||Birdie time. The 17th hole is a risk reward opportunity for
players. Aggressive players may have the opportunity to try and
drive the green. The fairway is the widest and most generous on the
golf course. For the player to have the best approach into the
green, he must find the upper portion of the fairway which is
protected by a beautiful and dramatic bunker. Although the player
can fi nd room down the left side of the fairway, it leaves a much
more difficult approach into the green. The main protection for
this hole are the massive bunkers and a green with significant
movement. Birdies should be plentiful.
||A fantastic final hole for our fantastic finish. The 18th hole is a
long, uphill par 5. The tee shot should be shaped left to right in
order to remain in a fairway sloping from right to left. After the
tee shot, players should play up the right side being cautious to
avoid the creek which bisects the fairway and the spectacular
bunkers on the right. The third shot will be played with a short
iron uphill to a green which is segregated into 3 levels and is
well protected by a hill country creek and three bunkers. Players
may have visions of making a final birdie to win the Valero Texas
Open on this one.