Course Architect: Keith Foster (1992-94)
Year Opened: 1994
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Slope: 128. Rating: 72.4
Par: 71
Yardage: 6,740
Hole-by-Hole: 1 - Par 4 388 Yds    10 - Par 4 474 Yds
                      2 - Par 4 453 Yds    11 - Par 4 370 Yds
                      3 - Par 3 168 Yds    12 - Par 3 205 Yds
                      4 - Par 4 325 Yds    13 - Par 4 362 Yds
                      5 - Par 5 544 Yds    14 - Par 4 442 Yds
                      6 - Par 4 383 Yds    15 - Par 5 528 Yds
                      7 - Par 4 399 Yds    16 - Par 3 242 Yds
                      8 - Par 8 158 Yds    17 - Par 4 386 Yds
                      9 - Par 4 349 Yds    18 - Par 5 564 Yds
                      Par 35  3,167 Yds     Par 36  3,573 Yds

Awards Won: Four stars by Golf Digest - Best Places to Play (2007-10),
            Ranked 13th by GolfWeek - Best Courses by State [Texas] (2010),
            Top 100 Women Friendly Courses in US - Golf for Women (1998-99).

Course Record: 64 (PGA Tour player, J.L. Lewis)


HISTORY:  Operating as  a limestone quarry pit and cement plant for almost 100
years,  The Quarry  Golf Club emerged from the ideas of well-known San Antonio
golf  enthusiast  Jack Parker.  It's the typical  success story. "You'll never
build a golf course out of that pit," the skeptics bellowed.

Less  than  10 years  after the plant  closed, Keith Foster  was brought in to
carve  out a  golf course. Foster, who previously worked with the Arthur Hills
design  group, went out  on his own just a short time before starting his work
on The Quarry in 1992.

Known  for  his renovation and  restoration work  at Baltimore Country Club at
Five  Farms,  Colonial Country Club and  Southern Hills, one of Foster's first
original designs was The Quarry, which features a links-style front nine, with
many  water hazards  and a back-nine chiseled inside the old abandoned 86-acre
rock quarry.

Rated  as  a must-play by many,  The Quarry has been  ranked as one of the top
courses in the state of Texas since its inception.

REVIEW: The opening hole at The Quarry is a downhill, dogleg-right par four of
just  388 yards. The key here is hitting the fairway, as the landing area runs
out,  so three-metal or long iron might be the play. The green sits well below
your  feet, so adjust your approach accordingly. Water guards the entire right
side  of the putting surface, leaving little room for error. Bail out left and
you'll end up in a much-used bunker. Hey, it's better than losing a ball.

Sitting alongside the train tracks, the second is one of the longest par fours
on  the course,  stretching 453 yards. The fairway is very accessible, as long
as you bypass the 45-yard bunker down the right. A medium- to long-iron awaits
to  the longest  green on the front  nine. Chipping areas surround most of the
putting  surface. Avoid missing long and left and you'll survive the hole they
call "Rails."

The  third hole  is the first par three  on the course and it's a beauty. From
the  back markers it's  just 168 yards, but water covers the left side and the
green  slopes  toward the trouble. To  make matters worse, the wind blows from
the  right, so you'll need to be spot on. A word of caution: a pair of bunkers
guard the right and they're quite nasty.

Talk  about risk-reward, the fourth is just that. A short par four of only 325
yards,  it certainly is possible. The risk is water down the entire right side
from  tee to green. The reward, of course, is reaching the putting surface and
having  a shot at eagle. For most normal players, an iron or fairway metal off
the  tee to  a very wide fairway will  leave just a wedge to a long and narrow
putting  surface. The  two-tiered green can be tricky, especially when the pin
is back-right.

As  its name indicates, the fifth is a "Watery Grave." A dogleg-left par five,
your opening tee shot must be placed onto a peninsula-of-sorts fairway that is
mostly  surrounded by  water. Your second shot, to the bridge-ajoined fairway,
should  be relatively  stress-free as  the  landing area  is bunker-free,  but
raised. For those who go for the green in two, the fairway tightens as you get
closer  to the  wide,  but  narrow, putting  surface.  Two  bunkers front  the
elevated  promised land to even the score. A back-right pin can make this easy
hole a real bear.

One  of eight par fours under 400 yards long, the sixth is a straightaway hole
that  features a 60-yard  bunker down the left side of the fairway. Shape your
tee shot at the church steeple and you'll be left with a short-iron to a green
that  slopes  from right to  left. Two bunkers  guard the putting surface, but
this is a definite birdie hole.

A fairly benign hole, the seventh is a relatively straight par four, with just
one  bunker down  the right  side. The  key  here is  the approach  shot to  a
minuscule  green that's just  27 paces deep. No sand guarding it, but any shot
short will kick left away from the putting surface.

Another  glorious par three,  the eighth is only 158 yards, but water and wind
can and will dictate your play. The shot towards the wide and undulating green
is  a complete carry  over water and sand. Being greedy here will only hurt in
the long run, so play to the middle of the green and who knows, maybe the flat
stick  will save you.  If the pin is back and to the right, play a second ball
for fun and go for it.

The  closing hole on  the outward nine is a gem of a par four. Stretching just
349  yards from the  tips, you'll need to bust a drive to clear the ditch that
splits  the fairway  in two.  Although it's  just a  200-yard carry,  it plays
uphill  from  tee to  green, so give  it a  rip. Favor the  right side, as the
landing  area  tilts hard to the  left. Just a  wedge will remain to a highly-
elevated  putting surface  that's just 27 paces long and very narrow. The two-
tiered  green slopes  hard from back to  front, so try and stay below the hole
and,  by the  way, avoid the left  greenside bunker. Other than that, piece of

The  course really starts to heat up when you reach the Quarry nine. No. 10 is
the  longest  par four  on the  course at 474  yards. Not  only that, it plays
uphill,  so make sure you add a club or two. The fairway is quite generous and
filled  with rolling  contours throughout.  Miss right  of the  cart path  and
you'll  have little chance of finding your ball. Your approach to the elevated
green  is quite  deceiving, so make sure you take enough stick. Chipping areas
front and right can make for a difficult up and down.

In  contrast, the 11th  plays downhill towards the green and is just 370 yards
in length. The left fairway bunker sees plenty of action, as most players bail
out  due to the sharp fall off on the right. Yours truly can attest to that. A
big  drive  can set up a  simple short-iron to a  green that runs from left to
right  with a ridge  separating the front and back. A pin position in the back
and right will bring more chipping areas into play.

The  third sensational  par three on the course, the 12th, stretches 205 yards
from  the tips and is all carry over marsh and water to the green. A nice draw
from right to left is the play here, as it takes the water out of play, but be
careful,  as the green slopes towards sand and water left. The putting surface
is  minimal at just  29 paces with plenty of contour. Any play short will roll
back  down away  from the green. Aptly named "Alcatraz," you'll need to escape
with par.

Water  continues  to be the dominant  trait on the  back nine as you reach the
13th.  This  sharp dogleg-left hole  features a full  carry over the lake that
covers  the entire left side of the hole. Although these holes sit down in the
quarry, the wind really affects No. 13 in particular. A sweeping draw fits the
eye  from the tee, as this will set up a simple wedge to the smallest green on
the  course at  just 24 paces in  depth. Fronted by a deep bunker, a back-left
pin will only be partially in view, so trust your game and go for it.

The  most  difficult hole on  the back  nine is the  long par four 14th. Named
"Stacks"  for  its aiming point,  this brute is 442  yards in length and plays
gently  uphill. Limestone  outcroppings dot the rough, but the fairway is wide
and  accommodating. Even  with a big tee  ball, you'll have a medium- to long-
iron  to  the elevated green. Putts  move sharply on this small and undulating
putting surface, so play enough break or a three-putt could be in the cards.

A  really good  chance of getting a stroke  back comes in the form of the par-
five  15th.  Just 528 yards, the  tee shot plays downhill towards the generous
fairway.  Although it  tightens at the 300-yard mark, most players should have
plenty  of room.  Give it a lash from  the fairway if you have the stones, but
you'll need to avoid the bunker that fronts the green. Not a bad spot to be in
if  you have a  quality sand game. Just 25 paces in depth, the putting surface
is  wide but shallow, so your approach must be spot on. Now's the time to make
birdie, since the final three holes yield very few.

Sixteen  is  the most difficult of  the four par  threes at The Quarry. It's a
robust  242 yards from the tips and uphill all the way. When was the last time
you  hit driver on  a par three? Can you say never? Well, there's a first time
for  everything. The  elevated green sits atop a hill, with all putts breaking
toward the tee box. Not a good combination, especially if you miss short.

One  of the prettiest,  yet intimidating holes on the course, No. 17 is called
"Reload."  For  a golfer, that's not  a word you  want to hear, but it happens
quite  often.  Yes, if you must  ask, I hit two.  With the quarry wall to your
right, you tee off from the highest point on the course, with a panoramic view
of  the entire quarry.  From the back tee, it plays as a dogleg-left with what
seems  like a sliver of fairway in the distance. The landing area does run out
at  the 300-yard mark,  so three-metal is probably the smart play, as the cart
path  splits  the fairway. A short-iron  should remain to the longest green on
the  course and one of the most slick. With the flag back-left, you'll need an
extra club or two and be careful to avoid the bunker duo on the left.

Although  not  the most  difficult  hole  on  the  course, the  18th  requires
strategy,  not  something usually  associated with  a par  five. The reason is
because  the downhill  fairway tightens dramatically at the 280-yard mark, not
to  mention the rock wall boundary on the right and rough and rocks left. Your
second  shot is  played uphill to a  landing area that sits 100 yards from the
elevated  green. Remember to adjust accordingly to attack the pin. The putting
surface  is  long with several  levels, so take  enough club for the back-left

FINAL  WORD:  Located just minutes from  the airport and downtown San Antonio,
The Quarry Golf Club is a blast (no pun intended) to play.

The  front nine is virtually devoid of trees and it winds around several water
hazards.  Starting with  the opening hole, they  come into play on five of the
outward nine.

When The Quarry was originally built there was very little, if any, housing or
commercial areas. Now, of course, it's a different story, as a strip mall runs
down  the left  side  of the  first  hole, taking  away a  little  bit of  the

Although  the front nine plays quite shorter than the back, it's still a test,
specifically when the wind is up and you need to hit your approach over water,
like on the first and third holes.

Pick  the  right set  of tee  markers, because  when you  reach the back nine,
you'll be hard-pressed to match your front-nine score.

The  inward  holes at The  Quarry are  really the most interesting, especially
Nos.  12 and 13 and 16 through 18. Despite being under 400 yards, the 17th not
only is quite deceiving, but one of the most difficult holes on the course. No
wonder it earned its current moniker.

There are several vital statistics that make The Quarry a required visit.

First  of all,  the rates are reasonable, from  a low of $25 after 5 p.m. to a
high  of  $79 on the weekend.  It's not often  that a top layout features such
affordable prices.

Secondly,  the  challenge of the  golf course is  very appealing, and not just
from  the  back tees.  Forced carries  over water  and ravines, uphill marches
towards greens, strategic choices off the tee, The Quarry has it all.

The  amenities are  complete and  the staff  is very  knowledgeable. PGA  golf
professional  Sean Etheredge leads the entourage of helpful staff. A native of
the  San Antonio area,  Sean has spent over six years at The Quarry overseeing
all  aspects of  the operation.  In addition,  former PGA  and Champions  Tour
player  Jim  Barker is the  Director of  Instruction. Barker has received many
accolades,  including  being named one  of the top  teachers in the country by
both Golf Digest and Golf Magazine in 2001.

Affordable,  challenging,  unique and a great  experience -- what more could a
golfer ask for?

Foster claims on his website that his aim is "to produce timeless and enduring
work" and he certainly delivered on those intentions at The Quarry Golf Club.