Course Review: The Bandit

“Hidden” just off of FM-725 in New Braunfels, The Bandit is just waiting for you! If you’re not very familiar with the area, you just might miss the low key entrance to this renowned golf course, which shares signage with the residential development s well.

The course is situated on some of the best acreage in the Hill Country area. One of the things I look for when researching courses is the difference in layout from hole to hole. The Bandit does not disappoint on that! With several holes having elevation changes of nearly 100 feet between tee and green, the Guadalupe River running along side the 14th fairway, and Long Creek winding its way around and through many of the scenic holes on the course, the term “keep it in fairway” brings on a whole new meaning.


While the course itself is in excellent condition, the greens are nothing short of outstanding! Even though it has been a dry season the greens make attacking the pin very possible. And you need to go for the pin, or get it pretty close. At least within 15-20 feet, or else you may be sweating the dreaded 3-putt. You will certainly be looking at multiple breaks between you and the hole from that range.


The recently renovated hole #7 has been worth the wait. From the tips it plays 550-yards, making it difficult to go for the green in 2, even if it wasn’t a tough dog leg!


Even though our group (Mike Ratchman, Pat Hill, Ryan Hill, and I) couldn’t say enough about #7; it was almost forgotten upon approaching the 18th tee.


You see, the finishing hole #18 is not easily tamed. Depending on wind conditions and where the pin placement is, the hole is different each and every time you play. The 552-yard, par five, can truly make or break a round.


From the tees, you see a lone bunker in the middle-left of the fairway and Long Creek running all along the right. The second shot is where the hole shows its teeth. There are a couple of landing areas for your second shot. The most common is a safe lay-up staying to the left of the creek, where you just might have a tree blocking a direct approach to the pin. However, if your tee shot hugs the right side of the fairway, a shot to the landing area across the creek is not out of the question.


Before starting your round, watch a couple of groups come in on 18, it’ll be worth the wait.

 

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