Course Review: The Hidden Springs Golf Experience

I’ve played Hidden Springs Golf Course several times and over the last year or so it has been added to my list of “must do” courses. I like “The Springs” for several, entirely different reasons.

Most importantly is that the golf course is challenging. It is carved out of a beautiful Hill Country setting. Limestone bluffs and outcroppings abound, with crystal clear streams and ponds running along and across many of the fairways. The architect of the golf course left many trees which reach out over the fairways. These trees tend to catch and toss your golf balls into the knee-high roughs. Additionally, the designer of this lovely golf link must have been blessed with X-Ray vision. On many of the holes, the golfer cannot see the target green from the tee box!

Hidden Springs is the Thinking Golfer’s Golf Course. If your game is “spray and pray,” the Springs will break your heart and relieve you of a sleeve or two of balls. It will challenge your ability to hit accurate shots. And, it will get you to thinking that the concept of “course management” is a lot more than just a concept!

It’s a short course, at only 6170 yards. The fairways, bunkers, sand traps and greens are impeccably maintained. A driving range and large putting green are available to you. The fairways are tightly mowed and provide an excellent carpet that sets your ball up for the next stroke. The greens are firm, fast and true. The first cut around the greens is mild mannered and manageable; the second cut is deep and gnarly, requiring a delicate touch for a successful escape. When pitching to the green, “bump and run” is the shot of the day, with the “bump” occurring several feet short of the putting surface.

The Double B Ranch (managing entity for Hidden Springs) provides more than challenging golf in a beautiful setting. There is a lodge and some cabins to rent if you decide. If you have need for a place to conduct a retreat for your company that will provide true isolation from “the world” for a few days, Double B can accommodate your needs. Want to have a family reunion, a high school or college class reunion, or a wedding? Give the nice folks at DB a call. Beaux Hicky’s is a fabulous open-air, river-side pavilion that you can rent for any event. From first hand experience, I can tell you that the staff at the Double B Ranch stand eager and ready to provide old fashioned customer service.

Book a tee time at Hidden Springs. (830-990-4122), then tour the property and talk to the people who run the place. The Golf Manager is Jack Russell; the Event Manager is Kelly Russell. Call them at 800-830-5008; visit their Web site:


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