Vaaler Creek Golf Club - Golf's Oasis in the Texas Hill Country

Vaaler Creek Golf ClubYou would understand if PGA Professional Adam Grosch walked around with a perpetual smile on his face. He’s got a lot going his way these days. Grosch is Director of Golf at Vaaler Creek Golf Club, a five-star golf facility just down the road from San Antonio and less than an hour from the capital city of Austin. His golfers are happy, his staff is working together as a team, business is good. And his course, unlike many others in the state, remains in near-perfect condition, despite the worst drought in decades.

But his joy is tempered by the reality that many courses are suffering, and that the golf industry, along with virtually anyone and everyone else, is having a pretty rough go of it. “Of course we’re thrilled that we can offer our guests a great golf experience, despite the State’s desperate need for rain,” Grosch said. “But it’s painful to watch what our friends at our neighboring courses are going through. Unfortunately, a parched course is something you just can’t hide.”

Vaaler Creek remains green due to a number of factors, not the least of which is that it draws a significant amount of its water supply from the Trinity Aquifer, which, unlike much of the surrounding area that draws water from rivers, lakes, and the Edwards Aquifer. That’s the “lucky” part of the equation. The Vaaler Creek staff is extremely judicious with the use of that water, and while you wouldn’t expect them to know exactly how much they’re using, you get the feeling that if queried they could nail it within a gallon or two.

Vaaler Creek, architect Michael Lowry’s first signature golf course design, is a visually stunning and uniquely memorable layout that sets out to challenge more accomplished players by pinching landing areas and employing strategically placed hazards, while at the same time achieving playability and enhancing enjoyment for the average golfer. The back nine, which opened to the public in July 2007, was joined in 2009 by the complementary front. Both sides feature spectacular panoramic views of the Texas Hill Country, an abundance of live oaks and rolling topography.

Sound water management and a wild stroke of luck is keeping Vaaler Creek green in bone-dry Central Texas.

Appearances will be deceiving for your average player, on a course which measures more than 6,800 yards from the tips and plays to a par of 72. With plenty of greenside bunkers, man-made waterways, elevation changes, undulating greens and a few tiered fairways, the 18-hole championship course is a daunting challenge. But players will find the course extremely playable, and those who score well will walk off the 18th feeling good about the state of their game.

The uniqueness of each hole is the hallmark of Vaaler Creek, and makes playing this Hill Country course so much fun. Players won’t soon forget the 195-yard, par-3 12th hole, which features a Pacman-shaped pond that surrounds the green almost completely. Another example is the 511-yard, par-5 10th that gives players a choice off the tee between upper and lower fairways with substantially different elevations.

Located within the Rockin’ J Ranch, a community dedicated to resort living and championship golf set upon more than 1,000 rolling acres just south of the charming town of Blanco, Vaaler Creek is used to drawing golfers from every direction.

This 5,000 square foot deck is not a bad place to hang out after your round of golf, grab your your favorite beverage and and wind down your day with a Hill Country Sunset.

Golfers can expect a quality of play “comparable to a high-end resort in San Antonio,” at a very attractive price. The golf course is positioned as a semi-private facility, with property owners of Rockin’ J Ranch receiving a complimentary basic golf membership that entitles them to enjoy their first three rounds each month for free, with a discounted rate thereafter. Basic golf memberships may also be purchased by non-property owners, and Vaaler Creek offers guests of its members discounted greens fees as well. For more frequent players, Vaaler Creek offers an annual full membership, which entitles individual members to unlimited rounds during the year, including cart fees.

Out-of-town golfers now have the opportunity to Stay & Play at Vaaler Creek. A bank of brand new, well furnished two- and three-bedroom condos situated around the No. 10 tee box will serve as guest accommodations, and start at $175 per night. Discounted greens fees are a part of the Stay & Play package.

As the sun dips toward the horizon in the burnt-orange Texas sky, you can bet quite a crowd will be gathering on the 5,550-square-foot deck that overlooks the 18th fairway at Vaaler Creek. The platform, which is cloaked by two large live oaks trees that rise up through its center and expands out over a large pond, serves as the centerpiece of the club’s tournament and event facilities, and the place to be for a cold beverage when your round comes to an end. The deck is a popular meeting spot for group events such as weddings, tournaments and reunions.

It never gets to hot at Vaaler Creek, when it does, a jump in ther Olympic size swimming pool will cool you down real quick.

This area is also the future site of Vaaler Creek’s clubhouse, which will be located directly behind the 18th green and feature great views of golfers as they approach the final hole, a tough par-4 requiring a 100-yard carry over water to a green that protrudes into a pond.

Vaaler Creek’s professional event staff can handle any size golf outing or tournament, and will put together a number of tournament packages, from a simple green and cart fee program to an all-inclusive tournament package with discounted rates, scoring, range balls, tee prizes, hole-in-one prizes, drink tickets and food and beverage service. This package is priced around $75 per person, depending on the size of the group.

A beautiful driving range and a giant teeing area welcome golfers who want to warm up or revisit a few swing thoughts from the day’s round. Vaaler Creek has also recently introduced a short game area, complete with areas for chipping and sand shots.

Vaaler Creek Golf Club - Golf's Oasis in the Texas Hill CountryYou won’t find Adam Grosch smiling uncontrollably about the current state of affairs – after all, a wise man once opined that “You can’t think and grin at the same time” – Grosch has a full plate holding his facility and his team to the exacting standards he’s set for both. But he does derive a great deal of pleasure from the fact that his club can still offer the ultimate golf experience to his guests, even in this demanding climatic and financial environment. “If there’s one good thing about this situation it’s that golfers can come out to Vaaler Creek and expect to find things they way they once were, the way they should be, and enjoy a few hours of relaxation and great golf,” said Grosch. “And, at the bottom of it, isn’t that what the game is really all about?”

For more information on the programs, pricing, packages or playing options offered by Vaaler Creek Golf Club, please visit www.vaalercreekgolfclub.com or call (830) 833-0706. Visitors to the site may also sign up for E-specials that will be delivered to their inbox twice every month promoting discounted golf rates and special golf promotions at the club. Anyone interested in hosting an event or golf tournament at Vaaler Creek can either fill out a questionnaire on the site or call the golf shop.

 

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