Course Review: The Republic Golf Club

In the southeast part of the Alamo City, forged out of a heavily treed flood plain along Salado Creek, The Republic Golf Club was born in 2002. And what a huge young-in this one is! Measuring in at 7007-yards from the tips, to 4683-yards on the forwa d tees, this Par 71 (yes, seventy-one!) is nothing short of spectacular.

Note, the “heavily treed” reference – they were not removed, at least not all of them. During the building of The Republic, the course architect (Art Schaupeter) took special care to keep, and incorporate, into the design as many of the majestic live oaks, elms, and mesquites on the property as he could. Of the trees that were cleared, they weren't just tossed aside. They were literally put back into the course. Trees were shredded, mulched and turned into compost, then put back into the soil. Just a small part of the recycle-type thinking that makes this course so impressive.


Back to the course itself, and the trees which remain. Take note to watch for the huge live oak on the 624-yard par-5 No. 6, just off the green. It is one of many that were saved to be incorporated into the design of this course. It is one of the longest holes in the area, and earned its #1 Handicap rating.


Most of the fairways are generous and forgiving enough. However, the huge, forced carry over a deep ravine on the par-5 11th, is 221-yards on this 569-yard #6 Handicap rated hole. Trust the “big stick” on most of the holes. Out-of-bounds really doesn’t play a factor on this course, except for on 9 and 10 which “guard” the driving range on either side.


Golfers of all ages and abilities will definitely enjoy this course. While the fairways and open greens certainly contribute to the course’s character, it is the entire layout which defines this course as solid golf. The number of “sandy” opportunities is above average, not based solely on the number of bunkers (44), rather on the playability of the bunker itself. Even a deep greenside bunker with a “fried egg” plugged ball in the top lip isn’t impossible (unfortunately, I found out the hard, or was it easy, way – I think I won that hole!).


If you love to golf, and want the “out of the city” feeling, then this course should be on your “short list”. Even though it is close to town and the highway, while you’re there, you won’t even notice that. There are some homes that a beginning to be built in the area, but not directly on the course. So, hit-away!


With the five sets of tees, forty-four bunkers, multi-tiered greens, great conditions and an excellent staff, The Republic Golf Club is a definite “Must Play”, anytime of the year. For more information visit their Web site: www.foresightgolf.net/republic.

 

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