located just down the street from the main resort, the Palmer course was added to the
la cantera family in 2001. It features a variety
of holes accented by dramatic waterfalls and
enchanting views. Playing to a par of 71 at 6,926
yards from the tips, the Palmer course is a test
of blind tee shots, carries across canyons and
up-and-down and sideways-sloped shots.
as one of the Palmer course's signature
holes, the 188-yard par- 3 fourth requires a
long carry over a lake with waterfalls along the
front of the green and a trip over the Winnie
Palmer memorial Bridge, named after the
King’s late wife.
the number one handicap hole on the
Palmer course is the 426-yard no. 5, which
requires a spot-on long-iron approach to carry
the dry creek bed that splits the fairway. you’ll
want to keep your tee ball left of center on the
stunning 10th hole, as anything right of the
marker in the fairway could bounce down into
the 120-foot chasm that runs the entire right
side and even with a good shot you will likely
have to carry the abyss if you want to attack a
back-right hole placement.
no. 18 at the Palmer course is a spectacular
par- 4 finale that plays 490 yards and slightly
up and then down an 80-foot slope, providing
views of the clubhouse and waterfall-fed lake.
guests often sit out on the clubhouse’s balcony and applaud shots that reach the green
in regulation and putts that somehow find
their way to the bottom of the cup.
there are times on the Palmer course
that you will feel like you are standing at the
highest point in San antonio as you look down
at the city in the distance, the holes on the
adjacent resort course below your feet and
jets flying into the nearby international airport
whizzing by on a seemingly equal plane.
a seamless exPerience
Steve Shields, la cantera's director of golf, says the emphasis is on the customer at la
cantera: “at the resort we are one big team
with one goal in mind: delivering a quality
from the golf operation to the guest rooms to
the dining outlets, the Westin la cantera artfully combines fun, flair and first-class service.
that’s a great recipe for success. n
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