Black Jack’s Crossing lies between the Big Bend National Park and the Rio Grande and it’s a Lanny Wadkins design which is set out within the massive 27,000-acre Lajitas Golf Resort. It’s a remote part of West Texas, with Mexico lying on the other side of the river, where many the illicit border crossings would have been made back in days of the Wild West.
Named after U.S. Army General “Black Jack” Pershing, who skirmished with Mexican revolutionary leader Pancho Villa in these parts more than a hundred years ago, the course is routed through a spectacular landscape of rock canyons and dry washes, replacing a previous layout that was damaged by flooding.
Interestingly, the historic Lajitas Trading Post (built in 1899) now serves as the clubhouse, pro shop and Longhorn Museum. It’s a remnant from the early Texas Frontier, where cowboys and miners would barter for supplies during the day then drink whisky together at night, and rather a unique place to relax after a round on the course.