Designed by Keith Foster, opening for play in 1994, the front nine at The Quarry in San Antonio is styled as a links golf course with deep bunkers and sloping greens whilst the back nine is routed around an old limestone quarry.
Tale of two different nines. The outward half plays through non-descript grasslands. The holes are fairly basic in their requirements and sufficient but far from anything that's compelling. Matters change for the inward half. Here you play holes through a 100-year-old former quarry pit. The contrast between the verdant green grass corridors and the wild and woolly quarry terrain intersects in a fine manner.
One of the main issues I have with Quarry is the abundance of paved cart paths. At times the experience can be marred by the constant role they can play. A bit more attention in keeping them as invisible as possible would add to the golf experience.
Give architect Keith Foster a salute in dealing with the myriad of issues tied to the site. Hard to believe what was there previously -- versus what is there today.
The back nine has the better overall hole mixture and the routing keeps golfer's on their toes as you never can get into a set pattern that's easy to discern. If in town and time allows a visit to play certainly merits attention.
M. James Ward