Unfortunately due to overseeding, I was unable to play the Oaks when I visited TPC San Antonio, but playing the Canyon was still very enjoyable in its own right. I loved the Par 3s this course had to offer. The 4th is a mid-to-longer one-shot hole that has a daunting water hazard on the left, and a surplus of bunkers on the right. Great green complex on this hole though that dictates how aggressive or conservative you can be based on the hole location. The 8th is a shorter hole that's only about 150-160 yards. Dye made sure that if you miss the green here, you were gonna pay for it. It's a definite birdie chance for those who are precise with their irons. The 13th and 16th holes are each around the 200 mark and each play downhill, but both have different personalities as the 13th is much more demanding with your placement, whereas the 16th gives you the opportunity to work the ball towards the hole in different ways via the slopes and increased flexibility to cut or draw the tee shot.
My lone criticism of this course was how the Par 4s and 5s had a tendency to run together with very few standing out. Several straight holes that play uphill to some degree, and another several holes with a gentle dogleg either direction that is shaped by its bunkers. To Dye's credit, there is a definite reward on all of those holes if you challenge the hazard. If not, the next shot is made all the more difficult.
While I can tell the Oaks is definitely the superior course on property, the Canyon is a lovely golf course that has some of the starlight stolen from its sister course.
Date: November 12, 2018