The Oaks course at TPC San Antonio is the Greg Norman-designed sibling of the shorter Canyons course, a Pete Dye offering that also opened in 2010.
The Texas Open was inaugurated in 1922 and the event has always been staged in the San Antonio area, in fact it’s the longest PGA Tour event to have been hosted in the same city.
A number of courses have held the competition down the years, including Brackenridge Park which hosted the first fourteen stagings. TPC San Antonio has been on the tournament rotation since 2010, when Adam Scott lifted the trophy after triumphing on the brand new Oaks course, which poignantly was fashioned by his Australian compatriot.
The par 72 Oaks course can be stretched out to around 7,500 yards for the Texas Open, but despite its relative youth, the layout balances narrow tree-lined corridors with wider fairways providing strategic angles for approach shots.
The first four holes, which include the 213-yard par three 3rd, add up to a rather brutal 1,750 yards, so you’d better be striking the ball solidly from the get-go.
Not everyone appreciates the uninspiring concrete architecture of the JW Marriott, but if you’re planning to stay and play TPC San Antonio the hotel accommodation is a comfortable option.