Olmos Basin 17th hole

Starting Monday, January 4th, Olmos Basin golf course will be closing for approximately 9 months for renovations. Check back here for updates, photos, and videos of our progress. We are releasing the plans of each hole, every other day until we post all 18!

Built over 55 years ago, Olmos Basin has seen hundreds of thousands of rounds played by visitors and citizens of San Antonio. Our goal is to update the course to offer a test to an accomplished golfer, yet be playable by the novice alike, all while improving the underlying infrastructure of the course.

What to Note:

  • We have contracted with the same course designer that assisted us with San Pedro redesign, as well as Olmos’ hole #2 that was redone in 2020.
  • Each hole will have a total of 5 new teeing areas. This will allow us greater flexibility and offer varying levels of difficulty.
  • Each bunker complex (save hole #2) will be newly constructed using the Better Billy Bunker system that will improve/eliminate bunker washouts and stabilized bunker edges. Originally known as the Enhanced Bunker Drainage Method, the primary purpose behind this spec was to minimize sand erosion and sand contamination from native soils during heavy rainstorms. 
  • The course’s drainage framework will be improved to keep the key components of the course dryer after rain.
  • Each mark on the photos below, as in “1+00”, indicate 100 ft, or 33.3 yards.

Hole #1

Olmos #1
Taken from the Grassing Plan here is our plan for hole #1 with updated tees, green, and bunker complex.
This green has been shaped out, along with the right front bunker.
Taken from the first tee, You can see the new teeing grounds being prepared. The forward tees will be MUCH further forward.
Hole #1 with #8 in the distance.

Hole #2

No significant changes are being done to this hole after our improvements made in 2020. The same golf course construction company is doing the work on the other 17 holes.

Hole #3

From the forward tees on hole number 3.
Change in plans, the bunker in front of the green is smaller than planned to allow for a short shot to reach the green.

Hole #4

A second fairway bunker was added mid-construction

Hole #5

Approach view into hole number 5 from approximately 120 yards out.

Hole #6

This hole will be moved back towards Basse Road, and shortened a bit.
This is where the 6th green used to be.
Drone shot after shaping complete.
After drainage infrastructure installed.

Hole #7

Hitting a bit more left on this hole will help you avoid the new fairway bunker on hole 7.
After shaping of hole #7
2 new fairway bunkers will force you to carry them or go left with your tee shot.
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Hole #8

Removing the front two greenside bunkers will help make your approach shot a little less intimidating.
Shaping of the new hole is underway.
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Hole #9

A new ‘foursome’ of greenside bunkers will surround the new number 9 green.
The 9th green is almost completely shaped, and once smoothed over the drainage installation will begin.
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Hole #10

Hole 10 at Olmos Basin Golf Course – Est. 1963 will play a little longer than it does today, with the green being relocated to where the current tee box for hole 11 resides.

Hole #11

The 11th at Olmos will be converted into a Par 4 once we reopen. Tee ball placement will be important.

Hole #12

This hole will play a bit longer from the back tees, and a bit shorter from the forward tees.

Hole #13

Shorter from the forward tees, and two new bunkers to guard the green.

Hole #14

The par 3 14th hole will be come a possible driveable par 4 once complete.
The trees will be additional defense for this update hole.

Hole #15

A new fairway bunker will challenge those who cut the corner on this slight dogleg right.

Hole #16

Two small bunkers will guard the left side of the green on the slightly elevated 16th.
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Hole #17

A new forward tee on the other side of the creek should help. The green will be slightly elevated with no greenside bunkers.
Hole #17 will be elevated approximately 3 feet from its old location. You can see #3 in the upper right.
If you look closely you can get an idea of how much this hole is elevated.
Underneath this gravel is a drainage system that will keep water from building up on the green and will offer a healthy environment for growth.
Drainage being instsalled.

Hole #18

A new fairway bunker AND a new bunker complex will challenge your approach shots into the par 5 18th.
You can see the 18th is taking shape.
Tons of sand sit ready to fill all the new bunker complexes.