Thursday, October 13, 2005

RIP, Sundance

Sundance Golf Course in New Braunfels, one of the most-honored practice facilities and with an ownership whose involvement in junior golf was equally lauded, has closed. It's a big blow to junior golf in the San Antonio area.

There were rumors for quite some time that the husband-and-wife ownership team of Rob and Sue Puetz were selling. Those rumors came true when the San Antonio investment firm of Koontz McCombs purchased the course. No word on what plans Koontz McCombs has for the property - apartments or a retail center are my guesses - but Sundance was closed as soon as the deal closed.

The facility, which combined practice areas, a driving range, a very good 18-hole executive course, and two great instructors, was the host site for the Central Texas Junior Golf Association. Sue Puetz served on the board of the CTJGA and created many other junior programs at Sundance; she wrote a manual on starting and running junior golf programs that is recommended by the USGA.

Sundance opened in 1995 and every year of its existence was named one of the Top 100 driving ranges/practice facilities in the U.S. by Golf Range Magazine.

PGA Tour winner David Ogrin, now instructor of golf with Boerne-based Foresight Golf, and himself based at Foresight's course in New Braunfels, The Bandit, is the new leader of the CTJGA. Which bodes well for the future of that organization, at least.

But the late, great Sundance will be sorely missed.


  1. This sounds real sad for that to happen especially to a place the help with the juniors so much.

  2. Anonymous9:01 PM

    You always seem to write about the San Antonio area. We are planning to spend the Thanksgiving holiday in the area and are looking for some advice on some courses to play. Are there any "hidden gems" in the San Antonio or surrounding area? Any advice would be helpful.


  3. Depends on what you mean by hidden gems. The best courses with the best conditions in S.A. are the pricey ones. But there are some cheap courses that are fun. Woodlake is only $20-$30, depending on time of day, and has fast, challenging greens. Usually not very busy. The Republic is definitely not hidden, but it's a gem and cheaper than the northside biggies, around $35-$45. Oh, Pecan Valley might be a great choice. It's a famous and great (great!) golf course, but it's in a lousy location and play has really dropped off. The conditions weren't the best last time I was there, but they were at least passable. They've been running specials lately - golf, cart, breakfast AND lunch for $29-$39. Stay away from The Quarry, which I believe is overrated as a layout and way overpriced. If you're willing to drop some bucks for one round, play the Palmer Course at La Cantera. You'll lose a lot of balls, but the wow factor makes up for it.


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