The course in question is Quail Run Golf Club, and I say "apparently" because there is some uncertainty over what exactly has happened. Everyone in La Vernia has heard that the course is closed, but nobody seems to know the full story, and according to some rumors it's possible - but unlikely - that Quail Run could reopen at some undetermined point in the future. But more possible that the closing is permanent.
Follow all that?
Here's the story as I know it: About 10 days ago, a Texas Golf reader contacted me to let me know that Quail Run had closed. I began trying to contact course and city officials, while the reader talked to friends who live around the course.
I've had no luck contacting course officials. La Vernia city officials have tried their best to be helpful, but their answers are all the same: "Yes, we heard the course closed, but we don't know any more about it."
Meanwhile, my intrepid reader visited the course and reported back: "All the tee boxes and flags are gone ... a sign at the entrance to the clubhouse said 'We regret the closing of Quail Run' and any members would be receiving a refund check soon. That was it ... no more indication of what was going to happen. The real sad part is that there is a new house going up on the 13th green ... I hope the owners did not expect to live on a golf course."
Yep, sound like a closing to me. The only reason for the caveats about whether this is complete and final is that I've heard one rumor about the shutdown being temporary to allow for reorganization and, hopefully, and eventual reopening. But that certainly doesn't sound too likely at this point.
What will happen to the Quail Run golf course? Will it simply be abandoned to be reclaimed by nature? Might it be sold off?
No way to tell, because so far the owners aren't talking.
So this looks like the sad end to what has been a sad story. Those of you who know Quail Run might have thought "but how could you tell?" after reading the line above - "abandoned to be reclaimed by nature."
Quail Run opened in La Vernia, maybe 10 years ago, as the centerpiece of a neighborhood development in the country outside of town. It was originally called Las Palomas Country Club. Then the named changed to The Lynx at Las Palomas, then finally to Quail Run.
The course was as close to a true links-style layout as you can get away from a coastline. It was built on very sandy soil, playing areas lined by tall, reedy grasses blowing in the breeze; lots of sand traps, some of them deep; nearly treeless and buffeted by winds. The course also had small, interesting greens that I always liked.
But I never saw it in anything other than terrible condition. Cart paths were worn ruts; fairways were hardpan mixed with thin, patchy grass; hazards were constantly deteriorating and some never reclaimed.
Quail Run will, for me, always stand as a sad example of what happens when a potentially excellent golf course is - for whatever reason - given up on by the people who should be taking care of it. The current owners purchased it about 3-4 years ago with plans to reverse the trend. And they succeeded in drabs, marginally improving course conditions and luring some golfers back. But now, that appears over, too.